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   Why to be extremely careful when lead making!!!
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   Old Thread  #1  10 Dec 2010 at 7.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!


Had a little accident earlier while making some more leads, now this shows just how careful you have to be as i am certainly not a novice at this but one little lack in concentration covered my legs and feet in lead along with melting through my big z brolly and rod sleeves, rucksack etc
Luckily it didn't actually burn me (god knows how not) but it could have been so much worse!
God i loved that brolly
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   Old Thread  #1164 24 Sept 2012 at 12.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #1163 24 Sept 2012 at 12.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #1161 27 Nov 2011 at 11.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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water expands by 1600x at atmospheric pressure when boiled.. so yeah make sure it is totally dry. The key with lead is not to let it boil, even a small amount when i've done lead welding will explode when boiled and i would hate to see what a 4oz lead would react like!
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   Old Thread  #1160 4 May 2011 at 6.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Ash_carp already mentioned below and I'll reiterate Hot mould and ensure they are totally, totally dry.
The expansion rate of steam is phenominal, the slightest miosture left in a mould can see your molden lead spraying out.

I know from experience and still have the burns on the kitchen floor. I was lucky with gardening gloves on the splashes on my hand were fortunately not injurous.

Do not even consider cooling moulds with water. At least leave them for 30 mins.

Stay safe fellas







Probably already been mentioned but..... remember to make sure the moulds are nice and hot as well before pouring the molten lead into them
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   Old Thread  #1159 4 May 2011 at 6.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
My PC just sent 2 replys.........................sorry!!
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   Old Thread  #1158 2 Mar 2011 at 7.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Does anyone know where I can get a distance lead mould for a 3.75oz that's 106Gram lead from? Same as the fox ones. All the moulds I have seen so far are in 1oz or 0.5oz increments.
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   Old Thread  #38 31 Jan 2011 at 8.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Gav it takes a man to admit his mistakes mate,im so glad your OK.
if you want to build a lean to i have some plastic sheets you can have for the roof mate.
go nice against that wall you have. ring me if you want some at least it would put a roof over your head.
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   Old Thread  #37 2 Jan 2011 at 12.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Probably already been mentioned but..... remember to make sure the moulds are nice and hot as well before pouring the molten lead into them
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   Old Thread  #36 2 Jan 2011 at 9.44am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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will read these posts, with great interest, as i am going to make my own leads, have been buying all the stuff required
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   Old Thread  #35 16 Dec 2010 at 7.00am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Also, don't ever drop any water into the boiling lead or you'll get melted lead popping out everwhere. I used to cool my leads in water, one was no good so i put it back in the pot wet, got a shock to say the least.
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   Old Thread  #34 13 Dec 2010 at 1.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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glad your ok gav and take care mate
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   Old Thread  #33 12 Dec 2010 at 8.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thats a coincidence, me and a mate made a load this morning without the mishap, we used a double burner with a smallish boiling pot which makes it very stable, i know how easy it is to knock or pull something over, that is why when doing anything involving heat....especially molten lead, you have to be on your mettle (excuse the pun!) its always easier if there is two of you as the person clamping the moulds and pouring the lead can really concentrate on what he is doing whilst the second person can clean them up and coat them, we got a nice rythym going, done it in an outbuilding with the door open and an extractor on and still had to heat the mould up just before the initial pour and a few times in between as the ambient temp did make a difference, i would say to anyone that makes lead to make sure the pot is on a very stable gas ring so that even if you do happen to catch or knock it, there is a chance it may not topple over
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   Old Thread  #32 11 Dec 2010 at 4.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Hope this is ok Gav...I have moved this in here and stickied it for a while so it gets better coverage as its a safety issue
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