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    ronfire got a reaction from Babs in Pug mill alternatives?   
    I place mine in a pillowcase and then onto the cement floor. Move it flip it a couple of times a day until it is right. Manage 5 gallons at a a time.
     
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    ronfire got a reaction from Benzine in Pug mill alternatives?   
    I place mine in a pillowcase and then onto the cement floor. Move it flip it a couple of times a day until it is right. Manage 5 gallons at a a time.
     
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    ronfire got a reaction from Hulk in Pacifica wheel issue   
    The new belts solved the problem and cured the belt squeak with some spray belt dressing.
     
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    ronfire got a reaction from liambesaw in Pacifica wheel issue   
    The new belts solved the problem and cured the belt squeak with some spray belt dressing.
     
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    ronfire got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Pacifica electronics   
    The new resistor came today, replaced the 22watt with a 50watt chassis mount. Mounted the chassis mount to the aluminum case.
    Plugged it all back in and it is back up and running. Thanks to everyone for the advise to steer me in the right direction to find the correct part.
    Now to see if I can throw 15 lbs of clay, if not I see a Brent C or CXC  wheel in my future.
     
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    ronfire got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Pacifica electronics   
    My current box has plug in for the motor and foot peddle. To reverse the motor you just move the plug over 1 pin.  The unit is so old that the plug has a standoff below it made of wood. You can just see it in the pic.  If I knew it was that old I would have passed on it but into it now with a new bearing and belts.
    New resistors should arrive Wednesday.
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    ronfire got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Pacifica electronics   
    Was trying to work about 15 lbs of clay and leaned into it. The fuse blew so I replaced it and it still did not work. Opened the control box and could see nothing wrong until I lightly touched the resistor and it broke in half. This wheel is probably 30 years old and no one has heard of the Pacifica gt500.
    Better hope it keeps working as replacement boards will be impossible to find. Glad I can at least replace parts with my limited electronics.
    Will let you know if it runs after the resistor replacement.
    The plan is to cut the legs off the existing resistor and attach the new chassis style one. Wont even have to work on the board then.
     
     
     
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    ronfire got a reaction from Rae Reich in Pacifica electronics   
    I found some at Digikey , the shipping was less than 1/2 in Canada. I ordered both of these and will try the one with the heat sink chassis mount style first. Thought for the $4.00 I would have the other as a spare and then never need it. The chassis mount was a little more but might be worth it @ $7.00
    Liked your find better priced but I am in Canada.  Bill your search results lead me to be able to find them at Digikey. Thanks.

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    ronfire got a reaction from Bill Kielb in Pacifica electronics   
    I found some at Digikey , the shipping was less than 1/2 in Canada. I ordered both of these and will try the one with the heat sink chassis mount style first. Thought for the $4.00 I would have the other as a spare and then never need it. The chassis mount was a little more but might be worth it @ $7.00
    Liked your find better priced but I am in Canada.  Bill your search results lead me to be able to find them at Digikey. Thanks.

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    ronfire got a reaction from liambesaw in New wheel search   
    The seller led me on. Right from the start I said I will be there as soon as it fit her time to purchase the CXC When she finally set a time and I called to say I was on  my was her reply was I had another person that showed interest first so they will come by to see it. If they don't buy you can then purchase it. She never said there was another person ahead of me so I did not pursue  the Pacifica wheel I was interested and when I then went to my second choice it was sold.  So still don't have a wheel. Working on a Shimpo VL whisper but the owner is slow to return my calls but she assured me that she would not sell it to someone else and it would be available next week...Guess I will have to be patient and wait.
     
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    ronfire got a reaction from liambesaw in New wheel search   
    Just found a Pacifica GT 800 for $600 and a Brent CXC for $500. Was thinking of the Brent but cant get a reply to the add and is an hour closer drive than the Pacifica.
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    ronfire got a reaction from Rae Reich in Breakage location   
    The pieces have large cracks in them. Must be on the cool down as the cracks have sharp edges. The last piece as a sink about 12" diameter, also had 1 in the top of the kiln that was fine. Both are the same size with a hole in the center.


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    ronfire got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Heavy Traffic Near The Studio This Morning   
    Cant see a mile here with all the smoke from the fires.
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    ronfire got a reaction from GreyBird in Looking For Wheel Suggestions...   
    Your wheel could probably be repaired. You could take it apart and order new bearings form a bearing shop or possibly from a good automotive parts store. If you take in the old bearings they can usually order in a set that will fit.
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    ronfire got a reaction from What? in Transporting Ceramics   
    Packing for shows I use plastic open top (rectangle milk ) crates that will stack. I like the thin packing foam that comes in a roll and will tear off in 12"x12" pieces. I will fill a crate with plates on edge with 1 layer of foam between them. The crate weighs Around 50 lbs when full. I find that as long as there is foam between the items and it does not move they are fine. Most crates do not get over filled so that they can stack. If I have larger pieces that will not fit below the rim of the crate they will be on top of the stack. I will then stack 4 and dolly them into the show. Usually have about 16 crates with a 2 1/2 hr set up including the booth. The crates get covered in burlap and hold up additional shelves.
     


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    ronfire got a reaction from Marcia Selsor in Qotw: What Are The Top Five Things In Your Studio That You Would Not Part With, If You Had To Downsize?   
    With the temperature here at -26c or -14f  the wood stove is on the top of the list
     
    1- wood stove
    2- kiln
    3- old Estrin wheel
    4- home built slab roller
    5- wife - she does all the art work on the pottery.
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    ronfire got a reaction from LeeU in Transporting Ceramics   
    Packing for shows I use plastic open top (rectangle milk ) crates that will stack. I like the thin packing foam that comes in a roll and will tear off in 12"x12" pieces. I will fill a crate with plates on edge with 1 layer of foam between them. The crate weighs Around 50 lbs when full. I find that as long as there is foam between the items and it does not move they are fine. Most crates do not get over filled so that they can stack. If I have larger pieces that will not fit below the rim of the crate they will be on top of the stack. I will then stack 4 and dolly them into the show. Usually have about 16 crates with a 2 1/2 hr set up including the booth. The crates get covered in burlap and hold up additional shelves.
     


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    ronfire got a reaction from Marcia Selsor in Kiln Brick Protector   
    I saw a video of Simon with plastic on the top row of brick to stop from inhaling the dust from the bricks. I have built a better solution with a bit of scrap plywood. Traced out 1/2 of the top row of bricks, cut the inside round to fit. Made the outside a bit larger and added some 1" square strips that will keep the plywood in place. Now I can load and unload the kiln without worrying about damage to the top bricks.
    I will try to get a photo in a couple of days when the kiln cools. Those 3" bricks hold in the heat well.
     
    Came up with this idea after my wife leaned on the top bricks and broke one.
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    ronfire got a reaction from Roberta12 in Kiln Brick Protector   
    I saw a video of Simon with plastic on the top row of brick to stop from inhaling the dust from the bricks. I have built a better solution with a bit of scrap plywood. Traced out 1/2 of the top row of bricks, cut the inside round to fit. Made the outside a bit larger and added some 1" square strips that will keep the plywood in place. Now I can load and unload the kiln without worrying about damage to the top bricks.
    I will try to get a photo in a couple of days when the kiln cools. Those 3" bricks hold in the heat well.
     
    Came up with this idea after my wife leaned on the top bricks and broke one.
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    ronfire got a reaction from glazenerd in Bartlett Genesis   
    I see there is a connection for current sensor to tell the amp draw for the elements. The sensor is $31.28 from Bartlett. Would make a great addition for checking the element health.
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    ronfire got a reaction from Pugaboo in Perfect Fit For A Lid.   
    A great way to get an exact fit for your lid to pot.
     
    When the pieces are dry before bisque fire put the pot back on the wheel. Center and secure by your favorite  method and spin the pot,now hold the lid gently on the pot. With the pot spinning and the lid not they will sand each other to a perfect fit, move the lid slightly in a circular motion to get a loser fit to allow for the space that the glaze will use if your design requires it.
     
     
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    ronfire got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in If One Does Not Possess A Firing Gauge...   
    I use a feeler gauge to adjust the claw and write it down. If the kiln is tending to fire a little hot I open the gap to the claw. Using a feeler guage will give an accurate adjustment with the firing gauge in place. in place.
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    ronfire got a reaction from Aurora in Submit Your Community Challenge Ideas   
    Captive objects.
    Make a piece that has a lose unremovable piece or pieces attached  and be a glazed product.
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    ronfire got a reaction from Cecilia Ekengren in Poor Mans Griffin Grip   
    I saw an article about a magnetic grip system so I decided to build one.
    The base is an old saw blade with the teeth ground down a bit and glued on with hot glue on the teeth to help shield them. A sheet metal disk would be better but I had the blade. The blocks have 4 earth magnets glued in with epoxy glue  and hold well. They can be turned and use the notch to hold a lid off the wheel a small amount. The nice thing is I can build blocks any shape to accommodate thrown items.
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    ronfire got a reaction from Biglou13 in Bowl Signed, Studio Pottery, No Clue What It Is Please Help Id   
    Looks like a bowl to me
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