is a working pugmill! Handyman PHILBECK showed up Friday afternoon to bail me out of my embarrassing mistake. Boy is it great to know how to take my pugmill apart now and while also being able to ask someone what all those parts are!
It only took Ron like 1/2 to have me up and going. Ron wanted to me to tell everyone that he does work for food, although he wasn't able to eat on Friday because he had to dash back to Shelby.
While Ron was here I was sort of going back and forth with a technical guy from Skutt about my kiln. From just this little photo below he was ready to sell me a new kiln because he said to me "by the looks of just this part, I imagine you need some other parts as well for this kiln"! I have to admit that some days, a comment like this just rubs me the wrong way. Long story short he tried to talk me into a bunch of parts and all I wanted for the time being is just the Tube Assembly because I have to get going on work for a show the first month in February. He has me taking the whole metal casing off my kiln to replace the bricks and everything else under the sun. I was voicing my frustration to Ron when he showed up and he made the suggestion that I should just wrap kiln wire around the tube to hold it together! It got me thinking how if your a real frugal potter who doesn't have cash laying around all the time to fix everything 100%, you can get pretty creative in making it all work someway or another.
(FYI...for those of you who do not know this, that element hanging down on my cases was the cause' for it falling apart although I'm sure the good knock I gave it with a kiln shelf one day, didn't help the matter either.)