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Old 03-13-2017, 07:57 PM
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Default anyone ever build a safe/vault?

buddy wants to build a safe to store stuff and double as a storm shelter.

he is 110 miles from Corpus Christi and the humidity is terrible..

thought i would ask the group about this project?

its will be 6'x'6'x'8' rough figures and would fab it out of metal.....

not worried about someone breaking in but safekeeping and dry is the idea?
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:28 PM
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I built a storm shelter out of concrete, but did not do a lot of research first, so there are some things I would do differently knowing what I know now.

Here is some good info if you or your buddy want to do some up front research. Lots of various links on that page that will take you to other resources.

Main page for Safe Rooms on FEMA's website: https://www.fema.gov/safe-rooms

Direct link to FEMA's P-320 document: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/a...documents/2009

On that page above, you'll find a link for these two downloads:

Taking Shelter from the Storm, Fourth Edition (Complete): https://www.fema.gov/media-library/a...documents/2009

Design Drawings: https://www.fema.gov/media-library-d...nPlans_508.pdf
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Here are some photos of the storm shelter I built
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That door must be transparent high strength aluminum, like for a whale tank.


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Old 03-13-2017, 09:10 PM
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That door must be transparent high strength aluminum, like for a whale tank.
Level III Polycarbonate
Thickness: 1.25″
Weight: 7.7 lbs. per sq. ft.
Protection: 44 magnum
http://security.tssbulletproof.com/b...-polycarbonate
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Well alrighty then. I'd still opt for keeping the contents a secret.

As far as moisture, I'm thinking a small dehumidifier. Or replace the air with nitrogen every time the door opens.


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Old 03-13-2017, 09:30 PM
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I've got a weird thing for vault doors. They just look like a fun project waiting to happen. Of course, I'd never do it in this house but it's on my 'when I win the lotto' list.

That's quite a bit different than a safe room door though. I'd damn sure want a way to get back out and the door would have to swing into the room. The couple safe rooms that I've been in (new construction) had some sort of heavy grade door with an industrial door-lock system on them. I don't know that there was anything particularly special about them other than they looked tougher than the rest of the doors in the house.

As to humidity...well. I can't say much that'd be helpful. It's humid here three times a year for a couple days at a time. We throw dessicant packs in closets and safes but it's not like it matters a whole lot. Some guys use the fancy buckets. I just save all the little packs that come free in new purchases and throw 'em in the corners. Works just as good and it's free.
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Worked at a place had a door like that built into a wall. Tag on it labeled it at something over 500# - walls were built of 2x4s and 3/8ths sheetrock...

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