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    Worn down weights from a Kreepy Krauly -- are they lead?

    Hi all, I'm a new pool owner for a few months and this site has been wonderfully helpful. I'm in the process of upgrading a Kreepy Krauly (with a Poolvergnuegen 4X!). Upon dismantling the Krauly, I noticed this weight bar had several of its weights worn through the plastic enclosure. These feel like they are made out of lead (but I would hope not). Should I be concerned about having lead contamination in my pool now?
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    Re: Worn down weights from a Kreepy Krauly -- are they lead?

    Welcome to TFP andrewsan!

    I can't tell from the photo if they are, and I've never owned one of these. Have you scratched them with something or done something else to determine if they are Lead? It looks a little dark for being Lead, but I'm guessing from here.
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    Re: Worn down weights from a Kreepy Krauly -- are they lead?

    It sure looks like lead to me.
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    Re: Worn down weights from a Kreepy Krauly -- are they lead?

    They do certainly feel like lead (soft and scratchable). Again I'm new to pool ownership, so I'm not exactly sure how this ballast bar is supposed to function with the cleaner head -- clearly it was scraping around the walls/floor of the pool. I will be contacting Pentair to see if they have a response, and I will be doing a diy water test in the short term.

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    Re: Worn down weights from a Kreepy Krauly -- are they lead?

    A DIY water test for Lead?

    Maybe they are lead, and if so, I guess you'll have to keep replacing the weights before they wear through the skin.

    Seems a potential liability for them in this day and age. I fully appreciate the dangers of Lead, but it's surprising they would still use them with all the hysteria surrounding almost anything made from it these days.
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    Re: Worn down weights from a Kreepy Krauly -- are they lead?

    just FYI, as a follow-up -- i tested the metal with a lead-test stick used for lead paint. it came out positive, so i'm quite convinced that these lead weights have been dragging around my pool for some time. ugh. Check your old Kauly's. Pentair did not respond to my inquiry...

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