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  1. Everything I've read-there I go again, believing everything I read-says that when shelves are stacked, the supporting posts must be vertically aligned with each other. Sometimes it just ain't gonna happen, though. Has anyone ever lost a load of pots because of improper position of posts or imbalanced weight on a shelf? Ever had a shelf warp or crack because you didn't follow the book? Some say place posts two inches in from the edge of your shelf, which can certainly encroach on much needed space in some cases. I guess I'm trying to figure out how far I can push the envelope without messing up big time. Also interested to know if you always use a shelf on the floor of your electric kiln. One manual I've read says to put small ware right on the floor, under the first shelf. But I think I'd rather grind glaze off of a shelf than from the floor of my kiln. Also my kiln floor has developed some cracks, as I guess most do,and I really would prefer a more stable platform for my posts, ie., a full shelf. But, then you always put posts, even short ones, under the lowest shelf. Right? And why can't the lowest shelf just sit on the kiln floor without posts? Have you ever bent the kiln loading rules? Has it ever cost you? john a.
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