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    Member RANGER RICK's Avatar
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    Default Bad/good Day Casting

    Went out to the garage today to turn on the caster pot .
    I set my 5 molds under the master caster to get them up to temp , usually takes 45 min and were ready to start casting .
    It was a whopping 12 degrees in the garage so I went inside the house to get a different coat on and get some reject bullets to put them in the pot .
    Well I got side tracked and did not check on the pot for the full 45 min .
    I usually check on things every ten minutes or so .
    When I went into the garage I had a huge mess and I was missing a mold !!!!

    Thats right the needle seat was not seated right and half the 90 pounds was all over my casting bench and covered a mold completely up !!!

    Took me awhile to chip all the lead off the bench and the mold .
    The mold handles took the brunt of the lead and they got a little crispy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Got everything back into good working order and I was off casting beauties for two hours until my back was and icicle .
    Closed things up and went and got the snow blower going and spent the next two hours blowing the driveway .

    When will spring get here ????

    RR





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    Did you have more fun messing around with your MESS and casting bullets or blowing snow. If the answer is working in the garrage then makeing a little mess still isn't as bad as blowing snow.
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    Yes it was a mess for sure .
    It took about 15 minutes with a propane hand torch just to get it from under the pot .
    There was two other sprue plates in the mess but was easy to get out .
    I have the pot sitting on a 11/4 thick marble slab that I got from a friend and has held up for the last three years until this .
    If you notice in the first picture the slab is in three chunks . The concentrated heat of the lead split it three ways and migrated under the slab to the wood bench which also got crispy and onto the concrete floor .

    I was able to dip the lead encrusted mold into the pot for about 5 minutes and all the lead was removed .
    I also did another idiot thing to boot !!!!
    After I pulled the mold from the pot I picked up a paper towel to clean out vent line's ETC but it was not a paper towel but a paper towel look a like that came from a packet to clean out my respirator and it was some sort of nylon material or such and melted to the inside of the mold !!!!!!
    Again I brought the torch out to get the mold clean but in the process of getting the torch I bumped the Thermometer and knocked it into the pot and whammy glass exploded ....... at this time I just started to laugh out load , what else was I going to do ?????

    What a day .............................

    RR
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    Man, I've had days like that. Sometimes it is best to just walk away...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JOAT View Post
    Man, I've had days like that. Sometimes it is best to just walk away...

    unless of course your casting table is on fire. lol murpheys law is kind of lame.

    sorry to hear about the evenings mishaps.

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