Success is not final, failure is not fatal - it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Monday, April 30, 2012

Storm shelter take two and DONE!

Yes!! The storm shelter has passed the second inspection and is in the ground!!
The guys came back yesterday afternoon and spent three hours reinforcing two sides with steel beams and re-bar. 
Juhu!! Der Tornado shelter ist durch die zweite Inspektion gekommen und ist komplett installiert!!
Vier Maenner kamen gestern und haben drei Stunden lang Stahlbalken verschweisst.
 When they were done, they said it's as safe as a bomb shelter now. Good to know... ;-)
Als sie fertig mit Schweissen waren, meinten sie der shelter waere nun fast Bombensicher. Gut zu wissen...;-)
 After lowering the shelter into the ground a second time and waiting for the inspector to show up.
Hier ist der shelter zum zweiten mal "im tiefen Loch" und wir warten darauf, dass der Inspektor vorbei kommt.
 No pics of the inspector, but here's the truck with the cement. Were we happy to see them!
Keine Bilder vom Inspektor, aber hier ist der Zementmischer. Wir waren ganz schoen froh ihn zu sehen!
 The cement had to be carted in one wheelbarrow at a time.
Der Zement wurde eine Schubkarre nach der anderen in die Garage gebracht und verteilt.
 Pouring the cement around the shelter...
Hier wird der Zement um den shelter verteilt...
 ... and more cement...
...und noch mehr Zement...
 Looks like a big mess right there.
Schaut nicht so toll aus auf diesem Bild.
 But here it is taking shape. The guys are cleaning up the outsid and the inside.
Hier jedoch nimmt es langsam Form an und es wird innen und aussen "sauber" gemacht.
 The sliding door is being installed, the stairs and seats are already in place. (I'll show pictures of the inside once the cement is dry.)
Die Schiebetuere wird installiert, die Treppen und Sitze sind schon. (Ich zeige euch Bilder im shelter, wenn der Zement trocken ist.)
 Voila, our tornado shelter. May we never need to use it... (The handle will be removed once the cement is dry.)
Voila, der fertige Tornado shelter. Ich hoffe wir muessen ihn nie benutzen. (Den Griff kann man entfernen wenn der Zement trocken ist.)

14 comments:

  1. Now if they could just make an earthquake shelter! (And we knew when to get in it!)

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  2. So cool! I hope you never have to use it, but if I see those crazy radar colors on the Weather Channel down there, I'll know right where you are :)

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    1. Maybe you can send in the search teams, too of you don't hear from us for a while... A friend of mine has a shelter and they always call somebody before they get in. That way somebody knows they'll be down there.

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  3. OOORAH! It is in! As much as I hope you NEVER have a need to use it, Anke, I feel so much better knowing you have it. I'm anxious to see the inside...and I really like the idea of calling someone before you go in, should there be a need.

    Hugs to you, my friend.

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    1. We went in for a bit last night, but it still smells pretty bad, being new and having been cleaned with who knows what. We're airing it out right now and I'll probably take some pictures later on.
      Big hugs to you, I've been thinking about you and the family.

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  4. That freaks me out a little thinking about you even needing it. I wish you blue skies forever!
    Your Friend, m.

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    1. Me too, Mark! I am so glad we have it, but the thought that we might "really" need to use it freaks me out a bit. Yes, hopefully we'll have blue skies forever. :-)

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  5. This is awesome....I can really see how deep and big it is now!! I feel better knowing your family is protected. :)
    xo

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  6. Liebe Anke,

    wow...jetzt ist "ER" also installiert! Ich bin froh das ihr nun endlich diese "Sicherung" für euch eingebaut habt aber ich wünsche und hoffe von Herzen das ihr sie niemals nützen müsst!

    Nachträglich noch alles Liebe zum Geburtstag für Nadia...sie sieht sooo süß aus auf dem Foto!

    Ich bin noch nicht sehr weit mit meinem Shalom, Mr. Kindle hält mich total gefangen...grins...ich liebe dieses Teil!

    Ich wünsche Dir noch eine schöne Woche und schicke viele liebe Grüße mit und wünsche Euch allen von Herzen "Allzeit super Wetter und viel Sonnenschein"...

    Marion

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    1. Marion, wir sind froh, dass es nun rum ist. Jetzt muessen wir nur noch die Garage wieder aufraeumen und alles dahin tun wo es hingehoert. :-)
      Dankeschoen fuer die Geburtstagswuensche, ich werde es ausrichten.
      Bin schon mal gespannt auf deinen Shalom und mit welcher Wolle du ihn strickst.
      Viele liebe Gruesse!

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  7. Oh Anke, I just read the first post on this also. How very safe it looks! Actually, I am so very, very happy you have this! I just cringe and loose sleep whenever there are tornadoes anywhere around your area, so this is very reassuring! lol! Well done dear, well done!!! xxxxx

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    1. Thank you Leslie! We feel safer, knowing it is there, but we do hope we'll never need it.

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    2. me too! It could double as a veggie root storage container in the winter, Anke! lol!!I think there are a few months in the winter where tornadoes won't happen, isn't there?

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  8. “May we never need to use it...” – Yeah, this is always the hope. Being inside the tornado shelter means that nature is at its worst outside. And you’ll never know what you’ll open up to after. But all the same, we all need this, ironically, as preparation for something we wouldn’t want to come. Keep safe!

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