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About schmism

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    Peoria IL
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    Hobby farm, metal working, wood working, pottery

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  1. the harbor freight (hazard fraught) masonry grinding wheels arnt worth the plastic they are packaged in. The $10 4.5" grinder is a good buy tho! Instead of the black grinding wheels, get a diamond one like this. MUCH more effective and last forever. (ironicly the diamond grind wheel is more than the grinder at $20, but worth it) http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81LcT5YbleL._SY355_.jpg (for the record I find it annoying I can post a jpeg to the site)
  2. As I posted in a previous no-running-water-in-the-studio thread. A utility sink can be had for $100 at a big box hardware store (with faucet) You can simply cut a hole in the side of the garage and let the sink drain to the yard (grey water for the yard is fine) For water supply you can get a tank or simply a 5 gal bucket and run an RV style water pump that is on demand only. (turn the faucet on, the pump comes on, turn the facet off, pump shuts off) You can fill the tank with the garden hose or even truck water to it via buckets if need be. Another idea is to use a cheep fo
  3. We crack the lid on our kiln at 300F and 150F we open it up. We will put gloves on and start pulling items out around that temp. We throw stoneware. Our stoneware is micro/dishwasher safe and can be used in the oven. if your items are designed to be used in the oven (bake ware) then they should be able to be removed from the kiln at 300+.
  4. real carpenter here and I will confess, it is simple for me. I drill the holes for the bat pins before I make the bats round as I set the sq bats on a jig I made to route the bats round. This assures that each bat will fit on a set of 10" x3/8 pins.I dill mine 3/8. I mark a center line then offset 5" to both sides (making shure the overall is 10" as that is more important than true 10" OC as when I route them round they will always be OC) I clamp a stack usually about 4" of batts together then drill all of them with a brad point drill bit on my drill press.
  5. simplest solution is passive. See simon leach video's. Granted he has a "proper" chimney that he can simply place a vent over and duct the hot air out via natural draft. If you had a kiln vent that could be extended to run outside. Another option is 6" duct booster. simply run 6" rigid duct out the window and include one of these ~$30 http://www.amazon.com/VenTech-DF6-Duct-Fan-240/dp/B005KMTYFK/ref=pd_sim_indust_1/185-3577170-5977656?ie=UTF8&refRID=1R86K6D2JN2KQX6DJ1SN
  6. Simon leach uses ceramic blanket around the top of his kiln to seal it. He has talked about the care you have to use when working around it (loading/unloading) In fact he just posted a vid not to long ago about his new idea to drape plastic over the top to cut down on the amount that the blanket would get disturbed. It seems to me to be a reliable way to fix sealing a kiln well if your willing to deal with some slight additional handling associated with the strip of fiber on the top.
  7. I would go visit your big box store and check out the storage bin section. large plastic bins are ~$15 and you can cut them down to make them only several inches thick. Should be able to cut down the sides with nothing more than a utility knife.
  8. Id put a hole in the bottom lug for a screw into the bone. the top lugs, after fireing i would dremel out the bone so that the lugs sat just inside the bone, then wrapped the bone with tight copper wire. add expoy to the dremeled hole if you wish.
  9. can you mix gas and wood?.... ive seen several youtube vids of wood firings and watch as they struggle with the last push.... is it that important that the entire fireing be with wood? Can you start with gas get everything warmed up without having to be up to stoke all the time, run the middle of the fireing with wood trying to get your ash glazes etc, then kick on the gas again at the end when you need a few more thousand btu when most 100% wood fireings are struggleing to make that last push?
  10. volume . size of parts wont fit in a household oven vs inside the volume of the kiln.
  11. kill wash will give you some protection, but small plates are a sure fire way to protect the shelves.
  12. Check the fuse holder. Ive serviced several were the ears of the fuse socket have broken off (fatigue/age). This creates a intermittent power supply issue. A fuse holder is like $3 at radio shack. If the wheel quits, you can do some basic trouble shooting on it while its non-operating. Take the control box off, open it up and check the voltage on into/out of the rectifier. Its a small metal sq with 4 spade connectors on it. 1 corner is labed with a ~ . The opposite corner generally has no lable. the other 2 corners have + and - on them. The corners with the ~ are AC power
  13. I use my bench grinder with a fine grade stone in it. I have enough experience using one that i can put a consistent bevel on the standard tools. Its my experience that doing it by hand is way to slow and not accurate enough to produce sharp consistent bevels on the hard stainless.
  14. This statement is somewhat concerning. A properly wired circuit, with properly sized over current protection should cause no damage if you over current the circuit. Which is to say, if it was wired correctly, the 30 amp breaker should trip in plenty of time to prevent any damage on the circuit should you pull more than 30 amps through it. IS the nameplate the rateing? meaning the ring is rated to withstand the power output of 20 amps @240v (4800w) but in reality the element inside only uses 15 amp per ring which is why the controller is rated at 45 amps. Which means it needs to b
  15. So learn me on the differences between that ^^ And a harbor freight rock polisher, some steel ball bearings, and a handful of granite chips? http://www.harborfreight.com/garage-shop/tumblers-vibrators/3-lb-rotary-rock-tumbler-67631.html
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