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Old 12-03-08, 08:13 PM   #1
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House building supperstitons?

A question for the astute people of Foo. A friend is building a new house and the question came up pertaining to about what you place under the door sill of a new house.We had the feeling that there were three items that are traditionally placed in situ during construction.We came up with two,an rusty iron nail to ward off witches and evil spirits and a silver coin to invite wealth into your home. But we couldn't think of the third, Please help us with this connumdrum.
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Old 12-03-08, 08:14 PM   #2
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Whatever you do, don't bury under your house the corpses of the people killed by the guns your husband made.
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you bury them under the gazbo
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Old 12-03-08, 08:39 PM   #10
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Asians use these mirrors. They come in all sizes. The smallest I've seen was about three inches for the whole thing.

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Old 12-03-08, 09:12 PM   #11
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I've heard of people finding a worn pair of children's shoes in walls of old houses (not the houses of child eaters -- homes built in the early 1900s). Apparently the shoes help increase the growth of your wealth.
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Old 12-03-08, 09:16 PM   #12
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If anyone ever asks you if you really believe those things really do bring you wealth or ward off evil spirits, you can reply like Neils Bohr (Danish nobel laureate in physics 1922) did when someone was shocked by seeing a horseshoe over his doorway and asked him if he really believed in such superstitions: "Of course not ... but I am told it works even if you don't believe in it."
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Every log home I've had the privelege to erect we put a fresh cut branch tacked to the highest eave.

I have no idea whether it brings luck, but it's been interesting to watch the guy ride up on the crane ball to tack it there.
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uh huh huh, word said "erect"
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the souls of all the people that you feel have wronged you.
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A crushed ant....as warning to the others.
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I too have heard of the fresh cut branch on the highest rafter/eve, can't remember where it comes from though.

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Termite eggs.
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...and build the whole thing on a slab.
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I like to use sill seal, others use tar paper. You can use either, but use something.
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Old 12-04-08, 07:55 AM   #22
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one silver coin (pure silver)

hair of a mountain goblin


blood of a black pig


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I myself am VERY superstitious. Back when there was enough carpentry work to be done that I was doing a lot of it, I always liked to kill a hobo with my Estwing before we started building any sizable house.


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