Questions regarding chemical and lab safety. This includes questions about proper lab procedure, safe chemical handling, and such.

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How effective is sulfur in detecting mercury vapors

I've read that powdered elemental sulfur will react to the presence of mercury vapor in the air creating red mercury sulfide, and that an open container of sulfur can be used as a means to verify ...
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Will lye damage vinyl pool liners?

I have a nutty neighbor that said someone told them to put liquid lye into their above ground pool. I said it would eat away the lining, their answer was to only use a little bit.
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Precautions and tips for Qualitative Inorganic Analysis of Coins

I'm a highschool student and as part of an investigatory project, I have decided to analyse which metals are present in our everyday coins. I chose this because in my previous academic year, I had ...
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How to change color of urine safely? [closed]

I am trying to find a SAFE way to change the colour of my urine, from what I have read online, Methylene Blue is relatively safe, and will change urine to blue or green. Is it safe? Can I put this in ...
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Safe drying agents for drying machine

When I was milling NaOH for some purpose, I noticed that the powder is incredibly hygroscopic. Because I have problems with drying certain chemicals safely (without extensive heating), I thought this ...
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What would chemistry seniors like to hear about industrial hygiene?

I have a master degree in physical chemistry with close to 10 years experience as a chromatographer in pharma. About two years ago I made a career change into industrial hygiene. Right now I am ...
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Why did roasting of CuSO4*5H2O hurt my nose?

I want to use copper(II) sulfate as rocket propellant additive in hope that it will alter the flame colour. Because water is not welcome in rocket fuel, I decided to dehydrate the crystals. First I ...
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About electricity and liquid products

This may sound weird but could one 'zap' some liquid like milk with electricity of a certain voltage for a 'few' seconds hoping to kill any bacteria in it? I know some people suggested some type of ...
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What is the liquid in Mathmos lava lamps?

How can I identify the liquid in Mathmos lava lamps? I have two of them with broken caps, I need to get rid of them. Can I flush the stuff down the toilet? It smells funny.
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Can I use piranha solution to clean copper out of impurities?

I have some old pieces of wire. Since I want to use copper in homemade fireworks, I'm trying to gather it from the wires. I could buy it, however harvesting is much more fun. Sulphuric acid doesn't ...
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Harmless & pungent volatile liquid for use in a stage show

If for some stage play/trick we would like to create some surprising effect in which something with a pungent odor has been released, but at the same time need to ensure that thing be absolutely safe ...
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Are radioactive isotopes of silver dangerous?

I know we all think of things like uranium as being radioactive in the nasty radiation poisoning sort of way. But do elements like silver have similar effects in their radioactive isotopes? I'm an ...
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How does potassium nitrate work as an oxidiser?

Potassium nitrate is very popular compound in pyrotechnics, used as an oxidiser. It can be mixed with sugar to make a "rocket candy", with coal and sulphur to form black powder. You can stick it on ...
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Does potassium nitrate + sugar solution degrade?

I have created a solution of $\ce{KNO3}$ and table sugar in order to create fuse from hemp rope. I wet the rope in the solution and let it dry - I repeat this process several times. It works and ...
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How to interpret the MSDS warning?

Just a quick question; I was looking up the MSDS for o-Toluic Acid for an experiment when I came across this in the "Hazards Identification" section. ...
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Algorithm that calculates damage from adrafinil?

is there such a thing that calculated damage of adrafinil based on dosage? lets say i take a dosage of 100mg/ day for 100 days, what would the affect be? how much % of my liver will be damaged? Do ...
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Could neutralisation of safe chemicals produce dangerous ones?

I'm basically thinking whether I could potentionally poison myself while neutralising strong acid/base by some weak base/acid when I accidentally spill it, touch it or when I'm cleaning reaction ...
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how to calculate the amount of N2 gas needed to displace O2 to 19.5%?

I have 900L of liquid $\ce{N2}$ stored at 500 psi. Using the Gas port of the tank the pressure is dropped to 50 psi to send through a 3/8 inch tube into another regulator to drop the pressure to 10 ...
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How do we get rid of dangerous explosive acetone peroxide and nitroglycerine?

Imagine the police (or army or whoever's job is that) found out that some maniac placed a lot of primary explosives under a building. They have evacuated the building and deactivated the trigger. ...
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Can you make napalm out of gasoline and orange juice concentrate?

According to the novel Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk: The three ways to make napalm: One, you can mix equal parts of gasoline and frozen orange juice concentrate. Two, you can mix equal parts ...
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Is working in the chemistry lab hazardous to health in the long term?

I would like to know whether working in the Chemistry lab would be hazardous to health in the long term. Because as everyone who worked in the chemistry lab knows that they would be handling many ...
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How hazardous are peroxide-able ethers if stored properly?

This question is directed towards laboratory scientists and technicians who actually deal with ethers that can develop peroxides upon concentration (e.g. diethyl ether, THF, dioxane). I am already ...
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Disposing of Hazardous Waste: General

I'm doing a book for the African market and the syllabus asks for discussions on proper disposal of chemicals and waste products, particularly in the classroom setting. The authors said something ...
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Taiwan propylene explosions one week ago

Is it wrong way to use WATER to relieve the big disaster(propylene leak). What is a better way to relieve propylene leak in a street about large area? Any possible choice to prevent explosion?
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How dangerous is taking a bath in Coca Cola?

What can be the effects for the body to be immersed in Coca Cola for a while? A friend commented me that the coke is quite acidic (pH 2.5 if I recall properly), and we were guessing what could be the ...
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Mercury and 502 glue

I do some experiments with liquid mercury and I use a special bottle that was 3d printed (ABS plastic). To prevent leaking of mercury I use 502 glue layered around the bottle. I want to know, if it ...
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Can very dilute acids exposed to air become more concentrated as water evaporates?

If a very minute quantity spilled acid (e.g. $\ce{H2SO4}$, though the question would apply to other acids as well) is cleaned up with water (e.g. yielding a $0.0001~\mathrm{M}$ solution), and some of ...
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Are there any hazardous products that would come from mixing glass cleaner with lubricant?

Are there any known safety issues if you mix: Mr.Muscle glass cleaner GT85 spray lubricant
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Does vinegar neutralize the strongly basic compounds in cement?

I have heard that washing one's hands with vinegar is effective in neutralizing the strong bases in cement and is more effective than water. I want to know how cement burns and what bases are ...
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Safety when handling cyclohexylamine in non-industrial amounts

Today I was pipetting some cyclohexylamine into smaller bottles so that I don't have to use the liter flask every time I need a little bit of catalyst or plasticizer. I pipetted several 10-20 mL ...
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What dangerous gases could electrolysis with water and sodium carbonate produce?

My friend was very nervous when he noticed that I'm performing electrolysis in a room that we've just been residing. (it was under open window to let $\ce{H2}$ out) After a sharp argument, he made me ...
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Removing prenylated phenolics from clothing, shoes, and upholstery

I live in Southern California and sometimes hike in areas that can be overgrown with a plant called purple poodle-dog bush. As I found out the first time I went crashing through a stand of the stuff, ...
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what makes mercury vapours so harmful

I just read an experiment in which mercury has to be heated and in the same experiment there was a note saying do not inhale mercury vapours as they are very harmful I just can't get the point why ...
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Storing diuluted (~1M) Sulfuric acid, Hcl, NaOH in plastic PET bottles a bad idea?

Do I really need glass bottles if the acids and NaOH is so diluted? I thought plastics dont really react with acids. And I already have them in plastic bottles (probably a different kind). Thanks
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I heard aluminium doesn't produce fumes when burnt but the opposite happened, how?

One day I took aluminium foil(sanitary brand, don't know if you've heard it) then I casually burned it over a gas lighter then it burned and gave off Grey fumes and the foil became a dull Grey ...
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What is the fire point of sucrose with an average particle diameter of 60 micrometres?

What is the fire point of sucrose with an average particle diameter of 60 micrometres? I can't seem to find any documentation on this, online.
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Skin permeability, for all chemicals or just some?

On skin permeability, according to Wikipedia: "Human skin has a low permeability; that is, most foreign substances are unable to penetrate and diffuse through the skin. Skin's outermost layer, the ...
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Solvent for copper(I) iodide, copper(I) thiocyanate, silver iodide for HTM deposition; safety for methylammonium lead iodide

I'm a student working in a high school laboratory that is looking to pursue research into perovskite cells for next year, but I have some solubility and safety questions. What would be a good solvent ...
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Drinking water out of a 24 year old Ether Bottle

I have an empty aluminum Ether bottle (Shipping name diethyl Ether) that I'd like to use as a large drinking bottle as this is thick aluminum. Is it dangerous? Here is some of the info on the bottle. ...
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Demountable simple fume hood

I found this build-plan recycling on the internet (I believe it was originally published in a book written by the infamous clandestine chemist Hobart Huson) which seemed interesting to me. I do not ...
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MacGyvered chlorine gas protection

I was watching Periodic Video's chlorine video, which discusses Chlorine's ferocity in stripping electrons whenever possible, and the professors mentioned its consequent use in WWII as a chemical ...
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Assessing fire hazard of compounds

Following up on a somewhat too broad question about amateur chemist safety, this will be the first to address some of the issues discussed there. I often use the NOAA MSDS database (material safety ...
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Hazardous materials handled by amateur chemists [closed]

I'm a enthusiastic and devoted amateur chemist (in disguise, I'm actually a mathematician), but lately I've been thinking to what extend it is safe to pursue my hobby. I'm after all an amateur with ...
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What concentration of sulfur hexafluoride is safe to inhale

I am an 8th grade science teacher doing a unit on density, and I want to inhale helium and sulfur hexafluoride as a fun demonstration. I am open to using any source to purchase from, and money is not ...
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How can I clean my lab coat?

Over the course of my studies, my lab coat has absorbed a non-negligible amount of different chemicals, some of them nasty organic polymers, some are more insoluble inorganic compounds like ...
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Soluble salts in Ceramics Safety Question

Some ceramicists decorate pottery using soluble salts (usually chlorides and sulfates e.g. copper chloride, cobalt sulfate) which are used individually or mixed to produce different colors. I have ...
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Carbon monoxide detection without a detector

I have just been waken up by an alarm and found out that my neighbour did something terrible with his lighter. Luckily, there was no fire, only a plenty of smoke, and our flats were hermetically ...
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Safety concerns - Heating PMMA (acrylic glass) and fluorinated polymers

I have some plastic optical fiber, which consists of a thin core of PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate), covered by a fluorinated polymer. I would like to heat a bundle of these fibers to ~130 degrees, in ...
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Is this reaction safe?

For my chemistry experiment, I was assigned to produce Ammonia Sulfide and test the chemical properties of the compound. From my online research, I found out that I can mix household ammonia and match ...
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How to treat Magnesium powder and ribbon

I am a master student of nuclear physics. Due to some measurements I'd like to make, I have to use Magnesium as a beam target. Searching through the net to see it's properties I found that it can be ...