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cschorn01
Needed Modification to Storm Shelter Trap Door in Floor

I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and though it is only February, Oklahoma is already experiencing tornado weather. I have a wonderful storm shelter--underground, steel construction, well-ventilated and able to hold approx. 10 people. My problem is that access to the storm shelter door (which is flush to the ground) is via a very heavy, reinforced trap door in my house floor. At present, the only means of raising the door is via a ring pull, and the only means of keeping the door open is a manual prop that is not fixed to anything. I'm a small female and can't heave that sucker up myself. If my husband's at work and a storm comes up, I can't get to the shelter. People have mentioned perhaps a counterweight system to raise the door, or maybe some sort of winch device. I'm stumped. Can anyone provide any advice at all? I'd really appreciate any info.

Thanks very much.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Needed Modification to Storm Shelter Trap Door in Floor

You might want to consider air springs, like thay use on auto hatch backs.
Jack

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