Mysterious discovery: a man found a strange black box in the basement of his old house

By Jurassic JennApr 8, 2024 15:41 PMCuriosity
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A man found a strange black box in the basement of his old house
A man found a strange black box in the basement of his old house. Source: mil.in.ua

The man, who chose not to reveal his name, was confused when he found a strange black box in the basement of his house with wires coming from it. The object, about 13 cm long, was simply lying on a ledge of brickwork that divides the basement into two halves.

He told about it on the popular Reddit forum. SSPDaily learned more about this accident.

The author of the post, who writes under the nickname ERRN18, said that his house was built in 1905, and no one had used the basement for many years. According to the homeowner, the strange object must be at least a hundred years old.

According to the man, he accidentally noticed the object and had a hard time getting to it.

"It is in the depths of my very dirty basement, and I had to crawl like an army man to get to it. When I tapped on the side, it felt heavy," the owner explained.

Other forum participants decided to help the man find out what his unexpected find was. They came up with many theories about what the object was.

Many were concerned about the condition of the wires seen in the photo.

Users wrote:

  • "Horrible, what wiring",
  • "Replace it when you can, but don't touch it for now."
  • "I especially don't like the exposed cable on the left and the exposed connectors on the transformer."

In one comment, a person suggested that the strange box might be an old telephone switchboard. Another user believes that the find may be related to amateur radio.

"Maybe it's an antenna selector to switch between 4-meter and 10-meter bands," he wrote.

However, most commentators agreed that the item most closely resembled an old electrical transformer.

"It is a voltage-switching transformer that outputs 0, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 volts. It is currently set to 12, which is typical for most doorbells. This one is antique and very beautiful," one of them wrote.

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