So, how much lead is enough?

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  1. Jim DuBois

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    Went out today and picked up a bit of lead. About 350 pounds in total. Should keep me in business for a bit. I used a like amount very quickly for tower clock weights recently. but, no more tower clock weights needed right now.

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    I remember when I bought about 60 pounds of lead on eBay and the seller put it in a flat rate priority mail box. He wrapped the box with duct tape to keep it together. I got a note in my mailbox from the post office saying they had a box for me that they couldn't lift. I had to go down to the post office to retrieve it.

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    I hope my wife doesn't see this. She's been telling me for years to get the lead out.:argument:
     
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    Are they sash weights? Here you can buy sashweights as 50 mm dia lead with a central hole and cut to length, I assume it is extruded. I've bought it before now to make clock weights, you just put an expansion bolt with a ring terminal in one end.

    I seem to be over run with clock weights now, but they were very expensive to buy at one point and the sash weight option was really cheap.
     
  5. Jim DuBois

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    I also ordered lead from evidently that same eBay seller. Our postal person might weigh 100 pounds soaking wet, but she was trying to deliver the box. I took it out of the truck myself much to her chagrin but also her relief.
     
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    Novice, these are weights from modern clocks. I have not tried to buy sashweights hereabouts, ever. I have had a few as a result of owning some quite old houses, by American standards. For a period of time, I was getting 12 pound cast iron weights for as little as $3 each in quantities of 100. Most recently that source wants $30 each. As to the lead I have cast many weights, many for dealers, some custom made for collectors for special clocks. Of course, wheel weights used to be $.08 per pound. Since our insipid government EPA rules forced all the lead smelting overseas we are lucky to get lead or wheel weights for $1 a pound here. I am all in favor of protecting ourselves from really dangerous fumes/chemicals/materials but the smelting of lead safely had been done here for a long time, but safe wasn't good enough. End of rant! Back to making weights?
     

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