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Old 14th September 2012
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Someone may correct me, but while lead's MELTING point is 621.5° F (327.5° C), its BOILING point is 3,182° F (1,750° C). I don't believe any "lead fumes" are released until near/at/above the boiling point.

The "smoke" seen while soldering comes from the rosin/flux core of the solder wire.

But, I don't recommend eating it in a peanut butter and lead sandwich <g>. Lead poisoning typically comes from ingestion.

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Originally Posted by brianroth ➡️
I don't believe any "lead fumes" are released until near/at/above the boiling point.
But scientific facts never stop the ignorant public from freaking out.

Dihydrogen monoxide hoax - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 14th September 2012
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Indeed, there are many dangerous substances that need to be banned, such as:

Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division - dihydrogen monoxide info

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Old 14th September 2012
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Indeed, there are many dangerous substances that need to be banned, such as:

Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division - dihydrogen monoxide info

Bri
It's true! **** will kill you
Old 27th September 2012 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by rcrowley ➡️
Lead-free solder is far more difficult for a novice to use. Even with decades of experience, I still avoid it whenever possible.

I am still waiting to see actual data showing that lead leaching from electronic waste is responsible for ANY kind of "pollution". The entire exercise appears to be a knee-jerk political exercise completely absent any demonstrated cause and effect.
I hear you. But on the other hand, you live in part of the world that is not subject to RoHS regulations and I live in part that is. And I suspect "your scientific basis seems flawed or unproven" would be an ineffective legal defence.
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Radioshack lead free silver solder is good if you need something local

WBT Lead Free SILVER SOLDER (3.8%)
WBT (German) is a lot more local to me than Radio Shack (US).

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CARDAS TRI EUTECTIC Silver Solder

You can find the WBT and Cardas on ebay at low quantities.

For higher volume I like Kester 275 - good price/performance and no clean flux
Thanks for the specific suggestions, appreciated.
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Don't know where you are but I can highly recommend this. Flows well, low melting point, nice to work with.

WBT 4% Silver Solder WBT0800 - 42g spool, Silver Solder
I'm in the states.
You can get it here:
WBT 0800 Silver Solder 4% Silver Content 1/8 lb. 093-586

The RS 62/36/2 (Sn/Pb/Ag) 2% silver solder (less expensive) is also good - (the thinner the better for ease of soldering).
DON'T get RS's 4% silver or anyone's lead-free solder unless you have a good deal of experience - these require a very hot iron and inexperienced solderers often end up burning up components or melting insulation. As long as your work station is adequately ventilated, soldering with lead-content solder isn't a problem.
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Kester for me. It's the best I've found.
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Old 28th September 2012
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Any 60/40 rosin core solder will do, RS or others. WBT also works well.

I got a spool of pure silver solder ages ago, which will last longer than I will. You need your iron set hotter, and a brass wool sponge for cleaning the tip - a damp sponge with silver solder will eat away your tips like crazy.

If you have a good mechanical connection, the solder shouldn't "sound" like much of anything, but for some (guilty, here) when you pay more you feel it's better.

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Old 29th September 2012 | Show parent
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Does it really matter whether I buy Radio Shack, Tenma or Kester rosin core 60/40?

I hate to buy a bunch of solder and then find out it's not good.
Old 29th September 2012
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If you buy mainline solder from RS or whatever, you will probably be satisfied. It doesn't sound like you are a "solder connoisseur".
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Not at all, and I need all the help I can get.
Old 30th September 2012
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2manyrocks,
Speaking from personal experience I'd avoid RS if there is any viable alternative. Some of the supplies I have purchased there when I was in a pinch were so poorly made that it was close to criminal, especially the basics like connectors and soldering supplies. Spend a few bucks and get the real stuff....you won't be sorry.
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To my thinking, they also tend to price themselves above what things cost elsewhere. I try to avoid shopping there.
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