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  1. #1 I'm looking to make Sulfuric Acid 
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    Well, First thing I should probably say is that I'm 13 and I'm going to be as careful as possible when doing this. I want to make sulfuric acid but first I must know exactly what I need, where I should do it, and what equipment I should have. I know you would probably need a car battery and such but I dont know exactly if I could get one of those... So if you have anything that could help me on making some simple sulfuric acid please do tell me.


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    No one here is going to tell a 13 year old how to make sulfuric acid.


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    Thats what I expected..
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    Ask your chemistry or science teacher at school. If you're interested in science, most teachers can direct you to programs which allow you to more fully explore science without doing something stupid like creating acid in your bathtub.
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    I'm interested ... can you explain why you want to make sulfuric acid? I think the others here would also like to know why. You might be surprised how we might help you.
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    I was 13 once. I think I can imagine every possible reason he would want to make H2SO4. Considering the outcome of 90% of those scenarios, I will still decline helping.
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    Well, I actually want to use it to go on to make hydrochloric acid which I will use then to see how they react with other things.
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    There is no chemistry teacher.
    I'm in 7th grade and the chemistry teacher is in high school...
    Our school has little funding so not that many things go on.
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    I don't suppose I would be giving up any secrets by saying that the wikipedia article on sulfuric acid describes how it is made commercially. Did you look at that?
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    It's dangerous business making home made acid, I would advise you ask a local adult (chemistry teacher for example) for help in that field. Best of luck, pal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by InsertUsernameHere View Post
    I'm in 7th grade and the chemistry teacher is in high school...
    Contact him.

    Any teacher worth his salt will help out a kid with an interest in science. They wouldn't be a teacher if they didn't want to help.
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    When I was in the 7th. grade, I had already outgrown the Gilbert Chemistry Set my folks got me a year earlier, and through use of a little Chemistry pamphlet provided by the supply house from which I obtained chemicals and equipment, I easily made the acids mentioned above, safely, by following instructions.

    However, the section on Pyrotechnics was of course the most exciting, and by the start of 8th. grade, in the fall, my Dad took me to the E. R. with 2nd. degree burns on my face & hand, thanks to a big porcelain mortar and pestle, and a formula in Henley's 20th. Century Book of Formulas.

    Thus, are the knowledgeable older adults here reluctant to divulge useable answers for you. You see, things can and do go wrong! My instructions did not mention that grinding the materials together could cause a deflagration, even though I had already read of, and knew about, the possibility. I was lucky in that my eyesight was not affected, but my psyche surely was; upon return to school, my face the color of a purple plum, but fairly well healed, the kids began shunning me and calling me Frankenstein. For several years afterward, my mind suffered more than the burns had caused.

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    Ok.
    That was... Comforting..
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    Quote Originally Posted by InsertUsernameHere View Post
    There is no chemistry teacher.
    I'm in 7th grade and the chemistry teacher is in high school...
    Our school has little funding so not that many things go on.
    And reasons such as we have given you are why there's no Chemistry Teacher per se for you to access until you get to high school.

    You can do all sorts of cool things without using dangerous stuff*. Too bad about the funding.

    Johnny was a chemist's son,
    But Johnny is no more
    What Johnny thought was H2O
    Was H2SO4
    * Even grownups mess up with dangerous stuff. With all these indoor concerts and shows gone horribly wrong, what are the clues in this phrase ... "indoor pyrotechnics"?

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    * Even grownups mess up with dangerous stuff. With all these indoor concerts and shows gone horribly wrong, what are the clues in this phrase ... "indoor pyrotechnics"?

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    Choice of word "even" kind of implies that youngsters primarily are involved with dangerous stuff. I think "Mostly" fits better. Just a thought, useless, to be sure. jocular
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    Hey, kid, I'm in high school, and my chem teacher wouldn't teach us how to make sulfuric acid. It can be harmful. Like most other posts, I think you should ask the chem teacher or wait till you're in high school. Also, from some experiments i've done, HCL doesn't react with aluminum, but it does with calcium and water. I still don't suggest that you try any experiments outside what you are assigned in school. Sure, seeing how mixing vinigar and baking soda is fine (just do it outside), but be sure to have adult supervision.
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    Here is some "Acid food for thought":

    The human bloodstream absolutely must remain at a Ph level of slightly alkaline, I believe the numbers range from 7.1 to 7.2, medics here will know. If the Ph ever drops below neutral (7.0), death is imminent in a very short time.

    So what, you say? Ever drink lemonade? Ph may be very low, acidic. Use salad dressings contasining vinegar? Same thing. We humans routinely ingest very acidic substances, and yet, the body is able to maintain blood Ph slightly alkaline!

    This fact amazes me! jocular
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    I taught myself chemistry trying to make firecrackers. I suffered no physical disasters but I'm a very cautious guy, and very lucky. Best advise to the young chemist: read much, experiment little and if you experiment do it in small amounts. Oh and one other thing, write down what you do. If something was cool and you want to repeat it a year latter, you don't want to forget an important step. I was not good about taking and keeping notes and forgot a step. Result: a fouteen inch piece of half inch diameter copper tubing took a hand sized chunk out of a big Oak tree. That was luck, or angelic intervention, there was a barbeque underway on the other side of the big Oak. I could have killed someone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sealeaf View Post
    . I could have killed someone.
    Including yourself! jocular
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