Friday, April 4, 2014

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ANOTHER BUG OUT BOOK

Sheltering Underground, cont.


( note prior to article:  DF, I got your very generous gift.  Thank you!  P.S., are you single?  )


Back in the day when Damn Yankees were fleeing their own oppressive Federales, when having to atone for supporting the dictatorship of Abraham Lincoln and burning the crops of civilians who subsequently starved ( although one has to admit, giving the devil his due, Sherman [ and perhaps Grant ] was one of the few original military thinkers nearly a hundred years before his time who understood defeating the enemy by disrupting rear supply lines rather than clashing head on with them. That this common sense is tragically absent in almost all that professions practices through the ages gives lie our moniker of Intelligent Ape ) meant moving to a hellhole prairie where the wind was a constant abrasive, the Indians were some really pissed off asymmetrical warfare indigs who only were cheated out of their victories by the depopulating from germ warfare, the weather was one of two conditions of either seriously friggin cold or god awful hot- but the one thing they had in their favor was sod. Aside from its agricultural properties, I imagine it was a pretty easy to dig out a hovel in record time.

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The fact that their butt ugly flat bosomed wife’s still managed to berate them into moving out of their cozy warm holes into a leaky wooden structure which shared the exact same weather conditions as the outside also speaks volumes about our species supposed intelligence. I can almost understand it from the women’s point of view. She isn’t the one who has to figure out how to heat the thing, and social climbing has a definite survival advantage- and moving above ground was a step up not in practicality but in demonstrated income and status. Of course, given two seconds of thought, if you were the only gal on the block who had and underground mansion with plenty of glass, AND an underground greenhouse for your pretty roses you could show off to those snooty bitches in December, I think that would have made you Uptown Queen. Anyway, my whole point here, if such a claim can be made, is that digging a friggin hole for you and the spouse a hundred and some odd years ago was a lot easier than it is now for most of us. Oh, sure, we have a magical machine called a back-hoe now. And they charge the equivalent of a magical bean to use the damn thing. Most of us are forced to use the Central American brand of the machine, Manuel. As is manual labor. So rather than digging a house size, you are going to be lucky to be able to dig a closet size ( forget shed size. STILL too much labor. Because remember, blowing out a heart valve digging kind of defeats the purpose of surviving the Apocalypse ).

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13 comments:

  1. I liked the central american brand joke. That was good. I have to admit not being able to dig much more than a three feet (if you're lucky) is a draw back in south Florida. Not to mention a leaky structure here sucks from May until January. Plus, from June to November you have a better chance at having your structure blown down than you do of catching a primo snook. (Oh and much like the 1920's midwest, we have some awesome soil oxidation going on.)

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    1. Most northern latitudes you need plastic. In FL you only need screen.

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  2. The problem with dug out -- pioneers didn't have plastic.

    They would leak terribly in the rain. Mud dripping down all over everything. Snakes, bugs, dirt -- what's not to love.

    So could the step daughter not handle your life style and she took off with her mom?

    I hope you do an article on the step daughter experience and how city folk take to rustic living.

    Idaho Homesteader

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    1. They are still here. I don't mind as long as I'm left alone-security while I'm away.

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    2. Seemed like security was the only reason to keep the wife around - of course when they turn on you security is naught as you are sleeping with the enemy. Sherman was definitely ahead of his time - after WWII they would refer to those like him as war "criminals".

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    3. I wouldn't be so hating if he had been Confederate. But only because I love the underdog and hate Federales, Yankees and other assorted swine.

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  3. Jim, your probably looking at them as food stores, LOL. I am planning a a decent sized walkout "root cellar" maybe between 120 and 180 square feet. I have the topography to do it and a friend with heavy equipment. Only cost would be materials and I have alot of timber.

    Such a shelter could serve many purposes from storage, storm shelter, Who knows., I may be able to conceal it pretty well too. This was an idea that had gone to the back of the file. Thanks for the reminder.

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  4. Easier to put it at the top of a rise and transport loose fill ta bury it. Little ata time.

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  5. Plastic or rubber EPDM pond liners, make earth sheltering so much more practical it isn't even funny, throw on some skylights or windows in choice locations and synthetic insulation and suddenly you have a truly comfortable low maintenance place to live. All these things however take our modern industrial infrastructure to produce. Buy them now and store them in the back of your root cellar with some pick axes and shovels- Now you shelter all the relatives who come to impose during the collapse.

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    1. The only good thing about a $60 role of plastic from Home Depot is, you have plenty of spares to repair and replace. I'll have to check out pond liners further.

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  6. Interesting article James.

    I have been infatuated with the underground house myself since youth; Peter Pan being one of my favourite tales. Only later in life did I realise that this is really the only practical post Apocalypse dwelling. Self regulating in temperature; this will be a most practical structure when the heat or cold become unbearable, and wood for fuel is scarce (Or you're simply too old to chop it anymore) and electricity non-existent.

    In his book, “Surviving off off grid”, Michael Bunker explains that the first order of importance to most settlers (At least in the area where he lives?) was the construction of the root cellar. He goes on to mention that they lived in the root cellar until construction of a conventional home was complete.

    I downloaded The $50.00 and up underground house PDF a while back, though it's still in print and can be purchased in hard copy from Amazon. Also, Storey's “Build Your Own underground Root Cellar”, is a short and simple publication how to on this subject.

    http://www.amazon.com/Build-Your-underground-Root-Cellar/dp/0882662902

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    1. I would recommend the $50 & Up book to everyone-where I got my ideas and inspiration.,

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