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Reuse, recycle, reduce. We hear these ideas all the time and I tend to think they are good ones. It comes in especially great when someone gives me an old kiln.  That is exactly what happened when the electric kiln that we used for cone 6 glaze firing gave up the ghost at Callanwolde. It’s a good size kiln, much bigger than my electric kiln but I’m not interested in rewiring this one. You may remember I did that with my electric kiln when I installed the kiln sitter (you can read about that here) which I got from another free kiln.

My plan for this kiln is to make it a reduction kiln since that is the look I like best for my pots. I am even considering adding a stoke hole so I can feed some small piece of wood into the kiln for some ash and wood effects.

Before I can start converting it into a gas kiln I need to build a kiln shed. My current kiln room is fine for the electric kiln but it’s too crowded to add flame to the mix. I’m designing a simple lean-to type shed that will have a m…

It Comes in Threes

They say bad things happen in threes.  Actually, a lot of superstition is based on the number three and there appears to be a much greater number of speculations as to why and what stuff is involved.  Like it's supposed to be a problem to hang around in a group of three people or light three cigarettes with one match.  Maybe they were thinking about three times the opportunity for lung disease. But I am going off on a tangent.

I wrote on Friday about some electrical issues with the outlet in my kiln room.  The electrician came out on Friday and was able to rewire everything, no problem.  Yay!  So I got up at 5:30 Saturday morning and started the kiln.  Everything seemed to be running as usual until I noticed that it wasn't really getting hot, it wasn't even getting warm.  I shut it off and unplugged it but I had to leave for a few hours so I figured I'd get to it on Sunday morning.

Sunday, 6:30 am I went out and checked a few things at the kiln.  All the connections were tight, nothing looked or smelled burned.  I reset the kiln sitter and tried to fire again.  Of course this time I listened for the relays.  They were silent, just the hum from the kiln master.  Odd.  And the kiln didn't get warm again.

I came into the house to consult the internet about the trouble with the kiln when Janet said "the refrigerator isn't working."  Crap.  It's an older unit and has been repaired once already several years ago.  This time the freezer was working but not the refrigerator.  It didn't seem like it was worth it to spring for another expensive repair when a new one would cost just a little more.  We don't need all the bells and whistles, just cooling.  I've lived 50 years without water coming out of the door of my refrigerator, I'll be okay using the tap or pitcher for a while longer.

When we returned home from refrigerator shopping Janet mentioned that it felt pretty warm in the house.  I thought it was a hot flash, I checked the thermostat and sure enough it was a few degrees warmer inside than what it was supposed to be.  I checked the AC unit and found ice.  Awesome.  No blower but ice on the compressed and lines.  Shoot me now.

But it's all good.  That's three so we are done.  Nothing else will break until the next set of three.

Just to prove the superstition of the threes, the AC repair cost $333.  I can't make this stuff up.

I hope you had a great weekend and have a great week ahead.

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  1. aack! what a week you have had. it has to get better.

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  2. OH GOSH, no AC in Atlanta in August?! Man. I know. The same thing happens to me with appliances, etc, too!

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    1. At least we have several very large old shade trees making things cooler.

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  3. yikes, hope you are done for the year with repairs, what was the end result of the kiln? the relays?

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    1. Thanks Linda, I hope so too. I'm still waiting for calls about kiln repair or looking for a great deal on a replacement.

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  4. AAAARRRRGGGHHHH!!! But what about the the kiln?

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    1. You're comment makes me think of Pirates of the Caribbean..."But what about the RUM?" LOL

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