Day: July 20, 2016

How to drill into a secret room you suspect lies in the voids of your pre-war home


I’ve been curious about a mysterious void between two rooms of my new old house. Boing Boing reader Medievalist explains how to proceed.

To examine a secret room or priest’s hole, use a 1.5″ or larger hole saw to create an opening you can push a camera and light through. Understand that if you hit a stud you’ll probably destroy the hole saw in one use, because you’re quite likely to hit multiple nails in the lath. Even if you don’t hit any nails you’ll still wreck a cheap hole saw because of the sand in the brown coat. Do not just drill until you stop feeling any resistance….

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Grilled Chicken with South Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce

Grilled BBQ Chicken

Barbecue sauce is contentious in a way that few condiments are. Local pride is on the line. Sauce-wise, I’m mostly stateless and am just as happy with North Carolina-style vinegar sauce as I am with a Kansas City sauce made with tomatoes and molasses.

But when it comes to grilled chicken, nothing feels as perfect as the tang of a mustard-based South Carolina-style barbecue sauce.

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