What is mercury worth?

Estate sale, fellow has about 5 lbs of liquid metallic mercury.
it was used as adjustable mass/weight in benchrest rifles.
Owner/heir is concerned about EPA issues etc.
But it has a value somewhere.
Do scrap metal dealers buy it?
Is there a price/lb?
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RB
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I see it for sale for about $6/lb, I see it asked for, willing to pay $1.50/lb.
Find a taker for any price, its more of a liability (in the current eco-climate) than an assett.
Googling ' mercury scrap price ' turns up a few listings.
Dave
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spamTHISbrp
Just beware -- it's hazardous, and he's trying to get rid of it, so by the EPA's logic it's not 'useful scrap' it's 'hazardous waste'. If you accept it from him you're not an amateur 'scrap dealer' you're an 'unlicensed disposal facility'.
In the Portland, Oregon area a homeowner can take that sort of thing to the Metro gov'mint garbage transfer station and they'll deal with it for you, where a commercial enterprise would have to spend a day signing forms.
Then instead of seeing it recycled they put it in a drum and ship it off to a hazardous waste dump in Arlington, OR, where it sits until the drum rusts through (but at least, as a homeowner, you don't have your name on the drum forever more so you can be blamed for following the law 50 years down the road).
I'm so glad I have a wise and benevolent government taking care of me.
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Tim Wescott
Suggest someone bring it to a local HS/college lab. Makes a great class demo: Put it in a clear quart container. Put water in another clear quart container. Have class pass by, each student lifting the quart of water, then merc. Most will not be able to lift the quart of mercury--for two reasons: some simply don't have the strength, but for many, it is so unexpectedly heavy, they think it's actually glued to the counter top, and stop trying.
2# vs. about 28#, more than a 25# barbell plate--not easy to lift off balance or out of position.
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DrollTroll
You could also check around for your local gold prospecting clubs. Maybe a prospector has a use for it. GPAA can provide you with the name of GPAA clubs in your area. If you have a prospection/metal detector store in your area, check with them.
Jim
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Jim Chandler
Except 5lbs is a lot less than a quart - and, obviously, weighs only 5 lb, not 28. ** Posted from
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clare at snyder dot ontario do
One of the kids WILL lift it, then drop it. That could be a problem.
Thank You, Randy
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Randy
Yeah! And if one of them get a hernia who's to blame?
Bob Swinney
Suggest someone bring it to a local HS/college lab. Makes a great class demo: Put it in a clear quart container. Put water in another clear quart container. Have class pass by, each student lifting the quart of water, then merc. Most will not be able to lift the quart of mercury--for two reasons: some simply don't have the strength, but for many, it is so unexpectedly heavy, they think it's actually glued to the counter top, and stop trying.
2# vs. about 28#, more than a 25# barbell plate--not easy to lift off balance or out of position.
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Robert Swinney
Suggest someone bring it to a local HS/college lab. Makes a great class demo: Put it in a clear quart container. Put water in another clear quart container. Have class pass by, each student lifting the quart of water, then merc. Most will not be able to lift the quart of mercury--for two reasons: some simply don't have the strength, but for many, it is so unexpectedly heavy, they think it's actually glued to the counter top, and stop trying.
2# vs. about 28#, more than a 25# barbell plate--not easy to lift off balance or out of position.
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Robert Swinney
Just a guess, but I'll hazard that your density exceeds that of mercury.
Reply to
DrollTroll
Some idiot science teacher in a local middle school sprinkled a small amount of mercury on a lab table to show the kids how the drops roll. That episode cost the school district a few thousand dollars in monitoring and cleanup. If a quart of mercury was dropped, there would be a financial disaster.
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ATP*
Which of course was a knee-jerk bureaucratic reaction by some asshole.
Of course, the above quart demo would be done with frozen mercury.
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DrollTroll
That's today's reality, whether you agree with it or not.
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ATP*
Whatever you do with it, ITS A FELONY! Just kidding, but you need to send it to me. It is useful here in the Mother Lode for gold recovery.
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Stupendous Man
Make motors, Make mirrors
It is useful in the right hands, causes chills in some if they know, and hasmat.
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Martin H. Eastburn
I still have a little over three pounds of it, which I intend to keep as long as I keep my Hi-Standard Supermatic pistol. Lead builds up in the muzzle brake, and mercury is the only thing that will get it out without damage. I used it in a single-shot rifle in which I shot lead bullets, too, but that one is long gone.
-- Ed Huntress
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Ed Huntress
Back when I was a kid, we used a mixture od asbestos and plaster of paris as a modelling "clay".Made all sorts of electrical aparatus with mercury. Some people think I'm crazy - mabee the "mad as a hatter" syndrome from the mercury?????
Yes, the stuff CAN be dangerous - but the world has gone totally overboard - anything that could POSSIBLY hurt us is controlled to the enth degree - while WHAT IS KILLING US is largely unaddressed. (and when "they" get around to addressing whatever that is, they'll go overboard again, as usual) ** Posted from
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clare at snyder dot ontario do
The danger of mercury lies primarily with its organic compounds. Liquid, metallic mercury itself is not particularly toxic. The problem, of course, is that letting it out into the environment allows the production of organic compounds.
-- Ed Huntress
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Ed Huntress
I should hope not as they used to mix it with silver and poke it in your teeth.
Bruce-in-Bangkok (correct Address is bpaige125atgmaildotcom)
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Bruce in Bangkok
If you mean by "I should hope not" that metallic mercury is relatively safe, yes, that's the example often used in explaining it.
-- Ed Huntress
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Ed Huntress

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