Soldering and the Ghostly Trail of Fumes

Soldering and the Ghostly Trail of Fumes

Fumes and Flux – If you solder, you’ve probably smelled or seen the ghostly trail of fumes caused by a mixture of heat, solder and flux. You apply a hot iron to your solder, it sizzles and spits because of the flux, resulting in a chemical reaction that creates smoke. Like cigarettes, the smoke is harmful to…

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Get the Lead Out: Should You Switch to Lead-Free Soldering?

Get the Lead Out: Should You Switch to Lead-Free Soldering?

In Keith Cathcart’s article, Why Should My Company Switch to Lead-Free Soldering?, the move toward lead-free solder is discussed in terms of the benefits associated with worker safety, comparability to lead-based solder, and environmental impact. Cathcart says that, while many believe that lead-based solder is more durable and dependable, lead-free solders are now comparable in…

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