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The lower portion of my kiln lid hinge is loose. Would it be okay to drill the metal adjacent to the old holes and put in another set of screws?

We don't know which kiln model you have, so this advice is general for top-loading kilns: When you drill the holes in the kiln case, the bottom hinge section must still allow the lid to have play. (Hinge holes are slotted. When installed properly, you will have about 1/8" of play at the back of the lid.) This compensates for firebrick expansion. If the hinge does not have play, the front of the lid will rise about half an inch at high temperatures.

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