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Old 10-25-2009, 06:44 PM   #1
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Is it alright to use leaded solder on a hydronic baseboard system. I have to make some repairs that are close to existing joints and I wanted to use leaded solder for the lower melting point. Am I thinking correctly or is there something better to use?

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I have always use lead free. Seems to flow better. Make sure you clean and use flux.

You may have to drain the system to heat the metal

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I have always use lead free. Seems to flow better. Make sure you clean and use flux.

You may have to drain the system to heat the metal
I used lead free today and it seemed to work alright. The next section I need to fix, I'm getting closer to some existing joints and I just don't want to compromise them. System is drained so no problems there. This project is reminding me how much I dislike plumbing. Only one burn today though.
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As long as you are not soldering on a potable water system then 50/50 solder (contains 50% lead) is fine to use. I use it often when soldering copper DWV systems.
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