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Old    nathancmarks            03-11-2003, 12:32 PM Reply   
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?
Old    JBC (bcoppinger)      Join Date: Sep 2002       03-11-2003, 3:21 PM Reply   
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.
Old    James Cameron Campbell (jimcampbell)      Join Date: Apr 2002       03-11-2003, 4:54 PM Reply   
You could use led flashing or lead shot.Not sure how much they cost.

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Old    nathancmarks            03-11-2003, 5:44 PM Reply   
Bo, how big are your PVC pieces? Are you able to keep them from rolling around? That is a great idea though.
Old    Thane Dogg (thane_dogg)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-11-2003, 5:56 PM Reply   
a friend of mine is making weight "bags" with a handle filled with metal shot and shavings that might fit your needs.
Old    ManFox (h20jnky)      Join Date: Mar 2003       03-11-2003, 6:09 PM Reply   
I picked up old tractor weights from a tractor salvage yard. 50# & 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!
Old    steveaz            03-11-2003, 6:52 PM Reply   
700 #'s, cost me about $140 but melted and formed it myself.
Old    krug            03-11-2003, 7:06 PM Reply   
does the hot lead burn the pvc? this is a idea ive had for a while but havent done anything with. its so cool to see others with ideas like mine. my scapyard quoetd the same price .35$.
Old    markb            03-11-2003, 7:34 PM Reply   
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.....
Old    dayne whiddon (wdayne)      Join Date: Jan 2002       03-26-2003, 9:53 PM Reply   
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.

laterdayne
Old    steveaz            03-26-2003, 10:11 PM Reply   
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.....
Old    dayne whiddon (wdayne)      Join Date: Jan 2002       03-27-2003, 7:26 AM Reply   
can you use a camp stove outside? how hot does the fire have to be?
Old    steveaz            03-27-2003, 10:20 AM Reply   
That or a turkey fryer work fine.
Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-28-2003, 10:43 AM Reply   
turky fryer is the only way to go
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Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-28-2003, 10:46 AM Reply   
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
Old    dayne whiddon (wdayne)      Join Date: Jan 2002       03-28-2003, 11:35 AM Reply   
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.

dayne
Old    beth            03-28-2003, 11:52 AM Reply   
oh BTW work with small amounts 10-15 lbs, once the mold is full heat the whole mold, so it all melts together
Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-28-2003, 11:57 AM Reply   
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Old    mikep            03-28-2003, 12:12 PM Reply   
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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