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Old 11-20-2016, 01:08 PM   #21
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Pretty sure I got my mercury from broken thermometers. I was in junior high, so that would have been the late sixties. As for the effects of handling mercury, I consider myself a fairly well adjusted a$$hole, thank-you very much.
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I've heard...that mercury thermometers were a source for small amounts, but that salvaged mercury switches were like the Mother Lode.
I don't have fond memories of mercury switches. Had an old Chevy Caprice Classic many years ago that had a light in the trunk that ran on a mercury switch. Battery kept getting drained for months. Went over every aspect of the electrical system I could think of. Many times.

One day a grizzled old mechanic climbed in the trunk, curled up and told me to close the door. Mercury switch was stuck on so the light was on all the time, even when the trunk door was closed. Man was a genius. The one thing I hadn't thought of.

Yes, I let him out of the trunk.
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I got mine in a chemistry set my mom bought me at Montgomery Wards for christmas one year. I never got the one with uranium in it. What a bummer.
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Old 11-20-2016, 02:28 PM   #24
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Friend of mine had a dad that taught chemistry. That was my source. Late 80's.
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I typically get my mercury from fish.
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My older brother had a big blob of it, maybe the size of a quarter. Where it came from? Don't know. I do know that our parents allowed us to play with it, without getting smacked upside the head.
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I'm sure there is a few grams of it still in the hardwood floor of my old bedroom if anyone really wants some.
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I'm sure there is a few grams of it still in the hardwood floor of my old bedroom if anyone really wants some.
I'm 100% sure nobody wants to go hang out with you in your old bedroom while you remove a few grams of mercury from the floor. However, I absolutely stand to be corrected.

How much would a gram of mercury go for these days? 10$, like the old days?

Stuck in the 80's.
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I'm 100% sure nobody wants to go hang out with you in your old bedroom while you remove a few grams of mercury from the floor. However, I absolutely stand to be corrected.

How much would a gram of mercury go for these days? 10$, like the old days?

Stuck in the 80's.
If you want a whole flask, the last price I could find was about $150, about $2/pound.

Next to the notional 42-gallon "barrel" of oil, my favorite unit for a commodity is the 76-pound flask of mercury.
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If you want a whole flask, the last price I could find was about $150, about $2/pound.

Next to the notional 42-gallon "barrel" of oil, my favorite unit for a commodity is the 76-pound flask of mercury.
just stay away from the "shots" of mercury!
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I'm 100% sure nobody wants to go hang out with you in your old bedroom while you remove a few grams of mercury from the floor. However, I absolutely stand to be corrected.

How much would a gram of mercury go for these days? 10$, like the old days?

Stuck in the 80's.
From the mercury in the floor gaps to the gallon of industrial strength DDT corroded to the basement floor(still full) to the stainless steel/asbestos panel behind the stove I'm pretty sure the EPA will make sure I own that house for quite some time. God knows what is in the attic! I haven't been up there since my dad insulated it in the late 60's! In fact no one has. I may be the only one alive that knows where the attic door actually is.
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From the mercury in the floor gaps to the gallon of industrial strength DDT corroded to the basement floor(still full) to the stainless steel/asbestos panel behind the stove I'm pretty sure the EPA will make sure I own that house for quite some time. God knows what is in the attic! I haven't been up there since my dad insulated it in the late 60's! In fact no one has. I may be the only one alive that knows where the attic door actually is.
Git up there son!
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Git up there son!
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He's afraid.
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He's afraid.
Damn right I'm afraid! We haven't seen aunt Millie since right around then!
and there is that strange brown stain in the ceiling.
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