He Dug in His Backyard and Made the Discovery of a Lifetime
Sometimes, when it comes to buying a house, you don't really have much time to search around and often come across unwelcome surprises left behind by previous owners after they move out. However, sometimes these surprises can make your new home even more valuable. That's exactly what happened to this man when he stumbled upon something incredible hidden underground in his backyard. Prepare to be amazed!
01. The Discovery
After finding and examining the original plans of his house, this man discovered something special in his backyard that he had never noticed before. He was excited to see what it was.
02. Marking the Spot
To determine what it was, he hired an expert with a metal detector to search his garden. The expert marked two spots with X, indicating the likely locations of this strange surprise.
03. Was it a Buried Treasure?
Like anyone else, the man had a suspicion about what could be buried in his garden, although he was not entirely sure. He only knew that it could be a buried treasure or perhaps a time capsule from many years ago. He was eager to find out.
04. Digging Begins
Filled with anticipation, he started digging. It didn't take long for him to unearth something unexpected. It turned out to be a metallic object, although the dirt on top of it made it difficult to determine exactly what it was.
05. Keep Digging
So, he continued digging to uncover what lay in his garden. As he dug deeper, it became clear that it was indeed a metal lid! It was so heavy that he had to dig around it extensively. What exactly was this lid hiding?
06. The Mystery Beneath
The lid proved to be extremely heavy and difficult to move. However, he eventually managed to prop it up to get a better view of what lay beneath.
07. Lifting the Lid
With the lid raised, he tried to determine what lay beneath. It appeared to be a jumbled collection of objects. Were they stairs? Were they blades for something? He had to keep going to find out.
08. Stepping Inside
Before he could proceed with his investigation, he needed to remove more dirt from the opening. This way, he would be able to fully remove the door and attempt to crawl inside to determine what exactly it was. Whatever it was, it was buried in his own backyard, and that astonished him.
09. Pandora's Box
Luckily, after the lid was removed, there wasn't much dirt in the way as he entered the hole beneath the lid. Slowly and cautiously, he descended the stairs. What was down there? The man knew he wouldn't stop until he found out! He was so eager and fascinated, he couldn't quite grasp what it could be...
10. Secret Stairs
According to the blueprints he had found, it appeared to be some sort of air raid shelter that someone had built, fearing there could be an apocalypse or something of that sort. Whatever it was, it was truly complex.
11. Tunnel of Terror
Apparently, the plans didn't quite match up with whatever constituted the tunnel and the stairs. One thing was for sure, though: the stairs hadn't been stepped on for years, and as a result, they could have decayed without anyone noticing. It was quite eerie down there, evoking fearful feelings.
12. Incredible Discovery
The opening was not just a state-of-the-art air raid shelter, but it also utilized some sort of electric fan and a hand-crank fan. Whoever had created it planned to spend a long time down there with ventilated air. Very clever planning. Wow, he couldn't believe there was an air raid shelter beneath his backyard.
13. Out With the Old
He decided that it could help to clear the debris from the bunker and the stairs. The man wanted to ensure that it was safe to be down there, and to do it right, he had to clear all the rubble from his path. He wanted to see what other discoveries he could make in the debris. This could be the perfect man cave if he renovated and restored it. What would it look like?
14. A Job Well Done
There was plenty of it, but it was a necessary step to ensure that he could do a good job and navigate through the space as smoothly as possible. So, he set out to put the debris in buckets and carry it outside for disposal.
15. Tedious Work
After a long time of arduous work, the rubble was finally cleared. He was now able to climb back up to get a better look at the entrance and determine what the next step for identifying the structure would be. It looked so much better, he couldn't believe it.
16. Stairway to...
The man decided it would be a good idea to enlist the help of his friends to explore the "bunker". He not only could use the strength of additional men, but it might be necessary to have support in case anything collapsed and he became trapped.
This man simply wanted to err on the side of caution in case anything were to happen during the exploration. Which is, of course, very responsible.
17. With a Little Help from My Friends
The group decided to excavate the entrance and attempt to reinforce it. They took the time to rebuild the entrance to the bunker, ensuring safety during the work. They started by mixing fresh concrete. It looked promising.
18. Years of Neglect
The site had decayed due to years of neglect, and it was clear that the men had their work cut out for them. Though it took a while to get things going, the wait might ultimately be worth it... Teamwork was in order, and it turned into a fun day of digging.
19. The Boys are Back in Town
The group did their best to secure the entrance, making sure it was safe. Once the area around it was cleared, they attached supports. These would be useful for future reinforcement of the entrance.
20. Blood, Sweat, Tears
This proved to be an extremely laborious and time-consuming process for the group of friends. However, they were quite excited to spend their time embarking on a new and fascinating project that could ultimately lead to an amazing discovery. All the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears were absolutely worth it.
21. Blood, Sweat, Tears
When they were finally done pouring the initial concrete and securing the supports, it was now time to add some reinforcing concrete forms to the exterior of the bunker. You can see them starting this process by constructing a sturdy wooden frame.
It was so thrilling for the men to think about when it would be finished. What could be hidden deep inside the hole?
The men couldn't wait, they were dying to know what lies beneath their feet. Is it an underground tunnel leading to another property? What could it possibly be? Find out on the next pages how this quirky story unfolds.
22. Whistle While You Work
Shaping and pouring the concrete was a necessary aspect of this project. However, it turned out to be the longest and most laborious part of restoring the entrance to the bunker in the man's backyard! But they weren't worried because they were a great team and were so excited about the find that nothing could stop them.
23. All in a Day's Work
The next step for the men involved using a SonoTube cardboard form. This would provide a temporary kind of protection for the interior of the bunker's entrance. They didn't want to damage anything while exploring the surroundings.
24. Bunker Mode
Now, it was finally time to add some wiring for electricity and other utilities. No air raid shelter would be complete without some basic necessities, just in case one had to be down there for a while!
In emergency situations or impending natural disasters, basic facilities like power, water, and, of course, food are essential!
While the bunker was too small for a full kitchen, there was enough space for supplies. So, they made a few modifications, and it became clear that the bunker could serve another purpose as well. It could simply be a place to hang out - like a real man cave. How cool is that!
25. Gradually Taking Shape
The upper concrete forms were progressing well. You can really see the whole project taking on a specific form. But there was still more work to be done! So, they got to work, building and hammering. It was truly evolving beautifully.
Everything was slowly starting to take shape. The men had done an excellent job so far and could be extremely proud of the work they had already accomplished. Not everyone could manage these construction tasks the way these men did.
26. Summer Heat
As it was a hot day, they set up a tent above the working area to have some shade. Not a bad way to protect themselves from the sun while working in the scorching heat. The project was becoming a prominent centerpiece in the garden, and they couldn't wait to show it off.
27. Determination Station
The project was looking good so far, but the guys still had quite a bit ahead of them. Progress was slow, but they were more determined than ever to ensure that this bunker would be restored to its former glory in the right way. And nothing was going to stop them. (Note: insert the song "Can't Stop Me Now")
28. Roll Up Their Sleeves
Things got messy! It was time to distribute the concrete. Anyone who has had the pleasure of pouring concrete knows that it's rarely a clean process. Fortunately, the group was approaching the final stages, the end was near, and they could feel it. Morale was high.
29. Digging Deep
They set the supports in the base area for additional reinforcement. If you're going to live and dig underground, it's always good to make sure everything is properly supported. The men envisioned the finished result, and success smelled sweet.
The outcome so far looks extremely good, and the men can't wait until their masterpiece is completely finished. It won't be long until the planned structure shines in all its glory. Keep reading to find out how this story finally unfolds...
30. The Light at the End of the Tunnel
The project was progressing well! It almost looked like the finished product, but as you could tell from the beams, there was still some work (and a lot of drying!) to be done. They proudly admired what they had accomplished in a day's work.
31. Taking Shape
The men finally removed the forms from the upper part of the entrance. It was really starting to take its final shape. Look at the difference from when they first started! It's crazy to think that he didn't even know there was something down there, and now they had created this amazing structure.
32. Pure Amazement
The men took a break and marveled at the state of their discovery. Just a short while ago, it was an old and forgotten air raid shelter. Now, it was almost completely renovated! All thanks to them. Teamwork truly is a dream.
When the concrete was finally done, it was time for a trip inside. It felt like entering a completely new structure. It looked brand new! It was an incredible feeling.
34. What a Discovery!
Can you believe that tiny black pipe was the only clue on the surface? Without it, they wouldn't have enough air to breathe down there! How crazy is that? so, of course, the men had to come up with a plan to bring more air to the surface.
They were so proud of what they had accomplished and amazed at how it had developed. This incredible discovery was just waiting to be found, and we're so glad that it was. Enjoying the story? Keep reading to find out the full story!
35. Time to Explore
When the concrete was finally done, it was time for a trip inside. It felt like entering a completely new structure. It looked brand new!
36. Wonders Within
There was some work to be done to make this a true man cave! Now, it was time to remove the old steps. They were sturdy but too rusted to be reliable.
37. Up to the Ceiling
Next, they noticed that the fiberglass on the ceiling was starting to deteriorate. This meant there would be more work than anticipated. Fiberglass can be dangerous when it comes into contact with bare skin, and it can have an impact on the lungs, so this had to be repaired as soon as possible. It wouldn't be easy.
38. Finally Something Resembling a Result
When they finally had everything finished, they couldn't believe how much work it had been. But it was all coming together beautifully, and the visions were becoming more and more of a reality.
39. Marveling at the Story
He could see the outcome of all his hard work and was excited to complete and use it fully. Just imagine having something like this beneath your garden and turning it into a space where you could escape or hang out with your friends. Simply incredible.