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What is mercury worth?



 
 
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Old July 28th 08, 05:08 PM posted to rec.crafts.metalworking
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Default What is mercury worth?

Estate sale, fellow has about 5 lbs of liquid metallic mercury.
it was used as adjustable mass/weight in benchrest rifles.
Owner/heir is concerned about EPA issues etc.
But it has a value somewhere.
Do scrap metal dealers buy it?
Is there a price/lb?
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Old July 28th 08, 05:31 PM posted to rec.crafts.metalworking
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On Jul 28, 12:08 pm, RB wrote:
Estate sale, fellow has about 5 lbs of liquid metallic mercury.
it was used as adjustable mass/weight in benchrest rifles.
Owner/heir is concerned about EPA issues etc.
But it has a value somewhere.
Do scrap metal dealers buy it?
Is there a price/lb?



I see it for sale for about $6/lb, I see it asked for, willing to pay
$1.50/lb.

Find a taker for any price, its more of a liability (in the current
eco-climate) than an assett.

Googling ' mercury scrap price ' turns up a few listings.


Dave
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Old July 28th 08, 06:12 PM posted to rec.crafts.metalworking
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wrote:
On Jul 28, 12:08 pm, RB wrote:
Estate sale, fellow has about 5 lbs of liquid metallic mercury.
it was used as adjustable mass/weight in benchrest rifles.
Owner/heir is concerned about EPA issues etc.
But it has a value somewhere.
Do scrap metal dealers buy it?
Is there a price/lb?



I see it for sale for about $6/lb, I see it asked for, willing to pay
$1.50/lb.

Find a taker for any price, its more of a liability (in the current
eco-climate) than an assett.

Googling ' mercury scrap price ' turns up a few listings.


Dave


Just beware -- it's hazardous, and he's trying to get rid of it, so by
the EPA's logic it's not 'useful scrap' it's 'hazardous waste'. If you
accept it from him you're not an amateur 'scrap dealer' you're an
'unlicensed disposal facility'.

In the Portland, Oregon area a homeowner can take that sort of thing to
the Metro gov'mint garbage transfer station and they'll deal with it for
you, where a commercial enterprise would have to spend a day signing forms.

Then instead of seeing it recycled they put it in a drum and ship it off
to a hazardous waste dump in Arlington, OR, where it sits until the drum
rusts through (but at least, as a homeowner, you don't have your name on
the drum forever more so you can be blamed for following the law 50
years down the road).

I'm so glad I have a wise and benevolent government taking care of me.

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Old July 28th 08, 07:15 PM posted to rec.crafts.metalworking
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"RB" wrote in message
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Estate sale, fellow has about 5 lbs of liquid metallic mercury.
it was used as adjustable mass/weight in benchrest rifles.
Owner/heir is concerned about EPA issues etc.
But it has a value somewhere.
Do scrap metal dealers buy it?
Is there a price/lb?


Suggest someone bring it to a local HS/college lab.
Makes a great class demo:
Put it in a clear quart container. Put water in another clear quart
container. Have class pass by, each student lifting the quart of water,
then merc.
Most will not be able to lift the quart of mercury--for two reasons: some
simply don't have the strength, but for many, it is so unexpectedly heavy,
they think it's actually glued to the counter top, and stop trying.

2# vs. about 28#, more than a 25# barbell plate--not easy to lift off
balance or out of position.
--
DT


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Old July 28th 08, 11:31 PM posted to rec.crafts.metalworking
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Default What is mercury worth?

On Mon, 28 Jul 2008 14:15:37 -0400, "DrollTroll"
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"RB" wrote in message
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Estate sale, fellow has about 5 lbs of liquid metallic mercury.
it was used as adjustable mass/weight in benchrest rifles.
Owner/heir is concerned about EPA issues etc.
But it has a value somewhere.
Do scrap metal dealers buy it?
Is there a price/lb?


Suggest someone bring it to a local HS/college lab.
Makes a great class demo:
Put it in a clear quart container. Put water in another clear quart
container. Have class pass by, each student lifting the quart of water,
then merc.
Most will not be able to lift the quart of mercury--for two reasons: some
simply don't have the strength, but for many, it is so unexpectedly heavy,
they think it's actually glued to the counter top, and stop trying.

2# vs. about 28#, more than a 25# barbell plate--not easy to lift off
balance or out of position.



Except 5lbs is a lot less than a quart - and, obviously, weighs only 5
lb, not 28.
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Old July 29th 08, 02:36 PM posted to rec.crafts.metalworking
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Default What is mercury worth?

On Mon, 28 Jul 2008 14:15:37 -0400, "DrollTroll"
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"RB" wrote in message
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Estate sale, fellow has about 5 lbs of liquid metallic mercury.
it was used as adjustable mass/weight in benchrest rifles.
Owner/heir is concerned about EPA issues etc.
But it has a value somewhere.
Do scrap metal dealers buy it?
Is there a price/lb?


Suggest someone bring it to a local HS/college lab.
Makes a great class demo:
Put it in a clear quart container. Put water in another clear quart
container. Have class pass by, each student lifting the quart of water,
then merc.
Most will not be able to lift the quart of mercury--for two reasons: some
simply don't have the strength, but for many, it is so unexpectedly heavy,
they think it's actually glued to the counter top, and stop trying.

2# vs. about 28#, more than a 25# barbell plate--not easy to lift off
balance or out of position.


One of the kids WILL lift it, then drop it. That could be a problem.

Thank You,
Randy

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Old July 29th 08, 05:23 PM posted to rec.crafts.metalworking
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Yeah! And if one of them get a hernia who's to blame?

Bob Swinney
"DrollTroll" wrote in message ...

"RB" wrote in message
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Estate sale, fellow has about 5 lbs of liquid metallic mercury.
it was used as adjustable mass/weight in benchrest rifles.
Owner/heir is concerned about EPA issues etc.
But it has a value somewhere.
Do scrap metal dealers buy it?
Is there a price/lb?


Suggest someone bring it to a local HS/college lab.
Makes a great class demo:
Put it in a clear quart container. Put water in another clear quart
container. Have class pass by, each student lifting the quart of water,
then merc.
Most will not be able to lift the quart of mercury--for two reasons: some
simply don't have the strength, but for many, it is so unexpectedly heavy,
they think it's actually glued to the counter top, and stop trying.

2# vs. about 28#, more than a 25# barbell plate--not easy to lift off
balance or out of position.
--
DT


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Old July 29th 08, 05:37 PM posted to rec.crafts.metalworking
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Default What is mercury worth?


"DrollTroll" wrote in message ...

"RB" wrote in message
...
Estate sale, fellow has about 5 lbs of liquid metallic mercury.
it was used as adjustable mass/weight in benchrest rifles.
Owner/heir is concerned about EPA issues etc.
But it has a value somewhere.
Do scrap metal dealers buy it?
Is there a price/lb?


Suggest someone bring it to a local HS/college lab.
Makes a great class demo:
Put it in a clear quart container. Put water in another clear quart
container. Have class pass by, each student lifting the quart of water,
then merc.
Most will not be able to lift the quart of mercury--for two reasons: some
simply don't have the strength, but for many, it is so unexpectedly heavy,
they think it's actually glued to the counter top, and stop trying.

2# vs. about 28#, more than a 25# barbell plate--not easy to lift off
balance or out of position.
--
DT

Yeah! And if one of them gets a hernia, who's to blame?

Bob Swinney


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Old July 29th 08, 08:47 PM posted to rec.crafts.metalworking
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Default What is mercury worth?


clare at snyder dot ontario dot canada wrote in message
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On Mon, 28 Jul 2008 14:15:37 -0400, "DrollTroll"
wrote:


"RB" wrote in message
...
Estate sale, fellow has about 5 lbs of liquid metallic mercury.
it was used as adjustable mass/weight in benchrest rifles.
Owner/heir is concerned about EPA issues etc.
But it has a value somewhere.
Do scrap metal dealers buy it?
Is there a price/lb?


Suggest someone bring it to a local HS/college lab.
Makes a great class demo:
Put it in a clear quart container. Put water in another clear quart
container. Have class pass by, each student lifting the quart of water,
then merc.
Most will not be able to lift the quart of mercury--for two reasons: some
simply don't have the strength, but for many, it is so unexpectedly heavy,
they think it's actually glued to the counter top, and stop trying.

2# vs. about 28#, more than a 25# barbell plate--not easy to lift off
balance or out of position.



Except 5lbs is a lot less than a quart - and, obviously, weighs only 5
lb, not 28.


Just a guess, but I'll hazard that your density exceeds that of mercury.
--
DT



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