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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-28-2009, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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Storing battery acid

I dont have the $ to buy a new battery, so i got some acid for $5.54 and filed mine up. Works good.
I still have half a bottle of the acid and there are no instuctions on how to stor it.
I cut it open to use the tube so theres no way to close it.

Any sugestions on storage of battery acid?

Yes is out of reach of my kids already.

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I dont have the $ to buy a new battery, so i got some acid for $5.54 and filed mine up. Works good.
I still have half a bottle of the acid and there are no instuctions on how to stor it.
I cut it open to use the tube so theres no way to close it.

Any sugestions on storage of battery acid?

Yes is out of reach of my kids already.

Thanks
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Tape it shut w/duct tape and put in a small box.


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First, I would not recommend storing battery acid at all. It's dangerous and you won't need this for a long long time and it's cheap enough to buy again later. Bring it to back to the place of purchase for them to recycle. However, it must be stored for transport to the place of purchase. I would try to put the tube with the acid in it in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Keep the tube in an upright position while inserting it in the glass jar.

Don't dilute the acid with water as this could cause a harmful reaction. Please don't pour it down the drain because that could also cause a harmful reaction and could hurt your pipes and septic system. Please don't mail it back to the place of purchase! Please don't store it or your kids might one day find it and get hurt.

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Tape it shut w/duct tape and put in a small box.
Lance, I don't know about duct tape and a box. If the acid were to tip it could eat through the duct tape and the cardboard box. Then it would cause a big mess.

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It could be transferred to a plastic jug for transport to a battery store. They should accept it for reuse.

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good call rubyrick,
it was cheap enof not to risk keeping around the house. place of purches is about 500 yards down the road so aint nothin to bring it back for proper disposal. thats what ill do today during the kids nap time.

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good call rubyrick,
it was cheap enof not to risk keeping around the house. place of purches is about 500 yards down the road so aint nothin to bring it back for proper disposal. thats what ill do today during the kids nap time.

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Glad I could help out, Clark. You may just have averted a big mess or worse. Kids have a way of finding things that can hurt them no matter how good you hide them!

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Glad I could help out, Clark. You may just have averted a big mess or worse. Kids have a way of finding things that can hurt them no matter how good you hide them!
My younger brother found an Orange Crush bottle half full of gasoline sitting beside the gas pumps one time when he was about 3 years old. Someone had used it to prime a carb to get a car started and left it sitting there, where he found it. He thought it was soda pop and took a drink. He aspirated some of it into his lungs, and we almost lost him.

If you HAVE to keep dangerous chemicals around and you have kids around too, at least keep the chemicals in a locked cabinet.

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I would have just dug a small hole in the backyard and poured it in, then covered it up. This is exactly what they do to it if you turn it in to recycle.

Acid breaks down fairly quickly in nature and is not an enviromental issue unless you have hundreds of gallons to deal with. Battery acid is basicly sulfuric acid, and will break down into water, and oxygen gas.


You could toss a cup of lye into the hole, and hurry the process. Lye and acid will react violently so stand back , but the result is table salt , hydrogen and oxygen.

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A box of baking soda into the remainder will also neutralize it, and then it can be thrown away safely.

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