Part 2 of our storm shelter installation in San Antonio, Texas. In our first post you saw that after getting on site with the shelter, we hit bedrock when we started digging. Not an unheard of thing in Texas...and we was not unprepared. Break out the heavy equipment!!! We've got to have our fun right. Now, this bedrock has been here for roughly 65 million years but with the help of a rented backhoe with a rock-buster, we was able to make quick work of getting through it. We was then able to get the hole dug deep enough to get started with installation.
Storm Shelter Installation
Bring on the concrete! Once the hole was the proper dimensions and depth, we pour in concrete with placed rebar, and sit the storm shelter into the wet concrete. This insures that the storm shelter doesn't float or shift...like ever. It's there!!!
With the storm shelter in the hole we are able to finish up the plumbing and electrical work. After that is complete, we cover the shelter back up with the dirt that was previously removed from the hole. A little clean up and we are done. The only thing above ground is the entrance and the vent pipes. I must say, it turned out beautifully. And most importantly, this family has a safe place to ride out any storm, tornado, or....well anything else.
In the pictures below, you can follow along with everything we did. Also a few pictures of the inside...including the small bathroom.