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Casting lead weights at home

Discussion in 'Dive Equipment' started by puff o'wind, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. puff o'wind

    puff o'wind New Member

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    Is there much to be saved?

    I need weights for me, my wife and two kids. I see a weight mould on ebay for 30 odd quid and precast weights at between 4 and 7 quid a kilo depending where I look. Would I save much by making my own ?

    Do people often sell second hand weights?

    David
     
  2. Suggsy

    Suggsy Banned

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    They do, but due to postage it's often only viable if they/you are local. So, with the amount of lead you have to cast I'd buy the mould (Just make you don't use the wife's best pan) :scared:
     
  3. toppa

    toppa New Member

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    Depending on how much lead you want, there is always shotgun pellets, available quite cheap for reloading, and no licence requirged to buy them either..

    Also if the wife is a dab hand with a needle, can easily make some extra weight bags to slip into BDC pockets..


    Cheers
     
  4. puff o'wind

    puff o'wind New Member

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    Thanks guys

    Ive got 23kg of lead sheet here at home so I should probably go the home-casting route shouldnt I. Itll save a load of csh. I dived with 16kg when I dived at Vobster in December, the wife and kids each used 3kg in the warmer climes of the indian ocean. I was skin diving so only used 4kg.

    I think if I will need to only buy / scrounge another kilo or so to make enough to have plenty each.

    Ive seen a mould on ebay for £30.

    In time I'd rather have a weight harness, which I used at Vobster and it made life a lot easier.


    David
     
  5. Air-Guzzler

    Air-Guzzler Cannot spel and I cannut delet your post :-)

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    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
  7. puff o'wind

    puff o'wind New Member

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    Brilliant!

    Is the weight and location a fluke or did you just make that image??

    D
     
  8. SpikeK6

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    Thanks for reminding me.
    I just bought one of those moulds as I had a word with the leadworks guy at my works and he says I can have some of the scrap lead to make weights with.

    Spike
     
  9. Bobco

    Bobco Active Member

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    Its a web site, and by the way, lead fumes are very bad for you


    Fxxk was that 16kg!!!!!!
     
  10. Clem

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    How thick is the sheet?
    Maybe you could just cut it into stripes and fold it up, then use shrink tube to make it look neat... and just stick them into your weight pockets...

    Personally I wouldnt go through the hassle of moulding lead... just fold or hammer it into shape. Thumbs Up
     
  11. Silty Bottom

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    What he said Thumbs Up
     
  12. Aquafan

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    I've actually hammered a standard lead weight into a v-weight before. Like you say if it thin enough you could just bend and fold into whatever size sheets you want. Quicker and a lot safer than melting the stuff.
     
  13. indyblade

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    someone gave me a load of 1.6mm sheet, I cut it into 130 mm x 100 mm pieces amazingly the first piece I cut weighed 250 gram.

    tony
     
  14. Air-Guzzler

    Air-Guzzler Cannot spel and I cannut delet your post :-)

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    Like indy has said i used to have sheets cut the same Square size of a 1kg block and used them as trim weights in my BCD
     
  15. Major Clanger

    Major Clanger P-Plated Meg Diver

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    Health wise, melting is safe if done outside. Relationship wise, it's unsafe if using wife's best ali saucepan. I have twenty 1 pound ingots and a 4kg p-weight made DIY. Very nice and shiny when first cast.
     
  16. Suggsy

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    Ya bunch of boring gits! FIRE, we want FIRE. And molten metal. We want fire and molten metal.
     
  17. salty_scuba_peanut

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    What he said Thumbs Up
     
  18. jb2cool

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    If you've already got the lead then i'd do it. Buy the mould, make the weights and then sell the mold. Simples.
     
  19. Smudge

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    David, have you seen THESE?
    This might be the cheapest way to go and you can melt down the some of the weights and make them a different size and they are in your sort of area :thumbup:
     
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    'Lead fumes are bad for you', oops, 35 years ago I cast my own and got the lead from old car batteries. Melted in an aluminium saucepan in the garage over a Primus stove, lead fumes, sulphur fumes, CO2 from the paraffin, my health is stuffed.
     

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