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, September 28, 2007

When in Doubt, Buy Tools

Even though it's been over a year and a half since all of our tools were stolen, I've been hesitant to replace them. Not that we had the finest selection of tools in the world, but we had a pretty good selection, particularly if you include the borrowed tools. Loosing them was very demoralizing, and I never could get excited about spending all that money on the same tools I'd already bought. I've finally broken down an made two modest purchases.

First, I bought this at Walmart a few months back. At the time, I was looking for a compressor to use on my car's tires. It turned out that this compressor, which could also drive a brad-gun, cost just a few dollars (something like $50 verses $45) more than a strictly-for-cars compressor. The brad-gun itself was only $20. So, for around $70 I have a working brad-gun. Sure, it probably won't withstand years of use, but it'll do.

Last night I made my second purchase, a Black & Decker compound miter saw. It wasn't the cheapest one Lowe's had, it was the second cheapest at $129. My camera's memory card was full, so I had to use the factory picture.
And, I'll have to admit that while both these tools will be very useful in finishing up the Devil Queen (quarter round, trim, etc) it wasn't my sole reason for buying them. They also make building canvas stretcher for oil paintings wicked fast. I've been working on some stretchers and it was taking forever to finish; I just couldn’t' take it anymore.



Blogger HomeImprovementNinja said...

I think having the proper tools saves so much time that it's almost always worth it. If you need okay tools that are less than contractor quality, but still okay and really reasonably priced, check out Harbor Freight tools.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Why is it that I get a funny feeling in my stomach when I see pictures of power tools? I swear, this DIY thing is a sickness.

9:18 PM  

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