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So I was working on my Mustang in the garage (a sweet 88' V6 with a little rust) and I spilled a little battery acid on my rope. The Lynard Skynnard was loud but not so loud that I forgot my highscool chemistry. I grabbed a bottle of bleach and dumped it over the affected area neutralizing the acid.

I'm glad I remembered to do that, ropes are expensive. Sometimes I think I'm a genius.
Orphaned
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You should now retire this rope or....YERGONNADIE! bradyk
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Mar 31, 2012
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Pictures of the rope please € $t0& 960 €®
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The correct choice would have been baking soda and copious quantities of water. As it is, you added an oxidizing base (bleach) to an oxidizing acid (sulfuric acid). It's probable the reaction of these two would have evolved chlorine gas. Another strong oxidizing agent. To make a long story short, your rope is now so much trash. OReid
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Chlorine gas is toxic should we send the paramedic? € $t0& 960 €®
From Colorado
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johnL wrote:
Paranoid

Medications
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From Colorado
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johnL wrote:
Paranoid


Your decision. I'm just telling you you're wrong about the chemistry.
OReid
From Denver, CO
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I'm reminded of the guy who had never seen a thermos bottle. brenta
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OReid wrote:
Your decision. I'm just telling you you're wrong about the chemistry.


Fffft. That my friend, is the sound a joke makes when it zings over your forehead.
From my perspective, john sounds super safe....he has a bomber rope and he is apparently off his meds. On belay sir.
J. Albers
From Colorado
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I knew a post-doc at a particular IV league institution who had the misfortune of spilling 12N HCl. Some of it splashed in his eyes. Fearing for his sight, he quickly splashed a concentrated sol'n of KOH in his eyes.

Lucky for you, your poorly planned science experiment only involved a rope.
bparry
From Branford
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Mar 31, 2012
This obviously isnt an issue. You only spilled a little bit of acid so the sheath definitely absorbed it and the core should be fine. You're lucky rope strength is provided by the core. frankstoneline
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Mar 31, 2012
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Hey seriously if you spill chemo all over yourself do you lose your hair? I was always curious about that. Medications in right dosages taken as prescribed could be a wonderful thing. € $t0& 960 €®
From Colorado
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It's a good thing it was only a V6 catalyst, 'cause that's weak shit at best...

Are you f'n kidding me, John? Your rope is toast.
Buff Johnson
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Maybe so, but I didn't try to get my rope to mate with a battery and make a bunch of little ropes. Buff Johnson
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Has anyone ever given electric ropes serious consideration? Mike Lane
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like a non-conducting type deal? Buff Johnson
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No, transmitting voltage. Batteries + ropes. Mike Lane
From Centennial, CO
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What a loser noob, still using rope. R. Moran
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If I remember, wet nylon offered a more conductive result applying Ohm's law. 'Dielectrics' were more insulative, but that being their purpose anyway; granted these are not climbing ropes. Buff Johnson
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johnL wrote:
So I was working on my Mustang in the garage (a sweet 88' V6 with a little rust) and I spilled a little battery acid on my rope. The Lynard Skynnard was loud but not so loud that I forgot my highscool chemistry. I grabbed a bottle of bleach and dumped it over the affected area neutralizing the acid. I'm glad I remembered to do that, ropes are expensive. Sometimes I think I'm a genius.


I spilled some wine on a shirt once. I just soaked the entire shirt in wine instead of trying to get that damn spot out. Next time soak the rope in whatever you spill on it, so at least you know it's evenly affected. Homogeneity is important.
Eric Krantz
From Black Hills
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Amateur hour. You should've used lye. It's a way better base and will leave a much purer salt in your rope. Also, get with the times and crank up some NOEffects. JesseT
From Portland, OR
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John Marsella wrote:
"nolar", duh

M is molar...N is 'normal', another measure of acidity that I can't remember what it stands for and I truly don't care anymore either.
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JesseT wrote:
Amateur hour. You should've used lye.


Remember when Joey put lye in the Bedbug's coffee? Man, that was sweet. Oh, wait. Mickey Rourke was Joey. "Joeeeeeey! Dey took my thumb!!!!" Yeah.
Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Woodchuck ATC wrote:
M is molar...N is 'normal', another measure of acidity that I can't remember what it stands for and I truly don't care anymore either.


N (normality) refers to the number of H+ ions in an acidic solution or OH- ions in a basic solution per liter. 6M HCl is the same as 6N HCl since it's monoprotic. 6M H2SO4 is equivalent to 12N H2SO4 since it's diprotic (effectively twice as acidic per mole).

Sorry about making this thread somewhat informative. Carry on.
JesseT
From Portland, OR
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Apr 3, 2012
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Your going to need a ton of Sharpie markers to color in your bleached rope. It's fine, I use it to mark the middles of all my ropes. T.Dailey
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