Our emergency jack option. A three-ton, 24" lift hydraulic ram jack becomes handy if debris lands on your door, preventing you from exiting the shelter. It is used to push debris off the door, not as a "prop" while you get out. Any hydraulics can fail.
Note: We have relocated the jack. It is no longer mounted to the side. It's now stored under the bench with brackets mounted to the third step and door. This gave a higher lift and out of the way of the stairs.
Note: three-ton is the lift ability, not how much the jack weighs. :)
These are good size shelves. Most people get one on each side of the staircase.
The total width of the shelter and about 14" deep. With two shelves, someone can still sit on the back bench. Three is the max, and at that, the top shelf will be much smaller. But, some like all the storage space. Note: You can also store five-gallon containers under the benches
The flush mount frame option. This is for new construction in slab installations. The staircase has a 4" frame added around it to butt up against a concrete slab. The door is designed at 1/2" lower than the frame. This allows you to use a 1/2" piece of plywood to cover it and the space between the door and the frame. Throw a rug over the top; no one will even know it's there. Also, rather than the turbine, we can mount vent nipples to the front or back to attach 4" PVC to run wherever you might need for air. Note: These must be installed where there is no chance of rain coming in on it.
These can be used rather than the turbine vent. Primarily used with the flush mount option for in-slab new construction but can be used for other reasons. These do not offer airflow as well as the turbines. Some have installed duct fans inside the piping others have connected them to their central heat and air systems. Most just run them outside and put an elbow at the end.
The hillside model., for those that don't have a flat area to put one of our regular models. Our extremely heavy-duty handmade door also has metal lock bars inside.
We weld HD hinges to the side walls and hooks in the ceiling to allow you to make obove bench bunk beds from plywood. Raise them up for a bed or lower them for more seating room.
You can also drill and bolt hinges to the benches to make beds. Use fold-away jack stands for support.