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nathancmarks 03-11-2003 12:32 PM

Anyone using lead bars to weight their boat? I remember reading that they were being used. If so, where did you get them and what did they cost? Thanks?

bcoppinger 03-11-2003 3:21 PM

I paid $.35 per lb, from a scrap metal dealer here. They sell these little hockey puck shaped lead pieces that weigh 1lb each, then I took some PVC and filled them with the lead and capped off both ends. If you are looking for the bars leadheadz is about the only ones I have seen and they are around $65.00 per brick which is 60lbs. By the way that is shipped. I hope this helps.

jimcampbell 03-11-2003 4:54 PM

You could use led flashing or lead shot.Not sure how much they cost. <BR> <BR>ITS ALL GOOD

nathancmarks 03-11-2003 5:44 PM

Bo, how big are your PVC pieces? Are you able to keep them from rolling around? That is a great idea though.

thane_dogg 03-11-2003 5:56 PM

a friend of mine is making weight "bags" with a handle filled with metal shot and shavings that might fit your needs.

h20jnky 03-11-2003 6:09 PM

I picked up old tractor weights from a tractor salvage yard. 50# &amp; 100# lead plates with built in handles for $10 each. Also, easy to carpet and/or paint for seal protection and boat aesthetics. Good luck!

steveaz 03-11-2003 6:52 PM

700 #'s, cost me about $140 but melted and formed it myself.

krug 03-11-2003 7:06 PM

does the hot lead burn the pvc? this is a idea ive had for a while but havent done anything with. its so cool to see others with ideas like mine. my scapyard quoetd the same price .35$.

markb 03-11-2003 7:34 PM

You can get a 5 gallon bucket of lead from tire shops. They have used lead balancers. I picked up about 150 lbs or so for like 10 bucks. Just melt em down into whatever shape you want. Use wood forms or get some of those throw away foil cake pans. I saw another idea the other day too. This guy filled vinyl fence posts with the lead pieces and capped the ends. It was unmelted of course, so you cant get as much weight that way, but it was definately clean and nice looking. Last year I got some wieght bars from an old "nautilus" weight lifting machine and bagged them with wallmart sacs and carpeted them to match the boat. Just some more ideas for you guys.....

wdayne 03-26-2003 9:53 PM

what do you melt the lead in? do you use your wifes good pots? do you do this on the stove? are the fumes bad? how do you clean the pots? these questions may sound stupid, but these are the things that have hindered my lead-cookin' skillz. <BR> <BR>laterdayne

steveaz 03-26-2003 10:11 PM

I would never use a container that you plan on using again. Go get a cheap bread pan or something of that nature and throw it away when you're done. Yes the fumes are bad and be careful.....

wdayne 03-27-2003 7:26 AM

can you use a camp stove outside? how hot does the fire have to be?

steveaz 03-27-2003 10:20 AM

That or a turkey fryer work fine.

matt_h 03-28-2003 10:43 AM

turky fryer is the only way to go <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/60018.jpg" alt="step1"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/60019.jpg" alt="step2"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/60020.jpg" alt="step3"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/60021.jpg" alt="step4"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/60022.jpg" alt="finish">

matt_h 03-28-2003 10:46 AM

my mold is channle iron with flatsteal welded to the ends, use two pans and pore the one with the tire clips through 1/4" wire screan into pan two

wdayne 03-28-2003 11:35 AM

thanks matt, that was a very informative pictorial. i need to get motivated and do this. i'm tired of sandbags in the front of the boat. but i don't have a turkey-fryer, i'll have to use my crawfish cooker.<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/lol.gif" border=0> <BR> <BR>dayne

beth 03-28-2003 11:52 AM

oh BTW work with small amounts 10-15 lbs, once the mold is full heat the whole mold, so it all melts together

matt_h 03-28-2003 11:57 AM


mikep 03-28-2003 12:12 PM

In Seattle there is a place call non-ferrous metals that sells all types of lead bricks. I got ten 55 pound bricks for about $350. I carpeted them and they work great.

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