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« on: March 27, 2010, 05:11:08 am »
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Hello All

Here is some tips when searching old houses for hidden Caches.

first of all find out your legal status and agreement with the owner of the property you are going to search. No fun in being charged with trespassing or a backside full of buckshot.

Always try to work out the age of the dwelling. Certain characteristics belong to certain eras. Certain eras have events that may of been a factor in hiding items. Such as war of independence, civil war, great depression etc. Knowledge of local history and local events is a must in determining if a house a potential stash.

Roof voids

Attics are used For storage. Always look for false floors and voids above closets and false floors in attics. Different colored timber may indicate flooring in attic at one time have been disturbed. Always check any boxes, bottles or tins left in the roof.

Rooms.

Check out any wall vents. fireplaces can have a ledge in side the chimney. Toilet water cisterns may have items concealed in them, built in cupboards, kitchen cupboards. Check floorboard to see if any have been replaced some times caches are under floorboards. Check for hidden cavities or false walls in the room. A borerscope is ideal for searching cavities. Check cavities behind old staircases. If you have a moisture meter that might reveal hidden plumbing in the wall that might be in cased in a plumbing utilities cavity.Old carpet can concael money underneath. check behind medicine cabinets in bathrooms. Very old house built before 1830 they was a practice to place a coin in the wall cavity below every window for good luck. Some early new England houses may have followed that old English tradition.

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Always check out any old furniture for hidden cavities behind drawers and closets and cupboards. Make sure there are no false bottoms. Most older writing 19th writing desks have a lot of secret compartments.Some chest of drawers can have false sides will enough of a ledge to conceal a tin of coin.

Cellar or sub floor.

Check out any items abandoned under a house or in a cellar. Always check for cavities double foundations and metal detect dirt floors of cellars.Some cellars will have drainage pits. examine any tins boxes or bottles for any goodies. Check stone or brick walls, lose bricks or patched up foundations that are out of place.

Yard:

Check out any old sheds, stables, garages standing or collapsed or exposed open foundations that may yield results.Metal detect around these might bear fruit. Check fence line around old posts, so farmers  etc.. would bury stashes near a certain fence post from the barn or house etc.. Always check out old barns and wells and under porches, concealed patios of old houses. Check for any strange markings around trees etc. Check out depressions in the yard etc.

Old newspapers tells of finds in all the above mentioned areas of houses. With a bit of luck from the treasure hunting gods you might be that lucky finder.

Any other tips from you experienced cache hunters out there to add would be appreciated as It be hopeful for any one considering searching an old house.

Hardluck  Wink

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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2010, 07:14:42 am »
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 [detecting]I know of an old house that is empty.It has been ransacked and nearly destoyed by gangs.The yard and old barn have not been touched tho.There may very well be some old coins there.The house gives me the impression that someone was living there one day and gone the next.There are old clothes hanging in the closet,food in an old freezer,old books and personal items scatterd all over the place.Someone must have died there,and gangs destroyed everything they could.I am going to try to look around with the dfx and see what I find Detecting

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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2010, 11:16:10 pm »
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Hardluck, thanks.   Those were great tips. (especially the first one).  shadow, there's no reason why the gang members couldn't have their own stashes both inside and outside the house (though I'm not sure you'd want to get involved with a lot of the potential stashes)

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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2010, 12:31:15 am »
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Great tips Hardluck Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2010, 07:37:21 am »
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One tip I was given was: If you can determine where the master bedroom was located. Take a peek out the window and look for potential spots that are easily visible.
The one doing the stashing, just may want to look "if the dog starts barking"!

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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2010, 04:15:07 pm »
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Hello Outforgold

That is a very clever tip.

Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2010, 07:21:54 pm »
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Those are some awesome tips! That is going to be bookmarked ASAP, or like right now!  Wink

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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2010, 10:34:35 pm »
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I to have been eying some abandoned houses that are of considerable age... Good pointers

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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2010, 10:53:59 pm »
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 hello Hardluck

 Nice tips, the coin in the wall cavity,  in houses pre 1830 was interesting Cool
 A blacklight can be used in modern plaster walls to serch for repairs that may conceal a cache
 

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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2010, 01:21:41 pm »
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To kind of expand on Hardluck's tip on coins....

Carpenters in my area still often leave a coin of the current year in a wall cavity of a structure while being built.  It's also a pretty common practice to leave one inside a repair made to a building; inside a wall or floor that has been fixed, for example.  It's partially for luck, and partially to date the building or repair.   It's not a cache, but if you are in an older structure with an obviously repaired area it's often worth a look.

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