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    measuring beakers

    Just finished mixing up some E6 chemicals and I found myself using 2 different beakers one a
    paterson graduate and the other was a graduated pill cup for the small amounts, the marked
    measurements always differ in my experience ( 500 ML in the paterson graduate was more in a Jobo container )
    and wondered what everyone here uses as measuring beakers ?

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    Re: measuring beakers

    As you've discovered, beakers aren't very accurate. You can purchase inexpensive graduated cylinders through Amazon.

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    Since most of my E-6 is limited to 500ml or 1000ml solutions I use 10 ml graduated pipettes to draw down my chemistry. Each pipette for a specific chemical. They are very accurate and being consistant is the name of the game for color work.
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    Re: measuring beakers

    Greg, I hadn't thought of using pipettes for measuring out small quantities, are you using the disposable polypropylene type ?

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    Re: measuring beakers

    As Eric mentions, use graduated cylinders like chemists use. I use glass or plastic syringes for small amounts.

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    Good recommendation Nathan. Plastic syringes for medical and laboratory use come in 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, and 50(60) ml. The latex-free rubber portion of the plunger may not stand up to E-6 chemistry unless you rinse them well with water.

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    For critical work I use polymethypentene cylinders from LSS. Solutions don't stick to
    the edges like cheaper plastics, and they wash out more thoroughly. For casusal work
    measuring cups etc are OK, but are virtually never really accurately marked.

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    Re: measuring beakers

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim C. View Post
    Greg, I hadn't thought of using pipettes for measuring out small quantities, are you using the disposable polypropylene type ?
    The glass type with the valved squeeze bulbs. Glass is easier to flush out for some reason.
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    My past dealings with http://www.pelletlab.com/laboatory_glassware have been positive.

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    Re: measuring beakers

    My bad in using the 'beaker' word, I am using a graduated cylinder ( Paterson brand )
    but like I had mentioned it's the measurements molded / engraved on the cylinder
    I'm suspect of, I've been thinking of getting calibrated cylinders or traceable ones,
    or am I being too critical ?

    Greg - thanks for the info on the type of pipette you're using

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