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, October 10, 2008

Almost Ready To Go

Minus scraping out the edges and corners so the sander doesn't tear up the baseboards and pulling a cluster of staples compliments of the previous owners, this floor is ready to sand after a couple heady hours of toxic fume inhalation.

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Anonymous Kate H. said...

Having the same job ahead of me, I am so looking forward to seeing your results.

What I especially want to know is, are you able to keep the belt sander from putting long gouges in the pine boards? (I'm assuming you also have pine.) If so, how? You can come back with a palm sander and work them out, but who wants to?

6:35 PM  
Blogger Yoli said...

What a cool blog and what cool people.

10:48 PM  
Blogger John said...


Unless things get so bad that I can't afford it, I will be renting a drum floor sander for this job. I've used a belt sander for a few projects (the laundry room) when a drum sander wouldn't fit. I really don't like belt sanders for floors, but they can be used with out damaging the floor, but it takes a lot of very carefull work. Unless you put a monster gouge into the floor, you should be able to smooth it out with further sanding. Our floors are pine (118 year old, old-growth pine), so it's a bit harder than modern pine if that is what you have. My in-laws laid new pine a couple of years ago and sanded it down with a belt sander; it turned out great but it's a lot of work. It took the two of them at full day or so to sand the whole 12 x 12 room. A drum sander could do it in 2-4 hours depending on how much surface you needed to take off.

Yoli, thanks!

6:45 AM  
Blogger Tarr said...

This is solely for your entertainment:

3:42 PM  
Blogger John said...

Wow. That was fucking brutal. There is always someone who has it worse than you, but I can see a certain familiarity to be sure.

6:23 AM  

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