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#212819 - 02/18/14 01:42 AM Odd things found on the job  
electure  Offline

Joined: Dec 2000
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Fullerton, CA USA

I can't be alone here. What unusual things have you come across hidden in wall, attics etc?

I once, tucked away in an attic, found a hollowed out African Elephant's Foot. The work was obviously done by a taxidermist.
The homeowner had lived there 20 years, and never knew it was up there.

Another time, during the demo of a wall, I found an RG 22 (read cheap) revolver wrapped up in a shop rag. The frame was made of diecast zinc, and the cylinder to barrel gap was so big that it sprayed as much lead out of it as at the target.

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#212821 - 02/18/14 07:29 AM Re: Odd things found on the job [Re: electure]  
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SI,New Zealand
I once came across a very angry possum under the floor of a house once, I choked him with some PVC sheathed cable.

Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#212824 - 02/18/14 05:22 PM Re: Odd things found on the job [Re: electure]  
renosteinke  Offline
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You guys have me beat ...

In commercial / industrial locations, I often find a trail of empty whiskey bottles, or (in the pre-internet days) collections of pornography.

In residential locations, there have been the various animal traces. The animals themselves have invariably taken one curious whiff of the intruder (me) and scurried away; the exception being wasps. To be fair, our "possum" over here is somewhat different from the Kiwi version. (Ours is technically called an Opossum).

One house disposed of their old carpet by laying it in their crawl space- and using the area as a play room for their little kids.

I have one industrial site that is infested with copperheads - a poisonous snake, comparable to the old-world asp.

All I find seems to fit into three categories:
1) Trash left by previous tradesmen;
2) Amateur electrical work; and,
3) Evidence of illegal drug use.

#212826 - 02/18/14 08:23 PM Re: Odd things found on the job [Re: electure]  
HotLine1  Online Content

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Brick, NJ USA
Snake in a pool panel; fried cat in 4160 switchgear; really fried & stinky ground hog in pad mount xfr.

Others were various old cans & bottles in comm demo jobs, & the occasional old newspapers.

Wasps, hornets, & bees in a lot of light poles and site lights.

A few homeless people in a vacant supermarket; they were the scareiest!!


#212829 - 02/18/14 09:06 PM Re: Odd things found on the job [Re: electure]  
wire_twister  Offline
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Posts: 265
Georgia USA
Fried rattlesnake in a fire pump motor, live king snake in a well house, countless snake skins in attics, under buildings,and even one in a ceiling fan motor. We are always finding old tools and bits of iron every time we do any excavation. Of course wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets are real common here in Georgia. We have recovered at least 3 metric tons of trash left by other trades, old bottles, and once a Life Magazine dated 1956.


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#212831 - 02/18/14 11:17 PM Re: Odd things found on the job [Re: electure]  
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I didn't know critters in equipment counted. We always find snakes, tree frogs and ants, causing faults. The wasps are a pain (in pick your appendage) but they usually don't break anything.

Greg Fretwell

#212832 - 02/19/14 02:26 AM Re: Odd things found on the job [Re: gfretwell]  
sparkyinak  Offline
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How bout a dead body? Me and this kid that was helping me one year did....

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#212833 - 02/19/14 10:16 AM Re: Odd things found on the job [Re: electure]  
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Posts: 2,392
Vienna, Austria
What about creative insulation? When the floor was replaced in the upstairs apartment I thought I saw something sticking out underneath the wooden wainscotting by the window. Tugged on it and out came more or less clean (dusty of course) stockings and newspapers from the 1930s! I pulled one piece of newsprint to find a date and left everything else.

#212836 - 02/19/14 02:58 PM Re: Odd things found on the job [Re: Texas_Ranger]  
sparkyinak  Offline
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Posts: 1,313
UF cable direct buried in shot rock. Spliced with wire nuts, mastic and lots of electrical tape

6/3 Romex spliced with each wire spliced just with a split bolt, each in its own j-box

Plugged in 6/3 stove pigtail soldered and wrapped in electrical tape feeding surface mount recepts fed with zip cord. Oh, still using the 50 amp breaker...

"Live Awesome!" - Kevin Carosa

#212850 - 02/20/14 12:25 AM Re: Odd things found on the job [Re: electure]  
electure  Offline

Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 4,259
Fullerton, CA USA

In the '70s we pulled the drywall off of one side of a long wall in an office building to install electrical and plumbing.

Someone had neatly written in foot tall letters with spray paint "10 Downing St" on the inside the remaining drywall on the other side, one letter in each stud bay.

10 Downing Street is the address of the Prime Minister of the UK. blink

I still haven't figured that one out.

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