Unusable Door Thursday 6/21/2012


9 thoughts on “Unusable Door Thursday 6/21/2012

    • It’d be sort of awkward, at least on the way in, because he’d have to stop and open the screen door. But presumably he can hover and stuff. (Or he could just break through the damn thing. But then he isn’t really “using” the door, so I guess that doesn’t qualify.)

  1. I’ve seen this on so many houses, I kinda wonder if there isn’t some medical problem involved, like drunken architect syndrome, or mad carpenter disease. The house next door to my old one in Minnesota had a door—brand new, recently replaced—on the second floor, dropping into nowhere. And the tenants had small children. I thought it was crazy, or at least the landlord was.

    • If you visit Connecticut remind me to show you the highway off-ramp that once led to an empty field. The contractors’ blueprints were upside down.

    • The Minnesota contractor probably ran off to purify himself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka.

      In this case, perhaps there was a deck, but, being built of more expendable wood, it eventually fell apart. Then again, this house seems to predate today’s popular expendable-wood decks. Maybe a stairway, from earlier days when there was an upstairs apartment?

      (I’m actually surprised you didn’t mention the Winchester Mystery House. I’m pretty sure that came up the last time we had U.D.T. here at AL&S.)

  2. (For reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with this post, I’d be interested in knowing if you wear glasses. I can’t remember.)

    • I do indeed—for distance. My eyes are well-adjusted to peering at computer screens all day long.

      Whew. That last sentence threatened to be singable to the tune of “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” but I think it avoided that fate.

  3. My brother and sister in law have an upper floor door like this one that they believe may have been used for moving a piano or other large piece of furniture, since the tiny staircase that leads to the 2nd floor wouldn’t be very accommodating. There’s a piece of wood that sticks out of the roof that could have been used to suspend the piano with roops. (I don’t know the proper mechanical engineering terms here … winch? pulley? joist?)

    • Hmm…maybe “henchmen”? “With a jib strung up over the henchmen, they lowered the piano abaft into the waiting lenticular.” Uh, yeah, sounds about right.

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