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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:54 pm 
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Where can I buy lead ballast bricks/bar? I found some online but it is not cheap to ship three 50 pounds worth of it....

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:58 pm 
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I've seen alot of people use weightlifting weights from local sporting goods places, used sporting goods places, garage sales, etc. New runs about $1/lb, used about ~$0.60/lb, garage sale potentially cheaper. Less hazardous to handle as well, lead can do nasty things over time compared to iron. Food for thought...

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:32 am 
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I remember melting lead bars with my grandfather with a propane heater to make fishing weights in molds. No wonder I had to go to summer school for math!!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:38 am 
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yea i use old weight lifting plates takes no time to make a bracket in the floor and is easy to change if needed. Don't spend the money just find a garage sale somewhere or a gym going out of business.

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I went to the indoor gun range and bought 80# of spent lead. Melted it down in some cheap bread pans (NOT breathing in the fumes) using a propane heater. Skim off the brass... Simple and cheap. $20.00 total

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:35 pm 
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I kind of already cut and installed the reinforcement plate for the lead bricks, but you guys are making me re-think the whole approach. I may indeed follow the advice and go with the plates and/or even some dumbbells that I can more easily adjust up and down as needed....

Plus you are right on the lead itself... no need to be melting or even drilling big arse holes through them that surely expose some fumes...

Glad I asked.... thanks for re-adjusting my thoughts.... Weider brand it is, hopefully rust not included...

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 7:40 am 
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Try a plumbers supply for lead sheeting. This can be folded and formed to fit places that are not flat. Also pretty easy to adjust the weight.

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theres a shop out here that has the stuff in stock. nrgtech.com

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:32 pm 
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Flat metal plate is usually available very inexpensively at any metal recycling/scrap yard. I have purchased flat plate in various thicknesses and shapes for literally pennies per pound. Another cool thing is that they have a scale there and you can get several pieces, weigh and mark them for later use.

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a F350 Dually rear rotor is 36# and has a bunch of holes "pre-drilled" :P

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