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Hope he didn't do that back when it was lead solder.

Leaded solder is still easily available over the counter in electronic shops, and is the stuff of choice for manual construction, repair and rework by everyone who has half a clue.

There are numerous exemptions in RoHS on the requirement for lead-free. This is because everyone knows that lead-free solder is unreliable junk, and the risk is not acceptable in some applications.

If he's enough of an old-timer, it's probably still lead solder. I hear it was pretty hard to let go of, as lead solder is superior in virtually every way except toxicity.

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