Can you get lead from a scrapyard?

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  1. goatywoaty

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    Hi everyone, I posted another thread elsewhere on the forum about getting lead shot, and its really expensive, £70 for a 30kg tub. All I want some for is to fill my speaker stands.

    Does anyone know where I can get some cheaper (lead shot) or just chunks of lead would probably do.

    I am also toying with the idea of melting some and pouring it into my stands :eek:

    Im sure I read somewhere that some scrapyards have lead as it has something to do with car wheels?

    If anyone could inform me where I could get any, that would be great!

    Also waste steel chips or something like that might be good?

    Thought I would ask in the general section as it may get a greater response!

    Cheers,

    Kiran :)
     
  2. Mylo

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    Don't go melting lead mate, very dangerous :lesson:

    Just fill the stands with bags of kiln dried (oven dried) sand, or clay based cat litter, safe cheap and easy.
     
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    I would go down the sand route, but if you really want lead a builders or roofing merchant will be your best bet.
     
  4. goatywoaty

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    Hiya Mylo :) I know its very dangerous, I would enlist the help of my dad, we would do it with protective gear on, face masks etc.

    I like the idea of lead over sand because its nigh-on the heaviest thing you could fill it with, would make the stand very heavy indeed :)

    Even if I dont melt the lead, I would prefer to fill them with chunks of lead from a scrapyard, if anyone has any information about this?
     
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    If you are just after the lead weights used to balance car wheels and are not going to melt them(bear in mind that most also have a differrent metal clip to fix them on) go and speak to your local friendly tyre dealer, they usually have bins of them left over from balancing wheels.
    Might even get them as a freebie as I think they have to pay to dispose of them.
     
  6. goatywoaty

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    ah ok cheers for that :)

    Do you know how big they are?
     
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    can be anything from 1/2" long to about 1" usually about 1/2" square section.
    I think they are actually sized by weight.
     
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    Ah ok great, thanks for the info, I will go and investigate! :thumbsup:
     
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    Who quoted £70 and how much do you actually need?

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    it was some diving equipment website, im not sure how much each stand can hold, but i want enough to fill it 3/4 of the way, im estimating 45kgs. can you get hold of any? :)
     
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    Yes i can but please work out the volume of each stand and i will be able to get the exact amount.Roughly 6kg will fill 1 litre.

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    Ah ok, where abouts are you located and how much would 6kgs cost roughly?
     
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    scrap lead from a scrap yard should be around 60p a kilo,so 30kg should be around £18.
     
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    ah ok thanks for that, ive just spoken to my dad who said it was a stupid idea as lead is ludicrously expensive :rolleyes:

    Im going to ring round a few places though.

    Ive got another idea though, Im going to ring up a shot blasting firm and try to get some of their waste steel shot, might be mixed up with a bit of sand etc, but should be very heavy :)
     
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    If you can get yourself down to the Fens (east of Peterborough), I have a substantial amount of lead (at least 45Kg) which you can have for 50p a kilo. It's in blocks, about 10" square, by about an inch thick. I wouldn't advise melting it down, but you can hit lead with big hammers to reshape it really easily. Always wear gloves when handling lead.
     
  17. goatywoaty

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    I dont think I would be able to get down there tbh mate, but thanks for the offer anyway! :)
     
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    Should cost about £12 but if cost is a problem why dont you go to Readymix in Huddersfield and get some conrete mix and pour it in.

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    You can get sheet lead for repairing roofs from builders merchants. It's usually about 1/8" thick, comes on a roll about 9" wide. You buy it by the foot.
     
  20. goatywoaty

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    yeah lead that way is very expensive though my dad was telling me...

    eager beaver, yeah £2 a kg is a bit expensive for me, sorry. The concrete idea is a good one but im going to investigate shot blasting waste first though I think :)
     
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    Bowing back lane metal merchants. BFD deal with lead metal etc . try them.
     
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    hiya mate, cool ok, i cant find any information about them though?
     
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    I'm gonna pass their yard today i think. I will get their number etc and you can buz them.
     
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    Great, thats very helpful of you, thanks a lot :)

    Kiran
     
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    wouldnt concrete possibly cause the stand to rust?
     
  26. Ayub

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    Sorry, slipped my mind. I will get you the number tomorrow afternoon.
     
  27. goatywoaty

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    Cool cheers mate appreciate it :)
     
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    just to let you know, be careful with having lead in a house full stop, it can still hurt you as it lets off a very minor amount of toxic fumes.......however in a house this is a bit like a very very minor gas leak, you might not notice it but you'll be wondering why you suffer more headaches than you used to etc......its ok when lead is in an outside atmosphere as the fumes dissipate properly....but in a room thats most likely going to be heated at times, this could lead to problems after some time as the buildup condenses and the lead starts to cling to things........sounds unlikely i know but its true.....hence lead isnt used in many things nowadays that are indoors.......

    sand is a much better idea, or another heavy metal if you really need it that heavy...
     
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    Use a plastic liner

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    That simply isn't true ! Lead in its normal form does not give off any fumes. The equipment that I work on in my job contains large amounts of lead, and when I did my initial training (many years ago) we were told all about the dangers of lead poisoning. The only dangers from lead (if you don't melt it) come from handling, because lead can be absorbed through the skin if handled without gloves, or if you were to transfer residue from your hands and transfer it to your mouth. I've been working with lead-shielded instruments for 25 years, and have never heard of "toxic fumes" from lead which is in a solid state.


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