old batteries

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 21:12
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Hi all, i now have a few old batteries in the shed (4x4 batteries).
what i would like to know is can you still use the lead in these to make sinkers? I am in need of 300 marble size sinkers and thought this could help.
cheers shane.
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Reply By: Louie the fly (SA) - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 21:32

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 21:32
Shane, I have two batteries you can have.

As kids we used to melt the lead out and put it in the bottom of the wheat bags that we put our scrap copper and bronze in. Then we got busted and that was the end of that.

We also made sinkers in a box of damp sand, and in grandma's spoons.

Then when we got older we melted the lead into tins and made ballast for the drag car.

Ah, the good old days.

Louie
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Follow Up By: Member - shane (SA) - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 21:41

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 21:41
So nothing has changed in the batteries then Louie. and thanks for the offer of the batteries.
cheers shane.
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Follow Up By: Louie the fly (SA) - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 21:48

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 21:48
I don't know much about batteries but I'm sure they are safer now than they were 35 years ago. We always made sure we rinsed and dried the lead before melting it. These days I wouldn't do it because of the fumes but if you wore a respirator and didn't stand over it while it's melting I suppose it should be OK. If you cut the top of the battery off they make sturdy storage boxes. We had dozens of them in the garage. Used to cut them open with a wood saw.

Louie
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Reply By: Madfisher - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 21:56

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 21:56
Sinkers these days are no longer made of lead because of environmental concerns, not that I use them any more anyway.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 06:19

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 06:19
?...what are they made of then
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Follow Up By: Member - Hughesy (NSW) - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 10:41

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 10:41
#1 - Bismith I think. Its next to (or close) to lead in the periodic table so pretty well has the same properties as lead without the health concerns.

Who said you can't learn something new everyday ;))
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Follow Up By: Ron173 - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 17:45

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 17:45
My BIL recently showed me his latest biodegradeable sinkers.

Apparently they rot away in water in 6 months.
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Reply By: Volvo driver - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 22:44

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 22:44
it's nearly impossible to get all the acid residue out of the lead, which will eventually weaken your line.. just where you don't want it to break.. where the fishy is..
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Reply By: Ron173 - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 08:50

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 08:50
Sorry but my curiosity has got the better of me........

Can I enquire why you would need 300 marble sized sinkers?
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Follow Up By: Member - shane (SA) - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 16:32

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 16:32
they are to hold a wall of net down twenty metres long.
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Reply By: macy - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 17:45

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 17:45
Shane
Go to the tyre shop and get old wheel weights, lot easier than batt lead
Cheers Mac
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