What is lead used for today?

Lead has been removed from pencils and in home construction but what is it used for now?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Batteries

    Radioactive shielding

    Weights (for diving, etc)

    Ceramics (coloring)

    Sound dampening (lead sheets in walls)

    Glassware (Lead Crystal)

    Automotive tire balancing (weights on the side of wheels)

    Solder

    Sculptures

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  • suter
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    3 years ago

    What Is Lead Used For

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  • 1 decade ago

    SEE FULL ARTICLE http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/l...

    By the mid-1980's, a significant shift in lead end-use patterns had taken place. Much of this shift was a result of the U.S. lead consumers compliance with environmental regulations that significantly reduced or eliminated the use of lead in nonbattery products, including gasoline, paints, solders, and water systems. More recently, as the use of lead in nonbattery products has continued to decline, the demand for lead in SLI-type batteries has continued to grow. In addition, the demand for lead in non-SLI battery applications also has continued to grow. Non-SLI battery applications include motive sources of power for industrial forklifts, airport ground equipment, mining equipment, and a variety of nonroad utility vehicles, as well as stationary sources of power in uninterruptible electric power systems for hospitals, computer and telecommunications networks, and load-leveling equipment for electric utility companies. By the early 2000's, the total demand for lead in all types of lead-acid storage batteries represented 88% of apparent U.S. lead consumption. Other significant uses included ammunition (3%), oxides in glass and ceramics (3%), casting metals (2%), and sheet lead (1%). The remainder was consumed in solders, bearing metals, brass and bronze billets, covering for cable, caulking lead, and extruded products.

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  • 4 years ago

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    No, it is not still used in house paint, and unless you are scraping paint off an old house you are safe. But if your house is old and you are removing some of the old paint you need to wear a mask so you don't inhale it. But you do not have to worry about any new paint you get. No paint now carries it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Lead-Acid Batteries.

    Lead is often used to support heavy machinery.

    One Lead alloy is pewter.

    Lead is an oxide in some glass and ceramics.

    X-ray shileding

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's also used for some bullets and weights.

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