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Old 02-09-2006, 07:24 AM
David Simmons David Simmons is offline
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Originally Posted by spingears
I'd stick with lead, It's economical, easily shaped, cut, etc.

Handle with gloves, respirator when melting, sanding, etc. Minimum hazardous material exposure.
To quote Alfred E. Newman, "What? Me worry?"

Give the EPA a coronary!
I'm a firm believer in industrial safety but I don't think it's necessary to go overboard.

Thousands of printers and Linotype operators handled tons of lead in type-metal (lead, tin and antimony) and breathed the fumes from the melted metal for many, many years. I would be interested in seeing life expectancy data showing that they suffered great harm. Ingested lead, such as in lead based paint, can be injurious to small children who tend to eat everything they touch. However adults aren't growing and rapidly developing bone and such and their brains are fully developed and in fact are usually on a downhill curve.

Reasonable precautions: Don't eat it. Don't handle it all day and then lick your fingers, or drink the water you wash your hands in.