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#3279055 - 06/30/13 02:06 PM Re: Shipping container safe room [Re: greygoose]
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If I'm going to all the trouble of putting a structure underground, I'm doing it right the first time. If you already have access to excavation equipment, why not just form and pour one? If you do it yourself, It isn't going to cost all that much, and being that it is going to be below ground, it doesn't have to be pretty...only functional.

You could also build it out of concrete blocks.

Then you could use the container for above ground storage.
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#3279057 - 06/30/13 02:16 PM Re: Shipping container safe room [Re: farmin68]
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Registered: 11/08/03
Posts: 13905
Loc: In a tree clinging to my guns ...

10 X 20 is huge for a shelter. Back in our grandparents day a large shelter was more practical as when the weather got bad they would pretty much camp out in one until the storms passed. Today's technology informs us with in minutes of when we need to take shelter and when we can come back out. You might go a few years without ever using it (and by then the container could be rusting through), and then in one season you might use it once or a half dozen times.

Unless you're planning a large family, a 4 x 8 interior with a bench on each wall would do easily for a half dozen people. However, I would probably go 8 x 8 if I weren't going to have a basement. That way it could double as a root cellar.

A small sump pump (well less than $100) will keep water out.
Shoot Low, Boys -- They're Riding Shetland Ponies

#3281068 - 07/02/13 09:49 PM Re: Shipping container safe room [Re: farmin68]
old guy
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Registered: 08/25/11
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Loc: Millington , Tn. -- Shelby c...

I have been thinking along the same line of using one for shelter. I think spraying the outside with polyurathane would solve any moisture problems. This is the same as used in Rhino bed liners on a truck. you can apply it up to 3 in. thich if you wanted to. buying the stuff commercially is not that expensive and spraying it yourself before installation.

Edited by old guy (07/02/13 09:50 PM)

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