Any hardware store should have it -- Ace, TruValue, Do-It-Best, etc. I'm
pretty sure I've seen it at Home Depot or Lowe's, too, but can't swear to it.
Lots of grocery stores around here (Indianapolis) sell it, too.
Ask for Red Devil lye. It's the most common brand.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Was it white? If not it had a dye in it. Not an active ingredient
cleaning drains perhaps. Draino also has aluminum flakes in it,
which is an active ingredient, a very active one and should be labeled
Actually, lye IS an active ingredient. Lye
dissolves fats (lye plus fat makes soap) and lye
dissolves proteins. Thus lye is active for the
two major causes of drain blockage.
Lye acting on the aluminum creates heat and
bubbles, increasing the possibility of moving mass
Lye plus aluminum plus water creates hydrogen.
When I was a curious lad, I used to place a tablespoon of Drano brand
lye in an old soda pop bottle along with some water and then stick in
strips of aluminum foil and place a balloon over the mouth of the bottle
and the balloon would fill up with hydrogen. If you add too much lye,
it will generate enough heat to crack the bottle, so be very careful and
start with small amounts.
Things change. From "Wikipedia" regarding lye uses"
Because it is a key ingredient in the process of making Methamphetamine,
it is now impossible to purchase pure Sodium hydroxide as a consumer
product in the United States. Products containing pure Sodium hydroxide,
such as Red Devil, are no longer available for sale. As a result,
amateur soapmakers must now purchase Sodium hydroxide in bulk."
Bull! the Wikipedia article (if you quoted
accurately) isn't true. You should know that
individuals write Wikipedia and you have to be
rather skeptical of the articles. For example,
look above at the poorly written part that you
quote, "Products containing pure Sodium
hydroxide...." That statement is very strange in
addition to the capitalized sodium. "Products
containing" sounds like you have pure sodium
hydroxide mixed with other things which would make
the sodium hydroxide impure.
In any case, oven cleaners (which are NaOH with a
propellant) are still widely available, as well as
dry NaOH in pound quantities, in the PNW. That
makes the Wikipedia article untrue.
Here's a link to a soap makers supply that sells lye. Read their
statement on compliance with state/local laws. Note the Indiana
"MethWatch" symbol near the bottom of the page.
Other "MethWatch" states include:
Federal legislation is being called for.
Boy they really covered their ass! It appears that
participation in the program is voluntary and they
set their own limits and parameters. Control of
the main substance is far more important and is
currently being addressed in many or most states.
Glad to see that Idaho is not on that list of
MethWatch states. Federal and State officials
indicate that most meth that comes into Idaho is
manufactured in Mexico, not locally manufactured.
So, focus on controlling something like NaOH
would be rather unproductive.
> Thank God they don't make crystal Meth from wood!
Was recently talking to an MD who is in family practice.
As far as he was concerned, the scariest substance on the planet right
now is crystal meth.
Provides the highest high of any drug, and it is almost instantaneous.
Also an instantaneous drop when it wears off.
So simple and cheap to make, so totally addictive, so totally
destructive to the user.
Before you ask, no the conversation never got around to including
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