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    Mercury ?

    Is Mercury still used to get gold ? I have a few vials at home that my father kept for a large clock.The pendulum had 2 glass vials and I no longer have use for it. Any advise would be appreciated as I think it must have some value. Thanks...

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    Re: Mercury ?

    Not much use except for fines recovery and uses quite a bit to work right and only worth a few bucks a pound,old mercury usually needs a cleaning. John

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    Re: Mercury ?

    If you google mercury recycling you may find a place to sell it or at least properly dispose of it. As a vapor it is pretty dangerous so not a smart thing to use as an untrained amateur. You could also reach out to a local prospecting club to sell/give it to someone who can use it safely...

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    Re: Mercury ?

    Thanks Hoser and kevin for your replies . No worries kevin as I am well trained in hazardous materials and all 4 vials are still sealed in the manufactures containers.
    Just to think as a kid it was fun to stick your fingers into the big vials and think nothing of it.
    I will put an ad on Craigs list to look for a local clock maker that can use it,if not I will just hold on to it and keep it safety stored..Thanks again and take care.

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    Re: Mercury ?

    What I find amazing is that when I was a kid in the 50's-80's mercury was readily available all over the place. We coated pennies and played with the stuff a lot and the only side effect was a real addiction to gold mining for over 55+ years?? OMG mercury causes gold addiction---just yet another reason to ban it tons a au 2 u 2 -John

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    Re: Mercury ?

    I agree with Hoser. I played with mercury as a kid and even swallowed some when I was about 5 and bit off the end of a (oral, NOT rectal) thermometer. Today I'm 65 and in better condition than most my age. Yes, mercury can be dangerous but common sense and an understanding of its properties can go a long way toward minimizing any danger. Get a good retort or learn to properly use nitric acid and mercury can be a good friend to the prospector. I have recovered and safely disposed of lots of mercury which was already in the environment. The same for lead as I have taken several pounds of it out of streams here in the northeast.

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    Re: Mercury ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoser John
    What I find amazing is that when I was a kid in the 50's-80's mercury was readily available all over the place. We coated pennies and played with the stuff a lot and the only side effect was a real addiction to gold mining for over 55+ years?? OMG mercury causes gold addiction---just yet another reason to ban it tons a au 2 u 2 -John
    LMAO, when i was in grade school, the teacher let us goof off with the stuff, may explain why i like to mine
    The enemies of liberty will not rest, and neither can we.

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    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

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    Re: Mercury ?

    In jr high I brought some to school. My friends and I goofed around with it at the lunch table...all still sane and healthy as far as I know. On the other hand it almost killed my high school chemistry teacher(!). My understanding is that breathing the vapor is the higher risk exposure (that is how the teacher explained it to us) - is that right?

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    Mar 2003
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    Re: Mercury ?

    Mercury starts to fumate at 68-72 degrees in accordance to the humidity,not good but really overblown warnings are the rage. Used it semi-monthly for at least 50 years and no side effects except gold addiction and the propensity to not take any shat---tons a au 2 u 2 -John

 

 

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