Tuesday, December 1, 2009

What is it?

Who remembers this scene from behind walls? Or still deals with it? - Joan Perry in Charleston is certainly familiar with this outdated practice and perhaps Lori Skoog, too, living on that wonderful farm in western New York state. (Or still has nightmares about it and is thankful to live in a new condo someplace!!) Living in an "older" house in a historic district certainly has its pluses and great advantages. We wouldn't trade our home or neighborhood for any other, but a surprise such as this one made me pause... and grab a fire extinguisher.

This was supposed to have ALL been removed and replaced almost 20 years ago, so finding this hiding today during a major restoration/repair project was a huge and most unwelcome surprise. And yes, I made a phone call immediately and it will be replaced ASAP. (They promise.)

Can you provide the correct name? (HINT:
It was an early standardized method in buildings and houses, in common use in North America from about 1880 to the 1930s.)


  1. Fire hazard? Looks pretty out of date, and surrounded by tinder.

  2. Very scary. Used to see a lot of that up north but never this far south.

  3. I don't know, but it does look like a fire waiting to happen! Good thing you found it.