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#1 mstevens

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 02:25 PM

I need to buy about 10 pounds (4.5 Kg) of lead.

 

This would be to add weight to the base of a poorly-designed cantilevered patio umbrella from Mega. Large fishing weights would be ideal because I could just dump them into the column. However, because I could melt and cast it, shape doesn't matter much. 

 

No, scuba weights won't work because in general they are not available for purchase and I'm not willing to steal any. I really do not want to bring lead with me next time I come.

 

I doubt if I buy every fishing weight at Chedraui it would be 10 pounds, and it'd be awfully expensive.

 

Surely something happens with the lead from car and scooter batteries?

 

I figure 4.5 Kg of other really dense metals besides lead would buy me a much better patio umbrella and I wouldn't have to fool with this. Unless someone has 4.5 Kg of scrap tungsten they're willing to let go for cheap.

 

Any ideas? But no scuba weights unless you're personally willing to donate them.


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Posted 25 September 2016 - 09:11 AM

Couldn't you use concrete, sand, or glass? Their not nearly as dense as lead but might work. What about copper?


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Posted 26 September 2016 - 11:24 AM

Our stand fills up with sand and it is plenty heavy.


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Posted 26 September 2016 - 11:27 AM

How about sitting inside?  That would avoid the issue, right?

 

*snicker*


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Posted 04 October 2016 - 07:50 AM

So, I did get small lead shot and completely filled the tube with 14 pounds of it. That makes it ALMOST stable in a light-to-moderate breeze. Sand, concrete, or other materials would have been even less helpful.

 

I've done some reading about this stand design for cantilevered umbrellas, and it turns out that they are designed to use with 4 pavers placed over the flanges of the legs. The instructions with the Mega umbrella said nothing about that. Apparently they need over a hundred pounds of weight on the legs to be properly stable. If I'd known, I'm sure I could have found pavers. When I'm back, that's what I'll do.


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Posted 04 October 2016 - 11:30 AM

Pavers it is then.  I would just pay a guy to deliver!


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Posted 05 October 2016 - 10:56 AM

you know if you took a bucket and ......


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Posted 06 October 2016 - 07:24 AM

you know if you took a bucket and ......

 

You're the one who gets to sit where the umbrella hits when it tips over, holding your imaginary daiquiri.


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Posted 06 October 2016 - 09:58 AM

hehe.   :P


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