Risking ones' health for a few pennies saved is ludicrous ! Ron at Mills Gem, Los Osos, CA.
I think you are going a little overboard. Risking One’s health is
part of life. Unfortunately everyday alive is a risk to One’s
health. There are many things around the shop, workplace, household,
and enviroment that pose a risk to One’s health. Whether you choose
to use acid or other chemicals (including the dreaded HF) should be
and educated decision, and the steps taken to protect yourself &
environment should be based on available safety and
To just discount the use of “dangerous” chemicals as you suggest is
to deny yourself many useful, albeit possibly dangerous tools.
Tools that can serve a unique productive purpose. Tools for which
there are no other choices. In many cases it adds up to more than “a
few pennies” saved, the risks can be controlled safely in many
cases, and it is not “ludicrous” to put acid/chemicals to use. I
suggest that if you really feel strongly about this you quit pumping
gasoline, using bleach, breathing diesel fumes, soldering, pickle,
polishing, handling fire and open flames, changing your motor oil,
spray painting, and the list goes on.
respectfully, Steve Green