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Old 09-04-2020, 01:51 PM   #16
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Just FTR, while it's certainly true that one should avoid proven toxic substances, it also behooves us to consider the hierarchy. I'm 73 and despite spending most of my life exposed to many toxic inhalants, including professional spray rig solvent-based finishing products, and using lead-tin solder with both acid and rosin flux since I was a small child, and not least, smoking non-filtered cigarettes although I've racked up more hours with solvents and most certainly with old school solder, and still do all 3, yet I can still suck those medical lung testing devices to all but slam to the very top.

My health isn't great now but the single most detrimental (some might even say toxic) substance I wish I could go back and eliminate from my life is refined sugar. I actually imagined I was safe in that area because I never was a huge candy lover. I just had no idea how the War on Fat caused/allowed sugars to be in virtually everything at the grocery store.

I'm not saying don't be informed and cautious, but I am saying solder isn't very high on the list. Structure your priorities... Cost/Benefit and choose wisely. I apparently didn't do a very good job but my choices came long before my awareness. It was the idyllic 50s after all.

Regarding solder specifically, a desktop air filter goes a very long way.
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Old 09-04-2020, 05:35 PM   #17
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The MSDS for lead has neat icons. One is Skull and cross bones and the other is a casket next to a dead tree.


http://dept.harpercollege.edu/chemis...s%20Fisher.pdf

Lead is a thirty year disease in most classes I've had on "Right to Know" and the "Hazardous Communication Act".
 
Old 09-05-2020, 02:07 PM   #18
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Children and... women?
I liked sniffing fumes from solder when I was very young . Same with a special cream we used then, to help soldering. I think this cream isn't used anymore because it is dangerous.

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Old 09-06-2020, 07:42 PM   #19
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I liked sniffing fumes from solder when I was very young . Same with a special cream we used then, to help soldering. I think this cream isn't used anymore because it is dangerous.

I always use lead based solder, because I find it much better to work with. I agree that it is better to work in a well ventilated area, and use a fan to blow the fumes away from your face.


It just sounded ridiculous to me that women should be shielded from that along with children, since many workers working with solder in early electronics factories were in fact women. One of the legendary electric guitar pickup winders still working today is a woman: MJ from Seymour Duncan.
 
  


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