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VernonPLSUfan
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re: Odd things you've come across while doing home repairs/renovations
Stud wall that was actually 2" x 4". Replacing steps in front found some early 20's coins. And an old oil can in the attic they used to oil the ventilation fan. And the ventilation fan.


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re: Odd things you've come across while doing home repairs/renovations
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Stud wall that was actually 2" x 4"

What’s wrong with that?


fishfighter
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I also came across the wall cavity razor blade disposal system


Was normal thing to do way back in the day. Med cabinets had a slit in the back which one put the blades in.


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East Coast Band
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re: Odd things you've come across while doing home repairs/renovations
As far as odd with electrical, the only thing I recall was a miswiring of a 3 way switch and two lights.
I can't remember the details now, other than I had to add a runner, but somehow the two lights were run in "series" with each other, making both of them appear dim lighted. If you put a higher wattage bulb in one of them, it made the other light brighter.


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Stateguy
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re: Odd things you've come across while doing home repairs/renovations
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Stud wall that was actually 2" x 4"

What’s wrong with that?



assume this means 2"x4" as rough cut lumber, not 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 finished lumber


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re: Odd things you've come across while doing home repairs/renovations
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Stud wall that was actually 2" x 4".


My house was built in 1968 and has true lumber. The joists are 2x8, the studs and plates are 2x4, and the rafters are 2x6.

It is great except when you want to use a modern joist hanger made for 1.75 inch beams on a true 2 inch joist.


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hungryone
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Bois D'arc stump piers in a pier& beam house.

Bois d'arc is pretty damn durable. I've seen huge hunks of cypress used as piers, too.


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re: Odd things you've come across while doing home repairs/renovations
An OLD home we demoed in Plaquemine parish had corn cobs in the wall for insulation. Old school river shack that served as a home for many generations.


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Neauxla
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Just ripped out the ceiling in my kitchen. I found no joke SEVEN 2x10 ceiling joists back to back to back where they did a small add-on. Exterior felt paper was between joists 3 and 4.



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geauxnc0308
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re: Odd things you've come across while doing home repairs/renovations
Interior remodel of house from the 50's. Load bearing gable wall in the kitchen area on pier and beam. Plan was to take it studs, update wiring/insulation/new sheet rock. Started demo – first layer was ¼” mobile home sheet rock, interesting. Second layer was wood paneling that had been “updated” with some sort of fibrous wall paper, more interesting. Third layer was wood tongue and groove, pretty common for that era. When I ripped the first course of T&G off I noticed the “studs” were random spacing and maybe 1.5X1.5, hmmm. Ripped second course off and noticed not a single “stud” went from floor to ceiling. It was randomly piece milled together. It became obvious the short pieces of "studs" were ripped scrap lumber, yikes. As I pondered wtf I was going to do to fix this the wall began to buckle. Ran outside, wedged 2x12's between truck bed and the exterior wall to keep the side of the house from collapsing. Ended up having to custom rip all new “studs” which resulted in an almost solid wood wall in order to carry the load. Fun project.


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re: Odd things you've come across while doing home repairs/renovations
I've run into lots of shoddy work over the years but one that stands out was one that was supposed to be a relatively simple job of hanging a large framed mirror in the entry area of an older house. The wall was the backside of a staircase that split the entry from the formal living room and dining room, with a storage closet under the stairs. The closet was unfinished inside so I could see the back of the studs and drywall for the wall were the mirror was going, but neither my stud detector nor strong magnets could help me locate the studs. I measured over on both sides and knew there were studs, but couldn't detect them. I looked at the base boards and there were no nail marks were they were shot off to the studs either, which should have been more concerning to me than it was at the time. Finally drilled a 1/16th inch hole where I figure a stud would be and would be covered by the mirror, only to have the bit stop hard like I'd hit a metal plate. Except it wasn't metal, it was a 10' tall mirror that the homeowners had neglected to mention that had been covered over with drywall that had been glued to the glass. I was now mounting a 75lb framed mirror to a wall that, at some point in the past, was a giant mirror itself.


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Except it wasn't metal, it was a 10' tall mirror that the homeowners had neglected to mention that had been covered over with drywall that had been glued to the glass.

Oh, you win! Who drywalls over a freakin' mirror?


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Zappas Stache
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Bois d'arc is pretty damn durable.


Yea, I know it was pretty common back then. But actually seeing one is kind of like seeing bigfoot. You hear about them and know they are out there but.....


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TunaTrip
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re: Odd things you've come across while doing home repairs/renovations
Flipped a house in 2010 that was built post-prohibition by the wealthy owner of a trucking company that would long hold a monopoly throughout the state for the transportation of alcohol. The legend was that the old man hid his dirty fortune (off the books) in gold bars throughout the residence, but they were never recovered after his death. The family certainly did their diligence looking.

While we were doing demo work in one of the downstairs bedrooms we came across a false wall, and behind it a safe the size of a deep freezer (medium fridge). We attempted to move it but it was so incredibly heavy we knew just we'd hit the jackpot. Spent 2 days trying to break into it with our drills and saws with no success. Hired a guy to come in with some type of specialty drill and he eventually opened it. To our surprise and disappointment there wasn't even an ounce of gold. There were however, some older valuable coins that we split between the 3 investors for safe keeping. We estimated a value of no greater than 5k if all were sold.

It did make us think about what possible fortunes that gigantic safe had previously held. The old man certainly didn't hide that size of a safe for a couple of shoeboxes worth of coins.
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BayouBengal51
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re: Odd things you've come across while doing home repairs/renovations
In an old apartment I lived in when I was younger, I was replacing a light switch in the kitchen and was having some issues killing the power to the switch panel. I had turned off all the breakers in the apartment but my volt meter was still reading that the circuit was hot at the switch.

Double checked all of the breakers again and confirmed they were all turned to off. Eventually figured out that a light switch on the other side of kitchen that was rarely ever turned off actually killed the power for the entire kitchen.

That switch when traced back went next door to my buddies apartment at the time. Turned out that to completely kill the circuit, a breaker in his apartment had to be turned off.

That setup was a good way to get hurt if you just trusted that flipping the breakers off was safe enough. The apartments were old though, they were originally built in the 30's and no telling what kind of remodels had been done in their history.
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auisssa
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re: Odd things you've come across while doing home repairs/renovations
Took a wall down on the backside of my fireplace and had a dead squirrel that looked like it'd been there for 40 years or so.

Also, previous owner did the plumbing himself probably in the 50s and used every 90 degree cast iron connector he could find. It was really baffling. Nothing wanted to drain.


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TDsngumbo
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re: Odd things you've come across while doing home repairs/renovations
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assume this means 2"x4" as rough cut lumber, not 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 finished lumber

Ah I didn't think of it that way. Yea, that would be odd.


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mingoswamp
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re: Odd things you've come across while doing home repairs/renovations
Had a house that built in the 50s and had the old electrical screw in fuse panel. I was changing a ceiling light fixture and ended up pulling every dang fuse out, but still had power at the ceiling box. My electrician friend came over and found a penny had been placed behind a fuse holder. Apparently there was a window AC unit on the circuit that kept blowing fuses


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re: Odd things you've come across while doing home repairs/renovations
I owned a farmhouse built around 1910 in Montana. During renovations we pulled the plaster laths and found some of the voids insulated with period newspapers, many of them socialist in political bent. Out of curiosity I did a little research. Montana in the early 20th century was a hotbed of political unrest.


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insulated with period newspapers

House must've smelled like pennies.


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