If you're concerned about being bombed, but don't have the many thousands of dollars required to buy and install a commercially available bomb shelter, you may have to settle for the home-made kind. A cheap bomb shelter won't protect you from a direct hit by a 200 kiloton warhead, but it can keep you alive during radiation scares.
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Things you need
- piece of 12 foot diameter steel culvert, 20 feet long
- piece of 2 foot diameter steel culvert, 6 feet long
- 2 pieces of 4 inch diameter PVC pipe, 6 feet long
- 4 90 degree PVC elbows joints, 4 inch diameter
- 2 air filters
- 100 foot roll of elephant trunk pipe
- breeze blocks
- cutting torch
- interior furnishings
- 2 foot diameter bomb proof hatch
Dig a hole in your back yard that is deep enough to put the culvert into with three or four feet of soil on top of it.
Install the elephant trunk pipe around the perimeter of the hole. This is black corrugated plastic pipe that is bendable and used for drainage. Dig a trench in a direction that the ground drops away and run the elephant trunk down it. This will help water to be drained away from your bomb shelter.
Roll the steel culvert into the hole with the help of a large number of friends.
Cut holes into the top of the culvert using the cutting torch. Cut a 2 foot diameter round hole in the centre and a 4 inch diameter hole at each end.
Weld the 2 foot diameter culvert to the 2 foot diameter hole so that the piece of 2 foot diameter culvert is vertical and protruding above ground level. This will be your entryway. Attach the two pieces of PVC pipe to the two 4 inch diameter holes using 100 per cent silicone waterproof caulking. Attach two 90 degree elbows to the top of each pipe to create a 180 degree curve at the top so the opening is facing down to keep out rainwater. Install air filters over the ends of these pipes.
Move any possessions or objects that you want in the bomb shelter that won't fit through the 2 foot entryway into the bomb shelter through one of the open ends of the 12 foot diameter culvert.
Build walls at each end of the 12 foot diameter culvert using the breeze blocks and the mortar.
Backfill the hole with soil until it is slightly mounded above ground level, leaving only the end of the 2 foot diameter culvert and the two 4 inch diameter PVC pipes protruding. The steel culvert provides walls for your shelter, but it is the tons of soil that actually protect you from a bomb blast.
Install a bomb proof hatch over the top of the 2 foot diameter culvert.
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