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Re: Possible solution

Posted By: SVP Neon Equipment
Date: Thursday, 29 April 2010, at 8:00 a.m.

In Response To: Possible solution (terlsworld)

> I am pretty much just a beginner asking
> stupid questions. see "How much to run
> gas burners" above but I read your post
> and I have an idea that may or may not help.
> It seems to me that if you turn in your boss
> to the EPA OSHA etc he will certainly know
> or at least strongly suspect it was you and
> you will likely be fired not a good thing in
> this economy. Or they might fine him or
> close him down. Also not going to help you.
> But what if you went to Home depot etc. and
> bought say a 50 ft 1 1/2" diameter
> plastic hose that you could then attach to
> the vacuum pump outlet to vent the mercury
> vapor outdoors or maybe to a vacuum trap
> that I have seen for sale before somewhere.
> I know when I bought my vacuum pump a trap
> for this sort of thing was one of the things
> that were offered as an accesory. I think
> you could buy the hose for maybe a 100
> dollars or less I am not sure what a trap
> would cost. If you offered to install this
> new safety equipment in your bosses shop for
> free on your own time I dont think any
> reasonable person would object unless he is
> a complete ass. Then you would be safe or at
> least much safer and there would be no hard
> feelings. Just a thought good luck.

Do you really think venting mercury vapor outdoors is a good idea? You may want to think that idea through a little more. And any type of trap containing mercury would have to be handled as toxic waste.

There are ways to do it and keep your manifold and pumps clean, but that still doesn't solve the problem of mercury vapor being released from the old glass while heating it in a fire. How do you propose to do that?

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