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24th-Jan-2006 11:17 am
I have finally got the funds to fix up the kiln. i went to do it 2 weeks ago and the bloody shop was closed for xmas. grrrrrr... they reopened today, so i went round and bought what i needed.  i replaced the 2 elements for $90. and a bit of skin off my knuckles. took under 20 minutes (plus an hour to buy them) - but i got a scrap of heat blanket also. nice think piece.

I start tafe soon (6th of feb) so i want the kiln up and running.


i got them installed and the turned it on. it used to take 2 hours to get to 400 C. 10 minutes. pity it then tripped the circuit as i discovered it's 15amp and nto ten. grrrrrrrrr

if any lovely electrician fairy wants to put a 15A circuit in for me, please call NOW. :) thank u.

i then pulled the broken flywheel off the wheel and went a to replace it. the shop didn't know if they could get another. i may have to 'modify this one *grin*

1st-Feb-2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
What is actually wrong with the flywheel pulley?

If it cracked and made of cast iron, it probably can't be welded. Aluminium can be welded.

If the securing mechanism is stuffed it may be rapairable anyway.

If you merely need another pulley. They are available all over the place at pulley shops and engineering supplies.

There a good one in Collingwood but you don't live there.

G & R Industrial Products P/L
44- 52 Johnston St Collingwood VIC 3066
ph: (03) 9419 2122 Belting Mfrs & Supplies

Try Fanbelts or Pulleys in the Yellow Pages.

1st-Feb-2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
ah. it's a drivewheel with a rubber ring ontop. the conical shaft from the motor drives the wheels. the wheel was store for a long time, in maximum drive position, which left a dent in the rubber.
when you try to use the wheel it is unbalanced and bounces as it goes over the bump.

the pottery store i took it to, think they have sourced an orginal replacement for $59.95. if the wheel costs $59.95 and the kiln has cost me $90 i am a winner.
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