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  1. Hulk and Bill, it is a 60 amp breaker- already installed with the extra weight copper wire (I forget that terminology). I’m confident the electrician installed it correctly as we have lots of potters here in NC and it was far from his first rodeo. My concern was keeping the kiln plugged in when not in use- for example, the strong t-storms that are going to blow through here today. I don’t want the circuitry to get fried if we have a power surge. PotterPutter, that’s exactly how I am/will be using the rolling feature- just to back it up 3 feet to the wall when not in use. The “kiln expert” felt I might wear out the cord by flexing it too much. Thanks for the input!
  2. Hello all- I recently purchased a Skutt KM1027 that is NOT hardwired. As a hobby potter still fairly new to pottery, I will be firing infrequently. My question is this- is it OK for me to only have the kiln plugged in when I’m firing? I am asking because the “kiln expert” from the retailer where I purchased the kiln told me that I would shorten the life of the kiln’s plug and cord by plugging and unplugging it and he strongly recommended against doing so. He also wasn’t thrilled that I purchased the stand with casters so that when not in use, I could roll the kiln back toward the wall. Can anyone offer opinions on this? Thanks so much.
  3. I’m not the OP, but this info is very helpful. Thank you for taking the time to answer so thoroughly!
  4. Thank you all for your suggestions. We got home yesterday. Spent nearly all of our time hiking, son not much time for galleries on this trip after all. I appreciate your help!
  5. Hello friends- My husband and I will be visiting Phoenix and Sedona next week. While much of our time is already accounted for, I might have some time for clay inspiration. Do you have any "don't miss" gallery suggestions for me? Thanks in advance.
  6. Basically, when hooking up a kiln, single phase kiln use two hot wires, 3 phase kilns use 3 hot wires. The benefit of 3 phase is that you can get the same wattage (watts are what heat up the kiln) with less amperage. That means smaller wires, which are easier to deal with, and you can get more appliances hooked up before you max out your breaker box. A kiln that pulls 48 amps on single phase will only pull about 28 amps on 3 phase (divide the single phase amps by 1.73, the square root of 3). So in a 200 amp breaker box you could hook up 4 single phase kilns or 7 three phase kilns. But you don't really get to choose. It all depends on the electrical service you have at your studio. Residential buildings are usually 240 volt single phase service. Commercial building are often 3 phase, 208 or 240 volts. You have to order your kiln according to what your service is. The voltage of a kiln can be changed by changing the elements, but the phase requires wiring changes in the control box. You can hook up a single phase kiln to a 3 phase breaker box by using just two poles instead of 3, but you cannot hook up a 3 phase kiln to a single phase box. Neither one is cheaper to operate, because you're paying for watts, not amps. . Thank you, Neil! At some point I'll be purchasing a kiln for my home studio so I'm trying to soak up as much info as possible.
  7. Hello all- could someone please explain to this newbie the difference between a 1 phase and 3 phase kiln? Is one preferred over another? Thank you!
  8. So glad to hear the answer to this. I've had this with my new Skutt, and when I called them I was told I got some of the lubricating oil on the wheel head and to clean it with acetone. I did that. Multiple times, and I still get the grime, too. Doesn't happen on the old wheels at the community center.
  9. TLDinNC

    May 2016

    Latest beginner pieces :)
  10. Marcia, thank you for posting that video. Unbelievably beautiful, and as it did with Nerd, it stirred my emotions as well.
  11. This is such sad news. My sincere sympathies to his family and friends. It's a strange situation - to feel as though I've lost someone I know, but I've never met. As someone who has only been on this board for about 6 months, I read it religiously and have definitely come to think of many of you as people I "know." Tom answered questions I asked, and I knew anytime I saw his screen name that the comment would be kind and often funny. The world needs more funny & kind. I wish his family much comfort.
  12. Folks, what potters do you follow on Periscope? I just downloaded it. Thanks!
  13. Giselle, are you dipping or brushing?
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