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Fallout Shelters 101 | A Guide To Appropriate Materials

Whether you are a full-on survivalist or you just want to make sure your family is safe in the event of a major catastrophe, a fallout shelter beneath the ground is easily one of the most logical solutions. If this is a project that you choose to tackle on your own without hiring contractors to do the work on your behalf, you will definitely find that you have a lot of questions about the materials you should be using once you have an open hole excavated on your property to start building inside of. Here are a few of the most prevailing questions about materials that should be used in various building processes of a fallout shelter.

Is it better to use a solid-slab wall formation or just concrete blocks for the outer structure of the shelter?

This part of the process is up to you as long as the concrete block technique is done so in a way to ensure the blocks are sealed together to create a solid mass. It is easy to skimp with mortar and just basically lay the bricks in place. While this will create a wall, the structural stability will be compromised. It can be more stable to construct a frame using steel rebar and have the walls poured instead. 

What type of metal should be used overhead as the roof of the shelter?

A lot of DIYers who attempt to build their own fallout shelter make the mistake of just laying a thin sheet of metal over the top of the walls once they are complete. While this will work to keep out moisture and seal off the space, it does not provide enough support to withstand a heavy layer of dirt overhead, which is crucial to protect the inside of the shelter from radiation. You should have not just metal, but steel structural support rebar and a layer of concrete overhead.

What kind of material should the door be made with to be radiation proof?

The door to your fallout shelter will become one of its most valued features if there ever were to be an atomic bomb explosion because this will be the one area that is not sealed underground. This is why it is so crucial to make sure that the door you install is made of the right materials to be radiation proof and protective against high-velocity wind blasts. Heavy lead does protect against radioactive waves and many metal fabricators use lead and titanium to create heavy doors that will suffice.

Building your own fallout shelter can be one of the most rewarding projects you ever tackle on your property. Be sure to contact a business like Hanover Concrete Company to get the components and materials you need to provide ample protection and stability.

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Dump Trucks, Bulldozers and Cranes, Oh My!

Welcome to my blog. I'm Kara Montgomery. My entire life, I have had an obsession with construction. When I was a little girl, I had a whole set of construction equipment toys I'd play with. As I got older, I read so many books on construction. Even though I didn't follow construction as a career path, this has continued to be something I'm interested in and I thought it'd be fun to create a little blog that covers various construction topics. There is really no specific construction topic this blog will cover, so anyone who has an interest in the construction industry will find something of use.

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