Mercury Test

4db0_ahs_4400-2I accomplished a number of small tasks this weekend – working on a plate polishing holder, charging up an iodine box – but the little exercise I thought I would post on was the test I did for mercury fumes. I wanted to test the new Mercury Indicator Powder I got from Lab Safety Supply.  A while ago a dear friend gave me some mercury in support of my dagurreian passion. It was an item he had picked up out of curiosity many years ago as a young man and had carted around with him from place to place. I don’t know how he had it stored when he had it, but it came to me in a polyethylene eye wash bottle sealed inside a gasketed Army surplus ammo can. I was curious to discover if polyethylene is mercury vapor proof. Read more »