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Whatís the strangest, coolest, most unusual/unique thing you found while renovating?

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    Whatís the strangest, coolest, most unusual/unique thing you found while renovating?


    I donít get surprised often, but today while trying to diagnose a plumbing leak, I found an oven in my chimney. While I was excited to find it, it was sad and disappointing to see what a prior owner had done to it.

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    Re: Whatís the strangest, coolest, most unusual/unique thing you found while renovati

    Quote Originally Posted by R7 View Post
    I don’t get surprised often, but today while trying to diagnose a plumbing leak, I found an oven in my chimney. While I was excited to find it, it was sad and disappointing to see what a prior owner had done to it.

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    Re: Whatís the strangest, coolest, most unusual/unique thing you found while renovati

    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    If you work on enough houses...

    Oventually you'll find something cool.
    When did you have a kid?

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    Re: Whatís the strangest, coolest, most unusual/unique thing you found while renovati

    My coworker found a black powder percussion cap revolver. Unfortunately rusted solid.

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    Re: Whatís the strangest, coolest, most unusual/unique thing you found while renovati

    Right after I bought my house, when I was gutting my kitchen, I found a pocket-size digital gram scale on top of one of the cabinets.

    7-8 years later when I was remodeling the basement, I found a cell phone hidden inside a built-in cabinet in the den. A coworker had a charger that fit it, it charged and powered on. Nothing too interesting on it, some family pics, but this text message was funny:
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    Re: Whatís the strangest, coolest, most unusual/unique thing you found while renovati

    I found a bag of snoots on top of a beam in an old house.

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    Re: Whatís the strangest, coolest, most unusual/unique thing you found while renovati

    Haven't found anything but shoddy and dangerous work. My favorite would either be plumbing via garden hose or the live electrical twisted together, wrapped in tape and stapled to balsa wood.

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    Never found anything in the house. Growing up on the farm, we found a bunch of old native American arrow heads. I just ran across them the other day in a bag. I was going to frame them or something neat, then lost interest...

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    I found a Zarley Zalapsky rookie hockey card.

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    Re: Whatís the strangest, coolest, most unusual/unique thing you found while renovati

    Quote Originally Posted by R7 View Post
    While I was excited to find it, it was sad and disappointing to see what a prior owner had done to it.
    That's awesome. I'd just be happy there weren't any lotion-filled baskets in that thing.

    I found an old peel-top beer can in between the drywall, so I put it back with a freshly emptied modern can for the next guy to find.

    I did find a nice tactical flashlight up in my attic recently. It had clearly been there for about 10 years, which, coincidentally, is about the time I lost one that looked just like it :/

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    Re: Whatís the strangest, coolest, most unusual/unique thing you found while renovati

    Nothing but crap wiring that cost me a fortune to rip out and replace.

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    The overdue mortgage statements, foreclosure notices, and handwritten attempts of math to pay $4k of back payments and $3k of utility bills with $1200. All lost by overfilling a kitchen drawer so they fell into the cabinet base.


    Oh, and a totally emo hand written note a 12 year old girl wrote complaining how much she hated living there, carefully folded up and stuffed into the toilet reservoir up by the valve just above the water line.

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    Cleaning out my parents' basement I found a "new in box" baseball signed by Babe Ruth.

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    Re: Whatís the strangest, coolest, most unusual/unique thing you found while renovati

    I discovered that my house was built piecemeal by a lumberyard grunt that brought scraps home at night. A 6ft sidewall stud that is a 5ft stick and a 1ft stick attached to 2 3ft sticks. Thank god for nail guns, its all hard as a rock rough cut hemlock They were cellar dwellers too, block foundation, constructed in 2 distinct sections. I found a layer of roofing material in the flooring when I gutted the house

    Over the years, as a surveyor, I learned that the original owner had worked for one of my clients athis lumberyard. I've heard many stories, One day the state police showed up with a cadaver dog, wanted to sniff around my back yard on the tip of some felon that had been in prison a couple decades

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    Re: Whatís the strangest, coolest, most unusual/unique thing you found while renovati

    That's awesome!

    Farmer Nate still has his in his basement and it's in incredibly well shape.

    Most fucked up thing we've found IN the house was Newspapers from when Kennedy was assassinated. There were a bunch of them stuffed in the one of the walls we were rehabbing. They were in incredibly good condition even though the house "camp" was built a few years later. In one of those same (Boston) papers, there were ads for 1 acre WATERFRONT lots in Alton, NH for $1000.

    We always seem to have a lot of things come up from underground in & around our yard too: Old kids toys (like, from the 60's & 70's), a couple saucers, bricks & even a window pane or two.

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    You could keep a Joe Dirt in the hole.

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    Plumbing for what was intended to be a bathroom where a ďdenĒ was added at some point

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    Re: Whatís the strangest, coolest, most unusual/unique thing you found while renovati

    My friend in CA finds dildos all over his house whenever he opens anything up. He's found them in the walls, ceiling, even buried in the garden. At last check he had a 5 gallon bucket that was about half full.

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    Re: Whatís the strangest, coolest, most unusual/unique thing you found while renovati

    Quote Originally Posted by nick5446 View Post
    My friend in CA finds dildos all over his house whenever he opens anything up. He's found them in the walls, ceiling, even buried in the garden. At last check he had a 5 gallon bucket that was about half full.
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    Re: Whatís the strangest, coolest, most unusual/unique thing you found while renovati

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    Nothing but crap wiring that cost me a fortune to rip out and replace.
    Oh, There IS a secret safe enclosure in the foundation that we haven't opened yet. Perhaps it's full of dildos?

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    Re: Whatís the strangest, coolest, most unusual/unique thing you found while renovati

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    Oh, There IS a secret safe enclosure in the foundation that we haven't opened yet. Perhaps it's full of dildos?
    How the hell have you not spent every waking moment trying to open such a thing?!

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    Re: Whatís the strangest, coolest, most unusual/unique thing you found while renovati

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    How the hell have you not spent every waking moment trying to open such a thing?!
    because of the curse...

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    Re: Whatís the strangest, coolest, most unusual/unique thing you found while renovati

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    How the hell have you not spent every waking moment trying to open such a thing?!
    See above post about the dildos...

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    Re: Whatís the strangest, coolest, most unusual/unique thing you found while renovati

    Quote Originally Posted by nick5446 View Post
    My friend in CA finds dildos all over his house whenever he opens anything up. He's found them in the walls, ceiling, even buried in the garden. At last check he had a 5 gallon bucket that was about half full.
    Iím not sure whatís more disturbing, the fact that he is finding dildos all over the house, or that he is actually saving them

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    Re: Whatís the strangest, coolest, most unusual/unique thing you found while renovati

    Quote Originally Posted by R7 View Post
    I’m not sure what’s more disturbing, the fact that he is finding dildos all over the house, or that he is actually saving them
    Hey, those things are expensive.

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