Category Archives: Basement stubs

Welcome Casey to KC Key Solutions!

Hello there again, it’s a great Friday and I’m in the writing mood.

Casey started with us a couple of weeks ago and he’s doing great.  He’s managing some of our larger revolving maintenance accounts and he’s got the flair for customer service.  In fact, he’s even ridden along with me on a few jobs to see how a veteran handles his business 😉

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So if you get a call from KC Key Solutions, you might hear from this young man.  It’s kind of fun to hear him say “Hi, this is Casey from KC Key”.  Say it out loud and you’ll notice a lot of “KC” going on there!

He’s made it through a couple of weeks…and he hasn’t quit yet.  Now let’s see how he does during our busy season, right?

Have a safe afternoon.  Ryan

So we are remodeling an old house and I found your underwear.

So my title got your attention, didn’t it?

It’s true…we are remodeling an old house.  In fact, it’s about 110 years old, and it still has the original lath and plaster walls and ceilings installed.  Well, not any more…that was some of the first work that we got started on; removing all of that material and getting it to the dump was a chore.  The living room alone was 1,600 lbs of old plaster that we removed – it was a big day!

So we are on to the ceilings which we almost left alone.  But since the decision was made to pull them down, we got to work.  As my story progresses, I did find some underwear up in the ceiling.  But let me set the stage for this story a bit.

It was late at night and I ended up doing some of this demo alone.  The lights were mostly off, this is a 110 year old house, and as I’m removing the 8′ ceilings to reveal these amazing 9′ ceilings that got covered up at some point, the attic was becoming visible at times and once in a while I peeked up to see what I could see.  However it was late, dark and I was getting a little spooked.  Who knows what is up in an old attic, right?

So I’m kind of on my guard…but I’m a grown man and I know that there can’t be anything to worry about. Gulp.

That’s when my crowbar pulled down a leg…a leg to these old underwear that had been stashed up in the attic a long time ago.

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I know it doesn’t look like much…but I stopped and took a closer look.  Here’s the tag inside of these beauties:

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It says “Quality Russco Underwear”.  So I looked them up, and it appears that this clothing manufacturer went out of business in 1920.  WOW!  That means likely these have been up in this attic for approximately 100 years.  As I kept digging further, there were a lot of clothes…kids clothes, dresses, and what appeared to be old curtains or tablecloths.  I think someone had finished with these items and stuffed them up in the attic for insulation, until I pulled them down this week!  Crazy.

So I’m still looking for the box of gold that is hiding up there…but I’m sure I’ll just get another “box of old” 😉

Strange finds, and I’ll let you know if any other treasures pop up.

Take care, Ryan

Bathroom stubs in the basement – we’re on it!

Hello there friends,

We’ve been busy at it remodeling a couple of basements in the area…and recently we needed to do a little extra work and jack hammer out the concrete to get to move the sewer pipes per a customer request!  Here’s a shot ready for our plumber to come in:

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I know that it might be hard to tell, but this will actually end up being a shower drain and we are installing an acrylic enclosure over it this week.  Sometimes our customers don’t realize what it takes to add a shower in a basement…and sometimes it starts with the jackhammer and a little elbow grease.

I’ll take a picture of the shower after it’s installed, and probably take a shower because I’ll need it 😉

Thank you everyone, I’ll be back soon!  Ryan