Introduction: The Super Top Secret Bunker Project Video

OK Seriously no photos without my hat unless you write for Nip Tuck and this is the firstest ever video I have made so the editing isn't much the shots of the main floor are blurred to Make my wife happy since the Internet is evil and this was filmed with a Hacked DXG-506V meaning I soldered and pigtail with a female minijack so I could use an external microphone.

I'm just Winging it here so if you can think of a way to interest one of those Reality Shows that are so common these day's please let me know.

This Video has been brought to you by the Number Nine and the Letter J.

be well,


tinker234 (author)2012-01-02

wow mike great idea i hope you get to finish it take a look at it has a ton of parts available

madwheels37 (author)2011-07-01

Number nine and letter J? That's funny, my friend used to pull my ear to mess with me (it hurt too) and say, sounds like... Anyway, way cool man!!!

Senseless (author)2010-12-12

I'm about to get back to it. I started a biz for Ebayers mostly hopefully it will end up a big geek group and half the gadgets like the remote cameras and a server I want to put down there. I've already got conduit run out into the yard so I can sit down there and film hurricanes lol

sabr686 (author)2010-08-26

How are you these days?

Senseless (author)sabr6862010-08-27

My Back fused in six months instead of twelve a record says the doc.... I've always got something hurting but considering all the mishaps I've been in I'm lucky that's all it is. Sitting kills me but I just moved 3000 pounds of concrete 80 pounds at a time to fix a drainage problem along the lot lines between my neighbors and me. I've got 7000 square feet of roof and half the yard is concrete driveway so my wife can drive her cair everywhere including the pool and I intentionally made the drive self cleaning in heavy rains by channeling it down the middle but had a sharp turn that was jumping the birm so we added him a drain made a dam across the lot line and I made a bank to shoot the water to my two drains and in a real storm any over flow from gets sent down the center of the drive head out back away from the fence and the dams are about 8 inches higher than my drive. I even use the water to clean the dog pen then it settles in a small but wide retention pond where the grass grows really well lol.

Full Frontal Graphic (author)2008-03-26

I'm totally impressed with the attention to detail and forethought this shows.

A lot of the time I spent building the house itself didn't require my full concentration so I tend to mentally build two or three other things while I am actually working on a task. I've got a pretty swank design in mind for a "real" bunker with fake windows covering flat screens that I could tie into a computer system and program it using webcams from around the world to simulate living in different parts of the globe. Ever since I was a child I imagined someday having a house on the moon and to me without an atmosphere for radiation shielding the natural thing to do would be do build underground. I had thought of long "valleys" in line with the sun sealed with airlocks to grow many stories of plant life in and use that space to filter stale air. The living areas would be located on either side of these valleys so you could essentially have windows to let some of the filtered sunlight in and provide a view to mother nature. I have a tree farm near here with a huge hill facing west that I have always wanted to build a test habitat into. I was thinking remote controlled smart dozers could be sent to the moon ahead of the humans to begin construction of this, with a few of the valleys connecting the ones lined up with the sun perpendicular to each other and so generally in the dark which would make for a natural refrigeration system. If we could set up some high pressure pumps at the north or south poles of earth, where it is generally cold in the first place, you'd only need to loose 40 or 50 degrees to turn CO2 into a solid, then magsled them so they crash land in the dark valleys for stock piling, then use this CO2 to start the plant life cycle, and pull the O2 generated from the plants to supplement the atmosphere in the living quarters. I doubt there is enough gravity on the moon to really terraform it into having an actual atmosphere but the exposure to natural light and green living things would make life much more bearable than say spending your life sealed in a submarine and just having a few portals to look outside from. This is the short version of course but to get the CO2 to ride a magsled I was thinking it could be packaged into containers of steel that could be readily recycled into building material and with unmanned launches you could really push the Gees... I don't know for sure but it seems to me that Dry Ice would be much more efficiently produced in an area that is already naturally at a very low temp than nearer to the equator and there would be less likelihood of a catastrophe if a launch failed in a desolate spot than having it near a populated area.

That's exactly what I mean by attention to detail and forethought. If you write a book, I will buy a copy for everyone I know, just to get them thinking in a new direction. We would be 'living in the future' already if we weren't senselessly wasting resources on things that don't move us forward, and only drag us back. Is there a way to 'subscribe' to a given member's contributions?

Do you want to subscribe to my Newsletter?

Simpson's Joke...

When I lived through the wreck and learned to walk and talk and such things again I told myself I'd have a good book if I could finish the house.

After we moved in I realized I was really really tired and that project got stuck on the back burner LOL.

I just finished up a modification to my sand pumping device and made a video but it takes me forever to edit the things.

It is basically a 13 foot long primable check valve that lets me pull a slurry of sand and water from the bottom of the test shaft and pump it out into the yard and is an incredible time saver considering originally everything went in and out a 3 by 4 foot opening.

Here's a vid of the sand being pumped out during the prototype stage...

FHardison (author)Senseless2010-01-01

You know, if you're going to go to this much trouble you should at least pump the sand through a sluice to recover precious metals too. Might help you pay for the overall project.

I'll subscribe to whatever you have.

Here's the vid it's long and rambles as I tend to do...

Could maybe use like a toilet float with switch to control the input water pump to keep a constant level.

It's more a matter of trying to supply it with 100 gallons of water a minute so I need a second large pump so I can use lake water.

Yep, I get that. I meant maybe some sort of on/off electrical remote switch (actuated by rising or falling water level) to turn on the lake pump or off as needed. So you can just keep shoveling into a pit with a constant water level. If there is no priming issue with the pump. Your technique reminds me of the old adage about working smarter instead of working harder. You sure seem to be productive.

If I had an electric pump that would be a good idea but I really need a high volume of water and costwise a second trash pump might get me more bang for the buck especially if I found a used one.

I have a Flygt (model name is 'Ready') electric submersible pump I've pumped really sandy water with, (basically digging by making mud with a high pressure nozzle -- digging out the roots of a largish tree that needed to be gone completely from my garden and pumping it away, but I have more sandy soil, no clay...) I was picturing a similar pump. Apparently yours is gas-powered (?) and no way to control it remotely with a switch (?) ... so how are you going to balance water in and water out to keep from flooding, running out of water, or climbing out of the bunker to go tend the lake pump? I'm really happy with and surprised at the performance of the Flygt pump, by the way. I've totally abused it and it has held up well. I think the particular model I have wouldn't lift high enough for your purpose though. I get 20 feet or so out of it.


I have removed pine tree stumps in a similar manner by digging a deep hole next to the it and washing the sand from the roots then digging and washing until I had plenty exposed stump then I'd saw it off 2 feet below the ground and fill the hole back up.

I could use a simple large drain line I was thinking to make sure the hole didn't over flow. I could jet a pipe horizontally under the house I was thinking so it came out in the back yard and would be a natural drain a couple feet lower thanthe bottom garage floor but I was thinking about your switch idea and I could get a largeelectricvalve and just bypass the flow into the yard when it got high enough then open a valve so it pours into the pit when the level drops.

My only thought on a second gas trash pump is I could get a 2 inch one pretty cheaply compared to an electric one that would pump the same volume of water but I'm big on scrounging up stuff so we'll see.

I made a shorter version of the vid maybe I'll make an instrctable around it...

I like the idea of a passive drain, just as you mentioned, so that there is no possibility of flooding and no need to watch out for water down there... just good design principles... an electrically actuated valve might be the cheapest way, yes, good idea, I was also thinking that another solution might be (if the scrounging led you this way) to set up a tank (did you mention a swimming pool in the yard?) or containment in the yard somewhere... pump water to the tank (could be even a bunch of haybales forming a tub, lined with plastic, or outdoor pool liner) to keep it filled, overflow arranged to return to the lake, and use gravity to let the water run downhill to your pit, as incoming water... ...etc. I'm sure you are already way ahead as my experience with those with the gift of 'attention deficit' leads me to believe. Interested to see how it works out.

Want a Job? LOL Those are good ideas. I've made temporary basins out of large tarps and a plastic drop cloth will make an instant wading pool for the kids if you happen to have a truck bed in the driveway.

If you really needed a hand with something I wouldn't mind helping you out, but really I'm kinda too busy for a job... and the commute to your place from Los Angeles would be pretty tough. But now that I think of it, I work with video a lot and I know you are looking to get your story out there, and maybe if you had some ready-made segments, episodes sorta, you might have better luck getting a broadcaster (or webcaster) interested. Maybe we might work out some kinda collaboration in a few months. I'm kinda 'hammered flat' until midsummer, but it might be that we could brainstorm up something along the lines of a television series or similar. Maybe a documentary... I have occasional access to video gear, cameras, steadicam, tripods and the like, and I'm typing this on an editing workstation in my home.

Hey I am always looking for advice and the vids I know need serious practice the last one was the 12th attempt so I'm just starting the learning curve on editing and just have the basic windoz software and the sound is better with a real mic but I need something like a mixer to fade down machine noises and I need to get them down to a minute or two as you say in segments which is more likely to get linked to I imagine.

I'm just wingin it here LOL so any suggestions are much appreciated and I'll message you a different email address for me if you want.

I need to take a break from it so I'm gonna finish up the check valve and get the sand out of the bottom of the thing so I can see if I got the seal back around the pipes and if so pour a smooth floor then just watch it for a long while and mark exactly how high the water comes up the pipes.

I used the last video I made and hopefully gave a summary of what I had done so far in a new
Instructable but the yard is lookin pretty shabby and the wife is giving me some not so subtle hints that I need to get back to the odds and ends the house above still need LOL.

Then Spread Calm. It's contagious.

Klappstuhl (author)2009-05-18

Amazing! Now all this needs is some Vault-Tech Posters! :D

assassin1321 (author)Klappstuhl2009-07-13

dont forget bobble heads

Senseless (author)assassin13212009-07-13

Excellent idea! That would save me installing seismograms....

0utCold (author)2008-01-02

"Some times you've just gotta do things for the heck of it." I couldnt agree more.

getbusy21 (author)2008-01-02

More power to you.

!Andrew_Modder! (author)2008-01-02

thats sweet... :-D but most of all, you have an awesome work area for yourself indoors, that would not be noisy in other rooms. (you have a work area that is sound proof on the outside)

I Put the compressors in after I had it dried in and have airlines run to each floor with a spot in a closet to plug into when I need an airtool, even in the attic. I'm very big on quiet.

ya lol like in the middle of the night you could run a power saw... eeeerrrrrrrrttttt! w no noise :-P

GorillazMiko (author)2008-01-02

I agree with !Andrew_Modder!, you do have an awesome work area indoors. Great Instructable!

Senseless (author)GorillazMiko2008-01-02

One advantage of spending seven years building a house is you have plenty of time to daydream up new Ideas. I put a garden hose spicket in the upstairs guest suite bathroom supplied by a 3/4" line so I could put a retractable real hose on there and with 75 feet I can reach any part of the attic, the guest suite, and every room on the main floor so I'm pretty well prepared if there's ever a fire...

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