Thanks to: "The Practical Handymans Encyclopedia "
How to Build a Bomb Shelter
Some good suggestions that'll make your job an easier one
If you should want to build your own shelter, how would you go about it? First of all, you need a
sharp pencil and a lot of paper. Shelter plans are designed for the average person. You are not the
average person. You have special needs,and your shelter will he better suited for you if you design
it for those needs.OCDM plans are excellent, but let them be a guide only .You must decide what
type of shelter fits your individual needs. Each type of shelter has its own type of plans and
Finally, you should make a tour of all suppliers for bids. You will find prices vary from place to
place.If you live in or near a large city, check with local wrecking companies. These places offer
excellent buys in good used materials at prices far below new products. Check all material for nails
and termite damage. Also with all suppliers, have them include delivery,prices with the materials.
Many of these items are much too heavy or bulky to be carried by car. Some suppliers deliver free.
Others make a charge for every delivery. lf the latter is the case, plan your purchases to lower the
number of deliveries.
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No matter what type of shelter you build, working with concrete will be a major part of the
construction. Concrete block are probably the easiest material to use in shelter construction
because of their ease of handling and good protection factor. Poured concrete slabs can also be
used, with heavy half inch steel rod embedded, for strong roof and wall sections of a shelter, but
for the average do-it-yourselfer, it is much easier to build these sections of block and to brace
them from within the structure. It is also much cheaper. Standard size for a cinder block is 8x8x12
inches. Solid concrete blocks in standard size is 4x8x16 inches, although many other sizes are
available, or you can cut these to a size that is nee