Discussion in 'Newbie Lounge' started by shino, Feb 24, 2020.
is it bad for you? if you solder a lot of stuff for a side gig... is it bad to breath in the fumes?
of course not perfectly harmless
i'm actually soldering right now and have been breating the fumes all afternoon
tjherre is absoliteylluy nootign
Has there ever been any type of smoke that's good for you?
most solder contains flux , tin and lead
good solder contains the above but with more lead
ROHS solder contains mostly tin and flux
Lead is not good for your body in any form. Tin oxide fumes can give you pneumonia and metal fume fever, much like welding galvanized steel, and can make you sick for days.
There is no lead in solder fumes temperatre is too low to turn it to gas, only hot enough to liquify.
The fumes contain flux which some people show no effects other caugh or get astma etc. Like cigarettes some live to 100 and keep smoking.
I usually exhale and blow as I melt the solder and the smoke comes, also in a good ventilated area.
Smoke extractor is another option. After a while you forget and stop worrying
This is true. For solder containing lead the real danger is in not thoroughly washing your hands after touching it and then eating.
none of us at home are ROHS compliant in reality
Don't you want that silky smooth easy to use solder?
Just need some jank USB fan or kmart desk fan even.
Haha yeah I bought a ebay extractor a while ago, its ok but bulky loud and need to smoke to be pretty close to it to be sucked up which really cramps your style at certain angles. Sometimes I run a extension cord to the backyard and solder on a table in open air. Most times in the garage with open door and learned to breathe out and blow on the solder as its melting. It actually makes your technique quicker get in 1-2 sec heat and get out not putting extra stress on the component. Its the fluxes with invisible smoke that are tricky you can't see the smoke but suddenly smell the flux in your nose, oh no one got through. I guess you could also wear a face mask
if you are doing a lot of soldering, as above a little desk fan would be the go.
How much soldering are you doing?
should always solder with a fan or some type of active airflow
been soldering for the better part of 30 years... I'm 44
got one of these bad boys once i can use my workshop again...
this looks good, video embedded for the lazy
here's a little comparison video of a few cheaper units.
Is it bad that I really like the smell of soldering fumes? Reminds me of childhood projects; was just thinking that yesterday when I was fixing up this old 486 mobo with a dead RTC battery
I don't usually bother for quick fixes where I can hold my breath, but if I'm doing lots of work a 120mm/140mm fan from a PC running at 5v sucking away from you works great inna pinch.
I'm sorry you only have five more years to live