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Arnold Howard

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About Arnold Howard

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    Graduate, School of Life

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    http://www.paragonweb.com

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    Male
  • Location
    Mesquite, Texas USA
  • Interests
    Writing, history, glass fusing, martial arts. I enjoy watching movies with family.

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  1. Arnold Howard

    Are these kilns worth repairing?

    The kilns are in great shape. Eventually kilns will be sold as 1-to-3 phase, meaning you will be able to convert a single phase to 3 phase, and vice versa, easily and with simple tools. Arnold Howard
  2. Arnold Howard

    Electric quote seem fair?

    Maybe you would get a discount if you made the hole in the outside wall yourself. Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
  3. Arnold Howard

    Need advice on recently purchase kiln

    You are very welcome. Yes, I work at Paragon. In fact I was the one who created the silk screen film for the switch box on your 11-9 kiln. It's a small world, isn't it? The kiln has a Pactronic temperature controller, which is a lot more expensive than an infinite control switch. That's why it has a detailed temperature scale instead of several lines marked low, medium, and high. I should have masked off the higher temperatures on that scale to avoid confusion. I think it's possible to install higher amperage elements as Neil suggested, and run the kiln on 240 volts. The elements would pull 17 amps and run on a 6-20, 240 volt circuit. Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
  4. Arnold Howard

    Need advice on recently purchase kiln

    The firebricks appear to be in perfect condition. I suggest using the kiln for low-fire ware. The kiln is a gem. I'm sorry about the confusing temperatures printed on the switch box. The kiln's maximum temperature is 1700°F in spite of the temperature scale shown behind the switch. The kiln has a blue switch box, which means it can't be older than 2002. Sincerely, Arnold Howard / Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
  5. I would make sure the peephole plugs are inserted. Arnold Howard
  6. Arnold Howard

    Potters Guild Development

    Find two or three very enthusiastic people who would like to join your group. Unless they meet with resistance, that's all it will take to activate your group. A few highly motivated people can affect even a large group in a significant way. I've seen it happen many times. Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
  7. Arnold Howard

    Test firing electric kiln

    Were the cones placed directly on the floor of the kiln? This would explain why the bottom cones are underfired. The floor of the kiln is difficult to heat, because the floor is a heavy thermal mass that requires a lot more energy to heat than the center of the kiln. Arnold Howard ahoward@paragonweb.com
  8. If you have time, obtain a multimeter and find out what is wrong with the kiln. You will learn about kilns and will discover that they are simple to work on. Arnold Howard
  9. Arnold Howard

    Mystery firing problem. Not for the faint of heart.

    Maria, make sure the lid is closed all the way and the peephole plugs are inserted since you are using a downdraft vent. Have you changed batches of clay lately? Are you using witness cones? Could you post a sketch or photos of the way you are loading the kiln? It would be interesting to see the spacing, in inches, between shelves. Arnold Howard
  10. Arnold Howard

    Skutt kiln long firing

    All the elements are working unless something failed at the very end of the last firing. The elements have some wear, or the voltage could be low. I would check the voltage under load. Low voltage can drastically lengthen the firing time. (Voltage under load means testing the voltage while the kiln is firing. Do this test only if you are experienced with electrical work and have electrically insulated gloves.) I agree with Neil that you should have a meter. Every kiln owner should have one. Arnold Howard
  11. Arnold Howard

    Skutt kiln long firing

    If the thermocouple disintegrated due to wear, then the elements are probably getting weaker, too. That would cause the longer firing. Arnold Howard
  12. Arnold Howard

    Paragon Kiln New Wiring Install

    Could you post photos of your kiln and its cord and plug? Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
  13. Arnold Howard

    Well, There's Your Problem!

    Sometimes the shelf with melted, embedded clay becomes a work of art. Arnold Howard
  14. Arnold Howard

    Well, There's Your Problem!

    The second firebrick bottom is not essential. It's very nice, because it saves a little electricity. Arnold Howard
  15. Arnold Howard

    Well, There's Your Problem!

    The second firebrick bottom saves electricity.
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