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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Friday, July 21, 2006

Weather Stripping

I got a copy of Terry Meany's Working Windows for my birthday. I've been reading up on his weather stripping recommendations (seems to be a big fan of spring bronze stripping), and I was wondering what y'all recommend. Is spring bronze the best? Other suggestions? Please share whatever suggestion you might have. Thanks!


Blogger jm@houseinprogress said...

I tried spring bronze first and was only unhappy with today's brand of spring bronze compared to a roll of the old stuff we found in the basement. It was thin and tore really easily (the new stuff) and I was a bit frustrated with it, but it is just as likely that I was doing it correctly. I gave up on spring bronze, buckled down and routed the windows for integral weatherstripping. I wish I had figured out the spring bronze though. Ah well

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I ran across your note. Pemco makes a thicker spring bronze material than the thinner material noted by jm@houseinprogress. I have run across the type you refer to and it's kind of useless If possible, order the wider (1.5") Pemco for the lower jambs.

Terry Meany

10:04 AM  

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