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So I got my tackle warehouse in and it was all the supplies I needed to make jigs! Then my dad goes off and he reads on the internet that lead wih give me lead poising and all this. He reals that I much clean every surface after I use it. But then I see people on you tube doing it right in their garage with no problems. And I also know all the safety concerns such as protective wear and wearing a mask. Like what do I have to do to tell him that I will use safety and I won't get lead poising if I take the right procedures. Please some one tell me what I should do to make this jig making safe so I can do it. Cause if I don't get this figured out I will have to send all my stuff back to tackle warehouse and personally I really really don't want to do that. Please any help!

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There is too much info to post on this subject. Go to tackleunderground  and read all the safety precautions on pouring lead in the wire bait section. My biggest concern for you depending how old you are is getting burned versus lead poisoning.

 

Here are some pointers:

 

#1. Don't smoke, eat or drink when you are pouring lead

#2. Pour in a well ventilated area.

#3 Do not pour in the house, preferably in the garage

#4 Make sure you wear, eye protection, face shield, long sleeve shirt, long pants, shoes and socks, even in summer time

#5 Pay attention to what you are doing and make sure you have no distraction when you are pouring ( ie kids and pets running around)

#6 When you are done pouring, wash your hands several times in cold water.

 

Above all lead is very hot, don't get burned, because if you do it is serious.

 

Your dad has every right to be concerned for your safety, if that is you in your avatar, you seem like a young guy, stay safe and take every precaution, so your dad can see that you are responsible.

 

We were all young once and wanted to do things. I am not concerned for you about lead poisoning as much as getting burned, as younger people have a tendency to want to hurry and get things finished so they can do other things. Take your time and think things through thoroughly. Plan everything you are going to do, so you don't make any serious mistakes.

 

If you have any questions ask first to get all the facts before you attempt this. If you want you can PM me or I can call you to help you with any questions.

 

There are many other things that will come along the way but I stress safety as #1.

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Cadman is absolutely correct.  Follow his instructions and you will be alright.  I have been pouring lead for several decades and haven't had problems with it.  Just be careful and save.

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There are a lot of safety precautions, I have a basement with a work area in that I only use for my pouring, a window is open and fans are set to create a vacuum effect and it works very well, if it didn't I would be outside. I'll explain your fathers concern right now, you won't agree with me but if you ask your dad he will tell you. Right now I'm teaching my 13 year old Grandson to make tackle, he is enthusiastic and wants to learn and it is why I am teaching him. The problem is his age, it is instinct in young men to be curious and just from watching my grandson I can tell you that he gets distracted very easily, having that happen when you pour could make for a disaster. I once had a single bead of sweat fall from my brow into a mold cavity as I was pouring and it literally blew up, if I wasn't wearing safety glasses and long pants it would have been bad, I would probably be blind in at least 1 eye, molten lead is over 600+ degrees, pouring temp is over 700, and the worst part is when molten lead hits a body part it solidifies instantly so you can't just brush it off, you end up peeling it off along with the skin and it hurts. The way I teach my grandson is I have him prep, meaning I have him check to make sure there isn't anything in the pot that can cause explosions like moisture or excessive dust or something unexpected, then he plugs the pot in and heats up the mold we are going to use. Once that is done he gets his safety stuff on and we begin, then he shuts everything down, this is the hard part for him, he doesn't like waiting an hour until the pot is cooled down and all is clear and I suspect your dad feels the same way. Your best bet is to have an adult that know how to do this come over and help you get set up and watch you for a bit and that way your dad gets reassured but make no mistake, you don't just simply plug the pot in and melt the lead and then turn it off, start with a safety plan and end your pouring session with a safety plan, that way you protect you and your equipment and property.

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BassAssassins14

 

Not  to be a P.I.T.A, and reiterate safety again, but I had my 17 year old nephew help me last summer for a couple of days. In working with him he wanted everything done right away and my biggest concern was that he was in too much of a hurry. It made me nervous watching him pour, as he didn't seem to have a care in the world. I'm not saying that you are like that and you won't be careful. But since there will be no one there to  mentor and teach you I'm just a little concerned. Also if and when you pour, put up a small sign next to your workstation, letting everyone know that the pot is on and it is hot. Leave this sign on before, during and after you are done pouring to make sure the pot cools down enough. You don't want anyone grabbing a hot pot when you are not there, or if you step away for a minute. Accidents can happen to anyone. I have been burned by lead, nothing serious, however we are all repeating this just so you understand that  lead is really hot and you don't want to get burned. Enough said. I don't want to sound like your dad. LOL

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To quote an old saying;  " an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure ".  It's not that you're incapable of pouring safely, It's just that we as parents and grandparents don't want young folks making mistakes we have. I used to melt lead in my fireplace and pour bullets on the hearth in my gameroom. Looking back it was a poor decision. Good luck with your jig making.

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All these guys are right.  Its fun but you have very cautious.

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