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"Those motors will freeze up eventually, but you can often get them going again with…"

Neil Estrick replied Oct 3, 2016 to Vent motor

5 Oct 3, 2016
Reply by Neil Estrick

"Extrude a tube and cut it up and smooth the edges."

Neil Estrick replied Feb 18, 2014 to Porcelain Rings

4 Feb 19, 2014
Reply by Brenda Outram

"You can put as much power into it as you want, but you don't need 200 amps for a 20…"

Neil Estrick replied Feb 18, 2014 to gas to electric conversion

11 Feb 26, 2014
Reply by Jeff Poulter

"If I remember right, around here they won't give you 3 phase in a residential buildi…"

Neil Estrick replied Aug 27, 2013 to Firing Schedule - Fine tuning your electric kiln controller

45 Aug 27, 2013
Reply by Norm Stuart

"The max continuous operating temp for Kanthal A-1 is 2550F. Melting point is 2730F.…"

Neil Estrick replied Aug 27, 2013 to Kiln Element Life

18 Mar 10, 2015
Reply by Jeff Poulter

"48 amps is the magic number for kiln manufacturers. It allows them to put a 50 amp p…"

Neil Estrick replied Aug 27, 2013 to Firing Schedule - Fine tuning your electric kiln controller

45 Aug 27, 2013
Reply by Norm Stuart

"So then why don't manual kilns burn out their elements really fast? You turn it in '…"

Neil Estrick replied Aug 27, 2013 to Kiln Element Life

18 Mar 10, 2015
Reply by Jeff Poulter

"Interesting. Thanks for the data. I'm going to see if I can confirm this."

Neil Estrick replied Aug 26, 2013 to Kiln Element Life

18 Mar 10, 2015
Reply by Jeff Poulter

"Have you put in cones to see where you actually are heat work wise? That hour hold c…"

Neil Estrick replied Aug 26, 2013 to Bubbles in my glaze

3 Aug 26, 2013
Reply by Brian Guffey

"I disagree. While it may overshoot it slightly, it's not really any worse than a nor…"

Neil Estrick replied Aug 26, 2013 to Kiln Element Life

18 Mar 10, 2015
Reply by Jeff Poulter

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