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Old 17th January 2003, 03:59 AM   #1
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I have always known that inhaling the solder vapour was bad for you, but lately I have heard that it can lead to many different problems that I didn't know about. Currently I don't use any respiratory protect and I was wondering if any else does?
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Old 17th January 2003, 05:05 AM   #2
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If I'm going to die I may as well be the cause of it...
I am 17, been soldering since I was about 7 and I DON"T WANNA DIE!!! you can get lead free solder... perhaps thats worth something
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Old 17th January 2003, 05:10 AM   #3
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I think lead free solder isn't as conductive. What about silver?
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Old 17th January 2003, 05:36 AM   #4
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I don't believe the lead is heated hot enough to cause respiratory trouble.

It's the flux.

Wash your hands though.

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Old 17th January 2003, 05:55 AM   #5
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My girlfriend has been taking a health and saftey course this semester and she is studying a case on lead poisoning in workers that frequently solder. A new protocol was put in place to use masks and have the air filtered. Anyway I don't think I will take a chance, whats $30-50 for a mask. I was just curious if people took more caution.
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I think I will take more care when soldering in the future.... Perhaps go outside.. Get a fan...
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Old 17th January 2003, 12:17 PM   #7
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Hi All,
I know I get a cough after done much soldering. I try not to inhale the smoke but with my nose right above it this is difficult to avoid. Conrad has a soldervapor vent :
http://www.nl.conradcom.de/scripts/w...L&p_init_ipc=X
Haha, the longest URL I have ever seen! That won't work. The Conradpartnumber is 817546. Price is Euro 69. I am considering buying it with my next order. It sucks a 165m^3 per hour! The active carbon filter adsorbs the vapors.
You will find Conrad here:
www.conrad.com
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Old 17th January 2003, 12:28 PM   #8
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Well, I have been soldering for 25 years without problems. I have learnt to exhale ever so slowly while leaning in on the stuf I am working on. That blows the fews out of my way and seems to work just fine.

The other way is to grab that spare fan from one of your scrapped computers or whatever and connect and let it blow away the fumes. Costs nothing and works great...
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Hi All,
I know I get a cough after done much soldering. I try not to inhale the smoke but with my nose right above it this is difficult to avoid. Conrad has a soldervapor vent :
http://www.nl.conradcom.de/scripts/w...L&p_init_ipc=X
Haha, the longest URL I have ever seen! That won't work. The Conradpartnumber is 817546. Price is Euro 69. I am considering buying it with my next order. It sucks a 165m^3 per hour! The active carbon filter adsorbs the vapors.
You will find Conrad here:
www.conrad.com
Problem: I can't afford anything, ever...

Solution: Die from soldering

Solution#2: pay someone to solder for me

Solution#3: you buy me one..
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Problem: I can't afford anything, ever...

Solution: Die from soldering

Solution#2: pay someone to solder for me

Solution#3: you buy me one..
Hi Skinniboy,
May I suggest solution # 4?:
As you live in Australia you can do it outside.! Too cold for that here in Holland now. During summer this works great as the sunlight also gives excellent visibility of your work.
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