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Is it dangerous to heat up a crafting pipe cleaner? Answered

I am wondering whether its safe to melt, not burn, pipe cleaners to see what happens. I am wondering whether it's made with something extremely toxic or carcinogenic such as PVC in which the fumes would be harmful.

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Jack A LopezBest Answer (author)2011-08-05

Wikipedia says, " 'Craft' pipe cleaners are usually made with polyester or nylon pile..." Assuming that's true, I don't think you have to worry about dioxin fumes if such a pipe cleaner catches fire, because neither polyester, nor nylon contain chlorine.

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lemonie (author)2011-08-04


Since I've no idea what you're talking about - yes it's dangerous, don't do it.

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Jack A Lopez (author)lemonie2011-08-05

All this talk about danger reminds me of this:

"Dr. Manhattan, as you know, the Doomsday Clock is a symbolic clock face analogizing humankind's proximity to extinction, midnight representing the threat of nuclear war. As of now, it stands at four minutes to midnight."

"My father was a watchmaker. He abandoned it when Einstein discovered that time is relative. I would only agree that a symbolic clock is as nourishing to the intellect as a photograph of oxygen to a drowning man."
 
"So you're saying there is no danger."

"Even in a world without nuclear weapons, there would still be danger."

;-)

Source:
http://www.script-o-rama.com/movie_scripts/w/watchmen-script-transcript.html

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Burf (author)Jack A Lopez2011-08-06

I loved Moore's graphic novel, but the movie was a little ho-hum to me.

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yokozuna (author)2011-08-04

It's "dangerous" to heat up about anything. Are you speaking specifically to fire hazard, fumes, or what? The answer is probably yes, so just experiment with a small sampling in a safe outside area first.

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