Mystery Compartment in the Floor?????

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Mystery Compartment in the Floor?????

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Hi everyone:

Got a mystery here. What is it?

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Can you tell me about this compartment or hole in the floor???? It is in an upstairs bedroom floor. The house was built during the 1850s. The house belongs to a friend of mine. She doesn't want to pry it up to look inside. The boards flex quite readily when pressed with the fingers or foot.

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Re: Mystery Compartment in the Floor?????

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Is there a ceiling light fixture directly below it?

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If there is no fixture below the it, it could be the money board. It was quite common in the day for the owners money to be hidden in the house. Often in the floor,it would be hidden under a carpet.

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mr Henry wrote:Is there a ceiling light fixture directly below it?
I don't know about the light fixture downstairs below it. I'll have to ask the homeowner.
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GothicHome wrote:If there is no fixture below the it, it could be the money board. It was quite common in the day for the owners money to be hidden in the house. Often in the floor,it would be hidden under a carpet.

The mystery compartment is about 18" from the wall, and about 36" from a twin bed centered on an adjacent wall. It is a very small bedroom. What do you make of the unusual shape of the compartment?
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Re: Mystery Compartment in the Floor?????

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Could it be an old heating vent?
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could it be a floor repair?
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Re: Mystery Compartment in the Floor?????

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I've patches like this in my upstairs bedrooms - there are ceiling light fixtures directly below each. They cut the upstairs floor out in several places to install electricity.

Mine are not hardly as gracefully done as that though. I think they hacked mine up with a chain saw.
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Re: Mystery Compartment in the Floor?????

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I've got one upstairs cut in above a light fixture and although nobody would find the cash stash, I worry more about fire. The best place to stash the cash is in the wall of the well. The house can burn down to the ground and the valuables are still safe and sound, a most common practice from what I'm told!

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Re: Mystery Compartment in the Floor?????

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The question that begs to be answered is how can your friend NOT be curious enough to open it up (very gently of course)!

No way could I not check it out.

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