Bunker Expansion

Discussion in 'Off Grid Living' started by BenP, Jun 28, 2020 at 14:46.


  1. BenP

    BenP Monkey++ Site Supporter+

    The kids are getting too big to share a room so I am adding 2 bedrooms and a bathroom on each side of the house. I'm doing everything myself with a little help from my friends.


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  2. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    Nice ,, how thick are you pouring those walls ???
     
  3. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Got to be at least 4” to be viable under its own weight.. more likely 6”.... I would be interested in the answer as well...
     
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  4. BenP

    BenP Monkey++ Site Supporter+

    Outside walls are 12" the inside walls will be 8"
     
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  5. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Nice...
     
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  6. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    One things for sure ,, you're building a quality home. What type of form system are you using ?? Kinda hard to tell from the pics. Just curious,, I haven't really done much concrete forming since the late 80s ,, mostly built plywood and 2x4 forming back then ,, used Symons forms a few times ,, man ,, that made things go quicker. Just haven't kept up with all the different forming systems over the years.
     
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  7. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Nice, I'm seeing.....Look out towers...Cough,Cough
     
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  8. BenP

    BenP Monkey++ Site Supporter+

    This is a plywood clamp system by a company called Gates. A bank in WV was selling a complete system they had repossessed and I bought it. I bought the plywood at Menards, it is wall forming plywood and has some sort of really smooth surface.
     
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  9. BenP

    BenP Monkey++ Site Supporter+

    We got really frustrated dealing with contractors on the main part of the house so I decided to do the new additions myself. It has been a bit of a learning curve but it is rewarding seeing the results of your labor and will probably save us 50% on costs.
     
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  10. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    Yes sir ,, if you've got the time and a little knowledge,, you can save some money. Especially in concrete,, some of them guys make some really good money , but you've got to know how and when to work it ,, or it'll work you. Looks like you're doing well. (y)
     
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  11. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    Bars on the kid's windows?
    Smart choice:D
     
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