...unless you have to. What can you do, the kiln is kaput and needs new______. I know, I fixed it in October, but at Christmas it fizzled out again. There was a broken insulator, the top element came into contact with the kiln jacket and burned out. Luckily the kiln shut itself OFF because....it is too terrible to imagine.
So, I used the baby kiln for a couple of weeks, as you may remember, but the parts are here and I tore the thing apart. As you can see.
Step one: unplug the kiln!
Electric kilns are meant to be repaired, so the instructions are good, plus I have changed parts many times before. The first test with the new element resulted in the kiln alarm bleating, so power off and back into the guts, to find the thermocouple had a problem (it is next to the element just replaced) so cleaned it up, and hey, good as new.