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Old 12-22-2010, 09:43 AM
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On July 6th in the year 2007 A.D., I began a project which began with the digging of a hole in the ground. After having the utility companies come out and mark their lines, I contacted a backhoe operator and he came out for 100 dollars and dug what would eventually and affectionately be dubbed by the family as "The Hole". The Hole is 4 feet deep into the ground which is comprised of about 3.5 feet of top soil followed by an undetermined depth of hard clay. This fact will play a role in how progress was made in The Hole as you'll see.

Also shown is our backyard dog "Taz". He's been up my butt every inch of the way too. No matter what I was doing, he had to be right there watching the activity, sometimes from an uncomfortably close position. I've hollered "Git de hell outta heah!" more than a few times throughout this process.



I've started this thread in order to publicly document this effort and why I did it. As this project nears completion, slated for this coming Spring 2011, I'll be adding photos, websites and general info regarding building a shelter that will protect from not only tornadoes, but biological attacks and radioactive fallout as well.

I'll add a picture or two daily through the holidays each complete with explanations of what you are seeing so this thread will most likely be bumped for some time. This will keep Bard from having to sticky this thread as he likes to do with such riveting reports from the field.

Many of you have seen most if not all of these pictures, some of you haven't. I will say this about the effort, it's been quite a ride and now, for the first time, on a public board (Bards) "The Hole" will be completely documented from beginning to the eventual END.

Questions and comments are welcome however, as is my typical fashion, naysayers can go straight to hell.
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No worries. "Airing the board out".

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I'm glad you are going to document this, Trouble.

Looking forward to it........
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I'm glad you are going to document this, Trouble.

Looking forward to it........
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I'm glad you are going to document this, Trouble.

Looking forward to it........
It's going to be fun for me too. I get to re-live it all over again....lol
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No worries. "Airing the board out".

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Old 12-22-2010, 11:02 AM
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Here you see the rest of the dirt piled up around what was at that time a roll-off roof observatory for my telescopes. Every bit of that dirt (and more!) you see was shoveled up around the shelter, mostly by me, but with some help from Teen T. After the backhoe dug out The Hole, all other work regarding the moving of dirt, rock and the making of concrete was done with a wheelbarrow, shovels and hard labor.

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No worries. "Airing the board out".

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Old 12-22-2010, 11:13 AM
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The first thing I wanted to do was to build a cinderblock wall such that when a roof was attached, the inside would be about 6 feet tall. As it worked out, the inside is about 5' 6" after all so I have to stoop while in The Hole as I'm 6 foot tall even. The reasons that came about will be described later.

What you see here is the setting of the cornerstone. I first had to square off where I would set the wall around the hole so that is the pink string you see stretched out. I used simple geometry to do this (Pythagorean theorem), that is a^2 + b^2 = c^2.

Little did I know, as I ceremoniously lay that block what would be in store for me.

But I since have found out.

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No worries. "Airing the board out".

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