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Old 11-18-2016, 02:29 PM   #1
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I broke one of those led bulbs on a job today. I didn't clean it up because I'm not certified to do so.

The home owner is having difficulty understanding my unwillingness to clean it up.

What would you do?
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LED=Light emitting diode. They don't contain lead or mercury.

I'd get right back there and clean it up.
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If you're really concerned wear your respirator and a pair a nitrile gloves when you clean it up.

If LED's contained materials harmful to your health they'd have to print a warning on box.


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Now I'm wondering if epretot meant a cfl light? That's a different story. They do contain a very minor amount of mercury. If that's the case, look here:

https://www.epa.gov/cfl/cleaning-broken-cfl#qi
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So there's no led in them? Weird.
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I think I'm/we're being punked.
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Good job epretot. You've just rendered a fifteen mile radius, un-inhabitable.
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Good job epretot. You've just rendered a fifteen mile radius, un-inhabitable.
Let alone causing almost certain death within days
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Let alone causing almost certain death within days
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I'd call on the led abatement crew.
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www.epa.org. I'm sure they'll want to know all about it and they'll rush right out there to make sure you hire a crew that will charge you $10,000.00 to get it cleaned up.

I saw them close a school for 3 days once because someone found a gram of mercury in a bathroom stall. We used to play with the stuff! And I turned out ok.
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www.epa.org. I'm sure they'll want to know all about it and they'll rush right out there to make sure you hire a crew that will charge you $10,000.00 to get it cleaned up.

I saw them close a school for 3 days once because someone found a gram of mercury in a bathroom stall. We used to play with the stuff! And I turned out ok.
What was a gram of mercury doing in a bathroom stall? Not sure I want to know.
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www.epa.org. I'm sure they'll want to know all about it and they'll rush right out there to make sure you hire a crew that will charge you $10,000.00 to get it cleaned up.

I saw them close a school for 3 days once because someone found a gram of mercury in a bathroom stall. We used to play with the stuff! And I turned out ok.
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I was thinking the same thing. Glad I didn't have to be the one to point it out. Well said.
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HEEEY! MODS! ah crap!
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I remember having a half full empty film canister container of mercury that I floated coins on and stuff when I was in elementary school. My brother once threw some acid on it to see what it would do because "what is the point of having it if you are not going to do something with it". Thankfully mercury is stable and rather inert. That could have been bad.
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I'm starting to see a common thread here. A lot of painters seemed to have played with Mercury when they were young. Coincidence? I think not. Here's a quote from a report on mercury poisoning published in 1946.


"The man affected is easily upset and embarrassed, loses all joy in life and lives in constant fear of being dismissed from his job. He has a sense of timidity and may lose self control before visitors. Thus, if one stops to watch such a man in a factory, he will sometimes throw down his tools and turn in anger on the intruder, saying he cannot work if watched. Occasionally a man is obliged to give up work because he can no longer take orders without losing his temper or, if he is a foreman, because he has no patience with men under him. Drowsiness, depression, loss of memory and insomnia may occur, but hallucinations, delusions and mania are rare."

Sounds like the typical painter to me. Since felt hats are less popular these days
and produced by a different process, we may need to update the adage: "Mad as a painter."

I should get extra bonus points for an obscure cultural reference to "Alice in Wonderland."
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I'm starting to see a common thread here. A lot of painters seemed to have played with Mercury when they were young. Coincidence? I think not. Here's a quote from a report on mercury poisoning published in 1946.


"The man affected is easily upset and embarrassed, loses all joy in life and lives in constant fear of being dismissed from his job. He has a sense of timidity and may lose self control before visitors. Thus, if one stops to watch such a man in a factory, he will sometimes throw down his tools and turn in anger on the intruder, saying he cannot work if watched. Occasionally a man is obliged to give up work because he can no longer take orders without losing his temper or, if he is a foreman, because he has no patience with men under him. Drowsiness, depression, loss of memory and insomnia may occur, but hallucinations, delusions and mania are rare."

Sounds like the typical painter to me. Since felt hats are less popular these days
and produced by a different process, we may need to update the adage: "Mad as a painter."

I should get extra bonus points for an obscure cultural reference to "Alice in Wonderland."
Maybe that explains my problem, I played with mercury a lot when young
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Maybe that explains my problem, I played with mercury a lot when young
Noticing a trend here. Where were you guys getting mercury to play with when you were kids? This is totally bizarre to me. Never heard of it before.
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Noticing a trend here. Where were you guys getting mercury to play with when you were kids? This is totally bizarre to me. Never heard of it before.
I've heard...that mercury thermometers were a source for small amounts, but that salvaged mercury switches were like the Mother Lode.
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