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Harm Reduction Notes for the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mercury Storage

- Thu, 04 Jan 2018 19:11:36 EST UniRKo9r No.78958
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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,
Polly Pockman - Thu, 04 Jan 2018 19:12:37 EST UniRKo9r No.78959 Reply
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Here is another pic of the thickness of the bottle bottom/walls
press !AX.nZBombY - Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:20:50 EST 4D6UnT/b No.78960 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 uvAHW/WE No.78961 Reply
get yourself these

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.
Cornelius Dummlelare - Sun, 07 Jan 2018 02:26:09 EST UniRKo9r No.78965 Reply
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.


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