When I purchased a large top-loading Olympic kiln last summer, it arrived with a crack in the lid where the handle's screw had been run in, apparently without pre-drilling. The crack didn't go all the way through, and I was promised a new kiln lid if I would accept delivery of the kiln. The lid has one of those hinges that goes all the way down the back of the kiln, which I am told is not easy to replace. Before delivering the kiln, the merchant from whom I bought it repaired the crack with kiln mortar. It has been 8 months and the crack has not re-appeared. I know the seller is hoping I'll forget about it, and truthfully, I'd like to. I fear that things may go from (not-too) bad to worse if the lid is replaced. Given that the crack hasn't reappeared, should I feel relatively confident that it won't? Or am I being foolish not to replace it?
UPDATE: I received a call from Bob Haugen, president of Olympic Kilns. The delay of 8 months was not of his doing - or not doing, a fact I was well aware of. He has promised to deliver and install the new kiln lid himself. You can't ask for better than that. Thanks again to all of you who advised me to have it replaced.