So, WHY do I have a trap door going through the side of our house?
January of 2008 a gang of gunmen entered a village and ruthlessly killed eleven persons including women and children. Several days later we got a call saying that the same gang of men was spotted right down the road from us hiding out in the jungle. It turned out that it was just a rumor that they were right down the street from us, but they were in our area. They never came into our village, but did ruthlessly kill and burn several others in the surrounding areas of our village - loggers and miners. Most of them were eventually killed or captured, but that incident caused my family to think more about escape plans. :) Usually our town is a peaceful town surrounded by jungle, but in case of an incident such as the gunmen or "bandits" as we call them, we needed a quick exit. Now, the door in my opinion is rather pathetic when it comes to a small army of AK - 47 yielding bad guys, but even more pathetic is standing our ground with only machetes, sling shots, and such - not much when you consider a AK - 47. So that combined with the thought of fires is the reason why we have a trap door going through the side of our house.
The layout of our house is kind of bad for quick escapes. All the windows have bars except the real high ones so that stops simply jumping out of the window. If the doors would be blocked in the case of a fire or "bandits", it would be hard to get out. It so happens that the upstairs bathroom of our house is one of the most secure parts of our house and also is backed by a first story roof. That is where my dad decided to cut a door through the wall.
For folks in more "civilized countries" this instructables is kinda useless except for the inspiration and idea stand point. For me though, that is what instructables is about- sharing ideas. I rarely duplicate a project - just gain an idea from it. That is what this is.
Let me just say that this isn't something many people will be able to do as easily as we did. Our house is rather simple. The walls are only one layer of wood nailed on to the wall studs - simple yet efficient in a tropical third world country. We also had a roof right of the back of the chosen room which is perfect for this. It doesn't look the prettiest, but it works - especially in a third world country. It was constructed rather hastily and simply.
This door isn't very secretive considering many hidden doors, but generally people aren't looking out for unusual little doors - especially here -, and in the cover of darkness it would be hard to spot.
Enough talking, let me get to how this thing was made.
Step 1: A Few Tools and Suplies....
All we needed tool wise was:
1. - Skill saw or a sawzall would work great.
2. - Basics - hammer, square, tape measure, pencil, ect.
but depending on what kind of wall structure you have, you may need other tools.
Some other things we used were:
1. - Two dead bolt latches and a handle
2. - Two hinges
3. - Wood screws
For wood we used:
1. - About a ten foot piece of 1x2
2. - About a five foot piece of 1x3
Pretty basic, huh?
Step 2: Tear a Hole Through the Wall....
Basically, all we did was draw two vertical lines on the outside wall, making sure they were between two studs but right next to one stud, and sawed down that line. A circular saw was used, but a sawzall would work better probably. You can see how it was cut in the picture.
It is best to keep all the pieces of lap edge wood sawed out in the right order so that when put back together everything will fit just right.
Step 3: Build a Little Door....
We screwed all the pieces sawed out of the wall together with two pieces of appropriate lengths of 1x3. Two pieces were also screwed horizontally across the door to provide places to screw the dead bolts and hinges into. You can see clearly by the picture what I mean. It is simple. My dad was in a hurry. :)
Step 4: Frame the Door Way....
Step 5: Finish It Up!
That is basically it. :)
Step 6: Finished!
Thanks for looking at this instructables. If you have any comments, questions, or criticism feel free to leave a comment. I know this was a terribly simple and not too amazing instructables, but I hope you still enjoyed it. :)
Until I appear again,