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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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Conspiracy Theory

In yesterday's post, I failed to mention that we now have scaffolding.

We’ve been looking for some for over a year. It has been very hard to find. If anyone does sell it, it costs $150 and up for one section of scaffold. We need three sections for our exterior projects, and we can't afford to spend that kind of money.

We've looked into renting it too. The waiting list is long, very long. A three month wait is typical. We signed onto one waiting list over a year ago, and they have never called.

Fortunately, our Siloam Springs Contingent loaned us three sections of matching scaffolding this weekend. To say that we're thrilled or ecstatic would be an understatement. It was a Godsend.
Later that weekend, I was telling a guy about how hard it had been to find scaffolding and how wonderful it was to have some.

He nodded knowingly and said, "Some of the guys at work have had that problem too. They can't hardly find it anywhere. They say that no one carries it because they want you to rent their motorized scaffolding, real high dollar stuff."

"A scaffolding conspiracy?"

He pursed his lips, eyes squinted in the sun, and said, "Yep."

Leave it to The Man to keep a good Do-It-Yourselfer down. I wonder if we could make some money by starting up a black-market scaffolding ring?


Blogger derek said...

That's strange about the scaffolding, there's a lot of places here that rent it, and it's not that expensive. I rented a bunch of jack posts last year, it was $50 per month, the min. charge, for 10 posts. The lower quality posts they have at home depot are $50 each to buy.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Joe Remodelo said...

that's funny, there's ads at the bottom of your page for brand new scaffolding for $99 per section...

7:33 PM  
Blogger John said...

That is funny.

I feel like a bit of shmuck, but swear those ads weren't there before. I hate to admit it, but it never occured to me to look online for scaffolding.


Live and learn.

6:03 AM  
Blogger Steph said...

I agree with you. It's hard to find around me too. It's so expensive to rent it, and it wouldn't be so bad if we needed it for a short time, but an exterior is going to take a long time, especially when you are doing it yourself. Good luck finding some! Luckily, we were able to get some.

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