Originally Posted by turok_t
I made sure that I wore a mask so I dont inhale too much of the fumes, which based on my readings, can cause birth defects.
Solder can cause birth defects if you ingest large quantities. a few minutes of breathing it in won't hurt anyone.
Originally Posted by Doombringer
Fumes are dangerous if you use some Lead Solder. Now, they usually sell some Pb-free solder. The fumes you see is the rosin core that melts. It can cause some lungs irritation but that's about it. Also, lead solder is really bad if you handle it with your hands and forget to wash them afterward and then eat, you will ingest some Pb. That is bad.
Lead free solder SUCKS to work with. I do on a daily basis and lead solder kicks it's ass everywhich way to sunday.
Just make sure you wash your hands after handling it and don't breath it in everyday for the next 5-10 years. a few quick solder jobs and you'll be fine.
I use deans plugs on everything and they are way better than tamiya plugs. I'm sure you'll enjoy them.