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  1. Kiln Quandary

    Well, I thought i would give an update as there may have a break through( fingers tightly crossed). I was asked to do some further checks: Check the elements for ohms - no ohms recorded on any of the element circuits. This lead to a check of the toogle switch with the fuse out - it didn't trip! Well that was like sunshine on a rainy day! A further check then the toogle to transformer. Fuse back in and the black wire from the toogle switch to the transformer disconnected, fuse in, lid up, lid down. No tripping. Yay!!! Suggestion now is that it's the transformer. Replacement being sent and eagerly awaited !!!!! Will post the outcome.
  2. Hi, I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has posted in response to my query. There have been some leads to some amazing ceramic artists. Thank you all.
  3. Kiln Quandary

    Hi, That's how it arrived from them when they sent the replacement element? I sent pics of these but they didn't comment. Is it a problem? Should it have have come braided, might that be causing the problem?
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    Wiring inside kiln, luckily took pics as company suggest I send them. Also yes just one element which broke just before where it joins the nuts, bolts, connectors, etc.
  7. Kiln Quandary

    Hi Peter, replied as best I can in line below. Thank you Alondene: after the incident: - was the plug's 13A fuse blow? - yes, blackened, melted. - was the supply-side MCB (circuit-breaker) tripped - no as double socket had built in RCD however that socket is completely fired and needs replacing completely.MCB fine, consumer board fine. All working fine. - what exactly had happened to the RCD? Was it tripped, or just fried? - as above - fired, blackened, plug had slightly melted in socket. - was there any evidence of tracking/shorting/singeing/arcing/failed-insulation/etc when you opened the 13A plug? If there was melting on the neutral pin I would expect to see something inside the plug.( yes, in the neutral pin, that's wher the melted blackened section is focused. Alondene: After refitting the plug, it's been tried again in different sockets and each time trips the circuit the minute you flip the little switch on the front panel? What exactly is tripping? Is it the RCD? - when tried with RCD, yes just the RCD tripping, when tried without RCD, consumer unit tripped. Just to confirm that your kiln is a K-F-1418/41 cf http://hotkilns.com/...=1#quicktabs-24- Model on document, warranty states: F1418-UK , 230 volts, 13 amps, 3000 watts Regards, Peter
  8. Kiln Quandary

    Wow! I am bedazzled and thank you all for all of the thoughts and suggestions. I think however I need a kiln repairer to come and look at this rather than get the electrician back at this point. I don't like messing with electrics at this type of level, it's way above my current understanding. I can clarify a few points though. The refitted plug is a 13 amp and the fuse has fired and has not foil wrapped round it. New from the store. When the kiln was retried after fitting the plug, it was tried on a seperate socket for power socket circuit (20amp in consumer unit). An RCD was fitted in the socket and then the plug. When the kiln was turned on at the switch, it tripped the RCD. When this was tried in the same socket without the RCD, same process the whole circuit was tripped I will definitely look at the element connections but nothing obvious seen previously but another looked seems advisable. LL kilns suggest checking the resistance if the element (unplugged) , so planning to do this in the next day or so. Interested in whether there is an issue with the cord to plug but multimeter didn't show a break or if the relay is the issue. Looking for a good recommended kiln repairer via supplier / or if anyone knows one in UK London area, please let me know. Amazing how you all know so much and work through these things, truly in awe. I'd like to develop a more in depth knowledge, though this kiln is certainly helping me learn a it more. Will keep you posted once I have someone in to check it over throughly.
  9. Hi I'm doing an MA with a focus on ceramics and am looking at how contemporary ceramics can be used as a tool in embedding cultural identity. I'm interested in hearing if anyone has read any current, recent research around the use of ceramic vessels as communication tools or has read about how ceramic vessels are currently used in ceremonies, rituals or traditions by individuals or groups or where ceramic vessels are seen as objects of emotional value and sentiment due to their function as well as aesthetic ? Lots of historical information and research but not locating current material (as in last 3-4 years maximum) If anyone has seen or read anything that might fit into this area, please let me know. Much thanks
  10. Kiln Quandary

    Language difficulties: indeed, plus I'm no electrician, so I'm getting an overload trying to decifier posts. Thank you all, for your responses. No sure how to pull out individual points so going to respond to as much as I can in once. I will show this to the electrician and ask for additional checks. On the parts I could clarify( well I think I am, but it may still make little sense but here goes:- I have a separate consumer unit( circuit breaker USA? ) that comes from the houses main consumer unit. It has apacity for 100amps and have 4 slots for MCB's. Three slots are used, one for lighting, one for power sockets and one for the kiln. Pic's attached for consumer unit and Fuse- MCB (Miniature Circuit Breaker) (MCB) Miniature Circuit BreakerAn MCB is a modern alternative to fuses used in Consumer Units (Fuse Boxes). They are just like switches which switch off when an overload is detected in the circuit. See pictures. When the studio was wired up by the electrician I was asked to confirm watts of the kiln. It is 3000 watts, 13amp plug and uses 240volts. They said it required 30amp generally but safer to have spare capacity, hence 50amp fuse. UK cookers are similar and require between 30- 50amp fuse. These also have 13amp plugs or are directly wired into the wall socket. The plug - I mean attached to the kiln has a 13amp fuse. The socket - I mean as in the one fitted in the wall The socket on the wall has slight blackening in one of the three pin holes (the blue neutral wire) The plug also is slightly melted on one of the three pins ( the blue neutral wire ) The wires within the kiln have all been checked for damage, blackening, melted sections, breaks, touching the casing. Nothing found all fine. All connections within the kiln checked with milimeter and no breaks or issues found. Same with the kiln wire to plug. The circuit between the wall socket and consumer unit not checked. This socket no longer works. However The kiln has had the plug refitted (13amp) and tried against a seoerate power socket and it trips immediately the switch is clicked up or dowm( can't remember if it's up on or down on) either way, that's where the trip happens. Would this not indicate the issue is with the kiln in someway? Rather than with the socket to circuit section. Other items used in these sockets are all fine, no problems with working them. I'll take suggestions away to the electrician and get further checks carried out. In the meantime, the kiln remains unplugged, lacking life (but saving mine) , looking forlorn and awaiting diagnosis and treatment. Thanks everyone.
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    I have an LL Feugo kiln which has been fired around 12-14 times to cone 4/6. Recently it stopped reaching the right heat so I contacted the supplier who said check the element wires. Turned out one was broken, so they replaced it and I fitted it in. First firing was fine, no issues. Second firing which was to cone 10 shorted out at 1260. The plug started to melt in the socket and blow the RCD socket and circuit. I have a separate circuit 100amp for the studio with a 50amp slot for the kiln which is 30amp. The double socket was ruined but the studio circuit board is fine. After refitting the plug, it's been tried again in different sockets and each time trips the circuit the minute you flip the little switch on the front panel? I've spoken to the supplier to check why this is happening and they say it because theres a wire touching some part of the kiln inside. Go check. All wires in the kiln have been checked with a multimeter by electrician and there's no break. Nothing looks damaged, melted, loose, etc. No wires touching inside. Elements are connected and no breaks and no glaze on elements. The electrician can't see any fault with the studio to main circuit wiring either. Other thing work fine from the socket the kiln was tried on. The supplier says they don't know what the problems is and say they don't think it's a parts issue ( the Kilns is only on parts warranty now as 2nd year of warranty) and the charge for getting it looked at is £70 per hour, that's after I get it to them which is 340miles away, so likely carriage cost both ways will be near £140. Has anyone had anything similar happen to their kilns or have any suggestions what might be causing it to short each time? I'm really missing my kiln and don't have the knowledge to know what it could be. All suggestions and advice very much welcomed.
  12. Can Anyone Identify This Wheel

    Thanks everyone, I wanted to find out what make as it new to me and I'm just curious. I just like to know what's what. Guy who gave me it said it was 10 yrs old but didn't know what make. I guess it's handy to know if ever I need parts or need to do any maintenance. Plus I'd also like to get a manual for it. Will look at Venco and enquire at ceramic review. Thank you all very much for your advice.
  13. Can Anyone Identify This Wheel

    Hi, Good point, I'm am based in London, UK.
  14. I am looking for some help please. Does anyone know what make this wheel is or have any information about it? I have looked everywhere to see if I can find the make or any info on this wheel but can't find any similar. It has no name on it or badges. Any help or info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
  15. Adding Stains To Terra Sigililata

    Hi Deirdre, Tried a sample of terra sig on bisque and results were good. Never considered that it would work on bisque and applies really nicely. Colours remained the same strength, they are pastel shades. Tried to attach pic, not a very good one but hopefully gives you an idea. Hope your trials go well.
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