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Jul. 16th, 2007 @ 10:34 pm It Does Exist!
I think I'll paint it while I have it cornered.

I made the workbench pretty stout and big enough to sleep two under in case we had a bad storm plus the room is below grade and has a plywood ceiling under the sheetrock so It should make it through a tornado but I hope I never get to find out.

Below Grade

When I first did the block I was getting ready to back a concrete truck up and pour a 10 inch thick ceiling over this room.

It's big enough to pack in everyone on the street and it seemed like a good idea long long ago before Katrina but close enough after Opal that I just took it for granted the wife would go for it but I had to go and ask her and her reply was something about us never needing it or maybe it was that I should spend the time working on something else, but it made me think about ways to make the house stronger as I went since I wasn't gonna get my safe room.

It's still a pretty safe room with the plywood glued under the sheetrock for the ceiling so I can't see me ever evacuating for a hurricane.

Concrete Filled Walls
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Date:August 2nd, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)

Fan exhaust

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Does the fan exhaust outside? And if so, what happens in the event of a chemical attack? Hopefully you've got a sheet of plastic and duct tape to cover the vent. ;-)

I'm jealous... you've got two air tanks for pneumatic tools?
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Date:August 3rd, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)

Re: Fan exhaust

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The crawl space I am digging the Top Secret Bunker in is on the other side of that wall. I have a fan on a timer that blows air in from the garage at one end and out the other into the workshop so I can circulate air and avoid a mildew problem.

In my past I did a lot of autobody work so I have a few compressors here and there plus air taps on every floor so I don't have to lug them around.
Date:November 12th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)


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Hey, how can you manage to dig a basement and further down than that in Florida without hitting the water table?
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Date:November 12th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)

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There is a seam of clay under my house about 22 feet thick above the water table and I live in North West Florida which isn't flat like the rest of Florida so I built the house into a hill so I could have a full basement underground on three sides and the tornado room is under that.

It's actually deeper than the water is high on the lake I live on.