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Thread: lead tape dangerous?
06-09-2008, 07:00 PM #1
lead tape dangerous?
ive searhed an found out that lead tape is made of plumbum.
isnt it dangerous?
what if someone is tired after a match and accidentally bites the tape?
06-09-2008, 07:59 PM #2
If your scared of lead tape then you can try to wipe the tape with tissues to remove lead dust. You can also put nail polish on the lead tape after you put on your racket.
06-09-2008, 10:46 PM #3
nanotubes are dangerous too, this is better reason to swing your rackets faster so you dONT bite it.
06-10-2008, 12:09 PM #4
Yes, lead (or plumbum, if that's what you prefer to call it) is, like many heavy-metals, not so good for your health...
Often manufacturers cover the lead a bit, a layer of paint, of maybe a film of plastic.
So the surface area of 'bad stuff' is minimal.
Just don't touch it, don't chew on it, and don't lick the inside
(and on a serious note, wash your hands after applying the tape, and wash the scissors you used to cut it)
06-28-2008, 06:17 PM #5
I was a bit wary of using lead tape so I looked for something different. I tried aluminum foil tape used for duct work. It was too light. A good compromise that is relatively cheap is copper tape. I tried this and you can get about 3 to 4 grams easily by using strips narrow as the lead tape used for rackets but double and triple layers is needed.
I bought this copper tape from Lee Valley.
06-28-2008, 06:33 PM #6
My general opinion:
Eating lead is not very sensible, eating rackets, even more insensible. In general, eating anything related to badminton is not such a good idea!
06-28-2008, 06:34 PM #7
06-28-2008, 09:34 PM #8
06-28-2008, 10:15 PM #9
are they still made with lead? i thought it was just called lead tape cuz thats what it was actually made out of long time ago when lead was awsum, not so much now. so they still use lead for sure???
06-28-2008, 10:24 PM #10
Last edited by cooler; 06-28-2008 at 10:29 PM.
06-28-2008, 10:29 PM #11
Why use lead? Lead is for making the inner core of most bullets. Bite bamboo for food but don't bite lead .
06-28-2008, 11:13 PM #12
06-29-2008, 01:44 AM #13
Use gold flakes is better.
Even if you eat the requet, is still great for health.
Ever tried sushi make out of gold flakes?
06-29-2008, 02:19 AM #14
If lead tape is dangerous, one could say lead pencil is too!
06-29-2008, 02:42 AM #15
06-29-2008, 02:49 AM #16
Pencil lead is made mainly of graphite. Lead tape could be a problem for a few reasons. As a player and stringer, you can come in contact with the lead. How much comes off I don't know but it's enough to mark my fingers. Maybe it won't matter much if it doesn't get into my blood but it's also not uncommon to have blistered or cut fingers from playing lots or stringing.
I'm at an age where this may not matter but for children who come into contact with this, it'd be better to err on the side of caution.
Destroyed rackets is another problem. If a racket with lead weighting is broken, will the user carefully remove the lead first or just trash it, sending it to the landfill?
AFAIK, copper would be a better bet for these reasons.
06-29-2008, 06:42 AM #17
The only problem with copper is the price. I know that some company have lead tape protected by a layer of flexible plastic to prevent the lead touching your skin but it only works if your skin is dry not wet.
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