I understand that I am special and wonderful and Baby Jesus himself shines upon me- my locale is able to support underground dwellings with relative ease. Elsewhere you need a lot more engineering to be safe and snug. Of course, elsewhere they have a nifty things called trees, and by following the “$50 & Up Underground House” book by Mike O. which is a must regardless how you plan on going underground, you use trees for shoring and a bit of plastic sheeting and you pretty easily solve the issues of wet earth wanting to bury your stupid ass that failed to take into account lateral force. Going underground is cheap if you put a lot of labor into the equation, so the only excuse for not doing so if desired is that you are a worthless marshmallow who will die first thing come the collapse because you wouldn’t sell your car, buy lots of wheat with the proceeds and bike everywhere to get in great shape which is the only friggin exercise needed for the Apocalypse and all those military plans or chop suey karate fitness plans are gay and waste time. But do you desire to move underground? Now, obviously, this isn’t for a lot of people. Half the country is situated in temperate zones and it is more important to be up in the breeze than down in wet earth. Underground is for cold weather people who realize that either all the fuel will quickly be used up or that chopping down trees will kill them no matter how good of shape they are in by biking.
Living underground is generally more humid and more dusty ( and with more bugs if you don’t build half ass decent interior walls ). You can halfway compensate by being more exposed, say with a four or five sided earth shelter than totally underground. This reduces heating needs, even if not as well. But you also don’t feel like you DO live underground. This might be the needed compromise for most folks. Even the Idaho mountain man ( Great Depression era ) who I can never remember his name, seemed to favor the five sided earth shelter. The $50 Underground book also takes this approach, having the open side terraced up and away from the front door ( I’ve done the same but on a lot more narrow scale to cut down on exposure and insulation. My opening is three or four foot wide and is the bottom of the stairs ). You’ve already cut way back on costs, and now you have plenty of light coming into the structure. So, really, there are only a few minor negatives of living underground ( the conventional problem was cost since poured concrete was used ). If you build cheaply there will be an increase in dust and moisture. But if you enjoy the thirty degree difference in the summer, free of charge, and the up to seventy degree difference in the winter, near free or at least 90% cheaper, I would image you could quickly get used to it.
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