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, June 07, 2005

It's Over Engineered, Dumbass!

The other day I was having lunch with my dad at good Mexican restaurant.

"So, did you have a chance to look at that silent paint remover site?"

"Yeah, I did," Dad said.

"What did you think? Do you have any suggestions?" This is a good question for my dad, he has a PhD in engineering.

"Well, I think that it is over engineered."

"How so?"

"Is there any reason that you couldn't use the space heater as it is? Maybe you could mount a handle on it and get a heat-resistant glove if you needed it?"

I thought about it for a moment. "I guess not. It seems like the guy even tried his space heater out first before he dismantled it and it worked."

"You might check and see if it has a knock-over switch."

"What's that?"

"It's a built in switch that will automatically turn the heater off if it gets knocked over. If it has one, you could do some work on the wiring and disable it."

I feel like a dumbass for not having thought of it on my own. Just strap on a handle and go. It's genius in its simplicity. But, I should probably try it out before I get too carried away. Even so, I'm glad that I haven't bought all the parts for the paint remover. I nearly did this weekend.

Looks like I'll be playing the part of Dr. Frankenstein this weekend. Cool.

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