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> Learn about Keith Henson's bizarre interest in frozen heads and the
> manufacture of home made explosives.
If anyone actually *cares* there are a number of my postings over on alt.engr.explosives. Here is a sample. tkdkid <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > I'd just like to post a message about flash powder.
snip--thank you! Flash can burn nicely or go up all at once depending on the most trivial differences. Nearly 40 years ago, I made a giant flare with a substantial amount of flash (paint Aluminum and KClO3) poured into a 2.5 foot long pipe of about 4 inch diameter (steel, not cast iron). Pipe was open on both ends, and just stuck in a pile of loose dirt. I dropped a match down onto a 1/4 to half a cup of this mix. Very nice flare effect, beautiful white flame 6 plus feet out of the pipe, took about a second or two to burn. A few hours later we decided to try it again. Same amount, only this time, wanting to see if from further back, I used a fuse to light it. Entirely different mode! Flash is not supposed to detonate, but you could not have told the difference. The pipe was not damaged, though it was found quite a few feet from where it had been sitting, and there was a two to three foot crater in the pile of dirt. What I think may have happened is that the fuse end was well down into the flash, and as it started to burn, the flash was lifted into the pipe where it went of all at once. As you say, the stuff definitely deserves respect. Keith Henson
WhoCares 300 <email@example.com> wrote: > I was wondering if it would make AnFo more sensitive if I added KCIO3? If so,
> how much would I need to add to make it "fuse ready"? Or maybe if that dosen't
> work, if I added KCIO3 and sulfur? How dangerous would this be?
If there is the *slightest* amount of moisture around, you will get amonium clorate. Look it up, but this is one thing you don't want, really unstable--goes off without warning. KClO3 and sulfur also has a bad rep. There is no way I know about to make AnFo "fuse ready." Keith Henson
Subject: Re: How do you make nitroglycol
Author: Keith Henson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Vegeta2139 <email@example.com> wrote: > okay, the general consensus is that nitro is too dangerous(except you stanley,
> and as much as i trust your always sound advice) I have no desire to be killed
> or maimed.
Actually, it is fairly safe to make any explosive I know of in 1 drop (1/10 ml say) quantities. Same as it is "safe" to mix the very nastest things in sub pencil erasor amounts, even KClO3 and red P. I always thought it was a hoot to put a few grains (less than the amount you could put on the end of a paper match) of each in a small morter and *grind*. (snap, crackle, pop). But you start mixing up grams of nitro or this stuff, and it is very likely you will be hurt. Ounces and very likely you will be killed or badly maimed. A pound and the place of honor at your funeral will be a hamberger patty. Keith Henson dlwdaw <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > 8th grade is still middle school,
In that case, a mole is a way to count out atoms (in bulk). You need to know the atomic weight of the elements involved. For example, a mole of water would be 18, 1x2 for the hydrogen and 1x16 for the oxygen. If you have a reaction where one H2O is needed, you can us 18 units by weight of it. A gram-mole of water would be 18 grams, a pound-mole would be 18 pounds. All of this is covered in about the first 4 chapters of a chem book. Keith Henson REstey9690 <email@example.com> wrote: > My reading indicate that Mcvey used a mix > of Ammonium Nitrate and Nitromethane > which boosted the explosive yield by about > 25% over ANFO. He bought the Nitro methane > from race tracks where it used as > a fuel additive for drag racers. And all of this was reported in detail in the trial transcripts which I read at the time. If there was any point in keeping accurate recipies off the net, the worst offender ever was the US government and CNN. They had it down to the size of the drill and the make of battery powered drill used to drill out the locks to get into a powder magazine and steal the boosters and primeacord McVey used. Sheesh! Keith Henson Don Thompson <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > Anybody knows where I can find protection boots manufactured for the use by
> land-mine removing workers? Anyway, anybody knows what the specifications
> for such specially designed footwear are?
> Any info will be very much appreciated.
If you get any responces, please post them. I considered this problem in connection with a talk at the Hacker's conf on mines. There are a lot of problems, even for the little "foot poping" mines. But if you really want to try, I suggest Kevlar pants with a solid steel jock strap, and shoes with layers of Kevlar and foam. And ghod help you if they mixed in a few "bouncing betty" mines. Keith Henson steve fowkes <email@example.com> wrote: > putting together a web site to try to stop kids building pipe bombs etc.
Steve, I think stopping kids from building pipe bombs and other infernal devices is on a par with stopping them from experimenting with drugs, i.e., impossible. On the other hand, I think it is quite possible for them to be less ignorant about what they are doing and more responsible. If you dig back in deja.com for my postings on the subject you will see the approach I took. Like build them where you are going to fire them and around a corner in a mine drift is a near ideal place if you insist on making them. > looking for pyro and explosives injury photos to press home the point.
For some the horror stories will be quite enough, like the story of the guy to took his arm off half way to the elbow by stiring a paper cup of AN and red P. Keith Henson