Making lead window trays

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Hi guys,

My builder and my roofer are arguing about whose job it is to build the lead window trays for my dormer windows. The trays look like a fairly simple structure, can I diy make these or do I need specialised welding equipment? I remember melting lead "back in the day" to make lead soldiers with just a match/lighter but I'm not sure if soldering iron would be ok for this or not?
Thanks for your thoughts
 
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I would use a leadworker myself........to make a good weld is quite an art. You need oxy acetylene bottles with the right nozzles. For what it would cost to have a dedicated leadworker that's what I'd do, especially if it were my house. It would all be done to the lead sheet association best practice guide etc.......
 
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Well I had a go at welding and it was a nightmare, lead melts at so low a temp you end up with holes everywhere. I've decided to buy some half trays from a local chap like doggit suggested. Thanks guys.
 
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Well I had a go at welding and it was a nightmare, lead melts at so low a temp you end up with holes everywhere. I've decided to buy some half trays from a local chap like doggit suggested. Thanks guys.
Did you tried with the lead pieces just butting or the pieces overlapping? the latter is much easier.
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I've watched someone welding lead together, and it's a nack, part of the trick is to move the flame in and out of the area being melted, and keep moving it along, and that way, it doesn't overheat. I think you may be able to use a good quality plumbers gas torch rather than a welding kit.
 
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The chap from "just lead" up the road from me in wadebridge was very helpful and I've managed to get two Windows in today. I'd recommend his products which I think you can buy on line.
 

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