LEAD Action News vol 4 no 4 Spring 1996
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News ( ISSN 1440-0561)
The journal of The LEAD (Lead Education and Abatement Design) Group Inc.
"Plumb Bob": A heavy weight hung on a line in order to get a
vertical measurement. In the old days a "bob" or lump of lead was the weight used.
"Swinging the lead" [No. 1]
is a nautical term for
heaving a lead weight overboard for depth measurement. The lead had to be thrown out ahead
of the boat, then pulled back up after the boat passed over.
"Swinging the lead" [No. 2] means bludging or
malingering. Perhaps depth sounding was the easiest job on a ship. Alternatively, plumb
bob work is the easiest job on a construction site.
A certain plumber named Leigh
"ER", Episode "The Right Thing", Thanks to Warner Bros for the synopsis (extract below) -
"a patient who frequently comes in faking illness so he can get
drugs, claims that he has stomach pain. Despite Hathaways warning, Jeanie does a
blood test and finds out that [patient] T-Ball actually does have lead poisoning."
The Australian Magazine, Nov 23-4, p. 53.
"When I first meet [Murray] Bail it is mid-winter at the
inner-city apartment he shares with Garner. Its one of those fine, dry afternoons on
the cusp of the solstice when winds from the west scrub clean the pale Sydney sky, and the
air seems so pure and polished youd never guess it was laden with lead."
- sent in by Noela Whitton, Glebe, NSW Glebe, NSW
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