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The Secure Home Paperback – May 12, 1999
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Make no mistake about it, the author does not parrot information in other survival or construction books, rather everyone else copies Skousen! This is the dictionary and encylopedia of not only secure room construction, but home construction in general.
After discussing some 'survival' philisophical issues, the book cuts right to the chase discussing properly laid out homes, from all angles. Beginning with the home, from location, ground, terrain, sun exposure, vegetation, water supply, (the author sticks in little tricks, like instrad of bullet proofing walls with kevlar, just fill a chasm with sand and gravel for better and cheaper results) room layout, expansion of rooms, schematics of extending a roof, basement, etc., its all laid out.
At this 'home' section the author lays out a goal for the planner, for example one goal would be 'have two seperate and distinct 'cooking heat' sources. Using the author's techniques and recommended equipment, this can be accomplished by almost anyone. This doubling up principle applies to everything, like water. You get ways to store water, resivoir it, etc., all within the confines of various types of houses. This book is good eneough that it covers the situations of like 95% of Americans.
This doubling up takes the better part of the book. From installing solar arrays in hot sunny areas, to gas, to portable generators, supply systems, high security shelters within the secure home, plumbing, transportation, sanitation, security systems, etc. Its all covered in EXHAUSTIVE detail.Read more ›
I just received mine and it is already 1/2 underlined. It's 678 pages long, lots of new stuff compared to his previous editions. The size is a full 8 1/2 x 11 pages. There's lots of interesting design and construction ideas here.
For example, he details his concepts of using gravel to bulletproof your walls. Lots of great stuff on basements, and tieing in to the foundation. Great coverage on water self-sufficiency. Lots and lots of construction details. Drawings nicely supplement the text.
He talks about remodeling as well as new construction. Lots of practical tips you can apply right away. Here's a quick quote to illustrate how clearly written it is: "Brick and hollow block are only marginal shields for high powered projectiles. But they are readily available and relatively affordable. Both can be made much stronger with re- bar and ladder wire in the voids. Concreate block is often reinforced with voids filled. But few people know that brick can also be reinforced..."
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Vast content for homesteaders, DIY's, preppers etc. The reference section in the back alone is worth the price.
Some information seems a little dated.
Very informative book. Be aware it is a big book with lots of information that will take you some time to digest.Published 15 months ago by Steve
This is a wonderful book. After building my own home, I see that I should have read this book first as Skousen has a lot of ideas that could have been implemented for very little... Read morePublished 18 months ago by p'moto