Lead welding


#1

Hi i’m new to this so stick with me
i have a lead gully to lay about 10m and need it lead welding does any body know who i could get to do this.I know it use to be plumbers but have exhausted that route with no luck.
Thanks


#2

Hi pmdaniel,

We don’t do much lead work here in the states. I do a little with lead stack flashings and such, but not much.

You would have better luck posting in this UK forum:

diynot.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=17


#3

[quote=“pmdaniel”]Hi i’m new to this so stick with me
i have a lead gully to lay about 10m and need it lead welding does any body know who i could get to do this.I know it use to be plumbers but have exhausted that route with no luck.
Thanks[/quote]

Furthermore, here in the states we “solder” lead. You just need to find someone who knows how to solder and properly sweat the joints. I would look either for a plumber as you said, or a sheet-metal contractor.


#4

Hi pmdaniel,

In the northeast such components are seen made of soldered copper. Perhaps a coppersmith could help.


#5

hi buddy

i don’t know if you are in england or the usa , lead is more commonly used in the uk as copper is in the states .

lead plumbers or any good roofing contractor will be able to help you in the uk and carry out a replacement or any repair .

lead welding is a very specialized repair and can only really be done with a oxygen and acetylene welding kit . if you are just try repair a split a patch can be welded over the split to make water tight .

should you need any other information please do hesitate to contact me .

regards john


#6

Lead can be solderd with a somwhat cool iron. low heat compared to copper. 50/50 solder. the old time cornice men used to call it lead wiping. There was a knack to that but if I have to do it I would use a soldering iron with low heat.


#7

Just to be clear, lead “welding” and lead (or any) soldering is not the same thing.

This is a picture of a lead roof soil stack flashing. The base has been soldered with 50/50 tin/lead solder, the tube has been lead “welded” with lead along the butt seam.
Lead welding takes some practice to get right. As you can see, I need more practice. :slight_smile:

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#8

Looks nice Dennis. As a proponent of Murphy’s Law, I put the seam to which ever side shows the least, and I’ll lap it, though it isn’t necessary, ‘Just in case’.


#9

Friggin Dennis… ALWAYS showing the rest of us up. :slight_smile:

Taking it to the hoop, brother! Nice work!