Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2009 09:36:58 -0500
Reply-To: "Long, Don" <don.long**At_Symbol_Here**WGINT.COM>
Sender: DCHAS-L Discussion List <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU>
From: "Long, Don" <don.long**At_Symbol_Here**WGINT.COM>
Subject: Re: Picric acid
Comments: To: Chrismarlowe
In-Reply-To: A<3E675981A7234BD090E6DC380891A15F**At_Symbol_Here**CC152476B>

That may be a good way to pull teeth or activate a claymore, but it 
probably isn't the safest way to handle potential explosive chemicals. I 
really hope no one actually tries this.

Don A. Long
Southwest Research Institute Laboratory
Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility
PO Box 20130
White Hall, AR  71612

-----Original Message-----
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU]On Behalf Of
Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 8:43 AM
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Picric acid


Lyle Phifer, Russ' father, taught me a technique for opening containers 
peroxide formers. 

- Gently place the container in a vise. 

- Tighten the vise on the container so that it that can resist the twist
described below. 

	- Placing a round container in a vise with flat jaws may require
	  engineering, but you'll figure it out. 

- Wrap a string at least a dozen times around the cap in a 

	- Kite string might be appropriate

- Extend the string to the other side of the room, or even around a 

- Pull on the string steadily, but firmly

- The cap will unscrew with no one near to be hurt if an explosion 

I have not needed this technique, but I continue to think it would work
quite well. 

Stay healthy,
Chris Marlowe
42 Highlander Dr
Scotch Plains, NJ  07076
908 / 754 - 5160 (home)
732 / 539 - 8128 (cell)

Previous post   |  Top of Page   |   Next post

The content of this page reflects the personal opinion(s) of the author(s) only, not the American Chemical Society, ILPI, Safety Emporium, or any other party. Use of any information on this page is at the reader's own risk. Unauthorized reproduction of these materials is prohibited. Send questions/comments about the archive to
The maintenance and hosting of the DCHAS-L archive is provided through the generous support of Safety Emporium.