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Topic Title: Mercury Arc Rectifier
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Created On: 01 November 2017 12:50 PM
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 01 November 2017 12:50 PM
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d.holdsworth

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I just wondered if anybody knew where I might acquire a mercury arc rectifier - preferably single phase?
 01 November 2017 04:39 PM
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broadgage

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These are now very rare indeed, and when removed from service are often scrapped promptly so as to recover the expensive but toxic mercury.

Might be worth enquiring on a vintage technology forum ?
 01 November 2017 04:45 PM
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kellyselectric

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Check out electrokineticas forum there are people on there who are into thats sort of thing. I think that will be a good place to start
 01 November 2017 06:18 PM
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d.holdsworth

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I know it's a bit of a tall order - they're like hens teeth, but I've been advised that a lot of the cinemas that used them, when they were converted to other uses alot of the timne the switchgear etc was right on the top floor and was too expensive to take out, they were just boarded in - don't know if this is true, but it's from someone who runs a museum and has two of them!.
Thanks for the pointers - I'll check them out.
 01 November 2017 06:44 PM
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OlympusMons

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I know of A Cinema Museum which is under threat and could do with some signatures for the petition, please.
The OP might want to wait to see if anything is "going cheap" if it all goes sour. Which I really hope it doesn't.
 01 November 2017 09:07 PM
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sparkingchip

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Can I enquire as to the intended use of the rectifier?

Andy B.
 01 November 2017 09:18 PM
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d.holdsworth

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To be honest - it's just the idea of a hobby/project/fscination with MARs. let's face it - if I needed a rectifier there're plenty of simple modern options. Beginning to wonder if it's really practical for me though in terms of size and the fact they have by definition mercury in them, which is ok so long as they're not cracked or damaged, but if it is, then they're fairly toxic and hazardous. Suppose I'm going off the idea!
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