Lucked into lead

Discussion in 'Gateway Catfishing Club' started by Dredge, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. Dredge

    Dredge Member

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    Last week,I talked to the plumber that services my job.He said the scrap yard won't pay for lead,anymore.Today,he dropped 18 pounds of lead pipe off for me.He told me any time he does a job with old pipe,he'll bring it to me.According to him,these jobs come along every couple of weeks.If this works out,I'll use some myself,and keep the rest for leadfest.:big_smile:
     
  2. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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    can hit up tire stores as well..got almsot 20 gallons here..only thing that sucks is the metal tabs in the weights but they come out with heat:wink::smile2:
     

  3. buckdoe270

    buckdoe270 New Member

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    You did good.:big_smile:
    a while back i got my lead from a demolation company (employee)
    50-100lbs at a time. lost track of him, would nice to catch with him, and donate lead for fest.:roll_eyes:
     
  4. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    I have 130# of that old pipe here. The only thing I hate is cleanig off all the c*** that floats to the top. Most has a lot of calcium build upon it. Been thinking about getting something to soak it in to clean up a little before melting. Any ideas?
     
  5. BajaCoop

    BajaCoop Well-Known Member

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    just melt it and skim the junk off the top imo.
     
  6. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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    Buttload of clr...might be easier skimming though...
     
  7. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    Lots of calcium=lots of skimming. Cleaned some off with wire wheel and it worked a lot better. Been thinking about the clr. Thanks.
     
  8. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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    i have a BIG grinder and a wire wheel for it..you could put it in a vise and run the pipe down it for the outside..ims ure the calcium is more on the inside though huh:smile2:
     
  9. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    You got it. A lot of 4" pipe. Had to cut it up into smaller chunks to melt also. Some pieces were 4' long.
     
  10. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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    If you had a section of steel pipe that fit snug you could drive it through and knock most of it loose
     
  11. DWB

    DWB Member

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    a lot of the lead melting pots I have seen on the market have a pouring spigot that comes out of the bottom...just suck out the clean lead below the crud ?

    Myself, I just use an old cast iron melting pot...but if a fella were to get one of those new fangled contraptions they might work better....
     
  12. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    I use a cast iron pot also. The melting pots are to slow to pour bigger sinkers.
     
  13. SmokinBarrel

    SmokinBarrel New Member

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    Dan,

    I do the same, an old cast iron pot. Mine is kind of small, holds about 3 - 5 lbs melted. I use a camp stove with propane tanks. Those tanks will burn for along time. Once it gets going, it works great.
     
  14. theonecatfishbob

    theonecatfishbob New Member

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    I use a small cast iron skillet. Works great. As for the impurities I just scoop them off with a spoon and pour away. I do make sure I have good ventilation when I make weights. A fan on low speed placed a ways away will help push fumes away from you.
     
  15. BajaCoop

    BajaCoop Well-Known Member

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    those melting pots with the spout underneath are very nice for pouring sinkers but I would not put anything but clean lead in them.

    To clean it up i just put a pot over a fish cooker and get to it.
     
  16. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    I've already cleaned up about 50#s. He says he has about another 150#s for me. Just making him some sinkers when I'm makin mine.
     
  17. BajaCoop

    BajaCoop Well-Known Member

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    can't beat that deal.

    Does he supply the beer too :wink:
     
  18. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    Doubt if he could afford that!! :wink:
     
  19. Eich

    Eich New Member

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    You could try soaking it in that CLR (Calcium, Lime, and rust remover) but the easiest and least expensive way is to just melt it and skim the impurities off the top as mentioned earlier.

    Ray
     
  20. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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    lmao..i use a bunson burner and a coffe can and vice grips