Author Topic: Making a ghetto condenser from a fluoro light bulb  (Read 788 times)

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Making a ghetto condenser from a fluoro light bulb
« on: July 24, 2003, 09:40:00 PM »
I have been searching for weeks on how to make a condenser from a fluoro light bulb. I've even tried Rhodiums site with no luck. I've entered every combination of words I can think of. Any help or advice would be very much appreciated.


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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2003, 10:04:00 PM »
if im not mistaken, isnt the coating on the inside of flourecent light bulbs pretty toxic? if so, one wouldnt want it mixing with thier goodies.
wouldn't the glass a bit/fragile thin for that?
also, under subject/body, search for "build a" and a good post for building one is in there.


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I believe it can be cleaned out with solvents....
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2003, 11:12:00 PM »
I believe it can be cleaned out with solvents....I'll try your search idea....thanks


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This can't be a good idea...
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2003, 11:13:00 PM »
It sounds like you're begging for a disaster. A failed reaction at best, but a whole lot worse is likely. There have been other ways of building your own condenser discussed at the hive.


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it´s possible
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2003, 05:58:00 AM »
but by no way worth the effort.
Buy a flask, a Liebig-condensor and a aquarium waterpump. Also Escobar had to make some investments before taking over the Medellin-cartel.  ;)

Basically: You need a Dremel diamond cutter or forget it. Wrap tube with PVC tape and cut tube on both ends. Have more tubes by hand it won´t work first time. Wash and brush the white stuff out, use gloves. The stuff isn´t healthy but no deadly poison, the mercury content is miniscuous. Wrap ends thick with teflon tape and remember not to push the tube inside something or it will break. For the waterjacket any plastictube may be used - the space between inner and outer tubeshouldn´t be to big, 2 to 5 mm is ok. Use silicon sealant on the ends and glue in waterin and outlet. This is to be run on a aquarium waterpump not on a full power open faucet! (No lab-condensor is to be run this way).
- The quite fragile ends can be reinforced by a cement/waterglass mix this way a kinsd of conus can be formed and wrapped with teflon tape connected to standard glassware.

But again: It not worth the effort, by no way. It is neither easy nor cheap in the end.
I had invested already to much time - and ego - so I had to finish it. Don´t do it if you arn´t a genius in craftmansship or willing to suffer.


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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2003, 06:41:00 AM »
Take it from someone who tried doing it the cheap way and now is the proud owner of a useless pile of shit.

I hope I never read another thread with the word "ghetto" in it.

Rag is giving you the right advice. Take your time and get the proper equipment. ;)


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I found this a long time ago ...
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2003, 07:45:00 AM »
I found this a long time ago

Post 377897 (missing)

(TrickEMethod: "$30 -> 1st class condenser 100% OTC", Chemicals & Equipment)
. It may bee of some use to you.