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  • What is this?

    I really don't know.

    J.C.
    Last edited by BobsPlumbing; 01-18-2010, 11:41 PM.

  • #2
    Re: What is this?

    Bowling balls???? Maybe
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    • #3
      Re: What is this?

      fire extinguisher, there glass balls filled with something that was to take the oxygen out of the air, I was told the chemical in them, was carbon tetrachloride. I think we still have one on the wall
      they made that type to throw and there was a type that was on the wall and had a heat sensitive plunger that would break the glass and the liquid would sprinkle on the area, (I have no idea on how effective they are or were),

      http://www.antiquemystique.com/pages/9366_jpg.htm

      http://www.antiquemystique.com/pages/6404_jpg.htm

      at least that is what it looks like to me,
      Last edited by BHD; 07-02-2009, 10:01 AM.
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      • #4
        Re: What is this?

        Wow - very interesting.

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        • #5
          Re: What is this?

          I got the following off the Internet. Stuff might be harmful, best not to risk exposure?
          In the past, carbon tetrachloride was widely used as a cleaning fluid, in industry and dry cleaning establishments as a degreasing agent, and in households as a spot remover for clothing, furniture, and carpeting. Carbon tetrachloride was also used in fire extinguishers and as a fumigant to kill insects in grain. Most of these uses were discontinued in the mid-1960s. Until recently, carbon tetrachloride was used as a pesticide, but this was stopped in 1986.

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          • #6
            Re: What is this?

            If I not mistaken this is the same type our local fire depts call out the Hazmat team to remove when they are found in old homes.

            I also seam to remember that they create a poison gas when burned
            I'm not sure if it originally did this or if it's from the chemical sitting so long it changes composition.

            Don't take any of this information as Fact as I'm going off my very poor memory and could well be wrong.

            One thing I know for sure is to be very cautious around them and the old brass/copper type that are about the size of a can of spray paint.
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            • #7
              Re: What is this?

              Originally posted by BHD View Post
              fire extinguisher, there glass balls filled with something that was to take the oxygen out of the air, I was told the chemical in them, was carbon tetrachloride. I think we still have one on the wall
              they made that type to throw and there was a type that was on the wall and had a heat sensitive plunger that would break the glass and the liquid would sprinkle on the area, (I have no idea on how effective they are or were),

              http://www.antiquemystique.com/pages/9366_jpg.htm

              http://www.antiquemystique.com/pages/6404_jpg.htm

              at least that is what it looks like to me,
              For someone who makes a living with their hands, you sure know a lot about finding stuff on the internet. Great find.
              Buy cheap, buy twice.

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              • #8
                Re: What is this?

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_extinguisher

                Please take a look at this and work your way down. You'll see a paragraph that starts out as Around 1912 Pyrene invented the carbon tetrachloride (CTC) extinguisher, which expelled the liquid from a brass or chrome container by a handpump. If you look to the left you can see a picture of one. Keep reading and you'll find a part where glass bottles (maybe glass balls too) were filled with carbon tetrachloride where they were thrown forcefully into a fire, and would bust open. Such were called BOMB fire extinguishers.

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                Fire Extinguishing Ball

                Several modern ball or "grenade" style extinguishers are on the market. They are manually operated by rolling or throwing into a fire. The modern version of the ball will self destruct once in contact with flame, dispersing a cloud of ABC dry chemical powder over the fire which extinguishes the flame. The coverage area is about 5 square meters. One benefit of this type is that it may be used for passive suppression. The ball can be placed in a fire prone area and will deploy automatically if a fire develops, being triggered by heat. Most modern extinguishers of this type are designed to make a loud noise upon deployment.[8]

                This technology is not new, however. In the 1800s, glass fire grenades filled with suppressant liquids were popular. These glass fire grenade bottles are sought by collectors[9]. Some later brands, such as Red Comet, were designed for passive operation, and included a special holder with a spring loaded trigger that would break the glass ball when a fusible link melted. As was typical of this era, some glass extinguishers contained the toxic carbon tetrachloride.

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_extinguisher
                Last edited by Woussko; 07-02-2009, 02:06 PM.

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                • #9
                  Re: What is this?

                  carbon tetrachloride
                  if the Carbone tet is heated it will produce Phosgene gas, CO2 and Hydrochloric acid,

                  http://www.inchem.org/documents/hsg/hsg/hsg108.htm
                  1.2 Physical and chemical properties

                  Carbon tetrachloride is a volatile, colourless, clear, heavy
                  liquid with a characteristic sweet, non-irritant odour. The odour
                  threshold in water is 0.52 mg/litre, and in air it is >64.1 mg/m3
                  (10 ppm). Carbon tetrachloride is miscible with most aliphatic
                  solvents and it is a solvent itself. The solubility in water is low.
                  It is non-flammable and fairly stable in the presence of air and
                  light. Decomposition of carbon terachloride forms phosgene, carbon
                  dioxide and hydrochloric acid. It reacts explosively with aluminium
                  powder and some other reactive metals, and, in the presence of
                  peroxides or light, with unsaturated compounds.
                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_tetrachloride
                  Carbon tetrachloride has practically no flammability at lower temperatures. Under high temperatures in air, it forms poisonous phosgene.
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                  • #10
                    Re: What is this?

                    It is definitely bad Sh!t, dispose of it by an approved method. It is too dangerous to have lying around even as a souvenir.
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