OK, with the Flint MI water issue,, Hmmm,,,
they say the water pipes are lead,, if that is true, all we have to do is be standing there when these cities start digging up the hundreds of miles of LARGE lead water pipes,, and we can get some lead,,, FREE!
I am sure they will happily give you all you want to just get rid of it.
Now all we need is a pass around mold like the tire sipping tool,, we can each cast our own wheel weights.
I say this partly in jest,, has anyone EVER seen a lead water pipe??
OR, are they just talking about lead used in the joints connecting the pipes?
I have been around plumbing for almost 60 years,, I have never seen a lead pipe in use.
First of all lead would fail quickly (months) from a metallurgical term called "creep",,
The water pressure typically seen in most cities would be high enough to cause lead pipe failure by creep.
So, is this just a news reporting failure,, ??
Is the issue just lead used in the joints of other materials? (cast iron, copper,, etc??)
Somebody please show me a real lead pipe,,,,