The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

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Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States

Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

Press: Russellville Courier Article - December 2003, HGTV website article, AP story - October 2006, and Victorian Homes Magazine - February 2008 (link coming soon).
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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

I hope the floor plan below is some help to those of you not familiar with our house.

We got a good bit of work done last weekend. The master bath floor went a lot faster than I had expected. We've finally gotten all the bugs worked out of the compressor and nail gun, that helped a lot. I say "bugs" but overcoming our own ignorance was the real challenge.

We couldn't get the compressor to power up, it kept popping the breaker. The problem was that our extension cord was too long and to small of a gauge to pull enough power for the compressor. My father-in-law was kind enough to run huge-gauge wire from the temporary pole to the Queen. Our compressor problem was then solved. Then we ran out of nails. That sounds easy enough to remedy, doesn't it?

The nail gun is borrowed, so my wife and I are not too familiar with it. The nails we bought were the wrong brand. Even though the nails were the right size (in theory) they wouldn't work with the nail-gun we have. They'd jam the gun every time you pulled the trigger. So back to Lowe's for the RIGHT nails. It's the stupid stuff that slows you down.

Our death-dance with Terminix has continued though I think that it may be over now. The collection agency has been calling us up until last week even though we paid it off five weeks ago. We tried calling Terminix in Russellville but they wouldn't talk to us. So, we called the Regional Manager. That pretty well took care of it. In a week or so we should know for sure. The whole episode was aggravating and ridiculous. It is almost a shame that it got resolved though; I was almost looking forward to getting our lawyer to sue them.


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