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keeping a stiff upper lid (more on lid rising in front)

updated fri 4 feb 05


Arnold Howard on thu 3 feb 05

Lisa, here is a quick way to check your Paragon LiteLid (spring
counter-balance). Some of this may also apply to other brands.

Close the lid all the way. Have someone hold a side handle and lift the lid
while you watch the back of the lid. You will find a lid bracket attached to
each side of the lid. The lid bracket on the side that you lift should go up
about 1/8" when someone lifts the side handle.

Watch the hinge section that is attached to the lid. It should float inside
a slotted hole. That hole is not easy to see, but you will see it if you
look carefully. The slotted hole is hidden by a bracket.

Repeat the above step for the other side of the lid.

I recommend that you do not place a brick on the front of the lid, because
it may strain the firebricks in the back.


Arnold Howard
Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA /

----- Original Message -----
From: "Lisa Skeen"
> I have a new Paragon 1 year old, with that very kewl counterbalanced lid
> that I can raise with a pinkie. Ever since I've had it, the lid has
> raised
> itself at least an inch any time it's hotter than "red heat" inside.
> Arnold
> says I need a hinge adjustment (on the kiln, not on me), but the guy who
> sold me the kiln won't come fix it even though it has a 3 year warranty,
> and
> I"m not about to try it for myself. I have a stack of pavers on the floor
> beside the kiln because I'm vertically challenged when it comes to getting
> into the bottom of the kiln, so I've taken to putting one of the pavers on
> the lid when I fire. It doesn't completely stop the lid raising, but does
> reduce the amount that the lid comes up. So now you have a use for those
> nifty cinder blocks.....