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JDenise 06-12-2006 04:29 PM

Storm Shelter underneath garage floor
I'm building a new house and have built a concrete storm shelter underneath the garage floor. (8' X 8' X 8') We will be pouring the garage floor directly over the top of the shelter soon and need ideas on the trap door leading into the storm shelter. We are wanting something that slides rather than hinged because of space for the parked vehicles.

inspectorD 06-12-2006 06:26 PM

Welcome ....

I'm thinking if you were to put in a metal hatchway and stairs to a lower secured door in the room from outside the garage, you may be better off.
You would use it more, I would anyway as a root cellar storage.
The other issue I can think of is when the car is parked over the door ,sliding or not, how do you get in? You would have to move the car in an emergency when you needed to use the shelter in a hurry.
Then you have all that garage on your door in a collapse and it may be a while before you get out.

Also make sure there is a drain for any water to leave in case this fills up like a swimming pool.

I have done many prepared emergency drills and safety training for just such scenario's. Being prepared is the other half of the battle,the shelter is the start.

We should post something for being prepared and what folks do in emergencies....think I will start a post.:D

I hope I have helped, though I didnt answer your question.;)

CraigFL 06-13-2006 06:04 AM

And don't forget about the carbon monoxide and gasoline vapors that might settle there...

Have you looked at BILCO for doors?

inspectorD 06-13-2006 06:25 AM

Excellent point
Another good point for not installing this in the garage.

Which makes me think you may also need some form of fresh air inlet from outside. A small 2" pipe may be all you need.

Any others?:)

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