Tuesday, June 21, 2011

In the Wall

Our home remodeling project has required a new wall.

While this sounds daunting, building a wall has been one of the easier tasks in which I've engaged. Nail a few studs (2" x 4" wood boards) together and you have a wall. Make sure they're level and square, of course. Hang the Sheetrock (or other wall covering) and no one can tell the difference between your wall and the pro's.

I hope.

Before I hung Sheetrock (gypsum board panels--it's what most interior walls are covered with rather than wood paneling anymore), I wrapped a signed copy of Loathsome, Dark and Deep in a plastic bag and stuffed it between two studs. Maybe in another fifty years someone will tear down my wall and wonder at the little book. Maybe they'll read it. Maybe they'll simply dynamite the place and never find it. My wife thought I was crazy.

I thought the idea was kind of fun. Besides... I've been a little disappointed at not finding any treasure as I've demolished our house. I wouldn't want to rob a future home re-modeler of the joy.

Cheers.

11 comments:

Mary Rajotte said...

That's so cool! I would love to find a treasure like that.

One of my brothers recently moved & found a rusty axe & old rope hanging from hooks in the cold cellar and immediately thought to tell me so I could work it into a story. Yes, that's what my family thinks of me :)

Andrea Allison said...

Oh, how I remember those days. We had to replace a wall in our dining room. Unfortunately, the only surprises we came across while demolishing the old one was termite damage. A book would have been an interesting find.

Milo James Fowler said...

Neat idea -- It was a signed copy, I trust?

Danielle Ferries said...

What a brilliant idea. I love it!

Ben Godby said...

That is an amazing idea. One day, I want to demolish a house and find books!

Aaron Polson said...

I figured other writers could understand. (And yes Milo, it was a signed copy.)

Natalie L. Sin said...

You are so cool : )

Ricky Bush said...

Great time capsule of the times of Aaron.

Barry Napier said...

That's bad ass, sir. Very good idea. Have you redone the bathroom yet? If not, I suggest sticking book marks in those walls.

S. Williams said...

Be careful with holes in the wall: http://theswollencorpse.blogspot.com/2010/10/expansion.html

Cate Gardner said...

What a fabulous idea.