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Mercury Storage by Polly Pockman - Thu, 04 Jan 2018 19:11:36 EST ID:UniRKo9r No.78958 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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sup /chem/

I have a small elements collection and I needed to know about the storage of a small amount of mercury...

I have (attached) glass vial bought from Hobby Lobby for like 2$. I am wondering if it would hold a small amount of mercury. We're talking 5mL maximum, probably less (may fill up an inch of the bottom of the vial). The top glass cork will be wrapped with a few layers of parafilm from my lab. It will be on a sort of "display" shelf, not behind any glass but out of reach to be knocked over. I am more worried about the vapors that could possibly form over time than any spillage.

Any input would be appreciated,
Thanks
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Polly Pockman - Thu, 04 Jan 2018 19:12:37 EST ID:UniRKo9r No.78959 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Here is another pic of the thickness of the bottle bottom/walls
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press !AX.nZBombY - Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:20:50 EST ID:4D6UnT/b No.78960 Ignore Report Quick Reply
id get a thinner container to let it show more of its shiny toxicity, and maybe get something threaded. doesnt look as chemistry-y but itd be much more convenient

you could store it under mineral oil to reduce oxidation and evaporation

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Bombastus Werrywag - Fri, 05 Jan 2018 16:42:53 EST ID:uvAHW/WE No.78961 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>78958
get yourself these
https://www.ebay.com/itm/10Pcs-13x100mm-Laboratory-Glass-Test-Tube-OD-13mm-Length-100mm-My-Glassware/122740044048?hash=item1c93e07110:g:WakAAOSw4~VZgrKl

and seal the ends using a propane torch. look up "ampoule sealing"

That way you can still play around with the mercury in a fun size. When not in use, wrap the test tube in a piece of aluminum foil coated bubble wrap insert. If the mercury escapes, it'll go right into the aluminum which will make it less hazardous as it's a mercury capture mechanism. For spills, use powdered sulfur. You can buy that on ebay in like 100g quantities.
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Cornelius Dummlelare - Sun, 07 Jan 2018 02:26:09 EST ID:UniRKo9r No.78965 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>78960
>>78961
Thank you for the replies. I ordered myself some of the shown test tubes and am not sure how long they will take to arrive to me. I currently have a very small amount (barley covering the bottom) held in the glassware shown, with several layers of parafilm and it is being kept outside. I believe this should sufficiently hold until I am able to make ampules.

Cheers


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