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I'm asking because I collect old cans and bottles. Some of my best/coolest finds have come from contractors that have found intact six packs stuffed into the wall to keep the boss from finding the evidence. Or a stray whisky bottle that was wedged behind a tub. They are unaffected by moisture/humidity and are usually in amazing shape. You can tell the era of cans by the opening on top. Pulltab cans are generally in the 1963-1980 era, and if you've found a can pierced by a metal opener (triangular punches) they are usually post 1950 or so. The earliest cans look like a brake fluid can and were sealed by a bottlecap, with a spout shaped top.

So....what cool or weird items have you found on the job?
 

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Mostly newspapers bottle caps once in a while a hammer… so now I have fun and I leave a treasure map made from old parchment paper.
 

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I always heard the tool was called a church key, but don’t ask me why. The man who invented the ”Pop Top” was from Dayton Ohio. He was a tool and die shop owner, who was at a picnic without one and came up with the idea.

Most probably remember when the original tabs were sharp edges and came loose from the can. Some folks would toss them on the ground, or stick them inside the can. Jimmy Buffet makes a reference to stepping on one in Margaritaville. Many young people know the song, but have no clue what it means.
 

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I think they jokingly called it a church key because they used it to open beer.
 

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Last one I found a bottle of schlitz from 1971, my birth year. Couple years ago I found a couple xrated vhs tapes about black bottoms. I left them on the washing machine at the end of the day.
 

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Remember the short lived round button tops.

I hated those.

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Plenty of beer and pop (soda) cans and bottles. Little green army men when I demo a set of steps.

I found some poor bastids thermos bottle in a set of steps from 1909 in 2009. Glass in tact, metal 3/4 gone.

Found a penny (or dime? I forget) from 1913 tucked in a mortar joint of a house built in 1913.

Got a nice Estwing hammer under a porch.

Still waiting for the big money find, lol.
 

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Beer and soda cans in the cmu.... All the time. Last one was an opened Pepsi can circa mid 70s, in relatively decent shape. Still no money yet. The guys that demo'd Pablo Escobar's house said they didn't find any money... Not that I expect them to tell the truth.
 

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Gutted and completely built from the floor to the ceiling an 1860's home in my town many years ago.
L.D. Caulk Co. was/is an early inventor, marketer and seller of various dental chemicals here in Milford, DE
In one of the walls I found 2 empty glass vials with chemical names I have no clue of, typed on a lab label...dated 1906.
Rebuilt 30' of wraparound porch. The owners wanted my helper and my names painted on the rafters with a date.
No big deal but kind of cool.

Yes to mostly old beer and soda cans over the years.
Nothing worth keeping.
 

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$100 dollar bill when demoing the front of a steakhouse bar. Was between the base board and the face of the bar front. Figured someone pulled their money out of the pocket and it dropped just perfectly to slide into the 1/8” gap. Three corners were still good so I was able to exchange it at the bank. Third corner was rotted away from being in contact with the tile floor.
Also a revolver in the rafters of a attached single car garage. Turned that one over to to PD. Just didn’t want to screw with any blow back if it had problems. House purchase from a trustee so no family or owner to give it to.


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Thus would be a long list......

Little boy's pants, girl's dresses, shoes, corsets, old postage stamps, magazines from the 40s and 50s, store ledger circa 1790, ceramic toys, cast lead figures, corn cobs, cans of all kinds and ages, 1800s hammer, home made dividers, steel divider, clay marbles, various glass bottles, newspapers from various US and Canada cities from the 1800s, ... .

A lot more, but it's just too much to remember even if I wanted to.

And lots of snuff tins.
 

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Was on a remodel this past summer..while removing the soffit and fascia at one of the eaves, little girls clothes from the 70s-80s came falling down. Upon further inspection, someone stuffed tons of clothes into all the soffits from the attic. Weird as all get out, there was even a little secret room in the corner of the attic.
Wood Tints and shades Building Hardwood House
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Many people don’t understand that an attic is open to the outside and that insulating has no benefits to the home. The same folks that complain that their attic is hot in the summer even though it has an attic fan(s).
 

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Other than the normal bottles, cans, newspapers and porn mags the most interesting were $2000 in quarters under stairs, $100 bills in old suits, world series trophy, signed baseball bats and family pictures in a closet in an apartment above the beer garden at Busch's Grants farm. There were all kinds of interesting sights in their guest house and mansion.
 

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Many people don’t understand that an attic is open to the outside and that insulating has no benefits to the home. The same folks that complain that their attic is hot in the summer even though it has an attic fan(s).
Attics are insulated all the time here, R30 on top of the ceiling joists and for high performance attics another R13 or R19 under the rafters, also can go on top of the roof sheathing but that's more of a challenge.
 

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Attics are insulated all the time here, R30 on top of the ceiling joists and for high performance attics another R13 or R19 under the rafters, also can go on top of the roof sheathing but that's more of a challenge.
Sorry to get off thread subject here, but what is the point of insulating the bottom of the roof rafters? Is the attic not vented and sealed off from the outside?
 
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