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, December 13, 2006

Not "If" But "When and How"

As some of you may remember, several months ago I posted about gasoline powered generators. At the time, I was primarily concerned with keeping my family warm during an ice storm. However, after the Great Poop Scare of the previous week, I'm thinking that I'm one lightning strike or rain storm away from a very shitty house.

I know that generators are in the top ten list of things that depraved assholes like to steal from construction sites and private property in general. As such, I've been wondering how feasible it would be to install one in our crawlspace, have it directly wired into the electrical system (by a professional), and vent the exhaust out through the crawlspace wall. I mean, I suppose it could be done, but what are the chances we'd die of carbon monoxide poisoning? Or, would it be easier to build a camouflaged concrete bunker behind the house to lock it up in until we need it? Then, via an ass-load of extension cords, we could power the septic pump, a space heater, and a few lights?

I'll have to figure it out pretty soon, probably by January. It's always something isn't it?


Anonymous Patricia W. said...

I would worry about having something with gasoline underneath my house. How about building a pad with a roofed cage/shed that can be locked? That way you can get to it easily and won't need to worry about noise or something going wrong underneath the house. You could still have it wired to the house by a professional and just bury the line.

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

Or a pad with a heavy-duty chain link fence.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We just went 6 days without power.(Illinois) We hade a generator that we plugged into our main breaker box.(already wired when we moved in) It powered the heat,refrigerator,freezer and a couple lights. The ideal setup is a wired in generator that you were talking about powered by natural gas or propane. That will be our next major purchase. Ameren Electric Co Sucks. All the poles that fell during the ice storm were rotted!!!

6:05 PM  
Blogger John said...

Thanks, all are good points.

Unfortunately, there are no natural gas lines in our area. I suppose we could look into propane though.

7:00 AM  
Blogger Allison said...

My husband told me just the other day (I have know idea why he knows this) that propane is the most efficient heating fuel there is.

7:58 AM  

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