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dhascall wrote:

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Jeffer - If they could have repaired the crack, that would have been $0 out of pocket but the crack was a bit too long and had a couple of zags. 

 

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In SC, it doesn't matter, repair/replace $0 deductable, as this guy found out:  

 

http://1newthingaday.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/south-carolinas-windshield-replacement-law/

 

And, it doesn't even have to be the windshield,  When thieves smashed the passenger-side window of our van to snatch her purse several years ago, we had a new window in the van that same day; no charge.

 

But, he does say the SC is one of only 4 states with that proviso.   Weather is usually pretty nice here, too. Smiley Happy

 


dhascall wrote:

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Jeffer - If they could have repaired the crack, that would have been $0 out of pocket but the crack was a bit too long and had a couple of zags. 

 

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In SC, it doesn't matter, repair/replace $0 deductable, as this guy found out:  

 

http://1newthingaday.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/south-carolinas-windshield-replacement-law/

 

And, it doesn't even have to be the windshield,  When thieves smashed the passenger-side window of our van to snatch her purse several years ago, we had a new window in the van that same day; no charge.

 

But, he does say the SC is one of only 4 states with that proviso.   Weather is usually pretty nice here, too. Smiley Happy

 

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Uni - We do have full coverage on the Windstar but we carry a $500 deductible.  The replacement is way less than that.  State Farm is good insurance but they had lawsuits galore around here after failing to pay out in 2007 over a hail storm.

 

It is pretty cool to see the Iridium's do that.  That website has predictions for them, the ISS, and tons of other cool nighttime things in the sky.  They will probably track Comet ISON and currently have a map up showing where it is, now.  It's a good companion site to spaceweather.com,

 

Jeffer - If they could have repaired the crack, that would have been $0 out of pocket but the crack was a bit too long and had a couple of zags. 

 

I turned a corner and the snow and ice on the roof slid free and right down the drivers side of the windshield.  My dumb luck.  The snow sliding on the roof and cascading down was unbelievably loud.


 

Interesting Dave since I too have a $500 deductible but don't have to pay anything out-of-pocket for any glass repairs. The crack in my wife's windshield was only about 8" long coming up from the middle/bottom and they still replaced it. State-by-state law is pretty cloudy on which ones mandate windshield/glass replacement by insurance companies w/o any deductible. Couldn't find anything on Indiana or Ohio in regards to this.

 

As Jeffer was mentioning there are some states which mandate this includes South Carolina & Kentucky for all auto glass and believe Arizona may be in there too. Then Florida and Massachusetts for windshields only w/o deductibles.

 

Luckily I've had good luck with State Farm paying every claim I've submitted. Glad I don't visit the small-town local insurance agent's office more than once every couple years. My agent's about nuts and the last time I was in his office with everybody gone for the day he said, "wanna see my new toy?". He pulled a loaded 5 shot .50 cal short-nosed revolver out of his desk. Duh, no thanks. Smiley Surprised

 

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Uni - We do have full coverage on the Windstar but we carry a $500 deductible.  The replacement is way less than that.  State Farm is good insurance but they had lawsuits galore around here after failing to pay out in 2007 over a hail storm.

 

It is pretty cool to see the Iridium's do that.  That website has predictions for them, the ISS, and tons of other cool nighttime things in the sky.  They will probably track Comet ISON and currently have a map up showing where it is, now.  It's a good companion site to spaceweather.com,

 

Jeffer - If they could have repaired the crack, that would have been $0 out of pocket but the crack was a bit too long and had a couple of zags. 

 

I turned a corner and the snow and ice on the roof slid free and right down the drivers side of the windshield.  My dumb luck.  The snow sliding on the roof and cascading down was unbelievably loud.


 

Interesting Dave since I too have a $500 deductible but don't have to pay anything out-of-pocket for any glass repairs. The crack in my wife's windshield was only about 8" long coming up from the middle/bottom and they still replaced it. State-by-state law is pretty cloudy on which ones mandate windshield/glass replacement by insurance companies w/o any deductible. Couldn't find anything on Indiana or Ohio in regards to this.

 

As Jeffer was mentioning there are some states which mandate this includes South Carolina & Kentucky for all auto glass and believe Arizona may be in there too. Then Florida and Massachusetts for windshields only w/o deductibles.

 

Luckily I've had good luck with State Farm paying every claim I've submitted. Glad I don't visit the small-town local insurance agent's office more than once every couple years. My agent's about nuts and the last time I was in his office with everybody gone for the day he said, "wanna see my new toy?". He pulled a loaded 5 shot .50 cal short-nosed revolver out of his desk. Duh, no thanks. Smiley Surprised

 

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It's not about glass....but we have $1,000 deductible on our car's comprehensive.  So when we got rear ended in the grocery store parking lot last summer......it was $800+ out of pocket to fix our car.  Her insurance company refused to pay and since it was on private property and no one injured the police department wasn't even interested.

 

My 13 yr. old buddy, Alfie, got bathed, groomed & generally pampered this afternoon.  He may be old....but he looks a lot better than I do....that's for sure:

 

 

 

Unfortunately having to compress the image so much to get the file size down to a size that the forum will accept causes softness in a picture that was originally quite sharp.

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It's not about glass....but we have $1,000 deductible on our car's comprehensive.  So when we got rear ended in the grocery store parking lot last summer......it was $800+ out of pocket to fix our car.  Her insurance company refused to pay and since it was on private property and no one injured the police department wasn't even interested.

 

My 13 yr. old buddy, Alfie, got bathed, groomed & generally pampered this afternoon.  He may be old....but he looks a lot better than I do....that's for sure:

 

 

 

Unfortunately having to compress the image so much to get the file size down to a size that the forum will accept causes softness in a picture that was originally quite sharp.

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It's not about glass....but we have $1,000 deductible on our car's comprehensive.  So when we got rear ended in the grocery store parking lot last summer......it was $800+ out of pocket to fix our car.  Her insurance company refused to pay and since it was on private property and no one injured the police department wasn't even interested.

 

My 13 yr. old buddy, Alfie, got bathed, groomed & generally pampered this afternoon.  He may be old....but he looks a lot better than I do....that's for sure:

 

 

 

Unfortunately having to compress the image so much to get the file size down to a size that the forum will accept causes softness in a picture that was originally quite sharp.


Very nice pic! I hope Alfie's doing better since he wasn't feeling too well. Smiley Happy

 




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hpmsrm wrote:

It's not about glass....but we have $1,000 deductible on our car's comprehensive.  So when we got rear ended in the grocery store parking lot last summer......it was $800+ out of pocket to fix our car.  Her insurance company refused to pay and since it was on private property and no one injured the police department wasn't even interested.

 

My 13 yr. old buddy, Alfie, got bathed, groomed & generally pampered this afternoon.  He may be old....but he looks a lot better than I do....that's for sure:

 

 

 

Unfortunately having to compress the image so much to get the file size down to a size that the forum will accept causes softness in a picture that was originally quite sharp.


Very nice pic! I hope Alfie's doing better since he wasn't feeling too well. Smiley Happy

 




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Dcookie wrote:

Very nice pic! I hope Alfie's doing better since he wasn't feeling too well. Smiley Happy


Yes, DC, I think he's doing better.  He's still on antibiotics and, of course, they not only kill the bad bugs but also the good bacteria that are necessary in an animal's gut for proper digestion.  So, for now, I have to add crystalline pro-biotic to his food to restore the good bacteria.  No more display of any blood so that is a good sign and his B.M. is beginning to firm up and he is eating better also. That's good too.  At his age he doesn't recover from these things as quickly as he used to do.  Hmmmm.  That sounds familiar.  Neither do I.

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Dcookie wrote:

Very nice pic! I hope Alfie's doing better since he wasn't feeling too well. Smiley Happy


Yes, DC, I think he's doing better.  He's still on antibiotics and, of course, they not only kill the bad bugs but also the good bacteria that are necessary in an animal's gut for proper digestion.  So, for now, I have to add crystalline pro-biotic to his food to restore the good bacteria.  No more display of any blood so that is a good sign and his B.M. is beginning to firm up and he is eating better also. That's good too.  At his age he doesn't recover from these things as quickly as he used to do.  Hmmmm.  That sounds familiar.  Neither do I.

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hpmsrm wrote:

Dcookie wrote:

Very nice pic! I hope Alfie's doing better since he wasn't feeling too well. Smiley Happy


Yes, DC, I think he's doing better.  He's still on antibiotics and, of course, they not only kill the bad bugs but also the good bacteria that are necessary in an animal's gut for proper digestion.  So, for now, I have to add crystalline pro-biotic to his food to restore the good bacteria.  No more display of any blood so that is a good sign and his B.M. is beginning to firm up and he is eating better also. That's good too.  At his age he doesn't recover from these things as quickly as he used to do.  Hmmmm.  That sounds familiar.  Neither do I.


That's good to hear. You and Alfie have yourselves a great day! Smiley Happy

 




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hpmsrm wrote:

Dcookie wrote:

Very nice pic! I hope Alfie's doing better since he wasn't feeling too well. Smiley Happy


Yes, DC, I think he's doing better.  He's still on antibiotics and, of course, they not only kill the bad bugs but also the good bacteria that are necessary in an animal's gut for proper digestion.  So, for now, I have to add crystalline pro-biotic to his food to restore the good bacteria.  No more display of any blood so that is a good sign and his B.M. is beginning to firm up and he is eating better also. That's good too.  At his age he doesn't recover from these things as quickly as he used to do.  Hmmmm.  That sounds familiar.  Neither do I.


That's good to hear. You and Alfie have yourselves a great day! Smiley Happy

 




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JefferMC wrote:

Speaking of Carbide, our literary society in college would fire off an acetylene cannon after every goal during important soccer games.  The acetylene came from Calcium Carbide and water.


 

It might have been methane from aluminum carbide or just plain old propane. Free acetylene above 15PSI is highly volatile in containment (like a cannon breach or barrel) and at 30PSI does not even need oxygen to ignite/explode. Just a slight miscalculation in the amount of calcium carbide or the delay before firing and they could've been picking cannon shrapnel out of their soccer fans. Ouch.

 

 

 




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JefferMC wrote:

Speaking of Carbide, our literary society in college would fire off an acetylene cannon after every goal during important soccer games.  The acetylene came from Calcium Carbide and water.


 

It might have been methane from aluminum carbide or just plain old propane. Free acetylene above 15PSI is highly volatile in containment (like a cannon breach or barrel) and at 30PSI does not even need oxygen to ignite/explode. Just a slight miscalculation in the amount of calcium carbide or the delay before firing and they could've been picking cannon shrapnel out of their soccer fans. Ouch.

 

 

 




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Computer-Joe wrote:

JefferMC wrote:

Speaking of Carbide, our literary society in college would fire off an acetylene cannon after every goal during important soccer games.  The acetylene came from Calcium Carbide and water.


 

It might have been methane from aluminum carbide or just plain old propane. Free acetylene above 15PSI is highly volatile in containment (like a cannon breach or barrel) and at 30PSI does not even need oxygen to ignite/explode. Just a slight miscalculation in the amount of calcium carbide or the delay before firing and they could've been picking cannon shrapnel out of their soccer fans. Ouch.

 

 


I helped get the chemicals once or twice.  It was at 15 PSI, put the water in the cannon in advance and drop the tiny amount of solid in when you want the boom.  No projectile.  No pressure tank.

 

The PVC should probably have been replaced every game.  OTOH, the Mythbusters made a black power and ball cannon out of duct tape and fired it several times.

 


Computer-Joe wrote:

JefferMC wrote:

Speaking of Carbide, our literary society in college would fire off an acetylene cannon after every goal during important soccer games.  The acetylene came from Calcium Carbide and water.


 

It might have been methane from aluminum carbide or just plain old propane. Free acetylene above 15PSI is highly volatile in containment (like a cannon breach or barrel) and at 30PSI does not even need oxygen to ignite/explode. Just a slight miscalculation in the amount of calcium carbide or the delay before firing and they could've been picking cannon shrapnel out of their soccer fans. Ouch.

 

 


I helped get the chemicals once or twice.  It was at 15 PSI, put the water in the cannon in advance and drop the tiny amount of solid in when you want the boom.  No projectile.  No pressure tank.

 

The PVC should probably have been replaced every game.  OTOH, the Mythbusters made a black power and ball cannon out of duct tape and fired it several times.

 

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JefferMC wrote:

Computer-Joe wrote:

JefferMC wrote:

Speaking of Carbide, our literary society in college would fire off an acetylene cannon after every goal during important soccer games.  The acetylene came from Calcium Carbide and water.


 

It might have been methane from aluminum carbide or just plain old propane. Free acetylene above 15PSI is highly volatile in containment (like a cannon breach or barrel) and at 30PSI does not even need oxygen to ignite/explode. Just a slight miscalculation in the amount of calcium carbide or the delay before firing and they could've been picking cannon shrapnel out of their soccer fans. Ouch.

 

 


I helped get the chemicals once or twice.  It was at 15 PSI, put the water in the cannon in advance and drop the tiny amount of solid in when you want the boom.  No projectile.  No pressure tank.

 

The PVC should probably have been replaced every game.  OTOH, the Mythbusters made a black power and ball cannon out of duct tape and fired it several times.

 


 

I've read where even a spark from static electricity can set off a charge in a black powder or acetylene cannon when you aren't expecting it. But on another note below is a pretty neat video showing the power of a small amount of acetylene mixed with the oxygen in the air when shot through a giant vortex cannon.

 

 

 

I live on a high sandstone ridge and only about 2-3 miles down the ridge there are huge orchards which have hail cannons. Very similar design to the one in the video but in an upright position with a small building protecting the base. They may even be bigger and when set off with a possible hail storm coming they rock the whole house. My wife still swears those cannons helped lead to the demise of my Great Pyrenees Hugo who was scared to death of thunder and  loud explosions. But at least he lived a good full life.

 

Last year I bought a high-quality acetylene torch set along with a medium sized tank of acetylene, a large tank of O2, and a medium sized tank of argon gas for my new used MIG welder. It worries me a little bit I have these tanks stored in the basement right under our bedroom but all the tanks have tested shut-off valves and I know how to use them safely.

 

 

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JefferMC wrote:

Computer-Joe wrote:

JefferMC wrote:

Speaking of Carbide, our literary society in college would fire off an acetylene cannon after every goal during important soccer games.  The acetylene came from Calcium Carbide and water.


 

It might have been methane from aluminum carbide or just plain old propane. Free acetylene above 15PSI is highly volatile in containment (like a cannon breach or barrel) and at 30PSI does not even need oxygen to ignite/explode. Just a slight miscalculation in the amount of calcium carbide or the delay before firing and they could've been picking cannon shrapnel out of their soccer fans. Ouch.

 

 


I helped get the chemicals once or twice.  It was at 15 PSI, put the water in the cannon in advance and drop the tiny amount of solid in when you want the boom.  No projectile.  No pressure tank.

 

The PVC should probably have been replaced every game.  OTOH, the Mythbusters made a black power and ball cannon out of duct tape and fired it several times.

 


 

I've read where even a spark from static electricity can set off a charge in a black powder or acetylene cannon when you aren't expecting it. But on another note below is a pretty neat video showing the power of a small amount of acetylene mixed with the oxygen in the air when shot through a giant vortex cannon.

 

 

 

I live on a high sandstone ridge and only about 2-3 miles down the ridge there are huge orchards which have hail cannons. Very similar design to the one in the video but in an upright position with a small building protecting the base. They may even be bigger and when set off with a possible hail storm coming they rock the whole house. My wife still swears those cannons helped lead to the demise of my Great Pyrenees Hugo who was scared to death of thunder and  loud explosions. But at least he lived a good full life.

 

Last year I bought a high-quality acetylene torch set along with a medium sized tank of acetylene, a large tank of O2, and a medium sized tank of argon gas for my new used MIG welder. It worries me a little bit I have these tanks stored in the basement right under our bedroom but all the tanks have tested shut-off valves and I know how to use them safely.

 

 

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When I was a teenager....and very interested in all things related to chemistry, especially if they went "boom".....I was really into making my own fireworks.  It really is a bit of a miracle that I lived through my teen years.  Well....I did not use black powder.  Set out in the open and ignited it burns rather slowly.  No fun in that.  I was into flash powder....like used in the Chinese firecrackers.  Initially I made it with a mixture of powdered magnesium and potassium nitrate (saltpeter)Roll a tube of common typing paper and seal both ends with scotch tape....insert a fuse in one end and....it was a beautiful sound to hear.  To a teenagers ear, that is.   Well.....powdered magnesium will burn by itself if ignited, albeit slowly.  But mix it with potassium nitrate (which furnishes extra oxygen when burned) and you get a loud boom if it is contained in a sealed container like that paper tube.....but it flashes without noise if just poured out on the sidewalk and ignited.  Then I learned that potassium chlorate contained more oxygen which it released more readily to the chemical reaction, than the potassium nitrate did.   I learned very shortly that it was also somewhat unstable by itself and could be exploded just by grinding it or exposing it to any kind of igniter.  But that's another story.  Anyway......a good friend of mine.....a son of the president of one of the local banks in my hometown....and I were playing around with the flash powder (we called it experimenting).  We had not put the powder in a tube or anything to make a firecracker.  But it was in a mortar (like in mortar and pestle that chemists & pharmacists use for grinding and mixing compounds) and that mortar was made of pyrex glass.  Critical to the story is the information that he lived across the street from the local hospital.  Well, anyway......it was night time.  Very dark.  The streets were lined with cars of people visiting patients in the hospital.  We two budding chemists decided to set of some flash powder.  We put some in the glass mortar and stuck a fuse in it.  Lighted it and "got away".  But instead of the expected, noiseless, flash it went off with a "KAWHOOOM!".  The glass mortar was blown to tiny bits and for the next 5 seconds there were pieces of glass raining down on the roofs of all those cars within a hundred feet of ground zero.  It was very noisy to say the least and we two guys got the h--- out of there.....him to his house and me on my bike to my home a few blocks away.    The next morning my friend and his father were eating breakfast when the front door bell rang.  When his pop opened the door there stood a police officer.  Now he was there on completely different business but my friend did not know that.   Have you ever heard of a teenager having cardiac arrest?    It was many years before I ever messed with combustible chemicals again.  As I said......a miracle that I survived those years.  But, oh geez, it was a ball.

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When I was a teenager....and very interested in all things related to chemistry, especially if they went "boom".....I was really into making my own fireworks.  It really is a bit of a miracle that I lived through my teen years.  Well....I did not use black powder.  Set out in the open and ignited it burns rather slowly.  No fun in that.  I was into flash powder....like used in the Chinese firecrackers.  Initially I made it with a mixture of powdered magnesium and potassium nitrate (saltpeter)Roll a tube of common typing paper and seal both ends with scotch tape....insert a fuse in one end and....it was a beautiful sound to hear.  To a teenagers ear, that is.   Well.....powdered magnesium will burn by itself if ignited, albeit slowly.  But mix it with potassium nitrate (which furnishes extra oxygen when burned) and you get a loud boom if it is contained in a sealed container like that paper tube.....but it flashes without noise if just poured out on the sidewalk and ignited.  Then I learned that potassium chlorate contained more oxygen which it released more readily to the chemical reaction, than the potassium nitrate did.   I learned very shortly that it was also somewhat unstable by itself and could be exploded just by grinding it or exposing it to any kind of igniter.  But that's another story.  Anyway......a good friend of mine.....a son of the president of one of the local banks in my hometown....and I were playing around with the flash powder (we called it experimenting).  We had not put the powder in a tube or anything to make a firecracker.  But it was in a mortar (like in mortar and pestle that chemists & pharmacists use for grinding and mixing compounds) and that mortar was made of pyrex glass.  Critical to the story is the information that he lived across the street from the local hospital.  Well, anyway......it was night time.  Very dark.  The streets were lined with cars of people visiting patients in the hospital.  We two budding chemists decided to set of some flash powder.  We put some in the glass mortar and stuck a fuse in it.  Lighted it and "got away".  But instead of the expected, noiseless, flash it went off with a "KAWHOOOM!".  The glass mortar was blown to tiny bits and for the next 5 seconds there were pieces of glass raining down on the roofs of all those cars within a hundred feet of ground zero.  It was very noisy to say the least and we two guys got the h--- out of there.....him to his house and me on my bike to my home a few blocks away.    The next morning my friend and his father were eating breakfast when the front door bell rang.  When his pop opened the door there stood a police officer.  Now he was there on completely different business but my friend did not know that.   Have you ever heard of a teenager having cardiac arrest?    It was many years before I ever messed with combustible chemicals again.  As I said......a miracle that I survived those years.  But, oh geez, it was a ball.

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In my area, tonight, just before 9 PM, there will be a flaring iridium satelite.  It will be just shy of a -4 magnitude, which should be very bright.   On April 16th, there will be a -6 and that is about as most will get.  I did see a -8 once (those super bright ones occur only a few times a year) and it was so bright that the area where it was, before it dimmed, looked hazy afterwords.  Some brighter than -5 can be seen through clouds.

In my area, tonight, just before 9 PM, there will be a flaring iridium satelite.  It will be just shy of a -4 magnitude, which should be very bright.   On April 16th, there will be a -6 and that is about as most will get.  I did see a -8 once (those super bright ones occur only a few times a year) and it was so bright that the area where it was, before it dimmed, looked hazy afterwords.  Some brighter than -5 can be seen through clouds.

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When I was a teenager....and very interested in all things related to chemistry, especially if they went "boom".....I was really into making my own fireworks.  It really is a bit of a miracle that I lived through my teen years.  Well....I did not use black powder.  Set out in the open and ignited it burns rather slowly.  No fun in that.  I was into flash powder....like used in the Chinese firecrackers.  Initially I made it with a mixture of powdered magnesium and potassium nitrate (saltpeter)Roll a tube of common typing paper and seal both ends with scotch tape....insert a fuse in one end and....it was a beautiful sound to hear.  To a teenagers ear, that is.   Well.....powdered magnesium will burn by itself if ignited, albeit slowly.  But mix it with potassium nitrate (which furnishes extra oxygen when burned) and you get a loud boom if it is contained in a sealed container like that paper tube.....but it flashes without noise if just poured out on the sidewalk and ignited.  Then I learned that potassium chlorate contained more oxygen which it released more readily to the chemical reaction, than the potassium nitrate did.   I learned very shortly that it was also somewhat unstable by itself and could be exploded just by grinding it or exposing it to any kind of igniter.  But that's another story.  Anyway......a good friend of mine.....a son of the president of one of the local banks in my hometown....and I were playing around with the flash powder (we called it experimenting).  We had not put the powder in a tube or anything to make a firecracker.  But it was in a mortar (like in mortar and pestle that chemists & pharmacists use for grinding and mixing compounds) and that mortar was made of pyrex glass.  Critical to the story is the information that he lived across the street from the local hospital.  Well, anyway......it was night time.  Very dark.  The streets were lined with cars of people visiting patients in the hospital.  We two budding chemists decided to set of some flash powder.  We put some in the glass mortar and stuck a fuse in it.  Lighted it and "got away".  But instead of the expected, noiseless, flash it went off with a "KAWHOOOM!".  The glass mortar was blown to tiny bits and for the next 5 seconds there were pieces of glass raining down on the roofs of all those cars within a hundred feet of ground zero.  It was very noisy to say the least and we two guys got the h--- out of there.....him to his house and me on my bike to my home a few blocks away.    The next morning my friend and his father were eating breakfast when the front door bell rang.  When his pop opened the door there stood a police officer.  Now he was there on completely different business but my friend did not know that.   Have you ever heard of a teenager having cardiac arrest?    It was many years before I ever messed with combustible chemicals again.  As I said......a miracle that I survived those years.  But, oh geez, it was a ball.


 

Did you ever make silver nitride (contact explosive)? It's what they use in those little poppers you get around the fourth of July. Me and a friend made some (about a quart) and "painted" about 10 feet of the sidewalk in front of his house. Every time someone came along and stepped on it they'd get a pretty loud bang under their foot and a little red-orange cloud of smoke which would also stain the bottom of the shoes.

 

We also had a lot of fun with rocket engines and Tonka trucks.

 

 

 




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hpmsrm wrote:

When I was a teenager....and very interested in all things related to chemistry, especially if they went "boom".....I was really into making my own fireworks.  It really is a bit of a miracle that I lived through my teen years.  Well....I did not use black powder.  Set out in the open and ignited it burns rather slowly.  No fun in that.  I was into flash powder....like used in the Chinese firecrackers.  Initially I made it with a mixture of powdered magnesium and potassium nitrate (saltpeter)Roll a tube of common typing paper and seal both ends with scotch tape....insert a fuse in one end and....it was a beautiful sound to hear.  To a teenagers ear, that is.   Well.....powdered magnesium will burn by itself if ignited, albeit slowly.  But mix it with potassium nitrate (which furnishes extra oxygen when burned) and you get a loud boom if it is contained in a sealed container like that paper tube.....but it flashes without noise if just poured out on the sidewalk and ignited.  Then I learned that potassium chlorate contained more oxygen which it released more readily to the chemical reaction, than the potassium nitrate did.   I learned very shortly that it was also somewhat unstable by itself and could be exploded just by grinding it or exposing it to any kind of igniter.  But that's another story.  Anyway......a good friend of mine.....a son of the president of one of the local banks in my hometown....and I were playing around with the flash powder (we called it experimenting).  We had not put the powder in a tube or anything to make a firecracker.  But it was in a mortar (like in mortar and pestle that chemists & pharmacists use for grinding and mixing compounds) and that mortar was made of pyrex glass.  Critical to the story is the information that he lived across the street from the local hospital.  Well, anyway......it was night time.  Very dark.  The streets were lined with cars of people visiting patients in the hospital.  We two budding chemists decided to set of some flash powder.  We put some in the glass mortar and stuck a fuse in it.  Lighted it and "got away".  But instead of the expected, noiseless, flash it went off with a "KAWHOOOM!".  The glass mortar was blown to tiny bits and for the next 5 seconds there were pieces of glass raining down on the roofs of all those cars within a hundred feet of ground zero.  It was very noisy to say the least and we two guys got the h--- out of there.....him to his house and me on my bike to my home a few blocks away.    The next morning my friend and his father were eating breakfast when the front door bell rang.  When his pop opened the door there stood a police officer.  Now he was there on completely different business but my friend did not know that.   Have you ever heard of a teenager having cardiac arrest?    It was many years before I ever messed with combustible chemicals again.  As I said......a miracle that I survived those years.  But, oh geez, it was a ball.


 

Did you ever make silver nitride (contact explosive)? It's what they use in those little poppers you get around the fourth of July. Me and a friend made some (about a quart) and "painted" about 10 feet of the sidewalk in front of his house. Every time someone came along and stepped on it they'd get a pretty loud bang under their foot and a little red-orange cloud of smoke which would also stain the bottom of the shoes.

 

We also had a lot of fun with rocket engines and Tonka trucks.

 

 

 




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Dave:   I wonder if it was something like that satellite flare that you mention.....which I saw the other night.  I posted about it earlier.  Sure was bright and then blinked out, leaving no trace.

 

CJ:  Well.....it seems to me I've heard of that contact explosive but no, I never did experiment with anything like that.

 

I went on to be a chemistry major in college.  But I have never been much of a whiz in math.  So when the chemistry started to become more math than I could handle I ended up losing interest.  My weakness in math has always been a handicap for me because I've always been very, very interested in all things scientific.....especially physics....for which I'm ill equipped.  But I read a lot and try to keep up.

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Dave:   I wonder if it was something like that satellite flare that you mention.....which I saw the other night.  I posted about it earlier.  Sure was bright and then blinked out, leaving no trace.

 

CJ:  Well.....it seems to me I've heard of that contact explosive but no, I never did experiment with anything like that.

 

I went on to be a chemistry major in college.  But I have never been much of a whiz in math.  So when the chemistry started to become more math than I could handle I ended up losing interest.  My weakness in math has always been a handicap for me because I've always been very, very interested in all things scientific.....especially physics....for which I'm ill equipped.  But I read a lot and try to keep up.

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CJ, we never had access to silver nitrade but the local pharmacy sold us kids as much saltpeter (potassium nitrate) as we wanted. Mixed it with sugar and while it didn't explode it sure burned/flared up big time! I'll never forget my mom dragging my older brother and I up to the pharmacy while telling the pharmacist to quit selling us saltpeter. LOL, but real embarrassing.

 

Well this sure isn't good news the invasive giant Asian Carp may be in southern Lake Michigan and Lake Erie. I studied the Lake Erie ecosystem fairly closely while in school. One thing I don't understand about this article is they say the DNA from the Asian Carp may just be in the bird excrement from feeding on these carp while they really aren't finding any actual carp in the lakes. While this may be true have you ever wondered when digging a pond/lake in the middle of nowhere it automatically becomes stocked with area fish? It's because fish eggs are carried in on the legs/undersides of duck, geese and other waterfowl. Unfortunately I don't see how they're going to keep the Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes because of these waterfowl fish egg carriers. Smiley Sad

 

http://news.yahoo.com/report-asian-carp-may-reached-great-lakes-130205163.html

 

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CJ, we never had access to silver nitrade but the local pharmacy sold us kids as much saltpeter (potassium nitrate) as we wanted. Mixed it with sugar and while it didn't explode it sure burned/flared up big time! I'll never forget my mom dragging my older brother and I up to the pharmacy while telling the pharmacist to quit selling us saltpeter. LOL, but real embarrassing.

 

Well this sure isn't good news the invasive giant Asian Carp may be in southern Lake Michigan and Lake Erie. I studied the Lake Erie ecosystem fairly closely while in school. One thing I don't understand about this article is they say the DNA from the Asian Carp may just be in the bird excrement from feeding on these carp while they really aren't finding any actual carp in the lakes. While this may be true have you ever wondered when digging a pond/lake in the middle of nowhere it automatically becomes stocked with area fish? It's because fish eggs are carried in on the legs/undersides of duck, geese and other waterfowl. Unfortunately I don't see how they're going to keep the Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes because of these waterfowl fish egg carriers. Smiley Sad

 

http://news.yahoo.com/report-asian-carp-may-reached-great-lakes-130205163.html

 

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hpmsrm wrote:

Dave:   I wonder if it was something like that satellite flare that you mention.....which I saw the other night.  I posted about it earlier.  Sure was bright and then blinked out, leaving no trace.

 

CJ:  Well.....it seems to me I've heard of that contact explosive but no, I never did experiment with anything like that.

 

I went on to be a chemistry major in college.  But I have never been much of a whiz in math.  So when the chemistry started to become more math than I could handle I ended up losing interest.  My weakness in math has always been a handicap for me because I've always been very, very interested in all things scientific.....especially physics....for which I'm ill equipped.  But I read a lot and try to keep up.



Lol, Phil.  You must have missed my reply to your mystery lights.  See message 25 in this thread.  There is even a youtube video clip.  I thought that you might have missed it. Smiley Wink


hpmsrm wrote:

Dave:   I wonder if it was something like that satellite flare that you mention.....which I saw the other night.  I posted about it earlier.  Sure was bright and then blinked out, leaving no trace.

 

CJ:  Well.....it seems to me I've heard of that contact explosive but no, I never did experiment with anything like that.

 

I went on to be a chemistry major in college.  But I have never been much of a whiz in math.  So when the chemistry started to become more math than I could handle I ended up losing interest.  My weakness in math has always been a handicap for me because I've always been very, very interested in all things scientific.....especially physics....for which I'm ill equipped.  But I read a lot and try to keep up.



Lol, Phil.  You must have missed my reply to your mystery lights.  See message 25 in this thread.  There is even a youtube video clip.  I thought that you might have missed it. Smiley Wink

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Uniblurb3 wrote:

 

CJ, we never had access to silver nitrade but the local pharmacy sold us kids as much saltpeter (potassium nitrate) as we wanted. Mixed it with sugar and while it didn't explode it sure burned/flared up big time! I'll never forget my mom dragging my older brother and I up to the pharmacy while telling the pharmacist to quit selling us saltpeter. LOL, but real embarrassing.

 


We didn't buy it we made it. Fairly simple process but you have to be careful and not let it sit in the jar too long (or put a lid on it). Smiley Wink

 

 

 




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Uniblurb3 wrote:

 

CJ, we never had access to silver nitrade but the local pharmacy sold us kids as much saltpeter (potassium nitrate) as we wanted. Mixed it with sugar and while it didn't explode it sure burned/flared up big time! I'll never forget my mom dragging my older brother and I up to the pharmacy while telling the pharmacist to quit selling us saltpeter. LOL, but real embarrassing.

 


We didn't buy it we made it. Fairly simple process but you have to be careful and not let it sit in the jar too long (or put a lid on it). Smiley Wink

 

 

 




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Lol, Phil.  You must have missed my reply to your mystery lights.  See message 25 in this thread.  There is even a youtube video clip.  I thought that you might have missed it. Smiley Wink


Oh thanks, Dave.  Yes sir.  I sure did miss that reply.  Sorry about that.  I really don't know how I missed it but I did.  THAT explains what I saw exactly.  Watching with naked eye, after the brightest period....it just disappeared completely.  I was staring at that spot in the sky and surrounding area because I thought a satellite might be involved......or little gray men.

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Lol, Phil.  You must have missed my reply to your mystery lights.  See message 25 in this thread.  There is even a youtube video clip.  I thought that you might have missed it. Smiley Wink


Oh thanks, Dave.  Yes sir.  I sure did miss that reply.  Sorry about that.  I really don't know how I missed it but I did.  THAT explains what I saw exactly.  Watching with naked eye, after the brightest period....it just disappeared completely.  I was staring at that spot in the sky and surrounding area because I thought a satellite might be involved......or little gray men.

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hpmsrm wrote:

dhascall wrote:

Lol, Phil.  You must have missed my reply to your mystery lights.  See message 25 in this thread.  There is even a youtube video clip.  I thought that you might have missed it. Smiley Wink


Oh thanks, Dave.  Yes sir.  I sure did miss that reply.  Sorry about that.  I really don't know how I missed it but I did.  THAT explains what I saw exactly.  Watching with naked eye, after the brightest period....it just disappeared completely.  I was staring at that spot in the sky and surrounding area because I thought a satellite might be involved......or little gray men.


No problem.  Even after the flare, I would expect to see something but the satellites are really too small to be seen with the naked eye.  They just VANISH.  In the Heavens-above website's Iridium section, you can click a box for daytime predictions too and I have even seen a few in the daylight, albeit with the sun hidden behind something (like my house).  They look like a silver sphere.

 

Irdium's are the bane of some astronomers as an inopportune flare can ruin an astro photo. Smiley Wink


hpmsrm wrote:

dhascall wrote:

Lol, Phil.  You must have missed my reply to your mystery lights.  See message 25 in this thread.  There is even a youtube video clip.  I thought that you might have missed it. Smiley Wink


Oh thanks, Dave.  Yes sir.  I sure did miss that reply.  Sorry about that.  I really don't know how I missed it but I did.  THAT explains what I saw exactly.  Watching with naked eye, after the brightest period....it just disappeared completely.  I was staring at that spot in the sky and surrounding area because I thought a satellite might be involved......or little gray men.


No problem.  Even after the flare, I would expect to see something but the satellites are really too small to be seen with the naked eye.  They just VANISH.  In the Heavens-above website's Iridium section, you can click a box for daytime predictions too and I have even seen a few in the daylight, albeit with the sun hidden behind something (like my house).  They look like a silver sphere.

 

Irdium's are the bane of some astronomers as an inopportune flare can ruin an astro photo. Smiley Wink

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