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Feb. 17th, 2008 @ 10:08 pm A Day to Spare!!!
Done Done Done Done!!!

The top is on the bunker shaft so no one can fall in and I can finally take a break.

My Surgery was to be tommorrow but have a few seizures they never let you forget and the surgeon had agreed to do it all outpatient but the anethesiologist freaked and so I have to have it in the main hospitol in Crestview on Tuesday.

Everything takes me longer I only got it formed yesterday and today my two hours of pouring concrete somehow got stretched into 12 I can barely move but tommorrow I can take a nap and it shouldn't matter if I am worn out for the surgery because I plan on sleeping through it...


Half Done

Bound Together

Access Port

Nine Inches Thick
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Date:February 18th, 2008 06:55 am (UTC)
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Looking good!

How big is the hatch?
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Date:February 18th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)

30 Square Feet

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That's enough room for five according to Fema but this will eventually be turned into an entrance to about 120 square feet room at the least and if I can get Discovery Channels attention I could easily built a 2000 square foot bunker.

Since this is Florida and holes often fill with water this actually was a test to see what kind of soils I have below the house and how far down the water table is and how far the water level will rise over time if I pierce the water table.

Concrete acts like a sponge so whatever I do I want to keep a five foot seam of clay between my concrete and the water so I don't have any dampness problems.

The big race to get a lid on it before I have shoulder surgery was because its about a 15 foot drop and I wanted to be sure no one could stumble down it in the dark.

There will be more of this when I am a bit better, if worse comes to worse I'll follow Feta's advice and build myself the room under part of the lower garage but if I can talk Discovery into it I want to build what appears to be an above ground house complete with fake windows and flat screens behind them so you could program it to give the appearance you were living on the beach or in the Swiss alps, just load a program....
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Date:February 18th, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
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Date:February 18th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)


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Being that I even get a day to take it easy before my surgery tommorrow makes it even better looking to me LOL.

I feel like I've gone through SEAL school but never rang the bell...

I figure I'll sleep through the surgery and be just fine.
Date:February 18th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
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Good luck with the surgery - rest up!
Date:February 28th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)

A whole lot of concrete!

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Hi Mike,

Got an opportunity to look at your photos of the house and am here now reading through your journal entries. It's been said before and I will say it again... Wow.

I just keep thinking that is an awful lot of concrete. I know in your part of the world that kind of reinforcement is really necessary, but then I think of you having to cart all that dry cement and the sand and so forth and then the work of having to cast the cement.... again I say Wow!

Wondering though how you managed to do such a good job of keeping the concrete from cracking. Everything seems to have come together nicely.

And... did you use drywall for your interior walls or were you using timber? In some of the photos I thought I saw walls of wood. And... and by the way, love your wooden floors. Bunker and upper level and wooden floors, you sure you building in Florida?!! lol

Am enjoying all the pictures you shared. My father built his retirement home over 3 years by himself (put wooden floors in, btw *smile*). Just like you achieved that well deserved fame (as per the article about the builder building against the odds), my father became somewhat of a local legend for a time. He videotaped every little change lol.. and I used to fly down to become enthusiastic photographer too *smile*.

But, back to concrete reinforcement for a moment. My father opted to use blocks made out of a styrofoam like substance (and then poured concrete for a solid wall) instead of cinder blocks for the interior walls. Ever heard of that? or considered using that? ... It was something new being done when he started working on his house.

Anyveys... loving your construction project. Know it's a lot of work but can imagine it must be the source of great pride... happy for you that you have managed to work on this dream of yours, building your own home. Oh btw.. my brother just moved into a home upstate New York that he pretty much built from scratch... I see the smile on his face... Can't wait to see your smile in a picture with you standing by your completed home.

To build and catalogue and blog while having to live life in general is quite a feat.
Hafta say it.. You are one awesome dude! And you can take that to the bank!

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Date:February 28th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)


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All the interior walls of house have plywood glued and nailed every five inches under the sheet rock.

Basically the house is a bunch of reinforced shipping containers and it would take a very high windload before it toppled, probobly 150 mph.

A tornado might knock it down but I'm 30 miles from the gulf and I will never need to evacuate for a hurricane plus I'm actually 250 feet or so above sea level so storm surges won't be a probem.

I hope people visit your site it's very uplifting...