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  1. nevermind, didnt get the reg.
  2. hey for the first time in ages I went and filed my taxes before the week of the deadline. I don't know why I procrastinate till the last minute every year. After hearing about it so much this week and last I just grabbed my folder at 5 and logged into Turbo Tax and was done by 8. After using them for the past 7 years they are a breeze since everything is there and all I have to do is update it. I do the small business self employed edition to handle both the day job and the pottery business and a years worth of receipts and a square revenue report took me less than two hours on the business an
  3. ha ha, get that. Hey just tape a piece of paper on the wall by kiln (not too close :-) and just date at line when you fire and jot down bisque or glaze and firing time. Only need more if you do something different such as long hold or fast fire. Setting up cone packs can be a bit of a bother and I admit we only do it about half the time these days but it really does help to know exactly what each shelf fired to if you are trying to figure out certain glaze issues. Packed or loose will effect the temp on a shelf and some just fire differently from top shelf to bottom shelf. Once you know the k
  4. Thanks Mark, they are press molds for tiles. They need to all stay the same size. I have ditched air release molds so need a lot more press molds so I can still make large batches. Just adding as I go.
  5. so you think in direct sunlight or just back patio with air flow is good? Do have fans but they are an hour away in storage :-) On the warping, not sure which post but the one that mentioned drying in sunlight put on narrow edge to avoid warping in parens,
  6. I have normally been able to just let newly poured molds sit around for a week or two before using so this has not been an issue but I have a few new ones from yesterday that I am anxious to use. I did read several comments and in one from 7 years ago someone said it was fine to just put them out in the sum, standing on end so they don't warp. I only saw one person say that. Is that an OK way to do it. Today is supposed to get into low 90's but 70% humidity. Tomorrow is mid 90's clear sky with low humidity. Appreciate input.
  7. Forgive me if I'm talking down. You mentioned you just got the kiln and I am assuming this is all new to you. If it tripped an 06 cone (1800+) then the meters wrong and it got to 1800-1825 depending on ramp, not 1200. I would just run a light test load with cone packs and see whats your kilns firing to without a doubt and toss the old meter. Maybe run some glaze experiments on some quickly thrown pots so you have something useful if the kiln does hit temp. Normally you would put a pack of one cone lower, one dead on and one higher ( 5, 6 & 7 for cone 6 for example) but you might
  8. I readily concede that old kilns last a long time if they are kept in top condition. Of course the flip side of that is that if you invest in a new kiln now and keep it in top condition it may well last you for the rest of your life so unlike something like a new car there is value in that. Shortly after I started this thread I came to the decision that it was worth it to me to just buy a new one. That was a few years ago and I got a new Skutt 1027 for just under $2500 with vent and tax and I picked it up and drove it 2 thousand miles to Texas. The used ones I found that had electronic c
  9. wha ya know if you have made up your mind I would try and get it done today. I think a lot more things will grind to a halt this week.
  10. ha ha, I have never been a late filer. I only worry about taxes one day a year, april 14th. This year its July 14th but my taxes are always filed on time.
  11. I would suggest calling library or going to their website to see if the have digital books available, many do and if so I bet they also have a kindle tutorial on checking out their books. don't know about tutorials but I use the fire's as my tablet. We use Amazon delivery enough to justify the price of Amazon prime so I also get access to the prime video's. For $10 a month you can subscribe to unlimited library. Lots of Indie pubs here but there are over a million book available and no extra charges. I signed up for a three month 99 cent intro in Jan and I think I will renew. Lot of junk
  12. ha ha, when ur my age u are one of the young guys :-)
  13. Any chance ur mortgage id freddie or Fannie? The did a year forebearance today. Most insurance has a waiting period but if you hit the exchange u should be able to get cheap or free gap. Ya know I think the best way to get picked up is to zero in on something with big data, hardcore php or really master one of the hot platforms. Thirty years ago it was the all round but these days a specialty will open doors with someone. At least when someone is looking for a hardcore php programmer the stack of apps is smaller.
  14. so sorry to hear that Liam, hope u bounce back quickly! Did u see the Amazon work from home post today, don't know if there's anything there for u but u might surf on it. Good luck!
  15. yeah thats the thing this is hitting people in a very uneven way. I've got 7,8 years and that means I prob will loose a big chunk but there is time to make some back. You have 30 years so long runway. The guy planning his life around retiring next year, he has no time to bounce back with so hopefully he had already re=balanced away from pure stocks, although its all been a trainwreck. Then of course there's the folks scrambling for food and rent after being laid off and stocks arent their problem right now. This whole thing comes down to where you are in life and how prepared you are for a hit
  16. now do you mean my 'shorts' as in around my waist or stock picks Yeah it's been a bloodbath in our accounts, I keep trying to encourage my wife to stop looking at it. I do remember that most of the damage in 08 was a fading memory in a few years. Within that last 5 years ya really need to start moving out of stocks. The recovery window is just too short.
  17. hey sorry this has happened to you. Hopefully the feds will get an agreement and get a $1000 checks out to you. Plasma limits in US are apparently like 4 times what most countries allow so you may want to do some research b4 doing the 2 donations a week they allow.
  18. like everyone I was just blindsided with this so health for ourselves, friends and family is a huge concern. Luckily finances are in good shape so not worried about livelihood too much. I work from home as do my immediate coworkers so we should be good for a while. Only been out of work a couple of times over the years not by choice and job hunting sucks but that just part of life. It always works out. Like everyone I an anxious about if and how long it sill take for the market to make back everything we lost over the past two weeks. That has been huge. I feel so bad for folks that arent 8,9 y
  19. 2nd the clay boss, for $600 its fine. I used one for 6 months before buying a shimpo and no complaints, just wanted the quieter wheel.
  20. shimpo Whisperers are quiet. We have two and love them. I don't throw big but some on the board feel they lack torque on big pots 25+ pounds. We have a couple of banding wheels never thought of using the wheel that way. I guess its fine.
  21. https://covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com It is nice to take victory lap if when a crisis hits you are prepared and able to weather the crisis because of good planning or good luck but for those of you that need help to get through this crisis Don't feel like the situation is hopeless, be sure and explore the programs that will be rolled out to help artist over the next few weeks. There may be outright grants available and/or low and zero interest loans and it may make a great deal of sense for some to take advantage of one of these to weather the crisis and still be in busines
  22. It is nice to take victory lap if when a crisis hits you are prepared and able to weather the crisis because of good planning or good luck but for those of you that need help to get through this crisis Don't feel like the situation is hopeless, be sure and explore the programs that will be rolled out to help artist over the next few weeks. There may be outright grants available and/or low and zero interest loans and it may make a great deal of sense for some to take advantage of one of these to weather the crisis and still be in business on the other side of this. Businesses often tap into the
  23. Are those the right glazes for china painting? Have you considered just making your own tiles. Some good youtube video's using basic equipment.
  24. actually you should look this up, 10 is a little below the average over last 30. Of course history does not reflect future so the next 30 could be different. Mostly I was hoping to encourage some to check out the possibilties of saving while your young. The time value of money is amazing it you have a long runway.
  25. I don't think it is hoarding as much as just what it looks like when a crisis causes everyone to put in some essentials if they can't get to the store for a few weeks. Some things like TP is on everyone's list and stores don't stock enough for everyone to buy some at the same time. Went to the store yesterday and lots and lots of people with full carts and empty shelves. No one seemed panicked to me, they just all wanted to have full pantry if the whole family gets the virus and they are laid up for a couple weeks. Also I think lots of people want to just not go out for a while if this virus s
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