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Repairing Lid/Roof Element Pins

Most of Paragon’s glass kilns use a new element groove in the lid or roof that eliminates element pins. The element coils are wider than the groove opening, so the elements stay in place without pins.

The earlier lid/roof elements were held in place with pins. Follow these steps to repair a pin that becomes loose or falls out:

1) Dip the element pin into a mixture of kiln repair cement. You will need only a small amount of cement on the prongs of the pin.

2) Insert the pin into the firebrick lid or roof at a sharp angle—almost sideways. If instead you insert the pin so that it is vertical when the lid is closed, the pin may eventually work its way out of the groove again.

3) When inserting the pins, make sure that the tip of a pin does not touch another pin inside the firebrick lid or roof.


Just a reminder—Paragon is holding a Basic In-Plant Kiln Maintenance Seminar October 8 & 9, 2004. Click on the following link for information:

We hope you can attend.


We have just added a new 16-page trouble shooting guide for the Sentry 2.0 digital controller. You can download it from this link:

Wishing you a great fall season,


Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P. 2011 South Town East Blvd. Mesquite, TX 75149-1122 972-288-7557 / 800-876-4328 Fax: 972-222-0646 /

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