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February 14, 2012 11:33 PM Subscribe
Could an average person, sufficiently motivated, break through a wall built to current U.S. building code standards without the use of tools?
posted by 2bucksplus to home & garden (38 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This is absolutely a serious question.
Obviously there are all kinds of building standards in the U.S. and some kinds of walls (brick, for example) would be impassable. I'm thinking about an interior wall separating two bedrooms in a shoddily build McMansion, or the kind of wall used to divide an office building into suites. Basically anything your local zoning board would approve.
The person doesn't need to do anything more than get from one side of the wall to the other. Also, assume this person had all day but was unwilling to do permanent injury to themselves. They are also permitted no tools of any kind.
What would such an escape look like, what kind of walls would be permeable, how hard would it be and how long would it take?