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Can I apply electrician's tape to the element pigtail as it exits the kiln bricks?

Electrical tape shouldn't be used in the kiln's switch box.

The mushroom-shaped porcelain insulator used on most brands of kilns is designed to prevent the element from touching the kiln case. Press the porcelain insulator as far as it will go into the hole in the heat shield. Then place the element connector right up against the porcelain insulator. This will prevent the porcelain insulator from working its way out of the hole in the steel case.

It is important that you also cut off the excess length of element pigtail that extends past the element connector. Otherwise the element could short out against a component inside the switch box.

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