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Old December 7th, 2008, 01:06   #6
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Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Montreal, QC
Wait'll we get Chinese cloned 5W Saber UHF radios that occasionally broadcast "Islam is the light" all on their own :P

Other than that... the concern is minimal for me. I mean, don't put it on your mouth or anything. I do take extra precautions (dust mask/filter) when working on Chinese bodies (Dremeling, sanding, etc) since lead is one of the metals that may be used in white metal alloys, and I wouldn't be surprised to find it in any low cost white metal part (Chinese or not).

I remember a video card I bought once, with made-in-China wiring, that had a warning sticker on the bag stating the plastic used could contain some not-so-good-for-you chemicals and to wash your hands after handling them.

OTOH, we hear a lot about all sorts of stuff now, which may be possible carcinogens or whatnot. But I have a hard time believing occasional incidental contact with the stuff would lead to any sort of major health issues. I mean, people use to EAT with utensils made of lead-based alloys, and kids use to play with lead toys (like toy soldiers, up into the first half of the 20th century).

No it isn't good for you, but it isn't plutonium either; worrying too much about this stuff will cause you more problems in the long run, in the form of ulcers, chronic anxiety and high blood pressure.
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