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Old 01-13-2010, 02:42 PM   #1
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In the downstairs family room, there is a piece of wood that was attached to the wall for reasons unknown. Finally decided to pry it off last night and it's covering a hole 18" x 3". This hole was perfectly cut and the board looks like it was made to fit in the hole for some reason or the other. Nothing unusual in the hole, just the studs, insulation and vapor barrier. It's probably 6 feet from the ground as well.

Will post pics later this evening but any ideas? We are getting ready to paint so I am just going to drill a piece of drywall and then crackfill any small gaps which will then be eventually painted.

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Old 01-13-2010, 05:17 PM   #2
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Here are the pictures:

board on wall



See how high it is


Board removed


Different angle


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That hole was definitely cut out but I have no idea why it wasn't fixed when the previous tenants were painting as you can see the paint all over it. A real head scratcher.
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Heck, that's an odd one. Bump.
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did you look to see whats behind insol, valve, repair?
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:27 PM   #6
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Looks like a couple holes in the other wall right around the corner too
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This is a rental? Then it could be ANYTHING. Tenants are crazy.
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What is behind that bump out? Maybe they needed some access to a pipe.
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There are no other holes, those spots are just crackfilling over screws.

This is not a rental, this is a house I purchased back in October.

Behind the bumpout is the insulation, studs, and vapor barrier.
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Any wiring run for surround sound speaker mounting? I haven't got a guess outside of that.
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I was thinking that as well but that would have been kind of sloppy. You don't need to cut open a hole 18"x3" for a small piece of speaker wire.
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Behind the bumpout is the insulation, studs, and vapor barrier.
What else? Doesn't it serve some purpose?

Why is there no nailer in the corner? Has that been removed too? If so, someone went to a lot of work to make room for something.
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There is an electrical outlet but thats about 3-4 feet down which is coming from the opposite wall. Not sure what you mean when you question why their isn't a nailer in the corner. From where the picture was taken, I am by the foot of my stairs going uptowards the side entrance way.
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In the "board removed" photo, look at the right edge. What was the right edge of the sheetrock nailed to? You can't put sheetrock into a corner without something to attach it to -- nothing to hold it in place as you try to put the mud into the corner.

Aside from the outlet, what's the purpose of this bump out? Does the exterior of the house follow the contour of the interior? If this bit on the inside is not followed on the outside, then someone framed it. Why? If there's no obvious answer, then maybe the hole has something to do with it -- maybe there's something in there that you won't find unless you tear it out -- a plumbing vent or some pipes or something.

I don't know what or why, but you don't just put something like that in without some kind of reason, right?
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Your vapour barrier is inside out. the writing is backwards.









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