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[*] posted on 18-7-2017 at 18:12


zts16 I have a daughter who lives in Georgetown and another in Kyle so we're out that way regularly. I feel your humid pain!



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[*] posted on 6-8-2017 at 19:41


well got tired of my lab looking like some meth cooks dream get away I got to work and started to get the design of it finished, got my vacuum chamber cleaned and painted, need to finish the support brackets, going to finish the other half of my custom lab frame

then get it all plumbed up so I have water, water return and vacuum line running around the entire room

vac chamber can run either off aspirator or rotary vane vac pump.

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[*] posted on 8-8-2017 at 19:36


Well finally got the lab frame finished! it is made of all type L copper pipe with galvanized steel flanges, Next is the sink, then get my water/vac/air lines all set up.

It is 5.3 feet long and 3 feet high. set up on there is a 300mm leibig and a 250mm flask at 24/40 joint size to give an idea of scale.

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[*] posted on 8-8-2017 at 20:07


Copper tubing for a frame is a very interesting idea. I'd like to read more about how that works out.



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[*] posted on 12-8-2017 at 14:30


So far it has been solid, it has held up well against most chemicals so far other then the usually discoloring. With Type L it is fairly rigid, got to be care full to not go over board on tightening your clamps of you get too many burrs makes harder to slide clamps about.

The way I configured it to allow maximum options for building.

I need to get a dozen or better boss heads and some more clamps.

I will add on 2 vertical runs that are better trimmed so each vertical will fit on either set of horizontal run

It holds a fair bit of weight, but I wouldn't climb on it!
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[*] posted on 12-8-2017 at 23:09


I see. I have a bag of a dozen boss heads that I've been meaning to use to put together a frame, but electrical conduit is just a little bit larger diameter than I would like, and I haven't made my way to any of the metal suppliers just yet.



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[*] posted on 13-8-2017 at 01:22


Its bit like real audiophiles have gold plated connectors.

You know you’re a seriously real chemist when you have a fume hood and a frame LOL
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[*] posted on 13-8-2017 at 03:32


Quote: Originally posted by JJay  
I see. I have a bag of a dozen boss heads that I've been meaning to use to put together a frame, but electrical conduit is just a little bit larger diameter than I would like, and I haven't made my way to any of the metal suppliers just yet.


Why I went with copper figured sod it, and solder it. So the entire horizontal run and the vertical rear supports are soldered. Only the vertical runs that the actual glass wear is attached to is mobile. The top 90 degree fittings where street (One end slips into the fitting directly) and those where not soldered, So when you want to dismantle the top supports are unscrewed and simply slide off, bottom how ever must be unscrewed from the wood then unscrewed from the frame.

In hind sight it wouldn't have hurt to put some middle supports in like I originally planed for a bit more rigidity but it is pretty solid as is.

The Boss heads I got from ebay needed very minor filing to get them to fit easily
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[*] posted on 19-8-2017 at 14:40


I spent yesterday afternoon plus this morning cleaning the lab (it had been a huge mess) and I finally think it's presentable. I would take pictures but I can't figure out how to change my camera's settings because it currently takes pics that are over 4000p wide (above the image limit for SM). Instead I made a YouTube video and you can check it out if you want.

Lab Tour

Questions and comments are welcome!




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[*] posted on 19-8-2017 at 16:50


Nice lab, Tom, but it is almost too neat and clean to be believable!

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[*] posted on 19-8-2017 at 23:27
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I Just watched a tour of your lab - I'm extremely jealous !

Only one problem ... no excuses for not getting those experiments done now, as planned :P





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[*] posted on 20-8-2017 at 12:35


Thanks, both of you!

@ CharlieA I couldn't believe it either :D

@ Sulaiman I'm pretty good at coming up with excuses, but I'll get 'em done eventually!




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[*] posted on 26-8-2017 at 04:34


The biggest lab I can have in Manhattan. Bonus points to whoever can deduce the most from from this picture:





[Edited on 8/27/17 by Melgar]

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[*] posted on 26-8-2017 at 05:15


Quote: Originally posted by Melgar  
The biggest lab I can have in Manhattan. Bonus points to whoever can deduce the most from from this picture:





[Edited on 8/26/17 by Melgar]


Are you trying to seperate DCM?
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[*] posted on 26-8-2017 at 05:27


Quote: Originally posted by Melgar  
Bonus points to whoever can deduce the most from from this picture


From the metadata:

You took it with a Nexus 5X Android smartphone at (data removed upon request by Melgar)

You should really be more careful scrubbing such information in the future.

Also, I agree that it looks like you're separating DCM by distillation.

[Edited on 8-26-2017 by Metacelsus]

[Edited on 8-27-2017 by Metacelsus]




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[*] posted on 26-8-2017 at 05:46


Quote: Originally posted by Melgar  
Bonus points to whoever can deduce the most from from this picture:


1. You have a really tiny lab.
2. You have several unfinished experiments yet to workup.
3. You are harvesting DCM by distillation.
4. Your cooling water supply is puzzling - what is the pump?
5. You have a still head temperature indicator.
6. You need to clean up a bit.




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[*] posted on 26-8-2017 at 06:15


Yeah, obviously distilling DCM directly from the can. That thickening agent is no fun getting out of glass. I'm sure I'm not the only one to do it this way.

@Metacelsus Well, I suppose you win. Thing is, it's annoying to move images from my phone to my laptop to post them. I used to be able to use Bluetooth, but that broke or something. I don't really mind. It's not like there's anything illegal going on here, and the building I live in has really thick steel doors with several sets of locks.

@Magpie Yeah, the thermocouple I made to use for measuring temperature isn't plugged in, just because there isn't much point, but it does work. I was wondering if anyone would notice that I was using a thermoelectric cooler, with a CPU fan on one side and a heat exchanger on the other. It's 100W, and isn't really very powerful. It's more like a really good heatsink than it is a refrigeration unit. It definitely helps keep ice from melting as fast though. The pump is a small white submersible one that's kind of hard to see.




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[*] posted on 6-9-2017 at 08:14


Finally feeling well enough to set up some space, and as I am a bachelor I can get away with using most of kitchen

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Love my new electronic balance. Freshly made black powder on the sheet of paper. "ball milled" by shaking in plastic bottle with 00 buckshot while watching the tube LOL. Crude 1,4 dioxane in flask

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Ingredients for 1,4 dioxane. Was a cool synthesis

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HOWEVER, I switched out the receiver just before this crap started acting like a science fiction monster

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As you can see made quite a mess, and its evolution was SUDDEN. Cleaned up nicely with 10% NaOH solution

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[*] posted on 6-9-2017 at 14:18


Awesome Arky.
Glad you are back up on deck. I guess this means the leg is well on the mend.
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[*] posted on 6-9-2017 at 14:34


Quote: Originally posted by Melgar  
Yeah, obviously distilling DCM directly from the can. That thickening agent is no fun getting out of glass. I'm sure I'm not the only one to do it this way.


I'm surprised the short-path head condenser is up to condensing something so low boiling. And you're using an un-cooled collection flask.

I always use a long condenser and cool the collection flask in ice water to keep the stuff in the flask, but maybe I'm overcautious. Is it cold where you work?
Lately you could almost boil DCM by leaving it out on the Kitchen counter around my neck of the woods.

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