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  1. I wasn't aware of that. My house has asbestos siding, probably done in the '50s, over top of the original wood siding. The color is pretty bland, but I have no desire to mess with it, as it's durable stuff.
  2. Sorry to hear about that exposure @JMmr. I hope you are fortunate enough, that it doesn't lead to any long term issues. I just find it interesting that even the Ancient Greeks knew that asbestos was likely bad news, despite its beneficial properties. Yet humans continued to use it for centuries longer, if not more.
  3. Unless my supplier has changed something since last Fall, they still use twist ties. I didn't order any clay this year, since I had a surplus, due to our Spring courses being cut short.
  4. I had some shivering-like problems on my low fire white, that I have used for years. It was a handful of projects, and with specific underglaze colors. Haven't had any issues since.
  5. I have used Continental Clay in all of my classrooms over the years, and am happy with them, BUUUUT their lack of listed specifications is odd. Almost every other clay supplier I've seen lists Cone range, shrinkage and absorption, and I am puzzled as to why they don't. I know of some professional potters that use some of their clay with a wide firing range (Firing in the middle of those ranges), and wonder if they've had any issues?
  6. I don't know about all that... But the hive mind that is the Ceramics Daily Forum has plenty of knowledgeable posters many of which who were/ are also teachers. To me, this place is invaluable.
  7. I think it's awesome! I've actually thought about doing that in my classroom with students. I'd probably start by making one myself, and then have a volunteer make one for each subsequent firing.
  8. That's a lot of pizza. I thought being that close to Chicago, all the pizza would have to be deep dish...
  9. No worries there. My room and building have plenty of wireless access points. Wifi is a necessity in schools these days, especially in the COVID digital learning era.
  10. I have a similar wheel in my classroom, and it had the same issue. I sprayed some WD40 on the pivot points, for the cone drive's platform. It definitely loosened it up, but it also made it so that if the speed was set to over half way, it would actually speed up a bit, if you took your foot off the pedal. So you actually want a bit of resistance.
  11. Yeah mine will be loaded with hundreds of Elementary projects, so definitely a great new life for it!
  12. The one I have is two section, with a third blank section. My colleague will only be doing low fire, so she'll be fine using that third section. Thanks for the help!
  13. Greetings All, I have an old Skutt, that was given to me years ago, and I had the intention of getting it going, for my home studio. Despite my intentions, that never happened, and I ended up getting a better kiln instead. So as I was deciding what to do with it, the School District I work at, did some rearranging of staff, and hired a new Elementary Art position. Of the two buildings she works at, only one has a kiln, so that means she has to transport work, which isn't ideal with any projects, especially Elementary students, who's work is sometimes held together with sheer will a
  14. Haha! That's for the advice you two! Luckily, I don't need to get the wheel head off again, anytime soon. I was just amazed that despite everything I did to get it off, and all the care I took, to *try* and make it easier to get off in the future, it is still on there! Also, "Deep Creep" sounds like the name for someone, who reads obscure literature and hangs around bookstores to hit on the clientele...
  15. Yeah, like Liam said, bare wood works very well. If you want something more porous, cement board is a great option. It absorbs moisture well, and is pretty durable, unless you are rough with it. I have a couple dozen cement boards we use in my classroom, and they've worked extremely well. The only downside is, they are heavier than wood, and can be damaged easily if you aren't careful. But if I can keep mine in decent shape with teenagers using them, then it should be fine in a home studio.
  16. I have no idea why it's on there so well, but it is! I even used some "Anti-Seize" product on the shaft, and it still doesn't want to come off. There needs to be a "Wheel Puller" like tool, for wheel heads... Wheel Head Puller!
  17. I have one in my classroom, that is at least forty years old. As you mentioned, it runs like a tank. I ended up taking quite a bit of it apart last year, because the old, probably original yellow splashpan/ work table broke. I had some cracks, and the drain openings leaked, even with new plugs. A student had wood bat fly off, which just shattered one of the sides. (The look on their face was priceless, as I think they were expecting me to yell at them or something) I actually had to break off the remaining pieces, because I could not get the wheel head off, to access the bo
  18. Neil, does this work with any of the old digital controllers? I have a JD236 in my classroom, and have been interested in getting a controller that would allow me to monitor the kiln via an app.
  19. The mount that the cone drive sits on, can be adjusted. If it isn't in the right spot, it won't provide as much power as it could otherwise. I know this, because I fixed up the one in my classroom last year, and I'm still tinkering to get that mount put back exactly right!
  20. My classroom kiln lid has no discernible warp, and I can see the inside glowing, if I drop to eye level with it. That's why I discuss kiln safety with all my classes. "The large metal thing, gets really hot, so don't get too close, make direct eye contact or upset it, in anyway..."
  21. Some photos would help others, better answer your question. Does the lid have any other defects, such as cracks? Is this kiln new, or new to you? I ask because it could be that a previous owner set things on the lid, which isn't advisable. 1. There will always be a slight gap, between the kiln lid and body, which increases a bit, when it's firing and things expand. A small gap could make your firing take slightly longer, but it will still get up to temperature, though if a gap was big enough, that could affect how part of the kiln fired. 2. I'd keep using the vent it w
  22. I never played with mercury intentionally, but as a kid I accidentally broke a thermometer. I tried to pick up all the tiny metal BBs that came out of it, but they kept disappearing when I went to grab them...
  23. I suppose kiln vents now serve the same purpose. Also, I've always found the term "squirrel cage blower/ fan" to be amusing. Like, how did that get to be the name? I'm guessing because the mesh construction looks like a squirrel cage, but what exactly is a squirrel cage? Is that where delinquent squirrels are kept, when they break the law? If so, I need one for those couple of squirrels who keep getting into my bird feeder!
  24. Ditto to everything Babs said. Air circulation is just as important as the heat. For instance, with student wares, especially those that have a heavy bottom, get fired upside down, so the air can get to it, instead of being insulated by the kiln shelf. Drying things outside on warm day, with a bit of a breeze dries things extremely well! The heater in my classroom also dries things well (sometimes too well) ask the students who meant to leave their slabs on the heater to set up a bit, and now the edges are bone dry and curled upward...
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