posted on Aug, 19 2009 @ 09:36 AM
I have been researching survival techniques for a few years to prepare for tshtf scenario. My priorities are water, food, shelter, security and
Water has been shown in another thread. I have 2k gallon tank but am going to add another 1k by building 2 of the water tanks in the other thread
along with a rain catchment system.
Shelter is the topic now.
For those of you that have a bug out place or are in possesion of land to bug out to, these meathods will allow you to build a home for little money.
The problem is that little money = much labor.
I have more time than money so I don't balk at labor. Especially when it means that my labor is putting a solid roof over my loved ones heads.
This sounds crude but awesome homes have been built using sandbags. I live withing 1/2 mile from a river bed and sand is free. Otherwise I would have
to pay like $7 / cubic yard for it to be delivered + 100 delivery fee.
Sandbags cost @ $280/1000.
Construct a sandbag filler tube from heavy duty cardboard, ducting material or simular so that you get sandbags of consistant fills.
The "art". Determine your perimiter. Dig a trench 2' wide and deeper than your frostline. If possible fill the bottom up to 3" of the trench with
rocks for drainage.
Place the first layer of sandbags end to end in the trench. The next layer place perpendicular to the first. Tamp the sandbags. Meaning that you use a
heavy flat piece of metal connected to a pole and ram the sandbags to get them as flat as possible. Repeat this procedure untill you have the wall
height that you need.
An alternate method of placing sandbags is to place like block wall. Stagger sandbags while building wall so they cover joints from previous layer.
Typically, builders using this style will place a barbed wire layer in between layers of sandbags.
A note on sandbags. Plastic sandbags will quickly errode in the sun if not UV treated. Burlap sandbags are succeptable to rot. After placing walls it
is necessary to cover the sandbags with a weather proof coating.