1.10.2010

To answer questions...

(More on the "broken tube". )

Thought I'd answer a question I got below on my "tube issue", just in case someone out there was curious about my conversation with the technical guy at Skutt.

Over the tube where the element hangs down is yes, a broken brick. I am going to replace that element and just put extra pins to keep it secure in the future. I'll just keep checking in and adding pins as the element gets older.That brick does need to be replaced but doing that I will need to take the whole control box off my kiln, than take off the metal casing on the outside of the kiln and after that....well, I think I'll probably have to call the Skutt people again and find out how to get the brick out and new brick in. This sounds like a good project for the summer...

Our Clay guild here in Charlotte is really good about sending out info. on used kiln that "need a little work". I always look at these deals and think, " someone must have time to fix these things, but I don't".

I do have broken bricks in my kiln and my floor is looking alittle beat up so yes, my kiln is in need of what I see as "cosmetic repairs". It is 10 years old and I fire it ALOT. I also fire to cone 7 so my elements get alot of wear and tear. I think most likely in a year or so depending on our living situation, I'll use this kiln as a bisque kiln and save some money up for a new electric. Not to mention I still have my salt kiln out back that needs gas hooked up. So I have many option with no extra cash to fund my adventures. My studio really does run on a dime and a shoe string. I just take all those repairs and options one year at a time and dreams of the day some wealthy benefactor will come my way! HA! Until then, I'll just keep fixing things in little increments at a time.

And yes...the Ron guy is a pottery god!

6 comments:

Gary's third pottery blog said...

I know, I would marry Ron myself. if it wasn't for his wife. And my wife. And the fact that neither of us plays on that team. Dang, why do ya'll have to live way down there when we could all be hanging out and drinking beers together?

Ron said...

LOL!

Jen Mecca said...

Gary...even if I was in Itaca ( oh how my heart stands still) I still would be running around like a crazy chic between my kids, most likely picking up odd teaching jobs here and there and making pots. Now Ron, he could go get a beer with you!
Jen

Gary's third pottery blog said...

Naw, Jen, Joey would be happy to watch the kids while you go have beers with your friends :)

Jen Mecca said...

More like the other way around!

Ron said...

Yes, I am certainly up for having a beer.