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#147205 - 11/29/01 02:48 PM Lead in solder
pauluk Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
I'm curious as to how lead in solder is being treated in the States now.

In this part of the world, I understand that the EU is trying to get leaded solder banned within the next few years.

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#147206 - 11/29/01 04:37 PM Re: Lead in solder
Nick Offline

Registered: 08/13/01
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Loc: Riverside, CA
Lead solder is still available here. However, it is illegal to use it on potable water systems.

#147207 - 11/30/01 02:50 PM Re: Lead in solder
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Lead solder is also against the water bye-laws (like local city ordinances) in most places here now for potable supplies. It only applies to new work, and apart from lead-solder joints there are still plenty of pre-WWII properties with a soft lead service pipe.

If/When lead solder does get completly banned from sale here, I'm going to lay in a big supply of it before the day. Some older parts just don't take to the lead-free stuff.


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