Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2006 14:32:00 -0600
Reply-To: William Parks <misterbill21225**At_Symbol_Here**EARTHLINK.NET>
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From: William Parks <misterbill21225**At_Symbol_Here**EARTHLINK.NET>
Subject: Fw: Unexpected outcomes

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From: William Parks=0D
Date: 03/10/06 13:32:13=0D
To: actsnyc**At_Symbol_Here**
Subject: Unexpected outcomes=0D
  In response to question 1, boiling ether is usually something I as a
professional recommend not happen. The boiling point is very low, the vap
concentration can build quickly, and as was discovered, the vapor is also
extremely flammable.=0D
If boiling ether is a requirement, I recommend that the ventilation rate=0D
inside the hood be increased to extract vapors more quickly, and maybe he
the flask in a water bath instead of directly on the burner. This will mo
likely take longer to produce the end result, but should be much safer. A
  keeping in mind the when compounds spontainiously ignite, if the contai
is closed, an explosion could occur, spreading the burning liquid and=0D
flammable gases into the lab and away from the protection of the hood. Th
hood should also be checked by a ventilation expert prior to reuse after 
fire to insure proper working condition.=0D
Question 2.=0D
Water baths work both ways. If the flask is placed in a water bath for=0D
heating, when the heat portion is completed, the bath is turned off, and 
liquid cools naturally, and slowly. These are 2 very important words to=0D
remember when heating and cooling highly flammable substances: easy and=0D
I can be reached directly at 479/685-9343, and can help you find a=0D
professional to assist with the fume hood.=0D
Bill Parks=0D
**Providing quality Occupational Safety and Health, Industrial Hygiene, a
nd Environmental services**

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