The thing about lead, though, is that while you
might be very careful with it, the next guy who gets to deal with your trash might not know it's there. So it might get dumped in the creek to slowly seep through the water supply. The effects of lead poisoning in children is heartbreaking. My wife used to tutor in inner city Baltimore, and some of her adult students had been exposed to lead due to pollution from a local factory. They were basically like four year olds, often very sweet, utterly trusting of anyone. They tended to get horribly exploited as a result, and lived pretty squalid lives. There's a big industry in swindling these folks out of their damage settlements
. If you need some levity after reading that, John Oliver had a good bit on Lead
Medical studies such as Elevated Blood Lead Levels of Children in Guiyu, an Electronic Waste Recycling Town in China
show that exposure to lead causes increased blood lead levels. One of the rather grimly strategic parts of RoHS is that China has realised it's going to be the lowest-cost dumping ground for e-waste, it had better get shot of lead, 'cos it's gonna come back and pollute rural China's wells if they don't. So lead-free is good. There are some old curmudgeons like Dr. Howard Johnson
who rail against RoHS, but they'll be dead soon and the future doesn't belong to them.
Lead-free soldering is easy, and if you can't do it, you're using the wrong kit. Yeah, it doesn't quite have the buttery flow of leaded solder, but it doesn't have the power to make your grandchildren lead blighted lives. Someone's gonna say in this thread "But military equipment still uses Pb solder!" as if it's okay. Think of a few planes as scrap compared to the billions upon billions of scrap PCs and phones.
I had very few great uncles because I was born in a lead, chrome and cadmium processing town (Rutherglen represent!). I have no time for your excuses. Lead-free, or get lost.
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