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Disposal of spilled powder

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by Luke2236, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. Luke2236

    Luke2236 Springfield, Oregon New Member

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    How should I dispose of powder that I have spilled on the ground. It is contaminated now so I don't want to use it but I am not sure what the proper way is for disposal. Can someone help me out? Thank you.


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  2. PaulZ

    PaulZ Oregon City Active Member

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    sweep it up and throw in on the lawn
     
  3. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    +1 Makes good fertilizer.
     
  4. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    My rose bushes love the stuff.
     
  5. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Save it up and make some nice sparklers for the 4th of July.

    Use it on the lawn.
     
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  6. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    I toss it on the burn pile!!!
     
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  7. bballer182

    bballer182 Molalla Active Member

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    Line it up on concrete outside and light it.
     
  8. errackeleo

    errackeleo None Member

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    the nitrates make lawn green.
     
  9. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    I just flush what little I have that spills. Just flush a couple times to make sure it makes it all the way to the main sewer. If on a septic tank, it's right at home with all the other stuff in the tank. Won't explode.
     
  10. SynapticSilence

    SynapticSilence Battle Ground, WA Well-Known Member

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    I had a friend who vacuumed it with a canister vacuum that had an electrically powered sweeper head. Once.
     
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  11. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    Was his name Johnny Dangerously? :bluelaugh:
     
  12. CatCow

    CatCow Portland, OR Active Member

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    Grab a match...
     
  13. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Years ago there was a canister vac that used water to trap the dust. The name was "Rainbow". If anyone bought one of these expensive units it would be great for picking up spilled powder.

    I use a Shop Vac Mini all the time to keep powder particles from accumulating around my work area. I added a paper filter bag to it so anything the enters it is trapped in the paper bag and doesn't go anywhere near the motor. I just change out the bag regularly.

    I don't care how careful one is, there are always a few granules that escape. Load a few thousand rounds in a session and they add up. Keeping the accumulation to a bare minimum is important and this small vac does the job.
     
  14. rmlarsen

    rmlarsen Seattle Member

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    Lawn fertilizer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  15. Straight Shooter

    Straight Shooter North Bend OR Active Member

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    (Funny voice) I sweep it up and put it in a can of mixed powders I have marked as, "Party Mix". I use it for my free loading friends for practice ammo. Just mix it well and use data for the fastest powder you have in there. Works great. Not!!! Just throw it on the lawn.
     
  16. HappyRoman

    HappyRoman Sherwood Forest Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    if you have enough, 1/4-1# sprinkle around your large trees on property. fruit trees like it to, scatter around drip pattern. Do not dump in a lump
     
  17. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    So when you drop some primers and sweep up the floor,do you guys flush them too or toss 'em in the fire pit like me?
    And yes I do try to recover as many as possible.
     
  18. Straight Shooter

    Straight Shooter North Bend OR Active Member

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    If I'm going to use them right away I recover them. I won't use them if they had dirt mixed in them.
     
  19. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Ah, the things people will do to save $0.02. I do my best to just not drop primers and if I do, it goes in with all the other scrap brass.