RE: RECYCLING/SUPPLIES NEEDED
>===== Original Message From Kathleen Boozer <BOOZERKA@pa1.ah.org> =====
>Where do you get the 2 ½ " glass rods that are used with Permount cover
slipping? I am down to two and I can't find them.
I assume you're using the glass rods to dip into the Permount and drop media
onto the slide for coverslipping. I make my own dippers from 200 uL capillary
tubes. I melt the glass in the flame of a bunsen burner until it forms a
rounded bulb on the end, lay it aside to cool. I hold the capillary tube with
the biggest forceps I can find to keep my finders from getting singed.
I have also used 1 mL glass serological pipets to do this with. They work
better than the capillary tubes, but you have to break the serological pipets
by scoring with a diamond pen at the desired length, heating it, then running
it under cold tap water. Then you can melt the end into a rounded bulb. You
should always wear goggles and other safety apparel while doing this and work
near a sink. I hope this helps.
>Does anyone use a coffeepot to melt paraffin?
>In reference to recycling alcohols, I have been trying a system for a month
now that is a gravity fed filtration system that enables you to put the 100%
ETCH from the processor right back on as the new rotation. I'm serious, it
comes back absolutely clean and the same dilution you put in.
>Creative Waste Solutions came in and set it up at no cost and will replace
the cartridges when they need changing. All they want is a percentage of the
savings. I use it for my ETOH after Eosin, but only get back 99% as it picks
up water from the 95% Eosin.
>He is setting me up with a formalin cartridge in the morning that I am
anxious to try. It does not take salts out and can do regular 10% NBF and
Alcoholic Formalin (on a separate cartridge). The phone number is 1 888
795-8300 if you are interested.
>It is saving me almost 20 gallons of recycling in my BR unit not to mention
the time and effort to fill and carry the cans. What a simple solution!
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