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Message 1267722 - Posted: 4 Aug 2012, 22:18:27 UTC

I'm sure lots of us have replaced our filament bulbs with energy saving light bulbs and whatnot to reduce our leccy bills. But, after having a few break on me I've wondered about the mercury that ends up, erm, somewhere about the house (seriously, I once sneezed while replacing a light and it smashed on the floor). Anyone have any ideas as how to find the mercury without having to get a forensics team in? Are you worried about the mercury that can end up in your home? How can you get rid of it? Advice and everything else on this subject is welcomed.
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Message 1267726 - Posted: 4 Aug 2012, 22:28:14 UTC

I have yet to break one. I also take them to Home Depot for recycling as they promise to deal with the mercury.
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Message 1267730 - Posted: 4 Aug 2012, 22:40:36 UTC - in response to Message 1267726.

I have yet to break one. I also take them to Home Depot for recycling as they promise to deal with the mercury.

You've never dropped one or anything? As to the recycling, yep, the ones that "go" I take to a specific recycling place to be dealt with. The problem being you have to do a search to find them.
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Message 1267740 - Posted: 4 Aug 2012, 23:10:42 UTC

We have a 2-phenylhydrazide spray in the lab to test for the presence of mercury (and a few other heavy metals). Spray on and warm for a couple of minutes, if it goes dark blue there is mercury present.
Where one would find it outside the lab i'm not sure.
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Message 1267981 - Posted: 5 Aug 2012, 16:35:20 UTC - in response to Message 1267730.

I have yet to break one. I also take them to Home Depot for recycling as they promise to deal with the mercury.

You've never dropped one or anything? As to the recycling, yep, the ones that "go" I take to a specific recycling place to be dealt with. The problem being you have to do a search to find them.

I have never dropped one. I am extremely careful handling them as I really don't want to deal with any mercury.

I have broken a mercury thermometer though. I shook it a little to hard when shaking it down.
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Message 1268706 - Posted: 7 Aug 2012, 10:32:27 UTC

Get rid of Mercury
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