Name: Sophie A.
Is there a method for repairing thermometers that have
the alcohol or mercury in the capillary dispersed? I have tried boiling
Yes. And it is simple, but requires some care,caution, and patience. Hold
the thermometer vertically (bulb end down) and drop it onto a soft surface
from a height of a foot or two -- you obviously do not want to break it. A
bed or carpet works fine but I would recommend "the Sunday newspaper" outside
just in case you should break the thermometer. Sometimes this only takes two
or three "drops", sometimes a couple of dozen, but just be patient and
remember you are not trying to stab something. I have never seen this fail,
but patience is the rule.
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