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    • Lysimache
    • By Lysimache 12th May 18, 11:05 AM
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    Weird thing in roof - what is it?
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    • 12th May 18, 11:05 AM
    Weird thing in roof - what is it? 12th May 18 at 11:05 AM
    Hi!

    There's something in our Victorian roof which looks weird - it's like a string of marshmallows waiting to be burnt, but obviously not marshmallows...

    Is it a telegraph wire? Something to keep the wall or roof together? Weird alien communication device?




    Anyone recognize it? Is it safe to cut it off or touch it or whatever? I can't see what purpose it serves; I don't even know if it's safe to touch


    Advice appreciated.
    Last edited by Lysimache; 01-06-2018 at 2:07 AM.
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    • Lysimache
    • By Lysimache 12th May 18, 11:06 AM
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    • 12th May 18, 11:06 AM
    If you click on the 2nd photo or look very closely, you can spot the grey cups on the weird metal wire - you need good eyesight to see it.
    • Alter ego
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    • 12th May 18, 11:08 AM
    Could it be the wire for the servant call bell?
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    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 12th May 18, 11:35 AM
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    • 12th May 18, 11:35 AM
    They look like old ceramic insulators. It's possible that when the original wiring was modernised/replaced this bit would have been disconnected....... Have you had all of the wiring checked out?
    Last edited by Silvertabby; 13-05-2018 at 2:41 PM.
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 12th May 18, 12:59 PM
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    Radio aerial wire, probably pre-WW2.

    The ceramic insulators may get a few on ebay.
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    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 12th May 18, 1:25 PM
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    Where's Wally?
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    • Lysimache
    • By Lysimache 12th May 18, 4:31 PM
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    • 12th May 18, 4:31 PM
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    • 12th May 18, 4:31 PM
    Where's Wally?
    Originally posted by peachyprice

    Should have gone to Specsavers It isn't the easiest but the top photo is easier if you look closely.



    How do I work out if it's safe to cut/touch them?
    • greyteam1959
    • By greyteam1959 12th May 18, 5:28 PM
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    • 12th May 18, 5:28 PM
    Put a big piece of paper behind one of the 'things' & take a closer picture ??
    Could be an old UFO detector............
    • tonyh66
    • By tonyh66 13th May 18, 8:52 AM
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    • 13th May 18, 8:52 AM
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    • 13th May 18, 8:52 AM
    looks like one end is nailed onto roof joist, if the other end is not attached to anything its probably safe to remove, make sure you can trace all the loose ends though.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 14th May 18, 9:04 AM
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    How do I work out if it's safe to cut/touch them?
    Originally posted by Lysimache
    If its not causing a problem, is leaving it alone an option?
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