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Old 01-13-2012, 04:46 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by JPGunworks View Post
Do you think an excercise bike chained to an air pump is a good idea or a waste of space?
Where do you get your oxygen from? You consume a great deal of O2 on an exercise bike. Pump O2 in and consume it as fast as you filter it?
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:42 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by c3shooter
Jon- WAY too many variables to name a single $$$ cost. Low end- $1,000. High end- ummm.... how much money did you say you had?

Our place is double duty- storm shelter (had home demolished by tornado in 86) NBC shelter (downwind from a couple of nuclear reactors- ask folks in Japan about that) and wine cellar (nobody said you had to be miserable waiting out the tornado)

Yes, will probably never use it as an NBC shelter. Will probably never use that 20 lb ABC extinguisher in my shop either. But it is there just in case.

We equipped our place over the years, and on the cheap. Radiation meter? Paid $17 for mine, including shipping. Good surplus Civil Defense Victoreen 717 meter, runs on 1 D cell. Yes, been calibrated. You can spend a LOT more.

Filters? Series of filters, coarse to fine. Less than $40. Blower? Farm auction- blacksmith's forge blower- hand cranked. Potty? Camping store going out of business sale- but you CAN use a 5 gal bucket, trash bag liners, and a toilet seat. Lights? LED, Ni-cad, hand generator. Shielding? Filled core block, lined with books. Learned to lay block pretty good.
I like the way you think sir.
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FEMA has a free course on their Ed site for a Shelter Tech. I took it in 95. Teaches you all about building the shelter.
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Old 01-13-2012, 07:53 PM   #14
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Here's an Office of Civil Defense (OCD) family fallout shelter plan from 1966 -

Ah..... the good ol' days

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