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Re: Annex XVII of the REACH regulation (e.g. 60/40 solder)

Postby Sam Spoons » Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:23 pm

I bought some lead/tin solder from a local hardware/diy shop on Anglesey last year (they still carry it as of this week). When I tried to buy some from RS they didn't have it in stock and could not post it to me so I would have had to collect from the branch (no problem getting it on the van to the branch apparently).
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Re: Annex XVII of the REACH regulation (e.g. 60/40 solder)

Postby Wonks » Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:16 am

I bought several reels of it from Amazon quite happily after this thread was started, just in case.
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Re: Annex XVII of the REACH regulation (e.g. 60/40 solder)

Postby ef37a » Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:19 pm

Other than the airborne Lead in petrol I think the dire warnings about solder were a bit OTT?

I am 74 and have no symptoms of Lead poisoning and I was soldering several times a day, 5 days a week and most weekends. All sans fume extraction (and often with tea, fag and a wad)

Similarly most of the people I knew in the service industry have survived with me.

I suppose there is the problem of Lead soldered products being landfilled but that could have been fixed had "they" the will.
Then, it takes a heck of a lot of telly PCBs to equal the lead in one 45a/h car battery!

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Re: Annex XVII of the REACH regulation (e.g. 60/40 solder)

Postby Wonks » Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:16 pm

Lead-acid batteries (unless you dump them yourself) are 90% recyclable.
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Re: Annex XVII of the REACH regulation (e.g. 60/40 solder)

Postby ef37a » Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:56 pm

Wonks wrote:Lead-acid batteries (unless you dump them yourself) are 90% recyclable.

Agreed but the odd one that ends up in a river will do a lot more damage for a lot longer than a few PCBs.

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Re: Annex XVII of the REACH regulation (e.g. 60/40 solder)

Postby Wonks » Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:10 pm

Well yes and no. Copper itself is lethal to most aquatic creatures. It's a bit swings and roundabouts.
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Re: Annex XVII of the REACH regulation (e.g. 60/40 solder)

Postby ef37a » Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:49 pm

Wonks wrote:Well yes and no. Copper itself is lethal to most aquatic creatures. It's a bit swings and roundabouts.

Well yes, most of the heavy metals are toxic. In fact EVERYTHING is toxic, just the dosage that matters, e.g. I am on Iron tablets but you can OD on them.

Then I seem to recall some achaic sea beasties have a blood chemistry based on Copper?

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Re: Annex XVII of the REACH regulation (e.g. 60/40 solder)

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Oct 23, 2019 5:03 pm

That's why they sheathed the bottom of wooden ships in copper. And why it is still an active component in anti-fouling paint.
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