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The Secure Home Paperback – May 12, 1999

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Joel Skousen's books are highly sought after due to the great amount of hands-on experience he has in this field. His original Survival Home Manual was the pioneering work in the high security residential field, over 25 years ago. This completely new work, with an updated title (The Secure Home) is destined to replace his original work as THE definitive work in the field of self-sufficient and high security architecture.

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This book contains all of the design concepts and implementation details I use in my work. I have placed these valuable illustrations and descriptions in The Secure Home to help readers do all or part of their own design work. My work load has increased so much over the years that I only have time to consult on design now and must leave the detail design work to other designers or architects. This book provides the necessary details to help others do the implementation. This allows me to better serve hundreds of clients each year instead of a handful. I encourage a lot of do-it-yourself design and construction and thus have tried to develop many simply and inexpensive ways to provide security. With the online update of recommended equipment and products it saves me from having to revise the entire print edition to keep the book current.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 700 pages
  • Publisher: Swift; 3rd edition (May 12, 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 1568610556
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568610559
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author made a living constructing or designing high security homes and self sufficient homes, and writes this tremendous volume in a clear, all encompassing, format from his experience in the field, and from keeping abreast of new technology.
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.
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Have you ever felt...vulnerable? Me too. Well, the sad fact is that 'The Secure Home' will undoutedly make you feel much more so. As an example: the author explains that where the population denisty exceeds 100 people per square mile - the population is enherently at risk even in minor shipping crises (caused by strike or natural disaster). The book will have a different effect on each who reads it. However, everyone who reads this text must agree that the author "knows what he is talking about." There are 20 well-detailed chapters on such topics as ("Lifestyle changes under self-sufficiency", "Strategy and Training For Quick Reaction To A Crisis", "Peparedness Planning and Threat Assessment", "Security", "Choosing the Right Household Appliances(awesome chapter!)", "Building a High Security Shelter" ). As I read these chapters I kept finding myself wishing that Mr. Skousen was my father! Why? Because REAL fathers prepare their children for the harsh realities of life. Too many parents want to shelter children from reality. It boggles my mind to think that parents refuse to discuss potential threats with their children because they are afraid it may cause them too much undue stress! Americans are simply not prepared to cope with crises today. My parents sure didn't help prepare me! I strongly suggest that you purchase this text and read it. When you find that you feel utterly vulnerable...ACT...make steps towards preparedness. (1) plan to relocate - try your best to move to a more rural location. Finally, this book is a must have if you are building your own house - TRUST ME - if you follow the author's sage advice (especially about which appliances are preparedness friendly, such as dual-fuel appliances!Read more ›
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I ordered mine from Amazon. It's a great book for someone considering a new house and is worried about security.
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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The author has outdone himself on this book. He showes the lay person how to make his present home secure and self-sufficient, without running for the hills or digging a hole in the back yard. His ideas are backed with detailed examples of "how tos". The author has had 30 years experience in the security design field and "knows of what he speaks". His printed solutions to problems have been used in the past with success. This is not trail by error. He also includes a detailed resouce list of vendors for the hard to find equipment. I have used them and have been very pleased. A "must read" for the person who wants to secure their home and future.
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