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Oftentimes, basements are used for storage -- boxes of
valuable stuff sitting scattered about the floor. If the
basement ever floods during a storm, many of these stored
valuables can be damaged or destroyed.
To prevent this, rather than simply stack the boxes on the
floor, why not devise
some sort of bouyant platforms that the
boxes could be stored on? Then, as the water level in the
basement rose, the platform would float, keeping the boxes of
valuables above water level.
At its simplest, this could be done simply by using an inflatable
pool raft, placing it on the floor, and setting one or two boxes
on it. This would be limited though by the (lack of) stability
inherent in inflatable rafts. A more stable (and super-bouyant,
to handle heavier boxes) platform would need to be devised.
This idea could be expanded to a configuration of standard
vertically stacked shelves, to conserve space. As the water
level reached each consecutively higher shelf, that shelf
would somehow disengage from the set, and then be free to
float around the room.
Floating Dock Support - up to 400 lbs [Jewell, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
||I came up with a design for a floating house for flood prone areas - no way I can figure to get the basement to float though. Slabs of stackable styrofoam might work for you though.
||While flooding is the least of my worries, I do use those lidded plastic boxes that come in various sizes - some of the better ones are fairly watertight, and less expensive ones can sometimes be found at discount stores - you know, the ones that sell name brand knock offs in strip malls - McRory's, McFrugals, Family Dollar, etc. I've found some remarkable bargains in these places.
||You could affix some kind of bin or lipped "tray" with holes for tie downs to a floating dock support. See link to US Plastics.
||Perhaps plastic wardrobes with air-tight doors would to the trick?