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mercury sources ??

anyone have any ideas on sources of elemental mercury?? i know its a toxic substance and its use is limited but is it still used in industry ??
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In nature mercury is quite rare, altough is gets into air from volcanoes. Indissoluble mercury compounds (like HgS) was believed to be untoxic to living things, but in contaminated environment they change to even more deadlier compounds

Mercury is used in metal and chemical industry, electrical components (switches), pharmacy, medicine (thermometers, barometers), in dental treatment, colours.

Hope that helps abit

[Edited on 10-4-2005 by Ashendale]

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You should still be able to find mercury in a thermometer or an old tilt switches for lighting up the boot and bonnet of 60/70s cars. Found one of the tilt switches last year and the mercury is very clean and well sealed. If you find an old mercury vacuum gauge and the mercury sticks to the glass you might be able to clean it up with conc nitric followed by a lot of washing.

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 Quote: Originally posted by mick If you find an old mercury vacuum gauge and the mercury sticks to the glass you might be able to clean it up with conc nitric followed by a lot of washing. mick

Don't do that, it will dissolve the mercury! The nitric acid must be very dilute here (around 8%).
A better method to clean mercury from its oxide layer is to let it drip through a filter whose tip has been punctured with a needle. The oxide will remain on the paper and the mercury will be shiny afterwards.
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Lack of details.
Most of the rubbish is removed by filtration through pin holes.
The final cleaning of the mercury was with nitric acid. I think it was with a quick wash of nitric, neutralise, water and the mercury was dried with filter paper. I cleaned the glassware with conc nitric and put the two together and the Edwards vac gauge gave a sensible reading with the specifided 92g of mercury.

mick

The above could be wrong because it came from memory and I can not find the original notes. I sorted the stuff out some how but with out the original bits of paper I can not be confident.

mick

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You were right, I found the original ref.
It gives bubbling air through the mercury to oxidise any rubbish, filtration and nitric acid wash. I did the filtration and a good wash and shake with 10% nitric.
sorry
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Mercury tilt, float and vibration switches are still for sale through electronics component distributors like Farnell. So theres no need to rely on scavenging in scrap yards.
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Go straight for the gold, don't fiddle with little switches. Buy a mercury filled plumb bob from ebay or some other place. I bought one and got enough mercury for all my experiments probably for life. Nearly 300 g in one fell swoop for $8 Shamelessly plugging my attempts at writing fiction: http://www.robvincent.org aikon Unregistered Posts: N/A Registered: N/A Member Is Offline  Quote: Originally posted by BromicAcid ...Buy a mercury filled plumb bob... What is a plumb bob? Esplosivo National Hazard Posts: 491 Registered: 7-2-2004 Location: Mediterranean Member Is Offline Mood: Quantized Use google... An example of a common plumb bob sometimes also called a plumb line. It is used to establish what is vertical, I don't think it requires any more explanation. Play safe with Hg, take the necessary precaution guys. [Edited on 14-4-2005 by Esplosivo] Theory guides, experiment decides. jimwig Hazard to Others Posts: 215 Registered: 17-5-2003 Location: the sunny south Member Is Offline Mood: No Mood i always check out wall thermostats for the leveling vials of mercury - used a switches. I have accumulated quiet a bit from various small sources of discarded mercury. Once bought an entire flask at a yard sale. Fancy that. Blackout Harmless Posts: 25 Registered: 26-11-2004 Location: Canada Member Is Offline Mood: No Mood I've foud a 1% mercurochrome (C20H8Br2HgNa2O6) solution at the grocery store. So, if I place a zinc plate in the solution, I belive that just a simple replacement will occur. The zinc plate will be covered of mercury. \"Si vis pacem, para bellum.\" \"If you wish for peace, prepare for war.\" BromicAcid International Hazard Posts: 2993 Registered: 13-7-2003 Location: Wisconsin Member Is Offline Mood: Anxious I think the mercury is somewhat tied up in the molecule, you would have to destroy it before being able to extract the mercury, ashing followed by boiling in HNO3 probably. Just doing a quick google search it looks like it was banned in the United States although I could have swore I saw it recently, though it looks like there is an effort to bring it back. Shamelessly plugging my attempts at writing fiction: http://www.robvincent.org unionised International Hazard Posts: 4068 Registered: 1-11-2003 Location: UK Member Is Offline Mood: No Mood I presume you mean wet ashing, roasting the stuff would reduce the mercury to the metal and boil it off. BTW, don't forget that 1% dye is rather less than 1% mercury (about .26% I think). I doubt this is a very cheap supply. dogboy Harmless Posts: 4 Registered: 12-10-2005 Location: u.s. Member Is Offline Mood: No Mood mercury sources One might try these as sources for mercury 1) http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/bnsdocs/hgsbook/auto.pdf 2) www.deq.state.or.us/wmc/hw/factsheets/MercurySwitchFactsheet.pdf 3) http://pasture.ecn.purdue.edu/~epados/health/mercury/device_m.htm Fleaker International Hazard Posts: 1228 Registered: 19-6-2005 Member Is Offline Mood: nucleophilic I suggest you try someone who deals in furnace repair. They often repair and replace obsolete thermostats which each have about 10g of mercury in them. I actually know a repairman who's saved up a couple dozen (that I'll hopefully relieve him of ). I'd have to skim off the glass and dust floating on top, but otherwise, clean mercury. Just my anecdote prole Hazard to Self Posts: 94 Registered: 4-8-2005 Member Is Offline Mood: No Mood Jeez, is mercury watched now, too? I had no idea. I bought mine from a scientific supply house recently for my manometer. Or are you guys just enjoying the thrill of scavenging? I suppose the hazmat fees can sting you, but add other chems to justify the expense. The folks I deal with cater to the hobbyist and have lots of neat things in their catalogue. If you want to know who I deal with I'll gladly either list here in another post if no objections or in a U2U. If one has nothing to hide, one should not live in fear. Fleaker International Hazard Posts: 1228 Registered: 19-6-2005 Member Is Offline Mood: nucleophilic Well post up their contact information then! I'd be glad to deal with a company that looks kindly on hobby chemistry. The_Davster A pnictogen Posts: 2860 Registered: 18-11-2003 Member Is Offline Mood: No Mood I know of only one company friendly to amateurs, but they do not carry chemicals to my knowledge. Feel free to post it or PM it to those interested. (such as me) prole Hazard to Self Posts: 94 Registered: 4-8-2005 Member Is Offline Mood: No Mood http://www.elementalscientific.net/downloadcat.html I've been dealing with them for over ten years, even back when they were Hagenow Labs. They are friendly, sell chemicals and glass, and will special order just about anything. It appears there is no hazmat fee for mercury in their catalogue Never had any problems with them at all. For example: I special ordered a Bennert manometer (lots of delicate glass), and the shipping company destroyed it. It was a$350 piece of equipment, and Elemental replaced it free of charge. If their prices seem high, the quality of their service justifies any seemingly high expense, IMHO.

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[Edited on 11/4/2005 by prole]

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Heh....turns out I have used them as well. I like the ammounts they sell in.

EDIT: One problem with them I had was I got a bomex 100mL beaker, not pyrex which I ordered, but since all the other glass I got was fine I did not really mind.

[Edited on 5-11-2005 by rogue chemist]

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Scrap metal yards keep the mercury which
they accumulate as salvage from various switches and relays and other junk . They tend to save it until they have a substantial amount , because there is probably a hundredweight minimum freight or some similar unit that it is commonly exchanged and price quoted in commerce , like the " international flask " which IIRC is 78 pounds . But you can buy scrap mercury at scrap price just like scrap metals of other sorts , and then you can filter it and wash it with muriatic acid to remove many impurities . To get it absolutely pure would probably require distillation , or chemical purification can be done by conversion to the nitrate , heating to oxide , dissolving in HCl , and back to elemental mercury again by amalgamation of pure electrical conductor grade aluminum in dilure HCl .
After all the aluminum is dissolved , pure mercury is left as the residue .
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 Quote: Originally posted by Rosco Bodine Scrap metal yards keep the mercury which they accumulate as salvage from various switches and relays and other junk . They tend to save it until they have a substantial amount , because there is probably a hundredweight minimum freight or some similar unit that it is commonly exchanged and price quoted in commerce , like the " international flask "

I once hit a real winner that way. The yard had mil surplus stuff that I could not believe. Powdered metals- Ni, Sn, Al, Cu, in the most unique and fine sizes, all much finer that 325 mesh. I still have that crap. I got so much for so little \$ that I almost bought him out. Some of it was sub-sieve level and expensive to produce. The way I found it was to find a yard with mil stuff in front and just wander around where they put large caches of batteries, electronics and stuff that needs protection from the elements (no pun intended).

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Another source of mercury is the old blood pressure gauges.
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Jeez, is mercury watched now, too? I had no idea. I bought mine from a scientific supply house recently for my manometer. Or are you guys just enjoying the thrill of scavenging? I suppose the hazmat fees can sting you, but add other chems to justify the expense. The folks I deal with cater to the hobbyist and have lots of neat things in their catalogue. If you want to know who I deal with I'll gladly either list here in another post if no objections or in a U2U.

If one has nothing to hide, one should not live in fear.

Well I'm not from Gringolanda, or from over the rainbow, I live in the U.S. and here if it is not illegal today it will be tomorrow. I personaly belive that it is important to have alternative sorces, and I would encourage others to continue to post whenever a way is found to procure a chem with no "strings attached". Am I doing anything wrong? NO. However I am somewhat fearful of my Government, (they have not been waging a war on terror, it's a war on personal freedom, yours and mine). The media here has done a great job in educating the population to the fact that the ONLY thing chemistry is good for is making drugs, bombs, and poison gas. I would belive this faster than I would belive that I am free and have nothing to fear living in the U.S.
I hope I haven't offended anyone, and I just feel it needs to be said I love my country, and as long as we have scrapyards and each other we can "pretend" to be free a while longer. Besides scavanging can be fun.

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