I had a bad day a week ago. Putting up the drywall in the basement and
stairway I lost my tape measure. Near as I can tell I sealed it in the wall
somewhere, probably with a few other things as well. At the time I had just
finished installing 4x8 panels by hand above the stairwell and I wasn't
about to remove them to look for the lost measure. Heck I could barely lift
my arms, so I resigned myself to buying another one.
That bites, but the next person who buys my house will uncover a real time
capsule of construction equipment.
i have found screw drivers and other tools in walls, some old toys
dropped from attic, old newspapers and a bunch of il bottles left over
from when this home was built in 1950. found a birth certificate behind
a litchen cabinet
I have thought of a intential time capsule but never got around too it
Whenever we are sealing up a wall or other project, I always
put coins of different denominations (penny, nickel, dime and
quarter) that are the same year that we are doing the work
somewhere in the wall.
Old construction tradition. As a kid, I was helping on the rehab of some
1915 3-story brick houses to make them into offices, and we found a rafter
section one guy had dated and signed. When insulating my mother's 1966
cookie cutter in the late 70s, we found lotsa period pop cans and a few
tools in the dead spaces. When drafted for footer-pouring duty, I always put
a name and a date somewhere in the pour, unlikely ever to be seen other than
by the poor SOB changing the foundation drains in 30 years. The house we
moved out of in 66 probably still has a card file box I stashed above the
carport ceiling from the storage closet I used as a clubhouse. (No trees big
enough for a tree house on that lot, so you make do- box in the upper
storage shelf, nail some steps to the studs, and viola, a private place
grownups can't get into.)
Kilroy was here, etc.
I had that problem in one of the interior walls in my house. It's one
of the walls next to the bathroom, and apparently the PO decided to
throw old tiles into the wall rather than throwing them in the trash.
I also found some old clay jugs and glass bottles in the yard of my
parent's house a few years ago while I was burying some conduit. The
house was built in 1917, so I'm wondering if I dug into someone's
prohibition stash. The jugs look to be around that vintage.
It was actually, I had to replace it with a Stanley Powerlock of whatever
it's called. Compared to the old one the new one is 2nd rate. Only reason
why I chose the Stanley was because it was made in the US of US parts.
I was just about to close up a few open wall areas a few years ago.
Just as I was about to set the drywall in place; out popped one of our
"My doctor says I have a malformed public-duty gland
and a natural deficiency in moral fiber, and that I am therefore
excused from saving Universes."
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