Melting lead

Eddy C

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I have a 15lb. mold for downrigger ball I have some lead. I have an old cast iron pot for melting. How do I pour the lead into the little hole in the mold? I've never done this before.
Looking for advice please. Do I need more eguipment and where do I find it?....Thanks
 

watsoncali

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Heat up the lead in the pot over a fire and pour, check out youtube
 

Hewes OP

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Pick up a old cast iron tea kettle they work pretty good for just starting out.

Make sure you lead does not have any pockets of water in it. If it does when the water hits the melted lead it flash boils and can explode.

Dragonballs should be putting on his anual lead pour event pretty soon. He has a wonderful contraption for doing this and you can BS with a bunch of good people pour some lead and enjoy some good food.
 

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Clean lead!

Put pot on propane burner...

Thick ass gloves(serious hot potatoe!).

Safety googles/thick clothes.

Mold release spray(Pam for lead melting)

Clamps for your mold to have tight to stop leakage. Stinkin leakage!

Pour in steady and give a bit extra pour....bam!!!!!

Take to LineX!! Super Bam!

....I get feeling no Vance Lead Delight this year??
 
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KimH

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Clean lead!

Put pot on propane burner...

Thick ass gloves(serious hot potatoe!).

Safety googles/thick clothes.

Mold release spray(Pam for lead melting)

Clamps for your mold to have tight to stop leakage. Stinkin leakage!

Pour in steady and give a bit extra pour....bam!!!!!

Take to LineX!! Super Bam!

....I get feeling no Vance Lead Delight this year??
I've never done this but.....respirator????
 

Team Sency

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Probably wouldn't hurt to use the white mouth/nose cover...but what is breathing in a lil lead gunna hurt??
 

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Fish Sniper

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I have a 15lb. mold for downrigger ball I have some lead. I have an old cast iron pot for melting. How do I pour the lead into the little hole in the mold? I've never done this before.
Looking for advice please. Do I need more eguipment and where do I find it?....Thanks
1st, make sure you this outside away from any flammable items; like brush, old gas cans etc. Wear heavy gloves, a face shield ( in case of and explosion), wear boots not tennis shoes, and apron will help a bunch. Make sure the lead is fully melted, if its not you will have problems in pouring and will have cold shots. Pour and wait a minute plus before you open the mold.

My 2 cents.
 

TwoTapPat

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Clean lead!

Put pot on propane burner...

Thick ass gloves(serious hot potatoe!).

Safety googles/thick clothes.

Mold release spray(Pam for lead melting)

Clamps for your mold to have tight to stop leakage. Stinkin leakage!

Pour in steady and give a bit extra pour....bam!!!!!

Take to LineX!! Super Bam!

....I get feeling no Vance Lead Delight this year??
I was wondering if Vance was gonna have his party this year. I hope so its a blast( no punn intended ) it is a hell of a fun party and good BSing time.
 
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I have a 15lb. mold for downrigger ball I have some lead. I have an old cast iron pot for melting. How do I pour the lead into the little hole in the mold? I've never done this before.
Looking for advice please. Do I need more eguipment and where do I find it?....Thanks
it helps if the mold is preheat to' and make sure their is no cars close by any little pop of lead any the lead will take the paint down to the
metal seen it happen on a new truck' man that guy was pissed off
 
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Quan

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I wear a respirator with the pink cartridges when I melt lead. Rather be safe and uncomfortable for a few hours than risk irreversible health problems in the future. Your body apparently moves lead around your body freely through your bloodstream just like it does other metals like iron and zinc except that the lead can cause all sorts of problems.

Not saying health issues are guaranteed, but better safe than sorry.
 
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richardp

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I wear a respirator with the pink cartridges when I melt lead. Rather be safe and uncomfortable for a few hours than have irreversible health problems in the future. Your body apparently moves lead around your body freely through your bloodstream just like it does other metals like iron and zinc except that the lead can cause all sorts of problems.
That must be what is wrong with me......
 

TwoTapPat

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Preheated molds and a little benzo tourch to keep the hole hot and lead flowing. Sometimes it will clog up the hole and the benzo will prevent this from happening .
 

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Your first pour into that mold will only yield a half of a ball or so. Let it sit for a few minutes and that mold will heat up fast. Once that mold is hot it will take forever to cool down so you shouldn't have any issues with clogging.. I use large ladle as well. Besides that, what everyone else has recommended. Do not have any water or other liquids, (beer) anywhere near your melting pot. That shit will literally blow up. Lead and liquids don't play well together.
 

Odin7

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I grew up outside of Chicago working with my dad who was a plumber and probably melted a half ton of lead when we used it to seal joints on cast iron soil pipe. We used a pot and ladle like the one Miles posted which is the best way to go. Sounds like you have the pot, and if you don't have a ladle, get one like the picture. Don't use one from the kitchen.

We never wore any respirator, worked in crawl spaces, attics and other tight quarters and far as I can tell, I've never had any...never had any...had...had...any problems.

Seriously though, take the precautions mentioned above and keep the kiddies, cats and dogs out of the area and don't wear synthetic clothing (polar fleece, polypro, disco-clothes, etc..). It can catch fire and/or melt and stick to you if you have an accident.
 

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A don't forget a long shirt to cover your plumbers butt. Hot lead down there will make you invent some new dance moves.
 
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If you don't have heat proof handles on the mold better make some (wooden dowels and hose clamps work well), those suckers can HOT:eek:.
 

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Lead is toxic to human beings and children are particularly sensitive to its effects. Children, especially toddlers, are at highest risk for lead poisoning. Ingesting (eating) lead – whether it is in the soil, in paint chips, or from any other source - is a serious health risk and can result in both short and long-term health problems.
Acute (short-term) exposure to high levels of lead can result in brain and kidney damage. Chronic (long-term) exposure may affect the blood and central nervous systems, blood pressure, kidneys and the body's ability to metabolize (use) vitamin D. Lead exposure may damage the reproductive system, resulting in reduced sperm counts and increased miscarriage.
Newborns and young children under six are particularly vulnerable to the effects of chronic lead poisoning. Effects range from lowered IQ (intelligence) and reduced growth to balance, memory, and hearing problems. Pregnant women exposed to lead may have babies born prematurely and at lowered birth weights. The blood brain barrier, which keeps toxins out of the body, is not fully developed until about age six

Stay out in a open space and wear a mask. Lead and Arsenic of lead once in the body stays in a body and will keep on building up.
 

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Eddy, I am in Oak Harbor, have a propane burner, a ladle, and lead. Let me know if you want to fumble around, at least we could have a backup driver to the hospital!
 

EJ Swanny

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don't wear synthetic clothing (polar fleece, polypro, disco-clothes, etc..). It can catch fire and/or melt and stick to you if you have an accident.
Odin is spot on...that synthetic shit will melt into your skin and become one with it....it's a frikin mess....and very painful...use gloves that cover your forearms or just be very careful..I may be over the top when it comes to safety. My Father-in-law is an ex fire chief, and I have fought fires for ten years..safety is drilled into me. It only takes once, and you're screwed for life....

Speaking of lead pouring...is there going to be a lead pouring party this year, like in the central sound (between Lynwood and Tacoma?

Swanny