Dec 20

Building a PVC storage cache

Upon reading the title of this post you might be wondering if this was inspired by the recent “gun control” frenzy in the media and thus will focus on how to break down and bury guns in one’s backyard.  Of course you could do something like that with the information provided here, but I would submit that if the time comes to bury our guns the time has arrived to dig up our guns (I can’t take credit for that one).  There are plenty of good reasons for knowing how to build a cache using PVC pipe and they all do not have to be associated with prepping.  Maybe you want to build a time capsule for your family or church group, maybe you just want to keep your wife’s birthday present in a secure location where she is sure not to find it!

Of course more practical reasons exist for building a PVC storage cache when it comes to prepping.  You could keep what amounts to the contents of a bugout bag buried somewhere on your property for the sake of redundancy.  You could also strategically place some PVC storage cache’s along your bugout route so that if you were on foot, you wouldn’t have to carry as heavy of a load (knowing you had resupplies on your route).  Whatever your reason the supplies needed to build these devices are relatively cheap and they can be assembled in just a few minutes.  Everything you need can be found at your local hardware store.

-PVC Pipe (4 or 6 inch)

-One end cap

-One adapter with cleanout plug

-Silicone caulking (or PVC cement)

Once you have everything it’s time to begin the assembly process, this video goes over all of the steps in detail.

One last precautionary note, before deciding to dig big holes in your backyard make sure to contact your utility company so they can come out and mark your yard.  Underground gas lines, power lines and communication lines do not react well when struck by a shovel and I’m sure you wouldn’t like to get the bill for the repair.  Call someone before you dig!


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    • Ranger W on December 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM
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    This is going to be very important when the further gun regulation starts. Im usually not a tin foil hat type guy worrying about the federales kicking in my door but just remember that throughout the majority of the world that is exactly the case. If you still believe in American exceptionalism then you must have happened on prepper sites by accident. My plan is hope for the best but prepare for the worst. And remember that hope is not a method of preparing.

      • so much for that on January 28, 2015 at 2:53 PM
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      Well, here we are, 2 years later, and no new gun rules. In fact:

      * More “assault” rifles are in public hands than ever before, to the point the dealers are overstocked and prices are falling. Even the manufacturers are saying the upcoming year will be rough for them because demand has FALLEN so much.

      * Obama says we now can carry concealed in Federal parks per the state’s concealed carry law.

      * Illinois has begun issuing concealed carry permits.

      * The so-called ammo shortage is easing up considerably. There was never a shortage, just a bunch of people panicking and buying it up.

      All this “they’re gonna take our guns” wailing has been completely wrong. It’s been great for bloggers, ammo makers, gun dealers and gun makers, but just as I said when Bush left office, nothing is gonna happen under Obama, and nothing has, other than everyone being armed to the teeth and so stockpiled with ammo (much of which they overpaid for) they won’t need to buy any for 5-10 years.

        • PJ on January 28, 2015 at 5:37 PM
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        Well, aren’t you special. I’d offer you a cookie but I’m fresh out, all I have left is some bubble gum that was on the bottom of my shoe. Interested?

        While you’re busy predicting the future, what’s the next powerball number going to be?

    • Charlie Mike on December 21, 2012 at 4:59 AM
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    Where can I find PVC that is larger in diameter than 6″? I would like something in the 12″ diameter. I’ve Googled for some in my area but have not had much luck. I looked at Lowes & Home Depot without much luck either.

      • PJ on December 21, 2012 at 7:33 AM
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      I would think plumbing supply stores might have what you need, or you could used 5 gallon buckets. Just a thought.

  1. Always amazed me what people can do with PVC pipe, it has to be one of the most versatile things ever. I have seen a site here which gives a detailed list of all of the places that PVC pipe goes, if anyone is interested:

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