A concise introduction to home chemistry and methods/utensils for an improvised chem lab setup - for those interested in setting up their very own home chemistry laboratory.
Tired of watching a nurdrage video and not having the means to try it at home? Make a lab. We will be using various methods shown in The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments, online videos, other instructables, and some methods I've conceived on my own. We will try to minimize cost wherever possible and thus use the most readily available materials. However, I will present a more costly albeit better quality option for some of these. Read with an open and resourceful mind and be able to expand on these ideas.
Note: No experiments are involved.
Link to source of inspiration: http://www.scribd.com/doc/21654883/The-Golden-Book-of-Chemistry-Experiments
This site has basically anything you'd need in a home lab: http://www.hometrainingtools.com/chemistry/c/3/
Step 1: Materials and Tools
Look for these easily accessible items:
-metal or plastic tubes (i.e. from pens,)
-wire hangers : you can shape these into a number of useful contraptions with pliers
-ash tray : for dealing with molten glass or igniting a substance.
-aluminum cans: top can be cut off with a can opener and used as a container.
-plastic containers and organizers
-latex, neoprene, or nitrile gloves
-boxes (for storing)
-rags or old clothing for cleaning/polilshing
-glass or steel rod
-school supply boxes
-toothbrush -as cleaning utensil
-funnel and coffee filters for filtering solutions
-plastic pail for waste
-liquid soap dispenser
Might Have to Buy:
-glass medicine droppers (@ Walmart): you can also use these as shaping glass - see how in step 7.
-Brasso Metal Polish (optional - for aesthetic purposes)
- goo gone ( or any functional label remover)
- flasks (@Michaels)
-rubber chair tips (@ Walmart)
-test tubes (@ Hobby Lobby)
-aquarium tubing (@Walmart) or vinyl tubing (@Home Depot)
-red and blue litmus paper
-white sticker labels (@ Office Depot, Walmart)
-epoxy putty (@ Walmart, Home Depot)
-Bernzomatic micro-torch [very much recommended and not that expensive] (@ Home Depot)
-Test Tube Holder
-Homemade alcohol stove Or Camping lamp modified as an alcohol burner @ walmart.
-Distilling Apparatus (I will make a separate instructable for this one).
-Wire Test Tube Holder
-A scale for measuring small amounts of substances