Okay, you bought a used shipping container, you’re going to dig a hole and bury it, all done right? I’m afraid not. As a matter of fact, you may have a disaster on your hands and you don’t even know it yet. What was meant to be an inexpensive alternative to buying a professionally made and installed emergency shelter could end up being a nightmare if you’re not careful…
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  1. Summary: In order to bury a shipping container rather than building a proper basement, you must build a proper basement to bury your shipping container in.

  2. word to the wise, don't use shipping containers for bunkers. For the cost you can get a professional prefab…it may be slightly smaller but it will be better built.

    I would recommend if you want to do it cheaper…dig your bunker space, pour a reinforced foundation, lay a cement block wall, backfill with rebar reinforced concrete. make sure you preplan for airflow, drainage and build in a top hatch or stairwell.

    you can DIY but if you arent skilled…hire out because if it's one thing you don't want to cut corners on it is an emergency shelter that must perform well under unexpected conditions.

  3. Burying a container is usually absurd. If you need a nuclear blast shelter then MOVE and stop living next to a target. Prepping included career and home choices or you aren't serious.
    For conventional defense the US military and others tend to aboveground blast shelters as they also suit active defense and can protect vehicles and equipment. If preppers want a concrete form or spall liner you can buy steam-cleaned tank car hulls which are much stronger and not moisture/rust traps like containers (I own four containers three as shop space with power and light). Tanks car hulls are smooth, strong, can easily be pressurized for NBC use, can be purchased with or without the ends and outfitting them would be a breeze with a welder since the wall thickness is greater than containers. Containers are THIN other than the end fittings etc and while great for aboveground industrial space one should note why tunnels are generally round rather than square. Containers do not have BILGES (bunkers need drainage) and while a round tank car hull has that built in (just plumb pickups and pump below your decking of choice) container floors don't act as bilges.

  4. Not exactly related to this video, but several years back I remember reading about a guy who built a proper "Man cave" bunker at the end of his garden. His house was in the country, and situated on the side of a hill, so he hired a digger and excavated a 60×40' wedge out of the hill. He poured a thick base, then bolted on a REALLY heavy "I beam" frame that he'd got fabricated. This was shuttered up and really stout concreat walls poured around them to create something like a 30×30' space. The roof was reinforced concrete slabs bolted to the steel framework, that then got a lattice of rebar and yet more concrete poured on it ! The thing looked like a damn bomb shelter when all the heavy construction was done ! 😀

    Once the concrete had fully hardened he coated all over the outside with some kind of moisture barrier paint, and buried it with all the soil he'd took out. At the front there was probably only a foot or so of soil on the roof, but at the back it had to be getting close to 2 yards on it !!! When finished all you could see was a pair of large vertical double doors sunk into the grassy hillside, but inside the open plan space it was half DIY metal fabrication workshop (With a medium sized milling machine, a lathe, and a welding table all laid out), and the other half was a lounge with a sofa, large TV on the wall, several games consoles, a beer fridge, and a wood burning stove……. If it had got a toilet and shower in there I'd have happily lived in the place ! 😀

    The thing I remember most about this story was when he was asked how much the project had cost. He said "Erm…… Significantly more than you'd imagen, but a lot less than the wife thinks…….. I could have built a little 2 story house here for what it finally cost". 😀

    I know that this space was significantly bigger than a shipping container, and was finished to a much higher standard than an area purely made as an underground store room would need to be, but it's still worth remembering that the guy could have had twice the space for the same cost if it were bricks and mortar ON the ground rather than IN it. Possibly some folks reading this might rethink how vital it is to burry their container, rather than dropping it in a dip and camouflaging it with soil banks, netting and fast growing trees?

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    People are already ready to act, and as an example of this – International online forum "Global Crisis. We are People. We Want to Live".
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  6. Try to buy a refrigerator shipping container. They’re insulated. Also buy a corrugated steel culvert pipe that’s half as long as your container. You can cut it in half and weld it to the top of your container for roof strength. You can use the space in between the pipe and the container as storage space.

  7. Question what about using old filled tires on sides stacked up? what would you use for top to stop it from caving in I am thinking of what is going on now in the world and I shit scared

  8. I have both bought and sold some shipping containers a few years ago. I paid scrap price, and my place was closer than the junk yard. I think the price then was about $10 per hundred pounds, rounded off to $800 each. It was closer to drop them at my place than the scrap yard, so I got free delivery. They make safe, cheap storage but probably not the best thing to bury.

  9. If you're going to make it watertight, I guess you're probably going to seal up the vents in the container walls.
    So you're going to need to find a way to vent your out- breaths or the air in there will soon become unbreathable.
    A designed bomb shelter will have a solution for this issue built in.

  10. We used shipping containers in Iraq. We did not bury the, but we did position them on concrete blocks, to get them off the ground to prevent rust forming. We opened the doors, posiitoned them straight out, welded a steel beam to keep them in place, buit a roof overhang to shade from the sun. We insulated the inside with foam insulation, framed in for wall and ceiling. Added electrical light circuits, wall outlets. Built a store front opening, this was a wall placed about 4 ft from steel door opening, framed a door, and framed for a 3 ton window airconditioneer that also put out heat. Sheetrocked walls, ceiling. We also put a container on top of another, made a two story, with a outside deck.

  11. When it was mentioned to Pour Concrete " under and around " the container, Why Not just Skip the Container and Build a Regular Basement ? !
    After all you'll Only be missing the " Extra Cost " & " Trouble " of the " Shipping Container " ? !

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