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#1 2016-06-28 04:57:59

From: Sf, Mi
Registered: 2014-05-15
Posts: 956

the switch to lead free.

I went to lowes today to get some more copper pipe to add removable legs to my portable ham rig.  figured i would get some more solder since i am just about out.
i bought a 1 pound roll like in 2003 and its got me through all kinds of plumbing fixes here and there.  its 50/50 i think.

anyways i was shocked to find out there was NO LEAD solder anywhere... not even in the electrical department.  the shit has all went to lead free... maybe differing alloys etc...
but all LEAD free... awe geez...  i won't say i had a panic attack... but i freakin hate lead free solder.

i do not want to buy MAPP gas...
my torch is only good for propane it says so right on it. So that means i would need new gas and new torch as well!!!!

(at the office) I do not want to adjust the temps on any of my equipment as its all set how i like it.
but i am slowly coming to the conclusion that maybe 60/40 solder will not be available soon, so maybe i need to get with the program?

or maybe i could buy 18 cases of 60/40 and store it in a bunker?
too bad i don't have a bunker yet.

or just go with the flow, LEAD FREE...

I don't know what the heck do you guys think about lead free...
I am sure some of you will say : Heck i have been using lead free for years....


oh by the way, i did buy a 1/2 pound roll of lead free plumbing solder as i had no choice.
the Flux i have was already good with lead free solder,  maybe that was half the battle?
it did take much more heat it seems for the crap to want to flow into the joints... but it did
with the propane torch, mind you the thing was turned up all the way, i was giving all i had heat wise into the joint.

finished my project, its now got LEGS!!!!!


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#2 2016-06-28 08:18:17

From: Sydney, Australia
Registered: 2014-05-13
Posts: 855

Re: the switch to lead free.

Damn, here in Australia you can still get good ol' leaded solder from Jaycar - … g/p/NS3002

Still, I wouldn't be at all surprised if they stop supplying it one day....might have to pick up a big roll just in case. I have to use lead free solder at work - useless stuff. I hate it.


#3 2016-06-28 09:18:12

Registered: 2016-03-07
Posts: 2

Re: the switch to lead free.

Just a different perspective, I remember reading in a Canon EF Lens book that the company had serious work to do in getting their non-lead containing lenses to match the clarity of lead containing glass.  I wonder why even a camera lens can't contain lead.


#4 2016-06-28 19:34:32

Registered: 2014-05-15
Posts: 183

Re: the switch to lead free.

Did you check in the electrical section? I can see why leaded solder would be phased out for plumbing use, since you don't want it leaching lead into your drinking water. But I haven't had any trouble finding leaded solder for electrical work.


#5 2016-06-28 20:59:43

Registered: 2014-05-18
Posts: 207

Re: the switch to lead free.

In the UK (at lest from my experience) you pretty much can't get leaded solder in stores, but you can get it online from any electronics retailer. Perhaps the US is just going the same way

That said, I have never tried to get plumbing solder so i don't know how easy that is to get


#6 2016-06-28 21:03:14

From: North S.F. Bay Area, CA
Registered: 2014-05-23
Posts: 600

Re: the switch to lead free.

I don't understand. I know that lead pipes are a bad idea for water supply lines, but if handled properly, leaded solder isn't really that harmful when used in electronics and such (one could argue that it complicates the recycling process, but likewise if handled carefully, it shouldn't be a problem).

Oh, well. I'm sure there will be someone making leaded solder for many years to come, so I don't think we'll have anything to worry about for awhile.


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#7 2016-06-29 04:55:55

From: Rainier, Or
Registered: 2014-05-25
Posts: 246

Re: the switch to lead free.

lead solder can still be found.  I have a roll.  the lead allows more flexibility without cracking.

I Got mine at radio crap shack a few years ago.  No one likes to carry it but much like R12 coolant, its not illegal, just frowned upon.  Just like when they took lead out of mini blinds and #2 were all getting poisoned.... whatever.....  never heard anything really about it until school now with lead levels in the water here.  now they are like oh my we forgot we built the school piping with lead fittings, oops.


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