--- Patrick Finnegan <pat at computer-refuge.org> wrote:
On Friday 05 October 2007, Mr Ian Primus wrote:
Lead free solder == total garbage. Neat idea, but
I don't see how this is possibly true, considering
that millions of
products each week are built with it.
Perhaps. Perhaps from the manufacturing standpoint, it
is usable in a wave-solder machine or similar. But I
have never once achieved satisfactory results with it.
I've also seen several very recent things fail due to
bad soldering. Of course, TV manufacturers have never
quite gotten the hang of soldering, even with standard
60/40 leaded solder, so I guess that isn't much of a
You do, however, need to alter your methods. I
believe that one of the
things you need to do is have a much hotter iron tip
to use it, this
would be why you say that it "barely melts".
I don't know - I even tried my 100 watt soldering gun
on it. Nasty stuff.
As far as smell, leaded solder may "smell
but I'd rather not
breathe much of the fumes of either.
Also, probably a very good point.