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Old 02-19-2010, 03:45 PM   #1
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Remodeling my bathroom and was going to put one in behind the shower walls but didn't get a chance to create one before the plumber came. Any of you every done one or better yet find one in your house. Talking to my plumber he said he found one in his kitchen remodel of his own house with 2 different newspapers and two different coins posing that some one remodeled and left it then next home owner remodeled and left there stuff then he finds it. He said he added a newspaper and a coin from this year. I missed my chance with the bathroom but perhaps I can with basement or kitchen.

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Old 02-19-2010, 04:15 PM   #2
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I've only found old newspapers as insulation
Some marbles....newer change - pennies...nickels..nothing old
Also some beer cans in the walls ..and roofing tools

I haven't put anything in a wall yet

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Me and a friend did in a new build 25 yrs ago
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Yeah, only thing I have found is beer cans... once, a LOT of them.
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1800s whiskey bottles, some plastered over dancing cherubs from the same vintage and some great movie posters from an old theater I worked on.

No great treasure chests yet but I know the next old house I take on will have the chest with the family jewels and old coins.

Cleaned out a house with all kinds of medical stuff from turn of the century that was cool. Found a civil war bayonnete and sword. Nothing of particular value so far though.
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all my family jewels are gone either doc clipped them or kids spent them
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I like putting 'treasures' in my construction projects. I don't just confine myself to walls. I put a crisp $1 bill in a cotton paper envelope inside a porch post. I like to put state quarters in walls. I also like to leave notes.

- my neighbors found a cache of 1960s Playboys when they did their renovations.
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We found once on a shelf built in the wall when inspecting the chimney that had 2 very very old cans of powder. On one of them the label had deteriorated too much to read but the other was actually very interesting. It was an old can marked with a company label saying Rattlesnake Poison Antidote It made me wanna do some research into whatever happened to the first homeowners.

I did however take to an antique collector friend of mine and made a few hundred bucks off it If I can find the pics I'll post em. I made sure and replaced a few coins I had laying around for the next owner to find.

Oh and another time in the basement I found an old jar of baby food, marked Gerber Hawian Delight, expiration Jan 1987 lol Thats some OLD baby food. Funny thing too theres been at least 4 other owners since 1987...how could they have all missed it.
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I think it's a cool idea. Whatever you decide to put in, be a little careful that it isn't particularly acidic or it could destroy anything in contact with it. Same with the container. Today's newsprint paper is not the same composition as that from years gone by (higher acid content, practically no cotton fiber). Stay away from any liquids, synthetic rubber, soft plastics or anything containing adhesives. Old time capsules were lead boxes that were crimped shut and then soldered to make them air and water tight.
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I like the idea, never found one though and never made one.

The hand crafted nails we pulled out of the floorboards in my parents house were almost little time capsules in themselves though.
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In my old place I found a car license plate in a wall with the same #s as the

house , also a roofing hammer that was made for a trucking company , had a

50's painted truck on it.
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I found $140 in crisp $20 bills from the 1950's in an envolope under my master bath vanity when I demolished the bathroom a couple years ago. No note or reason why it was put there, but it was definitely during construction of the home. I figured it was free money from the past, so I ran out and bought a new drywall screw gun.
Whenever I remodel something in my home I usually write something about the project and what is going on at the time on a stud or on the back of a sheet of rock. That could be fun for someone in 40 or 50 years, but I'm not leaving them any money!
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Those bills were probably just US Notes or Federal Reserve Notes, but hopefully you still checked to see if they were worth more than face value to a collector considering that they were in great condition.
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Those bills were probably just US Notes or Federal Reserve Notes, but hopefully you still checked to see if they were worth more than face value to a collector considering that they were in great condition.
Nah, they were worth $140 to the place selling the screw gun though, and I recall having enough left for lunch on the way back!
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When ever I close up a space, I throw my loose change into it.

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