wings supply in greenville ky has strap molds, i personally use a router and make my own molds, just use scrap 2x4's, i get them from construction sites, they just give me the scraps. wood molds dont last long but its cheap and easy
well ive used muffin tins...and those aluminum coated cupcake paper thingys.... just put the cupcake thing in the muffin tin..and pour full of lead.... they pop right out when cool..and the aluminum will peel right off the lead...if ya want an eye or anything can twist wire..and put it in the mold before ya pour in the lead.......PS...LOL..ya gotta use the cupcake paper tho...heheh tried one without them and the lead sticks hard..LOL..beat the muffin tin to death a gettin em out...the first time....hehehehe
I don't know the exact temperature you need to get the lead, but we used a camp stove and a hot pot.
If you want lots of free lead go to a tire store. We got 3 five gallon buckets full of old wheel weights free. We then melted them down and skimmed the other metal off of the top. We have a ton of weights and all for a little time and effort.
We used 4 ounce bottle sinker molds cause we found an amesome way to rig them that you can pick them up and throw them out in half the time it used to take.
hey ks waterfowler,
might have to let use in on how to roll them up and set them out twice as fast with the sinkers i am cheap so i have to use sinkers for my weights and that could be because i have like 3 or 4 5 gallon buckets full of sinkers
I know people who pour a like concrete mix into a mold of anykind (cut-off bottom part of yougurt cup or something like that) then bend a nail into a sort of semi-circle and while the concrete was wet, stuck the nail in and thats how they do it. But you can get em from almost any major hunting/fishing store. I have used fishing weights too. I think wal-mart even carries the anchors now too.
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Lots of good ideas. I have used a purchased, metal mold, but it gets hot to handle and only makes 3 straps at a time. I like using old wood and a router. Works great. I made some long thin straps and then just cut them with snips.
As for a source of lead ... the rim weights mentioned at garages are nto pure lead. They have the weight but are brittle so don't bend well like to wrap around the deeks neck for storage. I got pure lead from an old plumber and from a scrap yard. If it's heavy and bends easy, it's probably lead.
I drilled holes in thick wood with a 3/4 or 1" paddle bit. I used heavy electirc wire for the loop. Had to staple the wire in or it would float out when I poured in the lead. Once I got hte length of the wire right, it works great to attach the weight over the deeks head.
For safety, I wear a mask, work outside, and work upwind to avoid as much fumes as possible. I hear lead splatters when water hits it so watch for rain.
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