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Old 02-02-2012, 10:56 PM
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I guess I've just been really lucky cause I've poured hundreds of them from 8oz to 11lbs over the past 20 years....

like with most things a little common sense goes along ways


to the OP: I make my 3-5lb deep drop and 11lb daytime sword weights in a sand mold except on the 11lb I use the cardboard in a paper towel roll burried in the sand. the cardboard roll makes a smoother weight which reduces friction dropping 1800ft.



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Old 02-03-2012, 04:45 AM
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Tack weld a washer to a scrap pc of chrome rod, 2-3" diameter. Just check with a local Hydraulic shop.
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:23 AM
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Default How did you get the weights out of the pipe.

My question is when pouring lead into aluminum pipe how did you do it. Was the pipe cut down the middle so and then held in place with a clamp. Or does the lead weight simply slide out of the aluminum pipe once cooled off. What did you use for the bottom of the aluminum pipe.









QUOTE=Seamus Day;4327539]Just get yourself some old scrap aluminum pipe and pour the lead straight into them, make sure they are bone dry though.

Before the lead solidifies put a LP longline snap or loop of SS wire in the top.

I had a couple of old bent up aluminum scaffold poles in 2" and made loads of deep drop leads of varying weights depending on how long I cut the pipe.

I made a jig with an 8" concrete block to sit the pipe in, the pipe is held firmly in place with a piece of plywood with a cut out for the pipe to locate through and is perfectly safe.[/QUOTE]
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:51 AM
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[QUOTE=Colbyjack;12528525]
My question is when pouring lead into aluminum pipe how did you do it. Was the pipe cut down the middle so and then held in place with a clamp. Or does the lead weight simply slide out of the aluminum pipe once cooled off. What did you use for the bottom of the aluminum pipe.

Lead stays in the pipe. Just have a metal pan under the pipe. It will not flow out much if any an

d it cools quickly.

I melt in a coffee can with a spout shape on the top. Camp stove for heat. Only melt enough for 1 weight at a time. Scrap ss for eyes.

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Old 05-15-2019, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Wraypau View Post
I am thinking of making some 3lb and 5lb deep drop weights. Anybody know where to buy a mold?

I would really prefer to make my own mold, but am unsure how to do this. Anybody have a link or suggestions? Thanks!
tin can? wet sand mold?
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Sudden Strike Fishing View Post
The reality is that most people think they will save a few bucks my making their own are in la la land. By the time you spend money on scrap lead, molds, pots, burners, ladles, and safety gear you will spend much more than buying them at your local shop unless you fish 30 days a year or more.

Most people will not do the homework to find all the safety precautions involved. Long sleeve shirts and pants, FULL face shields, and lead abatement respirator are the MINIMUM before you should attempt lead pouring.

FULL ventilation is a must. Pouring outdoors I DO NOT recommend because even though it looks like it is clear ONE drop of rain will end your day real quick as would a piece of bird crap in your pot. IF you are considering DD weights then you have to go FAR beyond that safety advice.

Those little short cast iron pots are WORTHLESS. You have to go with DEEP turkey fryer pots to hold the quantity of lead and it is much safer if you have a lead exploision since the pot is higher.
Yeah, The son of a local tackle shop owner has been making sinkers for 10 years. He is about 30 years old and has blood cancers from it.
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Old 05-15-2019, 11:02 AM
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For some reason 30 years ago when I spearfished I saved the metal part of old bands when I changed them out. Take one, cut it in half then bend it over. In the pic above is an example. Also the long thin screws on a washdown pump work great when bent in a U shape. I salvage every SS thing I can.
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