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Old 28th Jun 2011, 09:27   #1
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Galileo thermometer broken, never had I seen such an aweful chemical reaction

As title, had the unfortunate mishap of dropping my Galileo thermometer as I was cleaning last night and it smashed on the corner of my table and dripped down the side of a shelf. What happened was:

-Melted a book and the ink was dripping off it like water
-Melted a CD, literally plastic was dripping off like lava
-Took the varnish clean off the shelf
-Dripped onto some weights I had on my floor as I quickly tried to move them a damp dumbbell rubbed against my hand and transferred the black paint on the metal to my hand burning it badly in the process.

- Finally obviously the fumes were terrible, we opened the windows and put a fan over it to try and evaporate it, not much was gone 3 hours later, we of course tried mopping it up with tissue and old towels but it just smeared, took all night to disappear, in the process however tissue paper had fused to the shelf and carpet

Anyways I think it was one from years ago (made outside UK regs?), HIGHLY DANGEROUS, just a warning to you all if you have one -cannot- believe these are allowed to be sold.

A quick google says some of them can contain Diethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether 2(2-Butoxyethoxy) (ethanol) and Hydrotreated heavy naphtha (petroleum).

But I reckon it had other stuff also, any you guys had this happen ?

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Old 28th Jun 2011, 09:29   #2
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Sounds pretty horrific!

I've always wanted one though

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Old 28th Jun 2011, 09:30   #3
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That sounds awesome.


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Old 28th Jun 2011, 09:30   #4
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Eek. I must be careful with mine now I have read that

Oh and we require pics!

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Old 28th Jun 2011, 09:31   #5
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That sounds awesome.
Really wasn't, eventually had to sleep in the room as was my bedroom, Im genuinely concerned about long term health from it, I feel totally awful today, like hungover and confused (had to find out from someone this morning what day it was)

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Old 28th Jun 2011, 09:31   #6
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Crikey, nothing as bad as that has ever happened.

Any pics?

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Old 28th Jun 2011, 09:33   #7
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Old 28th Jun 2011, 09:33   #8
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If anything like this were to happen to me I would be taking pics and videos like crazy! Poor show OP

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Old 28th Jun 2011, 09:38   #9
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Im at work now! will get pics when home and dig out victims (book etc) when im home

Besides it was genuinely awful, as I said about health concerns and trying to save my room - pics were the last thing on my mind!

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Old 28th Jun 2011, 09:44   #10
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A solvent. Not exactly a rarity.

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Old 28th Jun 2011, 09:45   #11
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Old 28th Jun 2011, 09:52   #12
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A solvent. Not exactly a rarity.
Yeah, but anything off the shelf iv ever used (white sprits, paint stripper whatever etc i.e. anything you can legally buy) is no where near the potency of this stuff, it makes everything else iv ever seen look like water!

EDIT: Oh forgot say main point of this thread is a warning, and if any of your kids have one in there room, get it out now !! lol

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Old 28th Jun 2011, 10:11   #13
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That's pretty crazy. Had to look up what it was, and just looking at it I'd assume it was water or something quite harmless inside, there is no warning given about it. Should certainly have a warning if it is to be sold, a mercury thermometer would do wouldn't it?

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Old 28th Jun 2011, 10:20   #14
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Was it just the liquid surrounding the coloured balls that leaked out or was it the liquid inside them that leaked out ?

I have one on my shelf now so I will definitely be more careful when moving it.

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Old 28th Jun 2011, 10:22   #15
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Sounds awful mate - like the result of napalm/flamethrower just without the fire!
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Old 28th Jun 2011, 10:23   #16
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Yeah, but anything off the shelf iv ever used (white sprits, paint stripper whatever etc i.e. anything you can legally buy) is no where near the potency of this stuff, it makes everything else iv ever seen look like water!
You can legally buy sulphuric acid from loads of places, this is nothing in comparison. Lots of chemicals "melt" plastics and paint but are relatively harmless to people.

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A solvent. Not exactly a rarity.
heh half my keyboard keys are slightly melted my mouse has my finger prints melted into it from a certain solvent

Leaky bottle and not washing hands is bad

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Old 28th Jun 2011, 10:26   #18
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Yes I can imagine which one Tefal.

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Yeah, but anything off the shelf iv ever used (white sprits, paint stripper whatever etc i.e. anything you can legally buy) is no where near the potency of this stuff, it makes everything else iv ever seen look like water!

EDIT: Oh forgot say main point of this thread is a warning, and if any of your kids have one in there room, get it out now !! lol
like energize says there are lots of solvents that will melt plastic paints and inks without blinking look horrific but really aren't a dangerous to people at all.

As shown by you still having skin.

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Old 28th Jun 2011, 10:28   #20
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Probably worth going to the doctor if you dont start to feel better soon.
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EDIT: Oh forgot say main point of this thread is a warning, and if any of your kids have one in there room, get it out now !! lol
Why? Just tell them not to break it

Unless you're tallking like 3 and under, then you wouldn't have a glass object in there anyway.

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Sounds cool!

Whilst I'm confident I won't break ours I'm not so sure the cats will promise... they do have a tendency to leap around!

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OP, why don't you refill it with this.

http://www.abbey-chemicals.co.uk/ind...roducts_id=581

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That is just damn scary.

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like energize says there are lots of solvents that will melt plastic paints and inks without blinking look horrific but really aren't a dangerous to people at all.

As shown by you still having skin.
Well yes about skin, but Diethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether 2(2-Butoxyethoxy) (ethanol) and Hydrotreated heavy naphtha iv just done some readin up on:

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Moderate respiratory exposure to 2-butoxyethanol often results in irritation of mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and throat. Heavy exposure via respiratory, dermal or oral routes can lead to hypotension, metabolic acidosis, hemolysis, pulmonary edema and coma.
Now of course im mostly fine, but I did forget the day today, which is a funny sensation and im generally very spaced out, so probably moderate exposure here, I got the full waft of the vapor for a long period of time unfort :/

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so probably hypochondria
Fixed.

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Definitely something funny in yours to cause that kind of reaction. My children broke mine playing with a football in the house. Whilst whatever was inside it didn't smell too nice it certainly didn't cause any chemical reactions.


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Old 28th Jun 2011, 11:05   #28
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lol - you big girl. there are far more dangerous solvents in various everyday products.
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Well yes about skin, but Diethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether 2(2-Butoxyethoxy) (ethanol) and Hydrotreated heavy naphtha iv just done some readin up on:



Now of course im mostly fine, but I did forget the day today, which is a funny sensation and im generally very spaced out, so probably moderate exposure here, I got the full waft of the vapor for a long period of time unfort :/
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Fixed.
Lol! I was trying to ninja edit that before someone posted exactly that, it's not an ocuk 'I left chickin inthe fridge for 2 mins will I die if I eat it'

I think it was a cheap chinese one with the wrong sort of chemical in that did the job - I know I'll b ok and I'm not tryin b funny but genuinely dodgy stuff in it

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Definitely something funny in yours to cause that kind of reaction. My children broke mine playing with a football in the house. Whilst whatever was inside it didn't smell too nice it certainly didn't cause any chemical reactions.
as above I think it was a cheap non 'ce' marked one

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I know I'll b ok and I'm not tryin b funny
OP's grammar is all over the place. He could be in real trouble!


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