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What if a house I’m working on has existing lead solder ? Am I going to get sued ?

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If the plumbing code allows it and the inspector approves it then it’s legal.

Connecting to existing plumbing is different than installing it. Consult your attorney.



Not so fast Terry. Would YOU bet your life on that?....

Local, state and the Federal gov't. get sued all the time.
A buddy of mine is a painting contractor. He had to go to Orlando to paint an older southern-style mansion. He determined that the old home had lead paint on its exterior. So he walked away from the job. He said he would have to use all types of protective measures to sand and prepare the surface for re-painting. I think that he said that the materials scraped and sanded had to be bagged and discarded. It is of course considered toxic and/or hazardous waste. He didn't want his name attached to that.
I'm sure others paint over lead paint all the time. I can't really speak intelligently on that topic.

But with an army of attorneys well-versed in the law, lots of business owners want nothing to do with lead.
 

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Not so fast Terry. Would YOU bet your life on that?....

Local, state and the Federal gov't. get sued all the time.
A buddy of mine is a painting contractor. He had to go to Orlando to paint an older southern-style mansion. He determined that the old home had lead paint on its exterior. So he walked away from the job. He said he would have to use all types of protective measures to sand and prepare the surface for re-painting. I think that he said that the materials scraped and sanded had to be bagged and discarded. It is of course considered toxic and/or hazardous waste. He didn't want his name attached to that.
I'm sure others paint over lead paint all the time. I can't really speak intelligently on that topic.

But with an army of attorneys well-versed in the law, lots of business owners want nothing to do with lead.
I have insurance and I have attorneys.

I get permits and inspections.

I’m incorporated.

Let the chips fall where they may, I don’t work scared and I’ve been doing it almost 40 years and for 50 yrs before me my grandfather and father did it.

That’s how I feel about it.

Anyone who wants an existing lead line connected and the inspector says it’s ok and the plumbing code says it’s ok…..I’m your boy.

I’m a proponent of everyone doing what they feel comfortable doing. If you don’t want to do it, fine with me. ✌

I work on leaded brass faucets almost everyday. It’s a well known fact they contain lead. So far so good……
 

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I have insurance and I have attorneys.

I get permits and inspections.

I’m incorporated.

Let the chips fall where they may, I don’t work scared and I’ve been doing it almost 40 years and for 50 yrs before me my grandfather and father did it.

That’s how I feel about it.

Anyone who wants an existing lead line connected and the inspector says it’s ok and the plumbing code says it’s ok…..I’m your boy.

I’m a proponent of everyone doing what they feel comfortable doing. If you don’t want to do it, fine with me. ✌

I work on leaded brass faucets almost everyday. It’s a well known fact they contain lead. So far so good……

I got a bargain for you ....
I probably have about 30 rolls of 50/50 solder I can send you dirt cheap
make me an offer
 

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I just bought a roll of 50/50 the other day from the supply house. How much you want Master Mark?
It’s still good for non potable.
I use it to tin trap arms going into lead or copper waste arms. Hell I’ve been known to use it wiping in to a lead arm when I didn’t have bar solder handy. It has a decent pasty range.
 

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I just bought a roll of 50/50 the other day from the supply house. How much you want Master Mark?
It’s still good for non potable.
I use it to tin trap arms going into lead or copper waste arms. Hell I’ve been known to use it wiping in to a lead arm when I didn’t have bar solder handy. It has a decent pasty range.
So 30lbs?
You two need to back up off my Man here, wee trying to make a deal…..🤣
 

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I just bought a roll of 50/50 the other day from the supply house. How much you want Master Mark?
It’s still good for non potable.
I use it to tin trap arms going into lead or copper waste arms. Hell I’ve been known to use it wiping in to a lead arm when I didn’t have bar solder handy. It has a decent pasty range.
My thoughts exactly. Soldering copper flashing or pans, pinholes in waste lines too.

I keep a bar of 60/40 in my box. Darn near most of the time I just use the Silvabrite 100 for everything. I soldered a seam on some copper flashing the carpenter repaired years ago and it's still much brighter than the lead seams. I warned the guy I didn't have lead on me. No one notices but me.
 
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