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Lead in solder #147205 11/29/01 06:48 PM
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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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Re: Lead in solder #147206 11/29/01 08:37 PM
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Lead solder is still available here. However, it is illegal to use it on potable water systems.

Re: Lead in solder #147207 11/30/01 06:50 PM
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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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