Gate battery

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Tweefo (August 25, 2016, 16:58:24 PM):
My town (don't know if is going on elsewhere else as well) is experiencing a wave of gate motor battery theft. Mine was stolen yesterday. When buying a new one the salesman told me they use the acid in drug production. That sounds a bit way out, can this be? I think it's probably used to power a light or to charge a phone or something more mundane. The motor housing's now got a bracket with a lock on it. Let's see how long that can keep them out.
brianvds (August 25, 2016, 17:37:35 PM):
Didn't know batteries had that kind of acid... :-)
Rigil Kent (August 25, 2016, 18:52:58 PM):
Sulphuric acid is used in a host of organic chemistry preparations, so I wouldn't be surprised if it is also required in some drug cooks where a low pH is of importance. That said, I wouldn't risk stealing a few cc's of sulphuric acid when you can readily buy the stuff at hardware stores for R30/L. I think it's much more likely that they are after the lead. Speaking of which, there must be some solubilised lead(II) in there too ... so technically the criminal is getting away with a salt and battery.

Rigil
brianvds (August 26, 2016, 06:12:24 AM):
Speaking of which, there must be some solubilised lead(II) in there too ... so technically the criminal is getting away with a salt and battery.
Rigil

As Zuma would say, heh-heh-heh! :-)

So what would they use the lead for? Is it that valuable? At one point I built up quite a collection of lead by simply picking up wheel balancing lead pieces that had dropped off cars.
Rigil Kent (August 26, 2016, 07:24:59 AM):
So what would they use the lead for?
Why, casting toy soldiers, fishing weights or hollow point bullets of course! Less dramatically, lead also has a nominal scrap value of about R10/kg.

Rigil

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