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Re: extracting precious metals and how to make mercury harmless
« Reply #30 on: October 28, 2013, 09:28:51 AM »


the only "huge" legal demands I am aware of is light bulbs industries and gold mining, and both are in need for extremely clean Hg, for obvious reasons.


There's a small use in contacts for relays and such I think. Not sure if that's banned now.

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Re: extracting precious metals and how to make mercury harmless
« Reply #31 on: October 28, 2013, 11:48:20 AM »
so basically this is too advanced for me and if i could i wouldn't make much profit so i guess i can accept that thanks everyone

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Re: extracting precious metals
« Reply #32 on: October 28, 2013, 02:27:55 PM »
If you want to separate mercury from silver, one method is to directly heat it. I have heard of someone doing this to extract mercury...

Just make sure you hold your breath...

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Re: extracting precious metals and how to make mercury harmless
« Reply #33 on: October 28, 2013, 02:34:56 PM »
Mercury is commonly purified by distillation. Or at least it was back in early nineties when I worked with electrochemists using mercury electrodes.
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Re: extracting precious metals and how to make mercury harmless
« Reply #34 on: October 28, 2013, 05:36:02 PM »
Mercury is commonly purified by distillation. Or at least it was back in early nineties when I worked with electrochemists using mercury electrodes.

You'd have to be as mad as a hatter to distil mercury. ;)

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Re: extracting precious metals and how to make mercury harmless
« Reply #35 on: October 28, 2013, 06:34:18 PM »
If you don't know how, and if you don't have equipment - no doubt about it. But we are talking about a university lab, with a trained technician working in a room that was not used for anything else.
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Re: extracting precious metals and how to make mercury harmless
« Reply #36 on: October 29, 2013, 01:23:06 AM »
If you don't know how, and if you don't have equipment - no doubt about it. But we are talking about a university lab, with a trained technician working in a room that was not used for anything else.

@Borek

Apologies if you know already, otherwise googling the origins of the phrase "mad as a hatter" might be fun..

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Re: extracting precious metals and how to make mercury harmless
« Reply #37 on: October 29, 2013, 03:46:34 AM »
Apologies if you know already, otherwise googling the origins of the phrase "mad as a hatter" might be fun..

Good one, didn't know :) Joke was wasted on me :(

I always thought "mad as a hatter" is after the hatter from Alice in Wonderland, but apparently in the book it already alludes to an earlier saying.
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Re: extracting precious metals and how to make mercury harmless
« Reply #38 on: October 29, 2013, 10:19:38 AM »
Apologies if you know already, otherwise googling the origins of the phrase "mad as a hatter" might be fun..

Good one, didn't know :) Joke was wasted on me :(

I always thought "mad as a hatter" is after the hatter from Alice in Wonderland, but apparently in the book it already alludes to an earlier saying.

It may not even be to do with felting...

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