Sunday, July 30, 2006


Razor Blades in the wall?

We finished gutting the kitchen today (okay, mostly Ken, but we helped take his mess to the dumpster). Susan and I finished taping & mudding the back bedroom and most of the master bedroom. Don't believe anyone that tells you taping & mudding a ceiling is fun.

If you'll look closely at the first picture, you'll see the back of a white medicine cabinet on the right side of the wall...I had never heard of this before, but in the old days they used to have a slit in the bathroom medicine cabinet where people would stick their old double edge razor blades. When they would drop a blade into the slit, it would fall into the wall behind the bathroom cabinet and pile up between the studs. If you click on the picture on the right, you'll see some cool old razor blade packages we found and some of the HUNDREDS of blades we recovered. Apparently this was common practice even until the early 1960's and some medicine cabinets actually had the words "dispose blades here" embossed above the slit. Feel free to leave us a comment if you've ever heard of this. I thought for sure Susan and Ken had been secretly sniffing the drywall paste.

The house I grew up in had medicine cabinets like that. The house was built in 1950, and my father used that blade slot until 1995 when he passed away. I wonder what the wall space is like there! He always used Schick Injectible (I think they were called) razors.
I was shocked and was so surprised that I had never heard of it before. Thanks for sharing your story! Karen
Wow!!! The house looks so different since the last time I saw it! You have all made great progress! Susan, has been keeping me updated, and also mentioned this blog site. What a great idea in keeping everyone updated.

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