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Old 01-13-2021, 09:54 PM   #1
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Wanted: scrap lead

Hi all,

I read a blog claiming scrap lead is easy to find. Looking for leads to find some lead. After 10 months at home, hoping to fulfill a childhood curiosity.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-13-2021, 10:21 PM   #2
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Old 01-13-2021, 11:11 PM   #3
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Nah, would have requested vintage paint chips if that was the case.
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Old 01-14-2021, 08:02 AM   #4
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Good luck. CA laws pretty much eliminated most sources of scrap lead long ago. Wheel weights used to be a good source, but 99% are zinc now. Plus, because of the ammo shortage, lead is in high demand now. Search Craigslist for boat or forklift ballast or diving weights. That's probably your best bet.
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Old 01-14-2021, 08:05 AM   #5
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Good luck. CA laws pretty much eliminated most sources of scrap lead long ago. Wheel weights used to be a good source, but 99% are zinc now. Plus, because of the ammo shortage, lead is in high demand now. Search Craigslist for boat or forklift ballast or diving weights. That's probably your best bet.
Thank you!! This is the type of information that I was looking for.
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Old 01-14-2021, 08:44 AM   #6
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Haz Mat removal companies might have some lead. It used to be used in older buildings as fire-blocks between spaces. I've seen them remove several fairly large sheets of it (6"x a few feet). I have no idea if they can just hand the stuff over, but they might be able to tell you where it goes. I'm going to guess that you need some sort of certification to handle it (legally) which isn't super-easy to get, according to one person I've spoken with.
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Old 01-14-2021, 09:01 AM   #7
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Man, I wanted to make the lick joke

I bought lead ingots at Alan steel supply in RWC - which I'd use to make lead hammers.
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Old 01-15-2021, 04:10 PM   #8
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Haz Mat removal companies might have some lead. It used to be used in older buildings as fire-blocks between spaces. I've seen them remove several fairly large sheets of it (6"x a few feet). I have no idea if they can just hand the stuff over, but they might be able to tell you where it goes. I'm going to guess that you need some sort of certification to handle it (legally) which isn't super-easy to get, according to one person I've spoken with.
Thanks for the info!

So much for the new hobby
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Drag racers use it as weight bars a lot maybe see if any shops have some.
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Old 01-15-2021, 09:43 PM   #10
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Haz Mat removal companies might have some lead. It used to be used in older buildings as fire-blocks between spaces. I've seen them remove several fairly large sheets of it (6"x a few feet). I have no idea if they can just hand the stuff over, but they might be able to tell you where it goes. I'm going to guess that you need some sort of certification to handle it (legally) which isn't super-easy to get, according to one person I've spoken with.
Yeah, about 4-5 years ago I hit up a few tire shops willing to buy lead wheel weights. They wouldn't. They rather pay to have a company gather them then sell them. Granted, Cali shifted to zinc weights a while back so the cheap lead wheel weights are hard to come by.

If you find anything in the $1.50/lb range you should buy it. RotoMetals.com sells lead and alloys of all kind. If you're thinking of casting for bullets it may be your best bet. 1000lb of hardball (16bhn hardness) comes to about $2.50lb. Sadly thats not a bad price since ammo is hard to get and that hardball lead is perfect ready to go.

Hell, if you bought some, I'd take 1/4 of it off your hands.
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Drag racers use it as weight bars a lot maybe see if any shops have some.
Boat keels too or ballast weight. Problem will be the purity and size. Often is pure lead which is too soft or it a massive chunk.
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Old 01-16-2021, 06:59 AM   #12
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My father was a printer and we always had buckets of lead sitting around until he finally sold the printing press that used type. My first paying job as a kid was separating the lines to be recycled from the stuff we needed to keep. As a teenager, we used to melt it with a propane torch and let it drip into little blobs to serve as ammunition for a sling shot. I have one "galley" of moveable type that I've kept as a keepsake, but I won't part with that. Other than that there is probably zero lead anywhere else around my house.

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Old 01-16-2021, 04:11 PM   #13
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Old 01-16-2021, 04:59 PM   #14
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It's been mentioned. Boat keel. Some a not lead, but old ones are. Must be some private party that is looking to send their boat out to a salvage operator that could let you carve out your needed lead before they chop up the whole boat.

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