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Built to withstand a storm

The Hurricane Hutch is a waterproof, rustproof box, built to withstand 125,000 pounds of pressure, the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane or a Force 4 tornado, according to the Texas Tech Wind Science and Engineering Research Center. It's made of cold-rolled 10-gauge steel, which inventor Ken Hoffman says is 75 percent thicker than most safes on the market. It attaches to a concrete floor with pilfer-proof 6-inch bolts. Its capacity is 7.3 cubic feet, big enough to hold two computers and more. It's 30 inches wide by 20 inches high by 20 inches deep and comes in four colors. Keep valuables in it at your home or office when a hurricane threatens. It's $1,499 delivered, plus installation. Details are at

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Built to withstand a storm 05/15/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 11:55am]
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