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crisdrexjr
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crisdrexjr

Moving into our new home I discovered an old Pepsi wooden crate and another wood crate (not sure what is was for but is cool) and an old coal bucket also. The loft of our garage revealed 2 beautiful wood and cast iron school desks along with 3 full leaded glass doors and 1 half lead glass door. It was to cool to find all of this. And what a find they were.

Yard Dog
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Yard Dog

On the last move we discovered where all the Nazis fled after WWII! Justified and ancient they run the HOA just like Adolf taught them. If you aren't a WASP with 2.5 you better get a gas mask for this neighborhood.:eek:

jwolf
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jwolf

Our home was built on the site of an old race track

[We have lived in our home for over 20 years and have done major renovation. We kept thinking that we would find some treasure. A neighbor hired workmen who found $50,000 in gold coins inside a wall. We were never that lucky. We did get to find photo's of most all of the previous owners. (a treasure for sure) Discovered that the woman who built the home had come to California in 1860 while 11 years old. She had saild from France to New York,down to Panama, took a trip across what would be the canal in future years. Then sailed up to San Francisco. She was all alone on the trip, met up with her Father who was already here. I can't imaging an 11 year old doing this alone.

Last year we were replacing our front sidewalk and found half a dozen old horseshoes buried under the old cement. Our home was built above what had been stables at the old state fair race track. Maybe not a bag of gold coins, but a treasure, just as the home is to us.

Joe W.. sacramento, ca

Paul J
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Paul J
Moderator wrote:

Deborah Snoonian, Senior Editor of This Old House wants to know:

What’s the weirdest or most unusual thing you’ve ever found when moving into or remodeling your house?

A few years ago, we had our whole first floor, stairs to second floor and closet off of our dining room refinished and polyurethaned. We had to be out of the house for a week or so, while it was done. The next summer we were re-doing our kitchen and breakfast area. My parents had the old rubber sky blue linolium on the entire floor. My wife and I had gone to Home Depot to purchase new oak flooring to match, as best we could, the rest of the downstairs. To buy original quartersawn oak hardwood floor, was out of the question. Anyhow, we had a reputable contractor. We ordered everything ourselves; all of the cabinets and accessories, the flooring, the lights, a new stainless steel sink and under-the-counter lights. Our appliances were only 1-2 years old; a french refrigerator ( side by side with a freezer drawer below and with an inside water dispenser with a purify filter), a quiet dishwasher and a Professional 6 burner Wolf Stove, with the high velocity hood and fan with multiple lights under it. They gutted the walls down to the studs, to move the plumbing and electrical for the garbage disposal; electrical switches etc. Then they started to rip up the linolium. I just happened to be in the area that particular day and I stopped in the house to see how the progress was going. I walked into the kitchen and I saw all of this black stuff, (which, turned out to be the old glue for the tiles), on the floor. BUT, I thought I saw some hardwood under that stuff. I took a scraper, and scraped some of the glue off and found that we had original oak hardwood floors in the kitchen and breakfast areas as well. So, I yelled, "STOP what you're doing!" And, "where's Mr. H.? I need to talk to him RIGHT NOW!!" SO, they got him on the phone, he was out, "supposedly" getting them lunch. The men he left behind, were of a Southern Country variety and spoke very little to no English. I told Mr. H. what I had found and told him NOT to touch the floor any further, that we were going to refinsh them later to match the rest of the house. He stated, "no problem, I'll tell them when I get back in 15 minutes or so..." I had to get back to work, so I left. On my way back to work, I had called my wife, kinda frantically and told her what happened and what I found. She was as happy as I was. Needless to say, when I got home around 430 pm, I went to the kitchen and found that the entire floor was ripped up down to the joists; I almost had a heart attack right then and there. I couldn't find my breath! I called my wife; she was in a meeting. I called Mr. H. 4-5 times, all I got was his voice mail with 4-5 messages that I had already left! Finally, my wife came home and couldn't believe what she was looking at; did I explain to Mr. H. what it was that we were going to do, etc. etc??? Yes, Yes, and Yes!!! Then at 8pm Mr. H. calls back with some lame excuse that he must've turned his phone off. In between him telling me that and my screaming about what happened to my kitchen floor, he calmly told me, that he got tied up at some vendors that he was getting supplies for and by the time he did get back, his men were already in the process of ripping up the floor. He was very sorry for the mixup, that he would pay for our new kitchen floor. Which he did. The new floor looks great and all, but only my wife and I really know, how it should've looked like. Looking back on that whole mess, I should've stayed there until he got back and then we would've been that much more happier...

johndek
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johndek

Still finding amber in the backyard whenever I dig to plant new trees or such.

Xcar111
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Xcar111

Unfortunately, I found no buried treasures on any of our moves.

wwinger
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wwinger

Upon cleaning out a built in bed, my 13 year old daughter found a used syringe and an empty bottle of Haladone. Evidently, one of the previous children of the home had an addiction problem. My husband also found a hidden cubby with a tape recorder, deck of cards and old magazines.

damn yankee
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damn yankee

We found a Civil-War era culvert constructed of granite slabs that you could drive a Mini Cooper through. Its original purpose was to carry water from an underground stream and storm water system. Yes, some idiot built a house on top of that (about 90-odd years ago) and some other idiot (me) bought it. Caveat emptor, indeed.

1876 Italianate
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1876 Italianate

During the first several months of daily work repairing and improving our old house we still had not found a skeleton key which would open a second door from our family room to the hallway.
We got old keys from several other people, but none worked. One evening I walked into the family room and noticed something lying on the sofa. It was a really old, rusty, dirty skeleton key. I asked the entire family and no one had ever seen it before. We had not had any visitor or worker in the house that day and there was no way it could have been missed the evening before because we all crashed on that sofa daily when we had done all the work we could. You guessed it, the key fit the locked door. My kids said the original owner of the house in 1876 left it for me. ha I think it may have been hidden over the other door that we used all the time and just jarred loose and fell on the sofa. I admit, where it landed would not be probable from that door frame. I guess a helpful ghost wouldn't be a bad thing. Thanks for listening.

Bigmommacat
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Bigmommacat

We were having a problem with one of the drains in our home. When my husband was handy and wanted to work around the house, was able to take the drain apart and clean it. To our surprise, there was a ring with a pink stone. It took about a week of soaking to actually see what it was.
Once I got it cleaned, I lost it!!:mad: :(

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