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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Sunday, June 19, 2005

One Day, One Door

Saturday was a good work day. We got a lot of paint scraped, wallboards hung, and some wiring completed. Sunday was a bit of a wash-out. Had a family lunch for Father's Day that killed most of the morning. Put in a couple of hours after lunch but spent most of the afternoon visiting with family from out of town. Put in two more hours after they left.

It took me all day to install one door. It was kind of depressing that one door was all I had to show for my entire Sunday. In my defense, it did require a bit more work than I had expected. The door jamb was freakishly large. It was exactly 2 1/4 inch wider than all of our other doors which made it 1/4 inch too wide for the rough-in. To solve this problem I took one side of the jamb off, took off the hinges, pulled all the nails, and ran it through the planer six or seven times. I then reattached it to the rest of jamb with screws instead of nails. This pulled the joints together and made a very snug fit. The jamb now fits the rough-in nicely. I squared it up and tried the door; the door needed a little planing, but it fits perfectly now. It looks nice and my wife was impressed so I feel pretty good about the whole thing.

We've got a lot of pictures from the weekend, but we are having some computer problems. Hopefully we'll get them posted soon.


Blogger Jocelyn said...

Boy do I know that feeling- of one (seemingly) small project taking up an entire day. Really there is no such thing, especially when dealing with finish carpentry!

3:02 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

And I'll add that doors are the worst. I think that building a door frame and then hanging the door in it are the most difficult things to do in carpentry. I know I've screwed up my share of them.

3:24 PM  

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