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Old 08-08-2021, 08:46 AM
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Develop a safe method for smelting and casting. No smoking( if you do) and Make Sure NO BEVERAGES anywhere close to lead pots. Being in Florida I try to cast in winter( if you can call it that) in garage with door open and large box fan to the side of pot blowing Out. Have some protective clothing such as shop apron, gloves, ( nomex flight gloves are great)jeans, leather shoes ,clear face shield and hat/ cap. You do not want a visit from the ď tinsel fairyĒ. Been casting since late 70ís and keep Pb in metal ammo cans. I only size with RCBS sizer and dies since 70ís.
Iím still getting set up and have to do a little light construction before I start melting. Iím planning on building a small vent hood enclosure. I picked up a used range hood for $15 on craigslist. Iím going to build a plywood box with either plexiglass doors or a sliding window. That way, I can keep my garage cool while I cast.
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I wanted to bump this thread and update it.
Iíve got my garage organized a bit, so it affords me some area to work with. Iíve started building my fume hood enclosure. I managed to build it mostly from wood I had on hand. I did buy screws and the 3/4 maple ply for the base...$28 for a 24Ēx48Ē piece! Yow! I picked up the kitchen vent hood cheap off craigslist. The hood wonít be attached, Iíll just have a foam gasket to seal it and some wood strips to center it when set in place. With the vent hood off, I can stow the cabinet out of the way. Iím still figuring out what Iím going to do for the front access. Iíve got a couple pieces of plexiglass on hand and was thinking of either a vertical sliding panel, or hinged doors. Iím going to prime it tomorrow and figure out what color to paint it. Iím thinking battleship grey...my daughter painted her room that color and Iíve got like a gallon left. Iíll update and post more pictures. Itís turning into kind of a fun project; I havenít done any woodworking in a while.
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I think you're over thinking this casting thing. Set a table near your garage door and put a fan near your pot blowing out. Done it for years and no problems.
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I think you're over thinking this casting thing. Set a table near your garage door and put a fan near your pot blowing out. Done it for years and no problems.
Lol...thatís what my wife says about all my projects

I keep my garage air conditioned while Iím working out there. With a way to vent the fumes, I can keep my garage cool.
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Lol...thatís what my wife says about all my projects

I keep my garage air conditioned while Iím working out there. With a way to vent the fumes, I can keep my garage cool.
Got ya. When I lived in FL I did all my casting in the winter. Please don't tell my you heat your garage in the winter.
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Default melting lead

I use a plumbers melt pot. it runs on kerosene and its fast.
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I ran out of screws Sunday, so I picked up some more yesterday and finished up the front and got a coat of primer on it. Just finished up on the second coat this evening. Unfortunately, none of my plexiglass scraps were big enough, so I picked up a 24Ēx30Ē piece for my sliding window. I found some track for the slider from McMaster-Carr and ordered it. Itís all coming together
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I finished painting it. I used a flat white enamel with the idea that I can also use it as a photo box. Installed the window track and window. Iíve got some adjustable butterfly vents coming from amazon today, hopefully. Iím trying to come up with a way I can lock the window in place at different heights. Iíll just use some small bungee cords for now. I went with the slider so I could lift it to work and still have it as a safety shield for my upper body and face. Apologies for the crude carpentry; Iím no woodworker...I build things sturdy, utilitarian and usually ugly
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looks too nice will be full of lead splater after a hour so may not be best for photo box. Nice job.
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