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Can I buy zinc at a drug store? Answered

I'm doing an experiment where i need a powder form of zinc and vitamins or whatever would do i just need zinc powder and do they sell it at drugstores?

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ostomesto (author)2011-06-16

Ill be posting an instructable on how to make it very easily pretty soon. But for now do you want me to just PM you how to make it?

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mas9779 (author)2010-06-08

yes you can. u just have to ask them.

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AndyGadget (author)2009-10-17

Before alkaline and lithium batteries came along, radios, torches etc used <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zinc-carbon_battery">zinc / carbon batteries</a>. You can still buy them. <br /> Lever off the top, take out the carbon rod, scrape out the gunge and you're left with a zinc case. Chop this up as fine as you can, grind it in a ball mill for a while and you have zinc powder.

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lemonie (author)2009-10-17

You can find powdered zinc in test-kits, I forget which they are but they'll be soil / water kits I think. Otherwise, zinc is use in die-cast toy cars and modern wheel-balancing weights.

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Burf (author)2009-10-17

Probably not in metallic form.  The zinc sold in drug stores is a zinc compound, usually zinc sulfate.
Call some metal recyclers or chemical supply dealers.  As far as I know, there are no restrictions on the sale of metallic zinc, so just grab the phone book and contact some of the local businesses and ask about it.

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