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[*] posted on 28-3-2017 at 21:38


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Maybe you should toss the whole thing in a river or something far away from a lot of people. I bet it would be spectacular!

Spectacular but still potentially dangerous. If dumped in a small enough body of water, it could raise the pH enough to kill fish and plants. If you can find a quarry lake or something that has no fish, that would be better.

Ah, true. If the lump of sodium is big as OP says, it would probably be fine in a large body of water, or he could flush it down the toilet.

If you don't want to do either of those things, you could make potassium metal with it! I have always wanted to try mixing sodium metal with KCl and distill that mixture. Same thing for making cesium, but with cesium chloride and lithium metal. Cody's Lab has some good videos on this.
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[*] posted on 28-3-2017 at 21:40


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It's definitely better to put it to good use than to throw it in water.

But throwing it in water is more fun.
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[*] posted on 28-3-2017 at 22:54


I don't think so, actually.

Flushing a chunk of sodium that size down the toilet would likely destroy the toilet.





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[*] posted on 29-3-2017 at 06:39


Quote: Originally posted by Booze  

Ah, true. If the lump of sodium is big as OP says, it would probably be fine in a large body of water, or he could flush it down the toilet.


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[*] posted on 29-3-2017 at 08:17


Quote: Originally posted by JJay  
I don't think so, actually.

Flushing a chunk of sodium that size down the toilet would likely destroy the toilet.


Almost certainly. I was kidding.
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[*] posted on 29-3-2017 at 13:39


OP, can you estimate the weight? I did a rough calculation, assuming it is roughly a sphere with a thickness-diameter of 8inchs, that would be around 7-9lbs. When you pick it up, does this feel about right? It's slightly confusing that in your post you list cm for the circumference and in for the thickness. Can you clarify?


Edit: Misread Units, disregard.

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[*] posted on 29-3-2017 at 14:36


I think you misread. 8cm in thickness.

Calculating out gives about 64 cm^3 or about 60g.

This is not a huge amount but plenty enough to break a toilet.

Estimating circumference is a bit strange and easy to get wrong. If the OP actually meant diameter then the lump would be closer to 200g. That's a handy amount for a hobbyist.
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[*] posted on 29-3-2017 at 16:28


Quote: Originally posted by JJay  
I don't think so, actually.

Flushing a chunk of sodium that size down the toilet would likely destroy the toilet.



And the bathroom. On the plus side, the toilet drain would be clean as a whistle what with all that caustic soda goign through it

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[*] posted on 29-3-2017 at 16:32


Guys, sorry for going AWOL from this thread, i was moving flat all week and trying to juggle that with work.

One member offered to pay for postage if i sent it through the mail...is that safe? I really would rather not get a knock on the door from the authorities.


So...its still available. And is now located in fulham if anyone wants it gratis.

Lastly, is there any peroxide danger with sodium? I know K is notorious for that, but im afraid to cut this chunk now as its looking a big gnarly despite being under paraffin. Thanks again guys. Much appreciated
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[*] posted on 29-3-2017 at 16:34


Ill snap a picture today so you can see its size and state.

Thanks
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