The Lost Art of Making Lead Joints

BOOM! I STOOD transfixed as it dawned on me that no molten lead remained in the pot. Instead, thousands of steaming dots of lead were strewn about over a fairly wide area of our shop. One of my jobs as an apprentice was to melt lead drainage lines and lead pans removed from old showers in order to pour pigs for reusing this versatile material an early version of recycling! The ladle had been exposed

BOOM! I STOOD transfixed as it dawned on me that no molten lead remained in the pot. Instead, thousands of steaming dots of lead were strewn about over a fairly wide area of our shop.

One of my jobs as an apprentice was to melt lead drainage lines and lead pans removed from old showers in order to pour pigs for reusing this versatile material — an early version of recycling!          

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