Don't forget stained glass shops. Although there are a lot of stain galss people who used the copper/silver solder approach, there are many, particularly those that do restoration, that use lead for the edging. it has a relatively high antimony percentage, bu that is not necessarily bad.
----- Original Message -----
From: Don Douglas <douglashome@...>
Date: Saturday, August 4, 2007 11:13 pm
Subject: Re: [AtkinBoats] Ballast options????
> I read a blog the other day that said the builder needed to
> collect 80,000 tire weights to get enough lead for his keel. If
> you want to crunch the numbers I think he figured about 1.5-2oz
> per weight x 80,000 to get whatever it was he needed. I am in the
> process of doing that same method for my lead keel. Depending if
> I build the Perigee, I will need 1400 lbs for the keel and 300 for
> inside trim. I just go around to about 4 tire stores and they
> give me what they have for free. Some tire stores will give you a
> song and dance about EPA regs and battery companies that control
> their used weight disposal. But I think it is a personal matter.
> One name brand store gives me weights and the same company at a
> different location gave me a lecture about company policy, EPA,
> blah, blah, blah.
> Anyway I can just about fill a 4 gallon bucket when I make my
> rounds and then I come home and under "strict control", melt the
> weights, skim the clips and dregs, then pour it into small mini
> bread loaf pans. I can get about 75 lbs per bucket full of
> weights and do this about once a week. Each ingot weights right
> at 4 lbs and they are easy to stack and store. So 1400 divided by
> 75 equals about 19 weekends and I will have my keel ballast. My
> cost is just my time and some propane. While the lead is melting
> I am working on other projects in my shop and I keep the melting
> lead near the garage door with it open to let the fumes go away
> from me. Continued exposure to lead fumes is dangerous and the
> molten lead is about 750 degrees, so be careful.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: snaglefriz
> To: AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Friday, August 03, 2007 9:40 AM
> Subject: [AtkinBoats] Ballast options????
> I wanted to ask my next question and it pertains to ballast.
> Those of us that have actually built a boat know, ballast is not
> cheap. The small boats I want to build *Active III* and maybe
> *Pocahontas* I can easily get ballast for these. With
> *Pocahontas* I
> just use my Nephew, Ha!
> I have never built a boat the size of 30' + and I have some
> options as
> to getting my Ballast other than Buying from a regular source, which
> seems to get expensive for large boats.
> I wanted to ask, what ideas others had on this, so, the question is;
> Where do you find ballast cheap?
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