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Posted November 10, 2016 - 05:06 PM

It's getting cool enough for me to make another set of suitcase weights. Victor3Ranger (Kelly) would like a set and he is close enough we won't have shipping charges. So I spent part of the day getting things ready. Made the brackets over the weekend. Today I welded in the 'rebar'. Now to melt the lead, first in a skillet so I can clean the trash out. Then pour that into the mold. Thankfully, I have 2 Turkey fryers so I can warm the mold as I clean the lead. I'll post pics as I go.

 

Here's the mold with the innards.

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Posted November 10, 2016 - 05:29 PM

Kenny, is there any savings going that route?
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Posted November 10, 2016 - 05:35 PM

Kenny, is there any savings going that route?

Can't say! But finding GT sized suitcase weights around this part of the country is not an easy thing to do. Plus these are 40 lbs. each, so don't need that many.


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Posted November 10, 2016 - 05:44 PM

Can't say! But finding GT sized suitcase weights around this part of the country is not an easy thing to do. Plus these are 40 lbs. each, so don't need that many.

Thank you.
Good to know, is getting lead an issue??

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Posted November 10, 2016 - 06:02 PM

Thank you.
Good to know, is getting lead an issue??

I have a stash of old lead plumbing we have replaced. Probably several hundred pounds! Just have to melt it down and clean the crud out of it! Always on the lookout for more.


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Posted November 10, 2016 - 07:15 PM

How do you melt enough for a complete pour and no cold joints?


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Posted November 10, 2016 - 07:18 PM

How do you melt enough for a complete pour and no cold joints?

Since I don't have enough 'clean' lead, I'll melt small amounts in a skillet and pour that into the heated mold on the second turkey fryer. With 'clean' lead there, it's just a matter of making sure I have no 'cold' joints.


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Posted November 10, 2016 - 08:03 PM

OK.  Never thought about keeping the mold hot during the pour. 


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Posted November 10, 2016 - 10:11 PM

Thank you KennyP!!!!!

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Posted November 11, 2016 - 05:00 PM

Got one made today! Even got it out of the mold. Everything is set up to start again tomorrow. Had to go to a backup skillet as the handles finally fell off the other one. Weighs in at 40 lbs.

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Posted November 12, 2016 - 04:33 PM

Got the other one done today! I'll pull it out of the mold tomorrow.

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