I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and though it is only February, Oklahoma is already experiencing tornado weather. I have a wonderful storm shelter--underground, steel construction, well-ventilated and able to hold approx. 10 people. My problem is that access to the storm shelter door (which is flush to the ground) is via a very heavy, reinforced trap door in my house floor. At present, the only means of raising the door is via a ring pull, and the only means of keeping the door open is a manual prop that is not fixed to anything. I'm a small female and can't heave that sucker up myself. If my husband's at work and a storm comes up, I can't get to the shelter. People have mentioned perhaps a counterweight system to raise the door, or maybe some sort of winch device. I'm stumped. Can anyone provide any advice at all? I'd really appreciate any info.
Thanks very much.