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Old 05-05-2017, 04:18 PM
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We are thinking of having a storm shelter put in if we buy and not build. Steel say 6 x 8 anyone know the approx. cost of an above ground in say a garage for something like this?
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Old 05-05-2017, 09:45 PM
Location: San Diego / NWA
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I found them online starting around $4k. That is for above ground, something you bolt down in your garage.
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Old 05-06-2017, 02:31 AM
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I saw some storm shelter brochures in Home Depot the other day. The price for the smallest one (for up to four people) was around $4800 and the larger size I think was around $8k.
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Old 05-06-2017, 10:30 AM
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buy a used I-pod, bury it in the backyard
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Old 05-06-2017, 12:26 PM
Location: Midwest
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No point in above ground if you're talking tornadoes.

PODS are kind of flimsy, if you bury one it would probably collapse without a peaked roof and some framed walls around it.

I'd look at used cargo containers. Those sukkaz is rugged, steel, and they've come across the ocean full of stuff.

I'd spray it with sealant, if I felt extravagant I'd put some walls around it to protect it from moisture to some degree, and a peaked roof so dirt isn't exerting pressure on the flat roof.

Cheap, strong. Make a second entry/exit, just in case. Quick search turns up more than you can peruse in a day.

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Old 05-07-2017, 04:12 PM
Location: The Natural State
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Our son lives in St Louis, is a serious "handyman/do-it-yourselfer", and decided to build a tornado shelter in his garage. He ordered plans from FEMA and went to work. The first thing he found was that "standard" garage concrete floors aren't thick enough or enforced enough to anchor tornado shelters, so he had to jackhammer through the floor, dig a hole, and set a proper anchor. He ended up with a superb shelter but said in retrospect he would have been better off going to a manufacturer of steel shelters in Springfield MO and paying $5,000 to have one delivered, set up, and properly anchored.
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