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does anybody have 3ft of dirt?

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by SheepDog223, Jan 10, 2015.

  1. SheepDog223

    SheepDog223 Salem Well-Known Member

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    I've been reading lately that it takes three feet of dirt to stop gamma radiation. Makes me wish I had bought a house with a basement. I've been reading about Russia lately. In 05 or so they ran a simulated nuclear attack on the US. I'm sure we do the same in return but us doing it comforts me... Them doing it worries me. I'm not interested in hearing any bravado or any "I want a beer and a lawn chair to watch the fireworks" comments please. I'm interested in any knowledge experienced or well read people have. Thank you.
     
  2. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    Not sure what you topic is but if you want shielding it's right out in the street under a manhole.o_O
     
  3. SheepDog223

    SheepDog223 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Wouldn't contaminants enter freely through the pipes below and the vent holes above? Will a manhole cover stop gama radiation fallout?
     
  4. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    Sewage system move contaminates down stream. How long do you expect to need the shielding? I believe shielding is measured by the density of the shield. Cast iron is dense. However if there is time available you could park a truck over the hole. (Much easier than hauling three foot of dirt into the house):D
     
  5. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    My "street" - a private road - has no manholes.

    Many manholes are welded shut.
     
  6. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    I guess you will either have to start digging or haul in some dirt:D. Or locate a manhole that is open and not too deep for a short stay. Lids can be hard to remove but most just pull up if you make yourself a tool to go down one of the holes. Worked on the roads for many years and damn few have welded lids. Lots of underground stations along our streets that can be opened with a wrench too.o_O
     
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  7. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have plenty of dirt.

    My neighbor talked to me about going in halvsies on an excavator. He wanted to dig out a "wine cellar". I wanted a "root cellar", but I decided not to.

    When I retire in about 5 years I will move further out, and build a new house. The house will be at least partially earth bermed. I plan to have a safe room or two or three, and a pantry, and such, at the back of the shop, which will be attached to the house and be earth bermed also.

    I am less concerned about nuclear war than I am about having a good secure place to put stuff when I am away from the house. At least one of the rooms would be built with extra rebar on all walls and maybe steel plate cladding, and a safe door (maybe a blast door) that can be opened from the inside, possibly with a secondary emergency exit from the back of the room. I would keep firearms and emergency supplies in there, and have a HEPA filter system and so on.

    As it would be facing away from Portland and would be about 60 miles away, it should be adequate, but you never know - a stray bomb could miss the metro area and drop right on top of me. In which case, nothing would do much good.
     
  8. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Not many folks have 3' of dirt around on a daily basis, but in the end we're all guaranteed around 6' of dirt eventually. :D
     
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  9. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    What I find interesting is in the old days they said get a couple of saw horses or tables then put doors on top of them then cover the doors with dirt to protect yourself. Now days if the blast hasn't killed you I would put on a good dust mask and full covering clothes take some iodine pills and hike to a non contaminated area.

    Gama particles have a long shelf life so no sense in staying there and getting exposed constantly.
     
  10. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Shelf life or half-life? o_O
     
  11. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    Ya half life:D sometimes I get ahead of myself. Anyway it remains lethal a long time.o_O
     
  12. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Iodine pills only help with a certain kind of radiation and certain organs, they won't help with everything. They are not a silver bullet.