One of the talking heads on the TV news was yammering on about "Every
TV ever made has 27 pounds of lead in it" I have TV sets that only
weigh a few ounces. Where the @#$%^ is the rest of my lead? ;-)
it turns out that when the EPA calculated the amount of lead in the
glass of a CRT, they ground it to a fine powder before using acid to
separate it from the dust, then multiplied the amount by a huge number.
Its as phony as Global cooling/ warming/ climate change.
CRTs are supposed to be returned to the manufacurer, still under hard
vacuum. WTH are we supposed to do we do with broken ones, or gassy
tubes? I say we load all the crappy CRTS, and scrap electronics in
resurrected B52 bombers and drop it on the Chinese factories that keep
spewing out this crap.
No, but its getting a lot harder to find components that are tinned
with real solder. I have some nice tin/lead/silver solder for the fancy
work, and some older Ersin Multicore .031" 60/40 for regular work. With
my current health, it looks like a lifetime supply. The equipment I
worked on before becoming disabled was exempt, being that 95% of it went
to government agencies around the world. If they insisted on lead free,
we told them to get lost. its amazing how fast you get an exemption
when they NEED your custom built equipment.