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Almost a Pouring Disaster
02-16-2011, 09:25 PM,
Almost a Pouring Disaster
I was pouring jigs Monday morning and decided to melt a large 12 oz. bass casting sinker that a friend had sent me some time ago.The sinker had been sitting in a tackle box in a dry basement for years. It had been found during low water. I used a needlenose pliers to dip it into the pot,holding the steel leader that was attached to the other hand. A couple seconds after the sinker was submerged the pot it literally exploded with a loud pop sending lead in every direction. I was sitting directly in front of the pot when this happened and somehow got from a sitting position to a safe distance in a split second without being burned severely. I believe I flew out of the chair with help from my higher power. I truly believe GOD was with me when it happened and saved me from some horrible burns and even blindness. Believe me when I say it could have been much worse. I gashed my leg just below the knee which probably needed stitches but I butterflied it after I realized I was bleeding and the blood soked through my pants. I had lead sticking to both eyelids which caused some burns as well as burns to both hands and one spot on my left arm where the splattered lead had burned through my long sleeve shirt. The first picture is difficult to see but there is lead hanging from my left eyelid.I had removed the piece from my right before I thought of taking pictures. I actually lost a shoe in the process and it took awhile to find it some thirty feet or so away. I defintely could have been blinded as well as severely burned. You can say I was lucky but I know there is more to this than luck. A couple pictures are of the sinker that exploded,of my desk area after it happened and a picture of the sealing which is about 4-5 feet above the pot.It got the walls,floor and just about everything else in about a ten foot radius. Evidently the sinker hadn't been a solid pour and had been snagged up sitting on the bottom where it filled with water slowly and then rusting closed with water still inside creating a grenade that went off on me!!!!!!!! I'm careful while pouring so this was a shock. The main thing I did wrong was not wearing eye protection. I have blisters on my eyelids,one popped and it hurts like he!!!!!! I wanted to post this to let everyone who pours know that accidents could happen no matter how careful you think you are. Please wear eye protection while pouring and be SAFE. I'll post a picture of my shirt later.This should be a sticky or something.

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02-16-2011, 09:38 PM,
RE: Almost a Pouring Disaster
Wow, you're a lucky guy.
02-16-2011, 09:53 PM,
RE: Almost a Pouring Disaster
Man o man, lucky is putting it mildly!! As everyone who has melted lead for any length of time has had a burn here and there, moisture in the pot causing what you just experienced is the most DREADED fear of all! As you said and I shall repeat, thank GOD it turned out the way it did!
02-16-2011, 10:50 PM,
RE: Almost a Pouring Disaster
That is crazy! Some very large splats of lead on that table... and everywhere else!!! Very lucky things did not turn out worse - stay safe.

Think it is a good idea to stick this at the top of the pouring board.... : Co-Founder
02-16-2011, 11:01 PM,
RE: Almost a Pouring Disaster
ouch, glad your ok jim! makes it worth cutting the lead like that in 1/2 first to make sure no water is in it... stay safe....
02-16-2011, 11:20 PM,
RE: Almost a Pouring Disaster
Geez Jungle! Im glad you were blessed by the good Lord. Im also glad you posted this. We need a constant reminder of how dangerous pouring can be. Seems like the longer we do something the more careless we get at doing it. This just shows anything can happen! Jim, we're glad you can still see so you can keep making those beautiful jigs!
02-17-2011, 12:27 AM,
RE: Almost a Pouring Disaster
Thank God you are alright. I have never been a safety gear kind of guy. I always think.....I am safe, so I will be alright. This make me reconsider my take on safety gear.
02-17-2011, 12:31 AM,
RE: Almost a Pouring Disaster
What a reality check – I been getting to the “taking everything for granted’ mode. That has got to STOP.

You are very fortunate Jim – thnx for sharing – glad you were able to avoid serious injuries.
02-17-2011, 10:18 AM,
RE: Almost a Pouring Disaster
I don't think any of us really realize how bad you can get hurt from our little hobby. Especially when you have done it as long as some of us. The pics look very familiar . Jogged me right out of my old timers disease and back to reality. I've been guilty of putting lead I haven't pre smelted in my pot lately . Bet I quit that pronto . Thanks for the wake up call. Glad to see you can see.
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02-17-2011, 10:50 AM,
RE: Almost a Pouring Disaster
"Wow, you're a lucky guy."


I had a young man pouring for me back in the 60's that had something similiar happen to him and he was a lot luckier than you were.

A hurtful reminder

JSC _________
On The Choctawhatchee

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