Lead Free solder

Should I buy a stock of 'proper' solder for my future plumbing needs before the
stuff with lead in it gets banned?
What is the lead free stuff made from?
Reply to
Michael Chare
In article , "Michael Chare" writes:
Why? What's wrong with lead-free for plumbing? I've used both, and there's very little difference in use. The lead-free forms a slightly more shiny surface.
It says on the reels -- I don't know if they're all the same, but ISTR tin is the main component.
Reply to
Andrew Gabriel
There's nothing wrong with or difficult about lead-free solder (except it's more expensive).
99.5% tin, 0.5% copper.
Reply to
Chris Bacon
In article ,
Don't see why - I've not found the new stuff a problem for plumbing. It's more of a problem for electronics, but IIRC there's no move to ban it for repair purposes - just manufacture.
Mainly tin.
Reply to
Dave Plowman (News)
In article ,
You forgot to describe the circumstances. I know many (in the electronics industry) who would question your sanity at that comment! ;-(
Reply to
John Cartmell
Lead free works fine. The only advantage of lead solder is that it's slightly easier to work with if your soldering technique and preparation is rank.
Reply to
daddyfreddy
You're not kidding.
The forthcoming legislation from the ROHSS Directive is turning out to be quite a pain in the bum.
There are ifs buts and maybes all over the place, plus exemptions if a product is a "server", used in telecomms or network management. Total mess.
That's before the even bigger mess of the WEEE directive on recycling where the government is in complete disarray and likely to fall foul of time limits issued by Brussels for having everything in place.
Reply to
Andy Hall
Thanks for the replies. I have wondered if the plumbing fittings I bought 3 years ago were in fact lead free.
Fortunately, I have a supply for electrical work!
Looks like voting for lower taxes will no longer be an option!
Reply to
Michael Chare
The message from snipped-for-privacy@cucumber.demon.co.uk (Andrew Gabriel) contains these words:
It's not quite as easy to use if you're not good at soldering in the first place. It's OK but the transition from liquid to solid is rather sudden.
Reply to
Guy King
Gets even worse when you have single source components supplied by US manufactureres who have not got a clue about the whole lead free debate.
Reply to
John Rumm
I thought that lead free melts at a higher temperature than Pb/Sn, There is a lead free with silver that melts at a lower temperature but still higher than Pb/Sn.
For somebody like me who is crap at soldering that makes all the diffrence.
Kevin
Reply to
Kev
The message from John Rumm contains these words:
They tried some years ago but it got fillibustered.
Reply to
Guy King
If there's a pointer to the general use of tin/silver solder in domestic plumbing, I'd appreciate an indication.
If the metal's clean, and you use a decent flux such as Laco, there's no problem at all with tin/copper IME.
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Chris Bacon

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