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Choosing a new roof can seem like a very difficult decision. After all, your roof is one of the most important elements of your home. Not only does it do the important job of keeping you sheltered and protected from the elements, but it’s also very visible. The wrong roof can be very unattractive, and the right roof can make your home look like a million bucks. When I started researching roof replacement options for my home, I was overwhelmed by all the choices. But when I started learning how to match roofing materials to my home’s overall look, it got a lot easier. That’s when I decided to start a blog about roofing materials and styles. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your options, this blog will help narrow down your choices and find the roof that’s right for you.


Prepping For Doomsday? You Need A Bunker! Here's How To Install One In Your Backyard

It only takes a bit of knowledge of what's going on in the world today to come up with the idea that there may be an apocalypse in the near future. With religious conflicts, racial division, wars, proxy wars, outdated power grids, and worldwide financial instability, many people believe that doomsday is just around the corner. Some people call these conspiracy theories. You, however, see the possibilities of an apocalypse and want to be prepared.

Having a substantial supply of food and water built up is one way to be prepared. But, none of the preparations will do you any good if you, your family, and your supplies are not protected in a bunker. Fortunately, there are pre-fabricated bunkers available on the market. Picking one out is the easy part. The hard part is installing it. You'll need some help.

Prepare a pathway for the equipment

The pre-fabricated bunker will arrive at your property on the back of a flatbed semi trailer. From there, a crane will be needed to lift the bunker off of the trailer and lower it into an appropriately-sized hole in the ground. So, you'll need a pathway and a parking spot for the semi trailer, the crane and the excavation equipment.

You'll need to know the dimensions of the various vehicles and equipment. You may need to remove obstacles such as trees, bushes, large rocks, and fencing. This part of the job will likely require equipment rentals. However, sometimes excavation contractors do these types of removal services as well. Keep in mind that you'll need overhead clearance for the crane.

Excavate the hole for the bunker

The hole for the pre-fabricated bunker should be dug according to the dimensions given by the manufacturer. Depending on the make and model of your bunker, there may be additional requirements that will need to be compensated for in the excavation. For example, there may be an air filtration system located at the far end of the bunker, which will need to be marked at the dig site.

Don't forget that you will need to use some of that soil to cover the bunker so it blends in with the rest of the area. Ideally, your bunker should be deep within the ground, but some people choose a shallow installation with the end result appearing as a naturally-formed hill.

Hire a crane service to set the bunker in the ground

Once the excavation has been completed, a crane service can drop the bunker into the hole. To make sure this is done safely, it's important that you provide the crane service with the weight and dimensions of the bunker prior to the delivery date. That way, a lift planner can do some math calculations to determine which appropriately-sized crane to send out for the job.

Be prepared: the lift planner and/or crane operator may want to see the job site beforehand, for several reasons. They will need to determine what angles the crane will lift the bunker. They will also need to see the ground conditions so they know whether or not you'll need crane mats or swamp pads so the crane is more stable on the ground. This helps to prevent the crane from tipping over. For additional info, talk to professionals.

Backfilling & touching up so the bunker blends in

With the bunker in place and the air vents and entry way marked so they are not obstructed, backfilling can begin. This can be a DIY project or you can bring the excavation contractor back in to do it for you. As you place layers of soil into the hole, compact the soil down. This will help keep the soil from naturally settling around your bunker later on.

You'll want to plant grass and/or other greenery in the soil so it blends in with the rest of the area. Once it's all done, you will be able to relax a bit. But, you will probably start filling your bunker with your doomsday stash of food and water as soon as possible. You never know what tomorrow may bring.