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Where can I get lead (Pb)? Answered

I'm making a clock and I need 4 pounds of lead for the weight. I was thinking of melting some fishing weights down to make some ingots. Do you think that's good enough?

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GoodhartBest Answer (author)2009-03-03

Scuba shops carry lead in various forms, as do fishing tackle shops (from small pellets up to heftier sizes). Cartridge reloading shops would have it, maybe in ingot form.

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robertlelliston (author)2012-07-14

WOW!!! Didn't even look at the date of the question! oh well, still an idea

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robertlelliston (author)2012-07-14

window weights ...from old houses (usually at the bottom of the frame)!
1 window should produce what you seek

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qwerty2008 (author)2011-04-14

I got a large (20-30) pound chunk of lead from a friend who uses it for ballast on his race cars.

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bwpatton1 (author)2009-03-30

Actually, you can buy lead in gun shops like goodhart said

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11010010110 (author)2009-03-04

old car batteries (warning - vapors of battery acid and other stuff thats in there are not nice at all) not pb but - an old transformer is a good weight and looks cool

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jtobako (author)2009-03-03

Sometimes you can get used tire weights from places that sell or balance tires. In the US, flashing is galvanized steel, aluminum or copper-I haven't ever seen lead in a store. You might want to reconsider using all lead. Yes, it's easy to cast and adjust for weight, but there are other options like steel or iron weights or sand.

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lemonie (author)2009-03-03

Apart from fishing weights, you can sometimes find wheel-balancing weights by the side of the road (image). Or if you know anyone with an air-rifle / pistol - used pellets. L

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Kiteman (author)2009-03-03

It might be cheaper to go to a building supplier and by lead flashing - it's the long "strips" of lead that go over windows etc to stop the rain getting in.

It comes in a variety of widths and thicknesses, and (use to be) sold in lengths but priced by weight - maybe they have an offcut you could buy?

You could melt it down, or simply roll it into a tight cylinder.

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