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#29955 - 09/28/03 05:16 PM What's in the walls?
sparked Offline

Registered: 09/23/03
Posts: 101
Loc: Raleigh
Has anyone ever found anything interesting in a wall or in a basement or crawlspace? All I ever find is trash from the bulders (cups, etc.)

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#29956 - 09/28/03 06:02 PM Re: What's in the walls?
sparky Offline

Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
oh yes.

artifacts of all manner, it's really too bad i've no formal historic or period training.

i'm probably bullin' and jammin' my way through a wealth of material for such sorts....

#29957 - 09/28/03 06:33 PM Re: What's in the walls?
ThinkGood Offline

Registered: 08/07/02
Posts: 1084
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
I was running some network cable in my attic and found a letter from WWII sent to a private in the Army.

At a neighbor's house I found some newspaper that had adhered to one of the wall studs; there a continuation of an article that discussed the post-war economy. Farther down on the paper were legal ads, dated sometime just after WWI.

Also found a wrapper from a toilet paper roll, and a chewing-gum wrapper.

I have yet to find that evasive $10,000 gold note or that rare $20 piece

#29958 - 09/28/03 06:44 PM Re: What's in the walls?

We did a rewire on a 1903 Victorian and found a treasure map in the wall. The homeowner was planning to figure it out. There was also a homemade glider very intricate with lots of small pieces, bows in the wings etc. The wings were covered with some sort of animal hide that was transparent enough to see the wing structure. Unfortunatley the hide had a lot of holes in it.

#29959 - 09/28/03 07:11 PM Re: What's in the walls?
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Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 1685
Loc: New York City
Some medicine cabinets have a slot in the back panel so you can push your spent razor blades (not Atra cartriges, mind you) through them and into the space in the wall.

Of course this only works if you have HOLLOW stud-n-plaster walls!

My medicine cabinet has the slot and that is how I dispose of the razorblades I use for cutting things like recording tape, packing tape, stripping thin wire, etc. after they get dull.

It's safer than putting that crap in the garbage bag (which then might potentially slice through and cut the garbageman).

I wonder if, when they tear down this building, the demolition crew is going to wonder what all those rusty razor blades are doing inside the walls!!!

#29960 - 09/28/03 07:12 PM Re: What's in the walls?
wa2ise Offline

Registered: 11/29/02
Posts: 769
Loc: Oradell NJ USA
Dead mice?

Have heard that construction people will leave a can of beer in the wall for the next guy that does a remodel years later. But I don't think beer will last that long before turnibg skunky.

#29961 - 09/28/03 07:42 PM Re: What's in the walls?
jlhmaint Offline

Registered: 05/25/02
Posts: 208
Loc: Fredericktown, OH, U.S.A
I have found old newspapers in my house, my dads house is old farm house we found some jars with money nothing large just change.

When someone remodles my house they are going to find alot of toys. I have 4kids and everytime i change a wall or something they seem to throw in a couple toys. Had to tear one wall back out my little girl threw a full bottle of milk in the hole i hadn't patched yet.

#29962 - 09/28/03 08:06 PM Re: What's in the walls?
Ryan_J Offline

Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1355
Loc: West Jordan, Utah, USA
This was in the ceiling, not the walls, but...
I did a remodel at a local university a few years back. The guy I was working with found a bag of pot in a 4 square box in the ceiling.
Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City

#29963 - 09/28/03 08:09 PM Re: What's in the walls?
Ryan_J Offline

Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1355
Loc: West Jordan, Utah, USA
OH! I don't know how I forgot this one! When I remodeled my kitchen about six months ago I found a diamond ring under a kitchen cabinet! I was in the attic dropping romex down to my dad through the wall, and he saw something shiny on the ground in the corner. We still have it, but haven't got it appraised yet.
Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City

#29964 - 09/28/03 11:58 PM Re: What's in the walls?
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Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
I was doing a rewire out in the country a couple of years ago.
Up in the roof I found a whole heap of papers pertaining to the Temperance Society of New Zealand, most of them dated 1899-1901.
I asked the tenant about these and she said that she had no idea they were up there.
I gave them to the local Museum, they couldn't believe what I had found.
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