Home Made Tornado Shelter




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Tony Segrest: Nice job can't go wrong with steel. On question what happens if an object blocks the door and you can't get out?

Will-i-am95: you sure did a professional job with this! hope you never have to use it

playAgainMe: Good job on the shelter. I would feel safe in this shelter. If I only had a storm shelter big enough to drive my mopar underground so me and my classic ride could be safe.

Tre' Babcock: An EF-5 would throw it across town.

Angelica Williams: nice!

sjagain: Tornadoes rip the wood, glass and drywall from the foundation...The foundation usually remains. Reinforced concrete blocks are very strong. Basements are often not safe from tornadoes because of the debris that collapse into them, or the flooring above the basement gets ripped away and the people hiding in the basement get sucked out.. You never see the concrete block walls of a basement pulled out from a tornado.

dawt529: Great vid thanks I am wanting to do the same here in TX this is the first one I have seen similar to the kind I want to build, but mine will be much smaller. How exactly did you anchor it to the floor (size, depth, number, washers, etc.)? To some of the other viewers: Yes, you can get theoretically trapped by anything in it after a tornado, but which is better: crouching the corner of the garage with nothing or crouching in the corner of the garage in an anchored reinforced steel box?

TheAgitator1978: Put some of those glow sticks in there too, no need to worry about batteries, just crack one of two of those things open for light int here.

sjagain: Most objects get moved because wind is able to get underneath. Houses get moved/blown away because the wood framing doesn't hold up to the high winds. That shelter isn't going anywhere since it is flush and bolted to the foundation. Mythbusters tested a one person shield, not even a shelter, against F4 winds, and the shield held firm! youtube(dot)com/watch?v=QZ2vGUXhNSY

bigsky1984camaro: "Mythbusters" is your scientific source that you reference in your research background and supporting evidence ...to predict the outcome of natures most unpredictable event ?how about this,you get your shield,wait for the outcome...and as you're blown to the far side of town you can thank "mythbusters" for the advice and yourself for believing everything you watch on TV.

DerKrawallkeks: Cool=) but we all are waiting for new videos about the submarine!:-)

Hunter Walk: i thought it said tomato shelter

sjagain: Did you eat lead paint as a kid? You're missing the point. In order for winds to lift an object, the wind has to crash through it and blow the debris away, or get underneath the object. Familiarize yourself with FEMA P-320...Have someone read it for you, or look at the pretty pictures. Either way, you will understand 1/4" steel plate bolted to a concrete foundation exceeds FEMA tornado shelter specs.

meanstreak1986: That's pretty cool. Wish I knew how to weld...

ronn773: Been thinking about building one for my family. How did you clean all the metal & get it ready for primer & painting?

Lucky Strike: Theoretically, couldn't you get trapped in it if someone or something on the outside jammed the wheel?

bigsky1984camaro: as for the lead paint...What are the symptoms? maybe I did ?

Zoink: The door should open inside the shelter, how are you going to get out if your house collapses in front of the door?

MI S: That's some really nice metal work. Well done!

SOUR D: Real ill yo

eddiequest4: Awesome work. But it must have been a pain in the ass to move it into place.

ToniMattTony: Great job.

DerKrawallkeks: Okay=) awesome!:-) cool

joeyjoe463: Wish I took metal shop

Starbuckin: Another great demonstration of you guys' creative abilities! Can't wait to see some more demos with the sub! :) Keep up the great work!

willysnowman: Nice work!

bigsky1984camaro: should paint it bright orange so rescuers see it and realize there are probably people in the crumpled box that got tossed just as easily as the cars and S.U.V. s do.... A whole house can be moved and they are more firmly planted than just having bolts drilled into concrete.Dude,great fab work but I would prefer it to be at least half under ground to feel a bit safer.

jmanatee: Excellent job, One piece of advice, you should add a place for a horizontal bottle jack like a base for a jack point to be able to force the door open if debris has collapsed on and around the shelter and you cant push the door open. This way you are not stuck in the shelter after an event.

therealmylesracing: Now that's a work of art! I hope no one ever has to use it. :-)

bigsky1984camaro: after I looked at a few videos I realized 2 things,that yours is built as good or better than most...and many people have survived due to a shelter of the same style.....but it would be the longest 5 minutes of my life sitting in a metal box waiting for a bad tornado to pass....hearing all the sounds and debri impacting it. I have done a lot of concrete work and feel I would rather build a solid poured reinforced room if it was above ground (probly because I'm not a welder) still,nice job

MrChevelleMan: don't worry there will be more on the sub this spring =)

Frank Stafford: You can’t really make an equal comparison between a safe room and a car or house. Storm shelters are relatively small and have less surface area than a car or house. They’re anchored at many points (not with wood and small nails) to concrete slabs eliminating lift. Now, if your house is gone and here comes that SUV at 300 MPH and slams into your safe room, then that’s where I’d agree that underground is hard to beat.

Amanda Douglass: Should have made the door concave that way even though there was debris against it you could still get out!

bigsky1984camaro: In the state of Florida I have lived over the last 38 years,and in that time I have been here for every hurricane and even encountered a few tornado laden storms in Ohio and Oklahoma.And while only Andrew stands out in my memory as being very bad,Charlie was bad too for some.What I'm getting at is if my limited exposure and most being only hurricane strength,many times in my short life I have seen small storms that could wreck a metal box.What if a 25,000 lb boat lands on it ?

MrChevelleMan: Lets try to keep this in perspective.The reason this style shelter was built was because my grandmother lives right next to the river in KY. Your point is completely valid, and If she lived in FL we would have built it differently. We built the best thing we could for her location. Like I said, we built it for the river bottoms in KY where you can't really dig deep, and where the likelihood of an EF5 or an ocean boat are slim.

kubsh71: it would be safer compeletly under ground then have two exits not even basements are 100% safe from a tornado they can rip houses off their foundation!

eddiequest4: Also - I'm thinking you could probably make a business out of this.

bigsky1984camaro: I'm not disrespecting your build ...I'm actually very distracted right now looking up parts for the 71 olds cutlass I picked up today (1000 bucks)...worse yet,I found a 72 ram air,tack hood,455 (original motor too) gto I'm picking up wednesday ...I feel ridden with guilt because the seller has absolutely no clue what they have and I got it dirt cheap...800 bucks !!!!!!!!!(basically less than a good aftermarket hood)...they think its just an "old pontiac"
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Home Made Tornado Shelter 4.9 out of 5

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