:idea: Yeah I have some advice allright! Do NOT do it!!!
It is very harmful to you--the vapers contain lead and you get lead all over the places where ever the fumes reach. Little kids and Preg women can be harmed seriously. I got lead poisoned while doing it To save a couple of bucks is foolish and NOT worth the potential risks.
just do it in the garage with the door open or somethin, I've welded and sauterd with lead for hundred's of hours, still fine, and still fertile, just don't be stupid about it, do it with ventalation and you'll be fine, I seen a guy the other day doin some spun stran fiberglass duct work with bare hands and washing them off every couple minutes with acetone, wich takes whatever's on the outside of your hands and soaks it into your skin, he was like 65 and had been doin it like that for 30 years, he should be dead,
Theres nothing wrong with melting your own weights. A person just needs to have a little common sense when doing it. I do mine in my garage with a fan about 15 feet away turned on to keep the fumes blowing out the garage door. Most people aren't going to get there lead to hot because if your making them as you go, your going to be emptying your pot faster than you can melt more lead.
Just go to your local machine or tooling shop to get a good mold made. A person can also use a cupcake pan if they want to put a wire or a large staple in for the loop. I still suggest going and haveing a good mold made like a turtle weight. Make sure you do it on a dry day too. Don't do it when its real damp out or raining either. The other thing I use is a good pair of welding gloves. Very nice for using to dump your molds out, and using to hold onto your ladle or scoop. A Turkey fryer is what I use to heat up the lead with a old grill creat to hold up the cast iron pot. Works great for me.
I have a mold for 8 oz. mushroom weights and poured 145 of them a year or so ago. Whatever you do make sure there is no water on the lead or in the container you're melting it in. Also, if you have a router you can route a design in it and pour your lead into it. I have also heard of people using cheap muffin tins.
Ive always melted my weights outside on a dry day.. The last time I made weights it was 3 years ago and I melted 50 lbs for hunting weights and fishing weights...now im fixin to make more decoy weights...good luck with the melting...just use common sence and youll be fine..
8 oz. mushroom weights around here go for about $.99 per weight with 8.5% sales tax. The mold cost me $30 including shipping and a 10 pack of small propane tanks for my Coleman stove for $15. I get my lead for free, so instead of paying over $200 for 200 weights I made them for $45 and a weekend of my time. I have a very large spread and making my own weights saved me enough money to buy almost two doz. magnum G&H's.
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