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Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:32 am
Recently I bought an electric reel because I want to get into deep drop bottom fishing. I was looking around at all the heavy weights and it seemed like they were about $3 to $4 a pound. All week I been thinking about what I can use as a cheaper alternative to lead weights. Went to Loweís today and looked all over the store but I still could not figure out what I could use that was small, cheap and heavy. After spending about an hour in Lowes, I left empty handed. Later on tonight I took my Daughter and her friend to Walmart to get some slime. My daughter picks up this 4lb hammer and says this is a heavy hammer. I immediately looked at it and thought, thatís it. Bought the Hammer for about 8.75. Drilled out the handle and ran a piece of cable through it to clip a swivel to. I am going to go to Harbor Freight this week and pick up some in all different sizes. They have some cheap Pittsburgh Hammers.  
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Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:43 am
Old sash weights work too
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Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:20 pm
How about just steel shaft material? Easy to look up the weight per foot online, talk to some buddies with shops, or stop by a few machine shops see if you can get their scrap pieces for free or cheep?
If you lose it...who cares? I have done this for regular bottom fishing weights in a pinch before. Welded washers on top to tie to. Ugly, but they worked.
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Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:21 pm
EBay has window sash weights. six 4 1/2 pound weights were $40.00.
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Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:30 pm
I have been looking online. Price of the sash weights are not bad at all, itís the shipping that cost.  
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Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:47 pm
Titan wrote:
I have been looking online. Price of the sash weights are not bad at all, itís the shipping that cost.


Check this one out.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/6-Cast-Iron-Sash-Window-Weights-4-1-2-Pounds-Each-Free-Priority-Mail-Lot-47/292966811881?hash=item44362ec8e9:g:CcgAAOSw651cQa8E:sc:USPSPriorityFlatRateBox!28409!US!-1:rk:12:pf:0
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Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:47 pm
Thatís a great deal, thank you.  
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Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:08 pm
https://petessinkhers.com/ anyone ordered from Pete.. Good quality stuff and fair prices
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Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:13 pm
STICK-SLINGER wrote:
https://petessinkhers.com/ anyone ordered from Pete.. Good quality stuff and fair prices


No, but I have purchased from here before.

https://squareup.com/store/lead-bandit
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Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:03 pm
I read on another thread that some guys are making their own using concrete and PVC tube.
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Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:58 pm
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Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:32 am
Kato wrote:
I read on another thread that some guys are making their own using concrete and PVC tube.


I had the same thought, and was googling some weights before I saw your post.
Pounds per cubic foot:
concrete 145
steel 400
lead 708

I was also wondering how you drop ten pounds a few hundred feet? I don't think thumb pressure on the spool is going to cut it.
  
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Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:07 pm
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I was also wondering how you drop ten pounds a few hundred feet? I don't think thumb pressure on the spool is going to cut it.


Are you concerned about backlashing on the spool? I've not dropped ten pounds of weight that far, but I don't think it's going to whip off the line quite as fast as you think. Remember that it'll be buoyed by the water (10 lbs doesn't weigh 10 lbs in water).
Might be a little quick for thumb pressure and warrant a glove, but I'd think that'd be it. Somebody else wiser then me - please chime in.
  
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Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:01 pm
I don't deep drop, so my concern is merely curiosity. But, 10 pounds of lead weighs more than 9 below the surface, and I probably wouldn't be able to appreciate that small difference after trying to retrieve it.  
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Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:30 pm
yeah - you're right. I did a quick google, and saw that lead retains about 90% of it's weight underwater. Apparently because it's so dense it doesn't lose as much 'weight' underwater.  
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