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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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Another 10 Minute Project Completed in Just 1 1/2 Years

So, we return to the Pee-Wee Playhouse Bathroom/Laundry Room for yet another living-dead project. It's been so long that I can't actually remember when this project officially went on my Sisyphean to-do list. It's been at least a year and a half ago. Maybe more.

This particular project was ridiculously easy. Between the edge of the tile around the hot-tub and the wood trim (a bull-nose of sorts I suppose) there was a crack of variable size. It went from non-existent up to a quarter of an inch in one place. For those of you who might not have mastered home improvement arithmetic, the simplified equation for this problem is: chronic moisture + crack + wood = rot (which is bad; in any equation rot and bad are interchangeable).

The solution to this problem is very simple. Take a few dollars to Lowe's and buy a tube of waterproof kitchen/bath caulk, read the directions, vacuum debris out of the crack, mask off edges of the crack with masking-tape, apply caulk, smooth caulk, remove tape immediately, and let it dry for 24 hours or more. See, that was hardly rocket science.

And, here is a crappy picture of the finished product. Apparently I'm too brain damaged at this late stage in the game to use the zoom-in button on my camera. If you can't tell from the picture, it looks a lot better. Really. And, it only took less than two years to complete this project.

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Blogger Jennifer said...

Would have taken 3 in my house! :)

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Kate H. said...

Sounds like the gap I have in my upstairs bathroom, where the edge of the crappy floor vinyl doesn't quite hit the ceramic tile walls. You know, the one that leaked down through the kitchen ceiling in 2003 when the toilet overflowed, and did it again last December. I have the caulk. I've had it the past four years or more. So why don't I use it, already?

Hooray for your Round Tuit, though!

5:17 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Better late than never! Looks nice.

5:29 PM  

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