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What are the coolest and/or weirdest things you have found in your attic? « on: November 28, 2020, 01:30:22 PM » Author: Fluorescent05
I found a huge analog TV antenna, a distribution amplifier for analog TV, an old GE child proof extension cord, and a piece of 14/3 wire. What have you guys found?
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Re: What are the coolest and/or weirdest things you have found in your attic? « Reply #1 on: November 28, 2020, 01:42:36 PM » Author: HPS_250
Well, I didn’t technically find this, but it was in my attic! A guy who was repairing some ductwork in the attic found a box of roofing tape from 1978, when my house was built.
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Re: What are the coolest and/or weirdest things you have found in your attic? « Reply #2 on: November 28, 2020, 02:05:19 PM » Author: Fluorescent05
Well, I didn’t technically find this, but it was in my attic! A guy who was repairing some ductwork in the attic found a box of roofing tape from 1978, when my house was built.
That's cool! There are also a bunch of shingle bits, stripped romex sheath, and bits of cracking plastic in my attic.
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Re: What are the coolest and/or weirdest things you have found in your attic? « Reply #3 on: November 28, 2020, 02:16:19 PM » Author: HPS_250
That's cool! There are also a bunch of shingle bits, stripped romex sheath, and bits of cracking plastic in my attic.

I’ve only gone into my attic a few times, mainly because we had problems with the ventilation fan, which we eventually just removed. I might go back to check for any interesting stuff.
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Re: What are the coolest and/or weirdest things you have found in your attic? « Reply #4 on: November 28, 2020, 02:32:26 PM » Author: Cole D.
I only been in the attic once, because I'm afraid of heights plus falling through the ceiling. There wasn't much of interest up there, but there are two keyless porcelain lampholders (one at each end) and the switch is mounted right above the attic hatch. I know the bulbs are incandescent but I don't know the wattages.

At my old house (from 1992) there was a plastic pull chain lampholder with a grounded convenience outlet right above the hatch, but no bulb ever in it.
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Re: What are the coolest and/or weirdest things you have found in your attic? « Reply #5 on: November 28, 2020, 05:22:50 PM » Author: Wireman
When I was 16 I was in the attic above my bedroom running Romex for some recessed lights that I was installing in my room.
I noticed some plywood installed in a strange way on some of the rafters.
At first I thought it was was part of the roof but when I looked closer it wasn't part of anything.
It was like it was just put there for whatever.
Anyway I showed it to my Dad since he bought the house brand new from the builder,DCA, in 1978.
He had no idea why it was there, but it was in the way of one of my new recessed cans or so I thought.
We were able to fit it in under the plywood afterall.
Admittedly we both were puzzled by it.
I went to the building department and got the construction records for the house.
Turns out the wood was leftover when the carpenters made a mistake in framing the roof and failed the inspection.
Once they framed it the right way they just didn't bother to remove the misplaced plywood.
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Re: What are the coolest and/or weirdest things you have found in your attic? « Reply #6 on: November 28, 2020, 05:49:46 PM » Author: Jovan
I found a huge analog TV antenna, a distribution amplifier for analog TV, an old GE child proof extension cord, and a piece of 14/3 wire. What have you guys found?
I found that there were no spiders :) just kidding.I found some old bicycles and some old wires which I sold and got nice money from that.
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Re: What are the coolest and/or weirdest things you have found in your attic? « Reply #7 on: November 28, 2020, 08:17:08 PM » Author: Binarix128
When repairing the stairs we opened the little storage behind it, most things there were not out of normal but we found a WW2 sewing machine in good conditions, It just needs a cord.
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Re: What are the coolest and/or weirdest things you have found in your attic? « Reply #8 on: November 28, 2020, 11:39:34 PM » Author: Fluorescent05
When repairing the stairs we opened the little storage behind it, most things there were not out of normal but we found a WW2 sewing machine in good conditions, It just needs a cord.
That is a very good find!
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Re: What are the coolest and/or weirdest things you have found in your attic? « Reply #9 on: November 29, 2020, 12:44:55 AM » Author: tolivac
Remains of what looks like a cardboard playhouse-found  it when I moved in-left it up there.Now the attic is a place for some old vacuums and lights.Also--suitcases.
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Re: What are the coolest and/or weirdest things you have found in your attic? « Reply #10 on: November 29, 2020, 09:52:48 AM » Author: Cole D.
My parents won't store things in the attic, "if the only place it fit is the attic, then we don't need it."  :'-)
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Re: What are the coolest and/or weirdest things you have found in your attic? « Reply #11 on: November 29, 2020, 10:18:37 AM » Author: Mandolin Girl
My parents won't store things in the attic, "if the only place it fit is the attic, then we don't need it."  :'-)
That's fatal. If you throw it out, you can guarantee the very next day, you'll need it. Done that more times than I care to remember  :-\

Problem is, now I live in a flat, we have no attic, so we're surrounded by STUFF  :lol:
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Re: What are the coolest and/or weirdest things you have found in your attic? « Reply #12 on: November 29, 2020, 05:11:58 PM » Author: Mandolin Girl
Strange as it may sound, a dog. :lol:

At the place I was staying well before moving here I was using the loft as a place to sleep, and I woke up one morning with my flat mate's dog licking my face.  :poof:
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Re: What are the coolest and/or weirdest things you have found in your attic? « Reply #13 on: November 29, 2020, 09:17:30 PM » Author: 589
I found a few cases of early 90’s x-men comics.
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Re: What are the coolest and/or weirdest things you have found in your attic? « Reply #14 on: November 30, 2020, 06:56:00 AM » Author: sox35
If they're in good condition, they might be worth something  :wndr:
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