tl;dr: Any suggestions on leaded solder that doesn't smell like shit?
I've been using the roll of solder on the right for basically my whole life. My dad used the same stuff growing up, and he gave this to me when I moved out; it has to be at least 20 years old. Maybe it's just because I grew up with it, but the smoke actually smells pretty good.
I ran out recently and started using the roll on the left. It works fine, but it smells fucking awful. I start getting headaches if I solder for too long. I should probably set up a solder fume extractor even for the old one, but I'd like to find a replacement that smells closer to the old roll.
Presumably it's the flux core that determines the smell. I don't know what kind of flux the old roll used, my pic is all that's left of the label. I'd guess it's rosin core based on how hard it is to clean the flux off. The small picture in the lower right seems to be what the label looked like when it was new, but who knows what the specs were.
After looking through some solder datasheets (never thought I'd say that...), I think this is the most likely to be what I had before, except in 63/37: http://www.digikey.com/product-search/en?mpart=386839&vendor=82
The 'Crystal 400' on the new roll is apparently referring to a specific formula of no clean flux. I'm assuming the no clean part is my culprit, and that anything rosin will be a big improvement, like >>942726 said.
I solder while wearing a cycling anti-pollution mask. Activated carbon filter rated to catch the crap that comes out the back of old cars so you don't breathe it in while cycling, it literally blocks out farts, asbestos, and solder fumes.
Respro ones are quite pricey, worth every penny imho, but there are undoubtedly cheaper ones available.
Not totally sure about asbestos actually, I had it in mind when I first got the thing but never looked properly into the requirements, but the filters do handle VOC's. Of course, because it's not sold as an industrial product, it doesn't get sold as complying with the European standards, but it looks like it does anyway, just from the advertising bumf. I use http://respro.com/store/product/techno-filter-twin-pack with it, although again, alternative/better probably exist.
are a fucking moron
if you believe that
Only a respirator that is made for fumes will stop fumes and vapours, and it will have been tested to a standard put forward by the government and industry.
What you have pictured is a piece of felt that holds a filter that shops partials and debris, not fumes and gasses and may stop black shit coming out of your nose.
Oh I'm sorry. I stated what *I* used, with the qualifiers of what I thought the limitations were and a link to the product page so someone could make up their own mind on it's utility and _that_ makes me dumb as a rock?
Heh. Good one. I like it.
I'll still stick with my mask. I went from daily migraines from breathing unfiltered fumes before using it, to no migraines with using it.
Now I might not be as smart as you, but I think that tells me it's removing something toxic from what I'm breathing in, and therefore is worth using.
Now, I'm not saying a respirator wouldn't do a better job - Of course it will, it's a fucking respirator.
Now, how about posting some actual advice and ideas for things that would be better than my suggestion, instead of spending a couple hours on witty insults? How about informing us all of the CORRECT type of filter for a recommended respirator? Or what type of system you would build for a fume hood?
You know. Helpful things.
You guys do understand that even a military grade gas mask is just an activated carbon filter, right? Same shit, different package. Sure, its not rated for industrial use. Likely because that's not what its designed for and therefore was never tested in that setting.
But it will work just the same. For how long though? Who knows. Stop bickering like 5 year olds.
On the off chance that anybody gives a shit, my new solder came in today (the stuff I linked in >>942757 ). It's hard to say if it's identical to the old stuff, but it smells much better than the no clean stuff. Mission accomplished.
So, you are in fact trolling little cunts who know fact know less than that guy, because I'm not seeing a single response to the questions raised, and you continue to be unhelpful faggots who are all about the personal attack.
Because you know fucking. Nothing. Now go and read this so you know what you're fucking talking about. A discussion on solder hood types, all of which feature activated carbon filters in their design.
As long as children can access this site, so it shall be. I fucking hate being reminded that we have 15 year old on here.
Sage because fuck all of you, especially you OP. You could have run a simple fucking "filtering solder fumes" through google, gotten an answer, and avoided this whole clusterfuck.