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alanz

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alanz says:

Has anyone ever tried or considered making their own Lead Weights?

What i wanted to know was if anyone out there has ever made or has ever thought of making their own Lead Weights?

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CodFathers

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Has anyone ever tried or considered making their own Lead Weights?

 Yes alanz for sea fishing i take it?. Always, you need some moulds first off, of the ones you want to make. Lead from a scrap dealer or any old fishing weights or maybe some old lead piping lying around. and the short/ long eye ends, or U shape clips remember the ends need a twist in them, bend them with pliers, to fit the mould, i use stainless steel welding rod 1.6 mm diameter.  Please this is very dangerous to handle hot molten lead, and the fumes give off are toxic, so good ventilation, out doors is a must, not on your kitchen stove, get a burner or hire one and a pot and some tongs to make a batch of them. Next personal protection, safety glasses, leather gloves, boots and a leather apron, plumbers mat it is going to be hot and burn surfaces so protect them with a thick pieces of plywood sheet. Cut up the scrap lead, heat up the pot, place pieces of lead into the pot to melt. In the mean time get your mould ready if just a plain mould put a clip into the mould close it up together, remember the clips ends need to be bent. Depending on the mould, some close shut with a lock, some you need an old steel 4 inch G clamp it going to get hot so the paint will burn. The mould also need to be hot and dry, other wise the lead will not pour fully into the mould, once the mould is hot and the lead is hot put your protection on then you need to skim of the scum on top of the molten lead, so you have a nice clean silver head of hot lead and carefully pour into the mould, allow to cool, but it will still be hot, so be careful you can open the mould with leather gloves and see if it has pour good if has then start again place a new clip make sure the mould is hot again, clean the scum and pour, keep adding lead and repeat.  If has not pour good the mould is not hot enough, not to worry because you can melt the bad ones down again. Hope this help just please be very careful.   

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alanz

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alanz says:

Re: Has anyone ever tried or considered making their own Lead Weights?

I suppose it would be cheaper than buying them especially if you Fish Rough Ground. have you ever used Spark Plugs as a substitute with Rough Ground Rigs?

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CodFathers

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Re: Has anyone ever tried or considered making their own Lead Weights?

 Never have use spark plugs anlaz, i think they snag more anyway. I have heard of people using them. But i got a plain bomb mould with wings on, so it look like a flat lead and kites to the surface no problem with these  leads.

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alanz

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alanz says:

Re: Has anyone ever tried or considered making their own Lead Weights?

I've used them when Fishing Stranrar Harbour up in Scottish Land using a weak Link

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peternewbold

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Re: Has anyone ever tried or considered making their own Lead Weights?

 In the feeder haydays on the Trent, when it was possible to lose as many as eight feeders during a match, my fishing partner and I began making feeders and feeder leads, both wraps and dead cows. We both had access to lathes and milling machines and were able to manufacture accurate aluminium moulds for leads of different weights. We also had a crucible and ladles availible for the melting and pouring of lead, plus an endless supply of lead sheet from several friends, who were Roofers and Anglers. The results were excellent and and we made them by the hundreds. For run of the mill open ended and block enders, lead strip, which can be cut with shears, is quite suitable. Regarding casting leads I have made open moulds, for plummets, using blocks of Plaster of Paris, which worked OK but not a high class finish. Not wishing to talk down to anyone, when it comes to pouring moulten lead, you really need the correct equipment and to know what you are doing for there is a real danger from splatter. If that happens there is little point  putting your hand under a cold water tap, it will run through like a colander, so please be warned. Pete.

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CodFathers

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Re: Has anyone ever tried or considered making their own Lead Weights?

Absolutely 100% agree on the safety side of handling hot molten lead peternewbold. Anyway thought Lead was banned in fresh water fishing?.  

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peternewbold

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Re: Has anyone ever tried or considered making their own Lead Weights?

CodFathers said:

Absolutely 100% agree on the safety side of handling hot molten lead peternewbold. Anyway thought Lead was banned in fresh water fishing?.  


CF. At the time I was making feeder leads there was no restriction on the use of lead for coarse fishing. There is a selective ban on the use of lead shot in place now and here is a quote from Dr Bruno Broughton's brief on the legal position:  "The UK legal position is quite clear – legislation is in place to restrict both the use and the sale of lead fishing weights of between 0.06 and 28.35 grams (No.6 shot to 1oz). Lead weights are still sold and used legally at larger or smaller sizes, notably in very small split shot (so-calledmicro-shot or dust shot). Environment Agency byelaws restrict the use of lead in these sizes. Surprisingly, there is not a single, Environment Agency (EA) national byelaw regarding the use of lead to weight angling lines. Instead, there are eight regional byelaws, each in force in a particular EA region, which are worded in a similar manner. Lead may not be used to weight fishing lines but lead incorporated into fishing line, a swimfeeder, a self-cocking float and a fishing lure are all exempt from the legislation". I think he has made one small error, as I understand it the ban also includes No 8 shot to, Greg will put me right. Hope this clarifies the position with regard to swim feeders. Pete.

 

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Re: Has anyone ever tried or considered making their own Lead Weights?

Thank you for your reply Pete, for clearing that up.

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mrwell

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Re: Has anyone ever tried or considered making their own Lead Weights?

 I don't think it would be of any real purpose these days to make your own lead's,the dangers out weigh the costs in my opinion.

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Carpin Capers

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Re: Has anyone ever tried or considered making their own Lead Weights?

 I did concider it once, but fell of the cathedral roof whilst trying to collect the lead, didn't bother after that.

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