Tis the season for ghouls, goblins and ghosts. Yards are adorned with grotesque, freakish creatures from beyond the grave. Or at very least the back of someone's attic. Large spiders and pointy fanged bats seem to be ready to pounce from every tree branch. Witches and animated skeletons lurk behind every corner.
It's a graveyard out there!
So when I entered a garage the other day and saw a trap door in the floor, I couldn't help but conjure up images of Igor and Dr. Frankenstein in a creepy laboratory working over a huge, lifeless body. Beakers bubbling, electricity snapping, the air filled with enough current to make your hair stand on end.
So it was with more than a little trepidation that I reached down and pulled open the door to see what might lay beneath. It gave easily with out a sound. A conveniently placed hook allowed for the door to be safely secured in place.
Peering down the stairway, not a cob web, spider or bug was evident. Really not so creepy.
This house and its garage were built some 70 years ago, which explains the door in the floor to the basement. In modern construction this feature would never be allowed because it creates a potential hazard. No not from driving the car on the door. The problem is fumes, specifically from gasoline.
Gas fumes being heavy could wend their way down into the basement and collect there undetected for some time. When the furnace or water heater eventually fires, the result could be something on par with Dr Frankenstein's attempt to reanimate the corpse in his laboratory.
Now that's frightening.