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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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Dr. Frankenstein's Paint Stripper

I finally got to play mad scientist the other weekend, unfortunately it was a disappointing experience.

I'd ordered an UV space heater off of ebay weeks ago, but I hadn't gotten around to messing with it.

About two weeks ago, I finally opened the box, plugged it in, and turned it on. Nothing happened. No heat, no light, nothing. Just a red display light. Great, $30.00 well spent.

Before I started to despair, I asked our in-family electrical guru to take a look at it. In an hour or so he pulled it apart and fixed it. Somehow the tip-over kill switch had gotten jammed in the Off position. Per my request, he by-passed the switch so it'll run in any position. Now it works!

Last weekend I tried the heater out. The good news is that it worked, the bad news is it was very slow going. The actual stripping part was easy, but it took forever for the paint to heat up. My guess is that one of the main reasons that folks are converting these heaters is to place the quartz rods closer together and to position them closer to the painted surface. Looks like I'll have to rework the thing to really get any use out of it. Bummer.

On the positive side, at least I can work on the paint stripper in the air conditioned comfort of my own home.


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