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Storm Cellar
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Geneva G. in OK    Posted 01-29-2002 at 21:03:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Howdy! to all! I am new to this site and have been reading some post. Love the site! I have always been a country girl and a homebody, however, have always lived in very small "towns", and recently moved to the country (about 3 years ago). I am hoping someone will be willing to share some of their experiences,etc. with me because I'm sure I will be having LOTS of Questions in the future. I am a do-it-yourself person, having completed many projects, and am quite handy with a hammer, etc. I am presently remodeling our mobile home. We bought the mobile home as a tempory shelter to get us moved from small town to country (30 acres), however, It looks as though it may be our permanent residence. My hopes are to build a smaller home for just the two of us, a retirement home of sorts (when the kids leave home), however, I'll have to wait and see how things go. Anyways... I have a question I am hoping someone can help me with .......I live in Tornado Alley (OK), and last storm season the Tornado's came too close for comfort for me! I have always been fearful of tornado's having seen several just barely miss us. I actually saw one as it passed overhead and touched down just a few miles from were I was. Tornado season will be starting soon, and I'd like to be prepared. After investigating the options of what is available for purchase in my area, I find them to be either too small, or too expensive for my needs. I like the looks of the pre-poured concrete ones, however they don't make them large enough for my needs. I have several slopes on my land which face... East, South, and North, and most of our storms come from the Southwest (occationally from the Northwest). I am wondering if our sandy soil will be a problem. I do know from experience that some spots on our land we are able to dig several feet down, and other's we go down about a foot before hitting sandrock. I am thinking of placing it in the West bank (facing the East) as far as I am able to dig back and down, and then heaping the dirt around the sides, etc. I would also like a root cellar for later use, and am wondering if the cellar can double as both. I am interested in any and all options that anyone might suggest. At present I am considering a dirt cellar for a starter until my funds are a little less tightened. However, I haven't been able to find any information on how to build one, and... with our sandy soil- I'm afraid it might wash away.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, and I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!
GG in OK


EVERETT CARL FOX    Posted 05-27-2002 at 19:10:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I PLAN TO BUILD A STORM SHELTER IN THE SIDE OF HILL BY MY HOME. I WANT IT TO BE 12'X 12' AT THE BASE AND 6 1/2' HIGH. THE BASE WILL BE A 4" CEMENT SLAB AND THE WALLS WILL BE EITHER CEMENT BLOCKS OR CENDER BLOCKS. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW:
HOW MANY 8X8X16" BLOCKS WILL IT TAKE?
HOW DO I CONSTRUCT THE TOP ON IT?
THE DIRT FROM THE EXCAVATION WILL BE PUT BACK AROUND THE SIDES AND ON THE TOP. THANK YOU FOR ANY INFORMATION YOU CAN GIVE ME.
SINCERELY,
E. FOX


Donna    Posted 01-29-2002 at 21:53:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sense you have not yet built, what do you think of building an underground home, of corse I know nothing about this, but instead of building a storm shelter to run to, live in one of the safest homes, like I said I know nothing about this or even if you can build it where you are? I would love to have one, I am from Louisana {Gonzales} and weather can get really bad due to the hurricanes, I went through 3 don't care for anymore, I am scared silly when it comes to high winds, and bad storms, at the moment we have no storm cellar but we will be looking next month.
Donna


Geneva G. in OK    Posted 02-05-2002 at 08:59:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Donna:
I am considering building a small getaway cabin. I would like to have it non-electric, and at least part of it underground. I had thought of building the cellar very close to the house- close enough to walk out the back door and into the cellar. I don't have much experience with undergrounds either, however, I have done some research on them in the past and feel it would be the perfect solution for me. I am scared to death of wind also! I can't tell you how many "close encounters" I have had with tornado's etc. and my family sorta jokes about me being ready to find a "hole in the ground like a scared rabbit" every time the wind gets up in a storm. Of course I know the real time to get worried is when the wind stops! And everything is deadly silent. I swear you can hear my teeth shattering and my knees knocking when that happens! My husband isn't scared much of storms, however I think he is putting up a front for me- to keep me from being as frightened. However, last storm season, he finally admitted that the last storm was more than a little scary for him too, and he was near ready to "abandon ship"! himself. Well, it was good to hear from you, and thanks for the suggestions. Hopefully the electric will hold out to the 2-4" of snow we are getting today, after the ice storm we had last week, and I'll be able to check back in soon! Glad to hear from you anytime.
Geneva G. in OK


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