What If I Don’t Need A Full Walk-In Shelter?

I’m Tracy Switzer, President of Shelter Works. And today, I’m gonna ask the question, “What if I don’t need a full walk-in shelter?”

Over the years, we’ve had many opportunities to create custom-made cabinets for people. We started with this one, maybe 15 years ago, but we call that our three-piece cabinet. The base of the unit is about a 3 foot by 4 foot rectangle, and maybe 18 inches deep. And this part gets bolted down to the ground or to a concrete slab or timbers or something.

The entire top two-thirds can be removed as one piece, and set aside. If you really need full access around the equipment, or if it’s occasional access, and maybe just checking on things, you just tip up this lid here. It’s on gas springs, so it’s easy to work on. Get out of the weather and inside here–very elegant design.

This is the exact same enclosure, only without the gas springs and the hinge. This is a lift-off version of the same thing. So, the top can just be taken off and set aside, and it just latches back on like that. Again, the exact same enclosure (base, anyway), only this is a one-piece top, so it can be taken off, set aside with two people doing that work. Then you’ve got full access around the thing, and it’s just a little bit less expensive. It’s probably for some application where you wouldn’t have to get at the equipment as frequently, something like that.

This is a little different size here; this is our Big Mouth cabinet. It’s about 6 feet wide, about 3 or 4 feet deep, and when you look through that thing up, you’ve got a lot of room in there for instrumentation, piping, whatever it is you’re dealing with. And again, when it’s on gas springs when it’s hinged up, this surface becomes a nice little shelter for you to work underneath.

And now we’ve got this thing. We call this the Big Clam Shell (for obvious reasons).  It opens up both sides like this and you have full access to what’s inside here.  It can be tall things; you can accommodate much bigger equipment. The base unit can be submerged somewhat. You can bury about, maybe, 16 inches deep in the ground to bring the whole profile down quite a bit, still leaving lots of access inside.

So, if one of these cabinets looks like it might work for your application, that’s great. If not, let us know what you need. These are all custom-made, and remember, if it was built by Shelter Works, it was built for life.