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Posted by Too_Many_Tools on October 19, 2005, 1:55 pm

Ouch....my condolences to whoever had to clean that mess up..


Posted by Steve Spence on October 19, 2005, 2:11 pm

Too_Many_Tools wrote:

Thanks. The CTO and Dir. of IT were conspiciously absent .....

It was left up to us net engineers and a couple of admins.

we flushed the floor with lots of water to neutralize the acid, did lots
of moping, and wiping, and cdw was happy to take our orders for

Steve Spence
Dir., Green Trust, http://www.green-trust.org
Contributing Editor, http://www.off-grid.net

Posted by Me on October 19, 2005, 6:26 pm

Should have dumped a couple of boxes of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
in the water before you flushed the floor, and moped it up.......


Posted by Steve Thomas on October 19, 2005, 8:57 pm

  Baking soda can be dangerous if there is any significant quantity of acid.
  We had a material handling accident with a full pallet of new car
batteries once. A large sack of sodium bicarbonate was on hand for the
purpose of neutralizing small spills. Several pounds were dumped on the
resulting pool of acid. That was a big mistake. The fizzing release of CO2
in the pool of acid created an aerosol cloud of corrosive, choking, stinging
acid mist. It was not an experience I would care to repeat, and it was not
popular with the other people working in the area.
   Based on this experience, we concluded that baking soda should only be
used to neutralize what remains after the primary cleanup has been
completed, or for very small spills.

Posted by Too_Many_Tools on October 19, 2005, 9:55 pm

"The CTO and Dir. of IT were conspiciously absent ..... "

They are always are when there is work to do.


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