Any experienced handymen or handywomen out here? I have a story set in 1960s, the main baddie character with his wife is doing some really bad stuff (look at my progress journal if you want details) and he does come into contact with people who vehemently disagree with how he makes his money as well as law enforcement (eventually). I am thinking he's smart enough to figure out that he needs some protection and he's not the kind of guy to hire bodyguards so he depends on secretcy and misdirection. A couple of bolt holes fit the bill. I have a couple more ideas in mind but to start with: I envision that they own (eventually) an apartment building and they controls the information as to who rents all the rooms. They can doctor this stuff. Anyone who examines the records will see that apartment #2 is theirs, and they have neighbours on either side so anyone seeking them probably won't look there. So, he has his own apartment, then I want him to have two secret doors in his apartment, leading to adjoining apartments so that if anyone breaks into apartment #2, he can run out into either #1 or #3 which are on either side of him. Ideally, he will run before anyone sees him leave so hopefully they will think he went out and not realize he's put his escape plan into motion. (Regards the misdirection, I am going to write it in such a way that people do not realize the female member of this couple is heavily involved, so I don't plan for her to escape with him but more to stay behind and tie up loose ends, then disappear herself and join him eventually.) How difficult is it to do this? He does it himself and he doesn't leave any evidence behind - I mean a very close examination would find it but a quick search would not. The room's dimensions do not change. Going over the room itself with a tape measure will not reveal the existence of the secret doors. I'm thinking if they find one door, they'll assume that's it....when really there are two. In this era of YouTube, I can find plenty of videos on secret rooms, passageways, and hidden doors. But in the past, 1970s forward, how difficult would this have been for the average handyman or handywoman with time on their hands and a determination to do this for their own safety and protection? I get they'll need tools to cut through walls - drywall, studs - and they'll have to install some type of loose drywall to serve as a door either one that swings (needs hinges) open or slides open. They'll need some type of latch to keep things in place....oh and they'll need to toss any debris they make when they set this up. Another option, since he owns the building is to have a trapdoor and a method of disappearing from his own apartment into the apartment below him - I'd hide the trapdoor under his bed so that people are not constantly walking over it and disguise it as well. So....after that lengthy explanation, which is easier for someone with basic skills and a deep determination to accomplish this? Nothing that requires a red seal verification in any type of woodworking or carpentry skills. It also has to be doable with electric power tools and hand tools that were available back in the 1970s - and yes, that does include chain saws for those of you that wonder! They owns the building, they're not worried about the noise because they can control who's in the building when they work. If it helps, this guy works very, very seldom (his illegitimate business makes a pile) so he has a lot of time on his hands - think of Tim Robbins' character in "The Shawshank Redemption" (the movie) tunnelling out of the prison - and a lot of determination because this is survival for him.....if he doesn't escape, he gets seriously hurt or even killed. Thanks all!!