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Johnmicheal

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  1. It's a matter of preference, we have 4 wheels, one of them happens to be a VL lite. Unfortunately, unless you get to try your wheel out at another studio for an extended time, it's hard to say what you will like. I can say the lite is used alot at studios teaching, there are a ton of brents in schools, old shipos from the 70s still lurking about. If you're worried about not being able to throw big, 10-20 lb is pretty big. I tend to adjust my throwing to the wheels strengths, as well as my clay body. Unfortunately, the stats published by manufacturers, due little too clear this up, and we all have a favorite. I bought my latest, because it had an easily removable wheel head, could have went with three other brands, had it not been for that one feature. It was important to me. A lighter wheel may be what you need.
  2. So instead of the multiple connectors, I could just lug the two wires and the element together?
  3. How long do you run a pugmill before you can pug out the material, say 5 gal of broken down clay.
  4. I don't disagree with the need for ventilation and I view a cone pack through the same peep, but I doubt I would ever use 6. The cone pack at the bottom, I leave till I unload, it tells me what I need to know. Does anyone have any info as to why there are so many peep holes.
  5. Box works well, I left the top and bottom open. I'm not prone to setting things where they would drop in there, and I feel better when I can see what is going on in there. In it's next upgrade, I'll probably add some more ventilation, add the other feeder wire, separating the zones, and adding the additional thermocouples for zone control. Maybe sheath the feeder wires, I like the flexible conduit and the fact it's a good ground source. We'll see, I've got to go back to makin pots.
  6. I grounded the cover, which was attached to all three sections, and wrapped the feed wires till they were clear of the cover.
  7. My feed wires and jumped wire connection. Wrapped the wire going to the controller.
  8. So obviously we need peep holes from time to time, but why are there so many, and when I'm doing brick repair, can I just get rid of some of them. I leave my top peep open, I like to see a cone drop. But the rest are kind of a waste, and when I break one with my shin, I'm wondering A. Why don't I be alittle more careful B. Why can't I plug that hole with something that doesn't protrude into the path of a shin, thigh, hip. Please avail me of thy kiln wisdom.
  9. I still love my drycleaner bags, I can't remember the last time I actually drycleaned anything, but it didn't keep me from stopping in one and asking if they had any discards. I'm still using them, and that was 5-7 years ago, with a bag of them still in storage lol. They are light, they drape well, I double, sometimes triple them up to control drying.....and sticking with the subject, my workbench is clear, I'm ready to start again, pitchers are the need for this week
  10. I love the bowl idea, and I am going file them at the bisque stage, I've got four to mess with.
  11. Third try, I'll see how it pours when it's done, lol
  12. Funny you should mention this article, I just read it recently and it prompted me to post this query.
  13. It looks like thinner is the direction I will go, thanks guys, I'll let you know how it goes.
  14. I have been making a two quart open pitcher. I have not figured out how to make them pour, and they tend to drip down the side. Fortunately, most people want them for vases, but I like to have things functional, and would like them to pour. This is one of the first. I have tried a narrower spout, and a more pronounced lip, I haven't tried thinning the lip, mainly for durability. Also I've already changed the handle for better control and aesthetics. Any suggestions
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