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Old 11-30-2020, 11:15 AM
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I was hoping to get an idea of what $$ deep drop weights go for these days.

Just happened to come across some old window sash weights that I scooped up at a yard sale.

The 2 varieties I got were 4 pound and 7 pound. Any input would be appreciated!
Old 11-30-2020, 11:29 AM
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Have seen pricing for lead deep drop weights on the low end around $2.50 per pound and then tackle store prices around $4.50+ per pound.

Pete's Sinkhers used to be the cheapest and best service around, but I think he has stopped producing deep drop sticks due to his health.
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I think $3 a pound is about what they go for.

but many use cheaper solutions, Such as Concrete in a paper towel tube, or same in a beer can. etc..... I bought bulk lead for $1 and poured some myself, so that was not a bad deal.

A friend uses window sash weights and they work just fine. I am sure you got a good deal.
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Captain Harrys is 2.75 right now. Although if you search Ive seen $2.00 on craigslist often. Yes, Petes sinkers was $1.90 shipped the last time I loaded up but im pretty sure he's thrown in the towel due to health issues
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I am getting ready to pour some concrete into PVC pipe with a cap on the bottom end and a stainless steel eye sticking out of the top of the concrete. I can let it cure standing up with a small rod through the eye to keep it at the correct height out of the concrete.

I will experiment with different size pipe to get the correct weights. Looking at 2" and 3" pipe right now. not sure on the lengths yet..
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I have a bunch of window weights and converting them into cash has been a fruitless endeavor.
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Originally Posted by lumberman View Post
I am getting ready to pour some concrete into PVC pipe with a cap on the bottom end and a stainless steel eye sticking out of the top of the concrete. I can let it cure standing up with a small rod through the eye to keep it at the correct height out of the concrete.

I will experiment with different size pipe to get the correct weights. Looking at 2" and 3" pipe right now. not sure on the lengths yet..
Lumberman - Been down that road with concrete but it just isn't dense enough. To get a 4 lb in water weight you will need an 9 lb out of water weight and big (physical size) weights and deep dropping don't work well in current and hang up more easily. Try this yourself before you put to much time and effort into concrete weights. Hang a concrete block from a scale and lower it into the water, as the weight is lowered in the scale will rise. Even an 8 lb steel weight will only weigh like 6 pounds in the water, but 8 lbs of lead will still weigh like 7.75 in the water.

Steel works as a substitute for lead, but concrete is a nonstarter unless your in an area with little to no current.
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Originally Posted by Coral Head View Post
Lumberman - Been down that road with concrete but it just isn't dense enough. To get a 4 lb in water weight you will need an 9 lb out of water weight and big (physical size) weights and deep dropping don't work well in current and hang up more easily. Try this yourself before you put to much time and effort into concrete weights. Hang a concrete block from a scale and lower it into the water, as the weight is lowered in the scale will rise. Even an 8 lb steel weight will only weigh like 6 pounds in the water, but 8 lbs of lead will still weigh like 7.75 in the water.

Steel works as a substitute for lead, but concrete is a nonstarter unless your in an area with little to no current.
I agree, the concrete thing did not work well for me. I have a friend of mine that does a lot of construction work. I have had good luck with the window weights. I have some that are 15lbs. They are about 2" diameter. I cut them at various lengths so I have an assortment. I also paint them to minimize the rust.
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Got some 1 1/2 " rebar and found that a 16" lenght weights in at 10#. Cut it into 4 #, and 6#. Works for me.
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Originally Posted by Coral Head View Post
Lumberman - Been down that road with concrete but it just isn't dense enough. To get a 4 lb in water weight you will need an 9 lb out of water weight and big (physical size) weights and deep dropping don't work well in current and hang up more easily. Try this yourself before you put to much time and effort into concrete weights. Hang a concrete block from a scale and lower it into the water, as the weight is lowered in the scale will rise. Even an 8 lb steel weight will only weigh like 6 pounds in the water, but 8 lbs of lead will still weigh like 7.75 in the water.

Steel works as a substitute for lead, but concrete is a nonstarter unless your in an area with little to no current.
thanks for sharing! I appreciate the input and will skip the concrete! haha
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Originally Posted by lumberman View Post
thanks for sharing! I appreciate the input and will skip the concrete! haha
Yeah, I tried taping bricks together a few times and took about 4-5 bricks to really be somewhat effective in 800’, but if you have any current like in SE Florida the sheer drag due to mass will not allow the weight to get down.
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Originally Posted by deckape View Post
Got some 1 1/2 " rebar and found that a 16" lenght weights in at 10#. Cut it into 4 #, and 6#. Works for me.
This is something I have been wanting to try. Have a few places to try to call to see if I can source the thicker rebar in the Ft. Lauderdale area.

Have you tried plasti dipping or spraying with rust oleum to counter act rusting? Or any other suggestions?
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Originally Posted by kbhoffmann View Post
This is something I have been wanting to try. Have a few places to try to call to see if I can source the thicker rebar in the Ft. Lauderdale area.

Have you tried plasti dipping or spraying with rust oleum to counter act rusting? Or any other suggestions?
I just give mine an occasional splash of 99 cent black spray paint, and it keeps them looking decent and prevents rust stains on the boat.
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Originally Posted by kbhoffmann View Post
This is something I have been wanting to try. Have a few places to try to call to see if I can source the thicker rebar in the Ft. Lauderdale area.

Have you tried plasti dipping or spraying with rust oleum to counter act rusting? Or any other suggestions?
I paint them with the white rust-stop paint and take them off boat . Have a bucket to keep them in with 4' PVC piece tied to bucket so they don't mark deck. Gone mine from a bridge work site.
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I plastic dipped and it worked great.
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For rebar sizing, number 8 is 1" diameter. Number 4 is 1/2" diameter. Number 12 would be 1.5" diameter.
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Sometimes you can find old 8 or 10 pound sledge hammers at a flea market. If the handle is taped due to a crack they are really cheap. Saw off the handle and weld an eyebolt to the face.

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