I am always really paranoid when soldering that I might be positioning the whole household. To the point that I now only solder outside in the garden with an extension cable, which is super awkward. Also the problem with that is I live in Scotland
Where do most people solder?
What equipment do you use to stop lead contamination? (mat/open window with fan/face mask)
How do you clean up afterwards? (Wash hands, wipe down bench with disposable cloth, leave room unoccupied)
Once solidified, are the soldered joins still a source of contamination? (Should I be washing my hands every time I touch the electronics)
Am I being too paranoid? (I’ve got three young kids that lick/eat everything)
I usually open a window and have a big fan push away the fumes. I would try to breath it in the least possible as I really don’t think it’s that healthy but If you do it rarely then i guess it’s alright?
It like anything imo, like smoking etc…
I sometimes solder for hours, which makes a lot of fumes even in my 6m high working space, after a long period of soldering, and smoking I got phneumothorax, which is probably caused a little by soldering, little by smoking and little by my nature, so anyways I made myself a soldering space with 2 fans pumping out the fumes outside my working space.
Basically if you solder only a few wires every once and a while your fine.
not sure what you get from solder, never wanted to find out after getting metal-vapor fever once from welding.
shit sucked – basically really bad flu for 2 days. I think solder fumes wouldn’t be as bad, but…
I don’t use ventilation, but I have built the habit of slowly blowing air out of my mouth towards the solder action to blow the fumes away, turn slightly to the side, inhale and keep blowing those fumes away. I’m too lazy for an extractor, but still don’t wanna inhale the fumes.
You don’t need to blow hard, just enough to blow the fumes away so you can avoid the majority of it. In the case I’m doing a lot of THT components I might get a little fan to get some extra airflow away from head.