This is how I fixed the hot leg problem when re-building a ViVi Nova.
I got some copper wire (pulled from a dead power cord I had laying around) looped it over the top of the wick after warping the Ni Chrome coil and and twisted it down the legs.
I mocked it up with craft wire to take pics so you can see what I did.
repeat on other side no more HOT legs
remember to check the omhs before reassembly.