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Posted: 10/22/2006 5:32:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/10/2008 8:40:55 PM EDT by Maroman]
OK so its not a bunker but I bet you will think its neat.

Some of you may have seen this before I have posted in a couple of threads. Here is the rundown. I wanted a tornado shelter and needed some temporary storage space for tools and other misc items.I have been comtemplating a container house so I thought why not make it outta containers? I used a 20'and a 40'. It was a great experience and turned out nicely. Here are some pics to see for yourself.



In the begining. moving containers around with my 3/4 ton Dodge truck.



Super handy Kubota and Welder.



8x8' sliding door.



20x20' carport going up. Again more welding.




20x20' slab. This is the only part that I did not do by myself. Everything else was BY ME ONLY. A testimate to the ease of working with these things.





A little paint (yea 2 days of painting really) and we are almost there.





Almost there.





Heres the interior. Note the listeroid enging for my genny. can't wait to get to it!





Here is the door to the "bunker" with its namesake sign I made from an old fallout shelter sign. I call it my "Zombie Shelter"

I have more pics if someone wants to see anything more.

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Link Posted: 10/22/2006 5:35:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/22/2006 5:36:14 PM EDT by onthedgeofmyseat]
How did you secure the containers to the ground? Very cool by the way
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 5:38:48 PM EDT
Cool! How much has it set you back dollar wise?



-K
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 5:39:15 PM EDT
That looks pretty cool. The zombie sign rocks

What's the plan for setting up the shelter portion? Are the containers attached to the slab w/ some sort of bolt arrangement? What sort of ability in the face of a tornado are we talking here with them being above ground?
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 5:40:53 PM EDT
Nice... so now after the next tornado you can say "shaken, but not stired".

I always thought one of those might make a good first structure for a hunting camp. Would be fast for a quick set-up and afer the cabin was done it would make for a good secure strage unit on the property.

How much do they sell for?
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 5:41:39 PM EDT
Man I read that and thought your neighbors must love you but then saw the finished pics........WOW looks great......you did a really good job on it...what kind of a lock is that on the zombie shelter?? and yest post more please
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 5:42:02 PM EDT
line the outsides with concrete and pile dirt over it!
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 5:50:52 PM EDT
That looks outstanding. I'd cover it in dirt too. More protection and much better insulation. Are you going to furnish it, or will it just be a shelter? What kind of permits did you have to get?
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 6:05:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/22/2006 6:07:41 PM EDT by BravoMan5632]
D00d... thats freaking sweet!!
I want a setup like that.... MORE PICS!!! NOW!!

If its a zombie shelter you better cut little port holes in the sides to shoot from.
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 6:10:20 PM EDT
Very nice, that is something to be proud of. Anyone know of a place that sells the containers?
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 6:13:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/22/2006 6:15:06 PM EDT by Elvis-Ar15]

Originally Posted By Saber7:
line the outsides with concrete and pile dirt over it!


What he said.

That is sweeeeet.

Elvis
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 6:14:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/22/2006 6:14:44 PM EDT by Melvinator2k0]
Awesome. Id like to bury one and make a hatch on the top for a bug out location.

INSIDE PICS!!!
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 6:20:47 PM EDT
My guess on price and matrials

$2000 20 ft ctr
$4000 40 ft ctr
$1800 in metal and materials
$1000 concreete
$500 paint
$500 in beer for the friends that helped.
Total $9800

Am I close or low?

-nice- by the way...
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 6:37:11 PM EDT
Very sweet!

Bump/tag

Curious to know budget, maybe some details on installing the door, anchoring, site prep, floor plan?
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 6:45:15 PM EDT
That is pretty sweet
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 6:48:34 PM EDT
That's cool!
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 7:06:46 PM EDT
Top notch job!
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 7:07:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 1IV:
My guess on price and matrials

$2000 20 ft ctr
$4000 40 ft ctr
$1800 in metal and materials
$1000 concreete
$500 paint
$500 in beer for the friends that helped. Priceless
Total $9800

Am I close or low?

-nice- by the way...
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 7:08:42 PM EDT
Maroman will that flat roof handle your snow load

Well done. Keep it properly stocked with provisions. You'll have plenty of company when the flag goes up.

Link Posted: 10/22/2006 7:47:16 PM EDT
The containers are secured to the slab via welded on rebar 18" on center. I plan to add a retaining wall brick to the "bunker" to further insure it does not go anywhere.



The carport was preenginered by Muller inc buildings as just a 20x20' carport. I just did not buy the other 4x4" poles as I only needed one. We don't have much snow load here but it will handle some. The specs are on their website.



The "bunker" has yet to be finished. It has an oak floor and will get 2x2s as wall studs. and r5 poly sheet insulation with a fire sprinkler system to boot. It will be climate controlled to some extent with a humidity kept low as it will have some firearms stored there in a safe.



Could not have done it without my tractor. (well easily anyway)

I have about $7500 in it. Containers are not cheap and are not the best way to create sq footage. I have 880 sq ft under roof and 480 secured. 1IVs guess was pretty good. the 40 footers are only about $150-200 more than a 20 because they are not as desirable. Most people want the 20s for the size. I live in the city limits and had to get a permit. It was a simple task here. Most homes are manufatured homes and its still quite country here. If you apply for a permit and it has "tornado" anything reference it will get apporved. My house project may have more hoops.



Link Posted: 10/22/2006 7:59:51 PM EDT
Very cool indeed
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 8:04:06 PM EDT
I like it. I'd like to see more pics as the project moves along.
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 8:07:03 PM EDT
Nice job.
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 8:08:50 PM EDT
Great Stuff!!

c0
www.falloutshelter653.org
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 8:13:53 PM EDT
Very cool! I'm especially interested in seeing more about the listeroid.
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 8:21:13 PM EDT
That's really cool, man. I think that'll be the first thing that I do after I buy some bug out land.
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 8:44:52 PM EDT
Very nice.
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 9:08:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/22/2006 9:13:06 PM EDT by fullclip]
Maroman, is that a Fairbanks engine in the inside photo? Fullclip

Edit... I didn't read the captions, too busy with the pics.... great project.
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 9:18:27 PM EDT
Very nice work man .
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 9:43:26 PM EDT
i'm not sure i'm following the "rebar on 18" center" comment.....
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 9:55:00 PM EDT


Wouldn't a tornado blow that thing away?

It looks handy, just not that it would withstand 100+ mph winds.


What am I missing?


Link Posted: 10/22/2006 10:16:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By arolfsen:
i'm not sure i'm following the "rebar on 18" center" comment.....


Plus one. I also would like to know what the containers are sitting on.

Great looking project, very good use of containers.

More pics would be great too!

Thanks,

Merlin
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 10:48:10 PM EDT
I have to admit, after the first couple pics I was thinking "nice eyesore"


BUT.... you did good! Looks very nice.
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 10:50:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By xxTAPxx:

Wouldn't a tornado blow that thing away?

It looks handy, just not that it would withstand 100+ mph winds.


What am I missing?





+1
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 10:58:59 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 11:01:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/22/2006 11:02:05 PM EDT by zombie-hunter]

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:

Originally Posted By xxTAPxx:

Wouldn't a tornado blow that thing away?

It looks handy, just not that it would withstand 100+ mph winds.


What am I missing?





+1


there is re-bar embedded in the concrete, the containers are welded to that...
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 11:12:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By zombie-hunter:

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:

Originally Posted By xxTAPxx:

Wouldn't a tornado blow that thing away?

It looks handy, just not that it would withstand 100+ mph winds.


What am I missing?





+1


there is re-bar embedded in the concrete, the containers are welded to that...




That's enough to hold it? Cool

Looks like a relatively inexpensive way to build a shelter.

just curious. So now the weak point is the weld to the rebar.

What is the shear force required to slice rebar?

sorry about all the ???'s, I'm just naturally curious.
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 11:25:23 PM EDT
Very nice, shows a lot of creativity.

Doesn't look like it wil blow away if you welded it to rebar.
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 11:28:43 PM EDT
If they are 40 footers they weight about 4 tons each and are welded together in the shape of an L so I don't think he has much to worry about....
Link Posted: 10/23/2006 12:36:44 AM EDT
Did the locks come with the doors or was that aftermarket?

Nice job!
Link Posted: 10/23/2006 4:05:25 AM EDT
Very cool and a job well done!More pics of the Zombie shelter maybe....please....also the one end of the 40 ft container is open did you weld the other end closed ?
Link Posted: 10/23/2006 4:17:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By onthedgeofmyseat:
If they are 40 footers they weight about 4 tons each and are welded together in the shape of an L so I don't think he has much to worry about....


Trucks don't seem to fair to well when hit by a tornado..
Link Posted: 10/23/2006 4:22:53 AM EDT
Great job! I've been considering shipping containers for a couple of years now, but have never talked to anyone who has actually made a shelter out of one/several.

Question: Not to throw water, but in a tornado situation, would they really be safe? Winds get pretty gnarly, like well over 300 mph.
Link Posted: 10/23/2006 4:41:56 AM EDT
Look's good to me

kjk
Link Posted: 10/23/2006 5:05:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:

Originally Posted By xxTAPxx:

Wouldn't a tornado blow that thing away?

It looks handy, just not that it would withstand 100+ mph winds.


What am I missing?





+1


Kinda what I was thinking.

Other than that, very nicely done.
Link Posted: 10/23/2006 6:18:26 AM EDT

Originally Posted By uncool:
Man I read that and thought your neighbors must love you but then saw the finished pics........WOW looks great......you did a really good job on it...what kind of a lock is that on the zombie shelter?? and yest post more please


That's exactly what I first thought. I saw that first pick and I thought, man that's hillbilly as hell. (No offense to the true hillbillies out there) and then I saw the rest of your pics, and thought, damn, that's fricken awesome!! Looks great, and has great function. Lets see some more interior pics of the shelter when you get it complete. Very cool!!
Link Posted: 10/23/2006 6:34:30 AM EDT
Could you show us any pics of the door (particularly the 8x8 slider) construction?

Or the lock covers?

The rebar was stuck in the concrete, then welded to an edge of the container, correct?
Link Posted: 10/23/2006 6:38:55 AM EDT
Very cool idea & a great project!
Link Posted: 10/23/2006 8:57:17 AM EDT
How did you build your doors & locks? Materials list and pics??
Link Posted: 10/23/2006 11:11:05 AM EDT
Very nice! Might want to devise some sort of escape hatch on the roof.
Link Posted: 10/23/2006 1:18:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 1IV:
My guess on price and matrials

$2000 20 ft ctr
$4000 40 ft ctr
$1800 in metal and materials
$1000 concreete
$500 paint
$500 in beer for the friends that helped.
Total $9800

Am I close or low?

-nice- by the way...


And $1000 for the Lister!!! ????
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