After hundreds of bisque and Cone 6 firings my Skutt 1027 was beginning to lag down. Time for new elements. Having never done this before I was a bit concerned not with the actual process of replacement and rewiring, but with getting the old elements out without tearing up the element channels. Thank goodness the 1027 is sectional, and I could put each section on the bench and work with good view and not with my bu...up in the air while bending down in a hole. I learned the trick to getting the elements out without damage on the first one. Don't just pull...carefully twist the element out of its channel. Little back and forth twisting motions. Did not damage a single channel. Probably over zealous in the use of the element pins, but Skutt sent a whole lot with each element so I used more than what was first in it. New thermocoupler, cleaned the outside case, painted the stand, cleaned and oiled the exhaust vent, it almost looks like a new kiln again. So tomorrow a breakin firing with cone packs to check everything out.
Bill T.Member Since 03 Aug 2011
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I am 73 and a retired elementary school principal. Took up throwing about 9 years ago after a gift of an old kiln. This is something I had always wanted to do. Self taught with lots of help from internet videos and forums. Do lots of demos for school groups and clubs. There is not an artistic bone in my body so my work is functional for use.
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