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Old 05-23-2004, 02:28 PM
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What are the fumes from? Is it from the flux or is it from the lead? Anybody here had side effects from working with solder containing lead? Any solder that works well that doesn't contain lead?
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if you expose yourself to alot of it you can get temp shakiness, which can lead to parkinsons. not a good thing
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Fumes mainly from the resin flux. The metal itself is mostly tin and not much lead (pure lead is darker grey, not light silver).

Average iron is not hot enough to vaporise lead, think you need 1300degC+ to do that.



However lead can rub off on your fingers and you an ingest it by rubbing your eyes/nose/mouth or eat something afterwards before washing your hands.

Lead damage is probably worse during your formative years (hmm I soldered a lot whilst kiddy... figures!! ). So maybe kiddies shouldn't be soldering.



Even if its not lead, fumes can't be great for you. I just plug in a fan to blow a faint crosswind to carry the smoke away.
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I have been soldering for about 30 some years and I have no problems......... but can some tell me where this third eye came from
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Guys;

According to the State of CA, EVERYTHING causes Cancer.

Just think about all of the health hazards that we are being exposed to on a daily basis without even realizing it.

Common sense goes a long way in Life. Failing that, try reading the directions.
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well, one of the guys that races with me, that was in an electronics class at school said that a guy in his class sniffed the fumes (probably a crack addict, and thought he would get a fix), and my racer friend said that he threw up, like noone has thrown up before....
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prolonged exposure to the fumes gives me headache. even my housemates complain of this so I can't do any soldering at home


Just try to avoid the fumes and do the soldering on a well ventilated area.
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According to the State of CA, EVERYTHING causes Cancer.
Yep. I think it has something to do with living in Cali...??!

You'd think if everyone knew everything's carcinogenic there, you'd either (1) move somewhere else or (2) stop blaming nature & start blaming the lawyers. Or do lawyers themselves prefer somewhere safer than living atop a tectonic fault line???
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Yep. I think it has something to do with living in Cali...??!
Live dangerously, Die with a smile on your face.

Earthquakes are nothing, beats running from Tornados any day.
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Originally posted by rough512
prolonged exposure to the fumes gives me headache. even my housemates complain of this so I can't do any soldering at home


Just try to avoid the fumes and do the soldering on a well ventilated area.
damn !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just look at his avitar THATS what happens when you inhale too many soldering fumes
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I've noticed that when I solder and forget to turn my exhaust fan up high, I tend to get a little lumpy feeling in the back of my throat, hand tremors and a general feeling of nausia.

So I then go outside...drink a glass of water and have a smoke...then all is well...

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Originally posted by SMACKMASTER
damn !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just look at his avitar THATS what happens when you inhale too many soldering fumes
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Originally posted by popsracer
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Earthquakes are nothing, beats running from Tornados any day.
Running from them???Ehhhh, it's just wind, most of the people in my neighborhood actually go out into the street if we think a tornado's nearby to look for it(guess it's a side effect of growing up in the middle of Tornado Alley, & in a small area where no tornado ever seems to have touched down).....
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Thanks for the info guys.

I'll just start washing my hands more often at the track.
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Originally posted by Grizzbob
Running from them???Ehhhh, it's just wind, most of the people in my neighborhood actually go out into the street if we think a tornado's nearby to look for it(guess it's a side effect of growing up in the middle of Tornado Alley, & in a small area where no tornado ever seems to have touched down).....
ahhhh....no tornadoes, no earthquakes, hurricanes dont reach into this part, damn that is sweeee....oh wait, it only gets up to 110 with 85-90%humidity....boy does it make for some strange racing conditions when the track tem is about 160.
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