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Fallout shelter root cellar

  bomb shelter from the 1960's

Mark Frauenfelder at Boing Boing pointed me to an interesting collection of fallout shelter designs that the Department of Defense put out back in the early 1960's. Not sure if I would want to stay too long in something so small and confining, but the image above got me to thinking about a modified version as a root cellar. Those big culverts are expensive, but if you already had one laying around this might be a good way to provide protection against the bad things out there while at the same time creating a place to keep food from freezing.

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I do have one issue with the culvert designs though: Anything round is going to be difficult to put shelves in. However, I have seen some rectangular box-type culverts made of concrete and lots of rebar: . Also here are some other interesting root cellar ideas: . My favorite is the school bus.
Comment by Everett Fri Nov 6 11:33:12 2009
Thanks for the useful links! Mark's got this thing about round houses -- he finds them intriguing despite the problems with putting anything against the wall. I expect he'll have a little round hobbit hole before the end of next decade. :-)
Comment by anna Fri Nov 6 19:16:21 2009

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