Chuck Guzis wrote:
Not hard to get 60Sn/40Pb solder at all.
Here's some from Marlon
Try that in the UK.
When last I looked CPC still had leaded solder for sale.
As do RS and Farnell. Actually, I saw a little coil of it in a 'pound
shop' today, but that's a ridiculously expensive way to buy it.
It is (AFAIK) perfectly OK to purchase and use. Theoretically
There is nothing illegal in buying or using it (for certain applications).
there may be some issues if you decide to produce new
home in order to sell (or even give) them to others, but in practice
It is certainly legal to use it for stuff you build for yourself. Or to
do repairs on devices that were originally made with leaded solder (like
classic computers). I am not sure about making new things and giving them
I think you'd have to ring the HSE and beg to get
them to come round
and prosecute. Similarly, I expect that if you rang and said "I have
what amounts to a machine tool workshop, do I have to follow the full
elven safety rules" you'd have a hard time getting one of them to say
"No, feel free, do what you like". On the other hand, I'd be somewhat
surprised if they turned up on your doorstep one day.
That, alas, was not the experience of at least one model engineer who had
the little hitlers turn up at his workshop (shed?) and tell him that if
he did jobs for others then he had to fit guards to all his tools, have
fume extracion on the soldeirng iron, and all sorts of other sillies.