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  •  Well, there are ways to tell the difference (1+ / 0-)
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    Lead solder for drinking water systems was phased out in new work plumbing in the 80s.  There may be old coils of tin-lead still sitting in toolboxes that are that old, but the new stuff doesn't have the same high lead content as the old low-temp solders did.

    There are new standards for "lead-free" fixtures (made with very, very low lead content) that you can look for from some manufacturers to meet recent state laws in CA and VT.  You are supposed to be able to look for a NSF certification on the packaging that shows compliance with the state standards.  Linky

    "I'm not a humanitarian. I'm a hell-raiser." Mother Jones

    by histopresto on Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 12:09:06 PM PST

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    •  very cool, i will keep that in mind. (1+ / 0-)
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      I expect to be building a little nest in a couple of years, at which point I'm going to take every reasonable step for sustainable design & construction, including keeping the lead and other neurotoxic nasties out of the water.  

      Thanks!

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