DIY STORM SHELTER

Jul 11, 2016
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DIY STORM SHELTER
If you want to build your own Fraidy Hole, all you need it a huge pipe! Well... And a trench. And some sheet metal. And... Several other things...

The pipe was purchased for this purpose a long time before the build. We actually realized we were using the pipe as a sort of weather gauge. lol. The wind would push it around the yard!!! "Duh!!! Maybe its time to start the project!"

The Fraidy Hole was completed for under $1000.
The quality of your house is no match for mother nature.
We live in a double-wide. We KNOW it will go away with a tornado.
But so do brick homes.

So you decide.
Do you want to be buried under a pile of wood? Or a pile of bricks?


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AirOpsMgr

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Pretty cool! With something like that, how do you keep the water out? Use a sump pump or some sort of drainage system under it?
 

dougiemac

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Pretty cool! With something like that, how do you keep the water out? Use a sump pump or some sort of drainage system under it?
Good question. I'm guessing that's the purpose of the gravel at the doorway. Not sure if that will keep all the water out?
 
Jul 11, 2016
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9
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Unionville, TN
Zip code
37180
Hey guys.
This is my fraidy hole.
The entrance is the key.
Under that blue mat is a post hole that goes down as far as I could dig.
The hole is filled with gravel.
I threw the water hose off in it and tried to fill the shelter.
The level of water would only rise about 8".
I turned the water off and by the time I finished a cigarette, the water was all gone.
We have had one instance where the shelter was needed and there was standing water from earlier rains that day.
But ankle deep water is no concern when you are fearing the worst.
 

AirOpsMgr

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Hey guys.
This is my fraidy hole.
The entrance is the key.
Under that blue mat is a post hole that goes down as far as I could dig.
The hole is filled with gravel.
I threw the water hose off in it and tried to fill the shelter.
The level of water would only rise about 8".
I turned the water off and by the time I finished a cigarette, the water was all gone.
We have had one instance where the shelter was needed and there was standing water from earlier rains that day.
But ankle deep water was no concern when you are fearing the worst.
Gotcha, good idea. I only asked as my childhood home had a basement and the sump pump went out a couple of times causing the basement to flood (ah the memories of pumping out the basement and hauling out all the crap that got wet, lol).

In your case, maybe a small solar powered pump, like a bilge pump or similar could be used if you get a lot of rain :noidea:
 
Jul 11, 2016
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Unionville, TN
Zip code
37180
Gotcha, good idea. I only asked as my childhood home had a basement and the sump pump went out a couple of times causing the basement to flood (ah the memories of pumping out the basement and hauling out all the crap that got wet, lol).

In your case, maybe a small solar powered pump, like a bilge pump or similar could be used if you get a lot of rain :noidea:

That's a good idea!
And I my go that route if needed.
My current drain solution was not originally part of the plan.
I found the shelter holding water while I was mowing and had to come up with some sort of idea.
The post hole was my first attempt since it costs nothing to try.
Luckily, it worked.
 

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Is it sloped to drain water to the gravel?
 

dial1911

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Good idea there- and I'm sure it's a huge improvement over a double wide. Or any house above ground for that matter.