Tin whiskers.. woohoo, they look like fun.Heater wrote:Here is an interesting read as to what NASA thinks about this lead free catastrophe. https://nepp.nasa.gov/whisker./referenc ... b-free.pdf
I've just turned the workshop upside-down looking for that reel of solder that didn't contain resin flux, but no luck.lumsdot wrote:Is there such a thing as flux free solder, i get bad asthma from soldering
I have a solder fan extractor which is designed to.remove the fumes, but it only partly stops asthma.
Ronaldlees wrote:Thanks for all the great answers. I've worked with solder for quite a few years, but don't consider that I know that much about the stuff. Sometimes I think we know too much.
In the late sixties, I worked with whatever I could get my hands on. In the beginning, that was my father's very oversize plumbing iron, and plumbing solder. Yeah - I know that's not too good. But, back then we had those big ole terminal post (only two wrap posts per inch) - and I could wrap the leads and wires good and tight before slobbering some solder on them.
Of course, we had plenty of DDT to use on the trees in our back yard in those days ... we'd just pour some in a coffee cup, and slosh it into the bucket. Danged good apples from those trees. Somehow managed to get to be an "older" guy.
Just loved the smell of rosin back then, when I had real solder to work with. Ah - such innocent days they were! Disclaimer: please don't inhale any rosin or gasoline either - they're both really bad for you. (I guess you call it benzene over there on the other side).
I pulled all my parts from old B&W TV sets (that's where the terminal posts came from). And every day, eight miles thru deep snow to the bus stop :-0