Every now and then, a story will appear in the media about people finding goodies while renovating their homes. Sometimes money, sometimes something that is worth a lot of money, sometimes finds that are just cool and interesting, like old newspapers from a particular time period.
We bought a house in the Newcastle area. Perfect for us, just needs some work. Unfortunately when you start fixing things, you find other things that need fixing. Which is the situation we found ourselves in when we asked a tradie to swap our nasty smelling carpets for floorboards, and ripping up the carpet revealed water damage. Not only did the floors need sorting, but the wall needed to be opened up as well.
Fortunately I wasn’t home when the wall was opened, otherwise I’d have seen this in person:
Zooming in to find out if it is what you think it is, by any chance? Sure it couldn’t possibly be what it looks like?
Here, let me help you.
THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE FINDING HIDDEN SAFES IN THEIR WALL AND ALL WE GET IS A PILE OF USED CONDOMS AND QUESTIONS WE’LL NEVER GET ANSWERS TO!!!
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Well that’s a money shot. Maybe that wall had a previous glory hole?
We can’t find any hole. Maybe the builders had a big orgy just before finally sealing the walls?
As an Australian I bet you know about Hannan’s Find where, after discovering gold, people literally started tearing their own homes apart just to get a few ounces of the precious yellow metal out of a tonne or so of the rocks they’d used for building material.
It’s one thing to have a lucky find and quite another to destroy a place in the hopes of finding riches. I’m glad your lucky find came quite by accident and as a regular part of restoration. Clearly your cleanup will serve a prophylactic purpose.
Yeah we’re not keen to open up any more walls. We’ll leave any remaining horrors buried….
It is appreciated that the unanswered questions are given significance, highlighting the keener mind and deeper conversation to be had upon tracking down the source, or if by happenstance, etc. ;p
More than that however, congratulations on the house! Jubilation! Celebration!
Thanks Ryv. It’s condom free now! (I think)
For real, though. I keep asking my kid, “what’s that smell?!?!?” in his room. Next step is cutting into the wall. I’m afraid of what we’ll find. Thanks for putting it in perspective that even if a million dead mouse carcasses tumble out…at least it’s not a pile of condoms.
A body would have been less repulsive!