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I've been bored at work and thinking about ways to nullify Electro Magnetic Pulse in a newly built house using both old and new construction methods. An older home I once lived in had plaster walls that were built up on top of a metal mesh. I believe this was called a lath. At one time stucco homes were finished in the same manner. In commercial applications I've seen walls in which the studs were metal instead of 2x4s. There's a new generation of metal roofing available now that's guaranteed against rusting for life.

If one were to build a home with all these elements and made sure it was all grounded to earth, would you effectively be building a Faraday Cage Home? Of course other things would have to be done in order to make sure EMP wouldn't affect anything inside such as making sure you had a breaker box with high quality breakers and isolating all vital equipment with good surge protectors.

I'd have a generator in the basement NOT hooked up to the wiring unless needed with as much fuel for it as I could possibly store in an outbuilding. Make sure it was ventilated properly so all the exhaust would exit the house and have it set up with some sort of quick connect device so it could be hooked into the wiring with minimal effort. Maybe similar to the connectors used on charging stations for forklift batteries?

As far as water and sewage are concerned, if you were in a rural area you'd be on well water and septic tank. The EMP would fry your well pump, but as long as you had a replacement unit stored you'd be ok on that.

Communications with the outside world...I think a 10 meter ham radio and a CB would be your best bets. Have an omnidirectional antenna on a grounded tower NOT connected to the radios till needed. Since the CB band is very close to the 10 meter ham band I think one antenna would suffice. (Hams chime in here if I'm wrong).

You'd want a way to cook without using electricity in order to conserve fuel and use LED or flourescent lighting for the same reasons. Also, air conditioning, forget about it unless it was medically necessary. For heat I'd want a wood burning stove.

I know I'm talking about a lot of stuff here and spending a lot of $ I don't have, but are my ideas viable so that one could keep home life going in almost a normal fashion if there was an EMP event?
 

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The EMP I'm thinking of is the pulse caused by a high level nuclear detonation. You could also consider the possibility of it being caused by an extreme solar flare. The metal laths that were used for the base in plaster inner walls and stucco outer walls were meshes with holes maybe 1/2 inch long and 1/4 inch wide....diamond shaped. Using these in 2 different layers of the construction along with the metal roof and metal studs would have no effect for shielding?
 
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