Installers tell all: creepy stuff behind the walls


Turns out those tough-looking guys who install wires behind your walls aren’t as macho as their tool belts may suggest.

Even the manliest among them screams when a family of mice drops on his head, and cringes at the sight of squirrel poop in the loudspeakers.

Installers recently shared their gross-out and otherwise amusing jobsite discoveries with the trade magazine CE Pro. Among the finds: a fully loaded Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum with the serial number filed off; a 12-year-old’s secret crawl space with furniture, a mini fridge full of beer, a bag of pot and cable TV; and the aforementioned family of six newborn, hairless mice that fell on an installer's head on his first day of work.

Most interestingly, perhaps, is the answer to the age-old mystery: who ate my gym socks?

"We needed to run some wires in a wall adjacent to a laundry room. The fish tape sailed right through on the first try, but when we tried to pull the wires we couldn't. What did come up on the end of the fish tape was an old tube sock from the 1970s.

"We ended up opening the wall and found about 15 old socks stuffed into the wall cavity next to the dryer vent. From that point on I knew where all the missing socks from the dryer went."

Plus … there’s this grossity from the CE Pro annals: Bugs in the System