scissor traps ive caught a fair few. traps probing rod and a trowel. chuck em in some soil outside for a week till rusty and the smell of your hands disappear wear gloves and go out settingwhen ime not welding ime mole catching, just over 20,000 in 5 years....old ways are the best!
I used killed Nitric acid as a flux an old tin smith gave me a pint in a glass stoppered bottle (it is not nice stuff) but it made the lead job almost easy. I expect there is another less dangerous stuff today.
A very knowledgeable post...a chimney back box that's been welded as apposed to stretching it around 90 corners will last 10 times longer and ive been in this game almost 45 years myself, and that's roofing every day of those years too. My lead man retired who i used for over 30 years for my pre-made boxes and pipe slates so when ever i find old Victorian lead bay roofs i don't cash the lead in as i use it on chimney back boxes as it seems a lot more forgiving than modern lead when dressed around sharp 90,s and seems the next best thing to welded boxes..There does seem to be some terrible quality rolled lead these days ...Ive tried making my own boxes but although they seem water tight they look terrible so i admit i cant weld leadI beg to differ I and many people have dealt with lead on very old propertys it will outlast many other styles including copper
What has that to do with what I explained? I worked with lead near 50 yrs ago on Glasgow Cathedral and that is built 12th Century!
welding lead isnt a proven track record not for a very long time
That is mince!
to be honest with you it looks awful compared to flat lead
You haven't seen it done proper by real experts then. It is like fine herring bone and a thing of beauty.
ive walked in lead valleys where 2 people can pass within the valley
Really? I have laid those valleys and flat roofs on listed buildings where the only way up with huge rolls of lead was with a crane. I am a time served old fashioned Slater of the 60's, all my days at it and my Father was a Steeplejack. who I worked with since I was 15. I didn't just come upon this type of work as I strolled along.
You want to try something? When fitting a window into a Dormer with vertical slating, you put a lead tray on the sill. Dress that lead into a box shape for the window to sit in and on. You will stretch the lead at inside corners on each side, as you try to get lead to go 3 ways. If it doesn't burst there and then, it will crack sooner rather than later and leak. You weld the joints to make that inside shape for window to sit in, with separate lead sections. I have replaced scores of them, when "builders" have bossed lead into that corner and stretched it till thin. The reason most builders don't weld lead is that they don't have the tools or skill. It was only ever about 10 per cent of Plumbers who could lead weld. If you think that a Bossed and folded chimney tray is superior to a welded one.............................why did they bother welding them? To avoid stretching the lead, that's why