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    hi

    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?

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    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.

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    nanotubes are dangerous too, this is better reason to swing your rackets faster so you dONT bite it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkwingduck View Post
    lead tape is made of plumbum
    what an astounding observation

    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)

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    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.

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkwingduck View Post
    hi

    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?
    I know what you mean. After a match I always get the compulsion to consume lead.
    Last edited by MasterChief; 06-28-2008 at 06:36 PM. Reason: Forgot to make sense

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkwingduck View Post
    hi
    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?
    Lead, as an element, is represented by the symbol Pb.
    Pb = Plumbum

    Um, why would you want to bite your racquet, accidentally or otherwise?
    Is it a cure for tiredness???

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    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???

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkwingduck View Post
    hi

    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?
    what
    why would someone wanna bite his racket.

    the only danger i can see is if the lead isn't taped firmly on the frame, it can fling out and hit someone in the eye or head

    why buy lead? if u buy fake racket, it comes from lead paint job LOL
    Last edited by cooler; 06-28-2008 at 10:29 PM.

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    Why use lead? Lead is for making the inner core of most bullets. Bite bamboo for food but don't bite lead .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete LSD View Post
    Why use lead? Lead is for making the inner core of most bullets.
    Exactly, it does not work on warewolf or vampire. You need silver bullet.

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    Use gold flakes is better.

    Even if you eat the requet, is still great for health.

    Ever tried sushi make out of gold flakes?

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    If lead tape is dangerous, one could say lead pencil is too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    If lead tape is dangerous, one could say lead pencil is too!
    That lead in your pencil is actually (harmless) graphite

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    If lead tape is dangerous, one could say lead pencil is too!
    I don't see any smiley. I'm guessing you are serious.

    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.

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    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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