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    Building A Basement Studio

    Thanks for all the input everyone. You are so helpful! The mop sounds like the way to go for the floor. Are we talking about a sponge mop or the cloth type that school custodians use? What does a squeegee for a floor look like? I'm not sure I've seen one. I think I'll go with the formica table top. I was going to try cement board (the type for tiling) for the wedging table. Is Hardie board the same as cement board? I've seen a commercial bucket system for sink drainage. But if the Gleco trap works I'll probably go with that. My problem is my pipe at the wall is kind of high. I have to make sure it will drain down to the wall end. If necessary, I'll have to build a platform for the sink area. Of course I'll prewash tools, etc in a bucket. At my school I didn't have any trap or anything. I put a plastic tray in it and the clay would sink to the bottom. I'd empty the tray every so many days. We didn't get any clogs just doing that. But I don't want to take any chances with my plumbing. It would be expensive to fix the pump that pumps the waste water out of the basement. Does anyone use a dehumidifier in their basement studio? I use one now in the summer and think it might be a good idea if I'm not firing often. I live in New England and we have pretty humid summers. It might help with drying pots. One other question-is there a particular type of faucet for the sink that will accept a hose? Nonni4
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    Building A Basement Studio

    Love this forum. Thanks to all of you for taking the time to provide your insight. I would very much appreciate your professional opinions on the following for my basement studio which is located in my home: 1. What type of utility sink will be sufficient-will "plastic" hold up? 2. Should I put my cone 10 kiln into a separate room in the studio? 3. About how much room should I leave around the kiln in a separate room for stacking, maintenance, etc. 4. I'm building a 4x8 studio table. Any suggestion as to a material for the top? I am considering hardboard. But would a Formica-like product be better. I am concerned about moisture and warping. 5. Cleaning floors: I know damp mopping is best but should I vacuum up the dust first with a shop vac? If not, wouldn't I just be pushing around mud even if I rinse frequently? 6. I plan on painting the concrete floor with appropriate paint. Should I leave the kiln area unpainted? 7. Which is more desirable as far as venting-downdraft or updraft?
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    Decals Applied - Cityscape Bottles

    Love these! Are other colors possible?
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    Clay Scraps Question...

    I like to use the drying out method when doing clay with inexperienced students. That way I can get it to a more moist consistency for wedging. It takes them a long time to wedge and they need the help of softer clay to learn the technique.
  5. gkillmaster, It says on the link that the bricks are good for up to 2000 degrees. Are you firing higher than that?
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    Casual Workshop Questions

    Another thing you could add for a successful workshop is a list of steps for throwing or other techniques. Most people are not auditory learners. So having a poster to refer to is helpful to learners. They can just look up as they are working if they can't remember. You could even add pictures of the steps. Hope that helps.

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