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Subject: Re: X-Rays in the garage?
Organization: The Armory
X-Newsreader: trn 4.0-test69 (20 September 1998)
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Richard Steven Walz)
Date: 05 Oct 2002 04:13:14 GMT
In article ,
>On 3 Oct 2002 03:57:25 -0700, email@example.com (N. Thornton),
>masquerading as a MSNBC reporter, said the following to White House
>press secretary Ari Fleisher during a press conference concerning the
>>>How long a period would I have to
>>>coat it? I can just see myself with a hammer in one hand busting
>>>glass away and spray enamel in the other hehe.
>>I think it would be like that, tens of seconds I would imagine, don't
>>truly know though. Nothing to lose if you've got a dead one. Course I
>>dont know if there would be a reaction with the paint either...
>>How about fluorescent tubes? Wouldn't need to devac them. Would they
>Unsure... But it's certainly worth a try eh?
>>>Last question on the CRT issue... Could one make a haphazard sweep
>>>generator just enough to make a quarter sized spot in the middle of
>>>the screen, and then drive the sucker to holy hell and get a weak
>>I presume so. Your face plate glass would absorb some of them of
>>course. I don't know just what a CRT could take i and V wise, or the
>>glass thermally. I expect plenty more V but not i, you'd need to put
>>some significant neg bias on the grid to control i. That can be done
>>by grounding the control grid and using a cathode resistor. And I
>>would take cover in case the glass spot heating caused it to explode
>Well... If I do try that method I will likely run it wayyyyy hard out
>on the driveway cement. That way, if it's going to go blammo, it can
>do it's damage to the trees.
>>>What might happen if you drove it so hard that it burnt a
>>>hole in the phosphor... Would it still potentially emit radiation, or
>>>does the burning destruction also extend to the screen mesh?
>>The shadwmask is metal sheet, the phosphor is powder on glass, so I
>>think the shadowmask 'd take a lot more hammering than the phosphor.
>Huh... I thought it was a wire mesh. Once when I was a kid I detonated
>a mini bomb inside the back of a 12" BW tv and could have sworn it was
>a mesh that I found in the scattered remains. Hehe.
>>>could be done, then it could maybe make a nice tight beam out the
>>>front end, thus allowing said nutcase to aim it at said seeds and
>>>from said self. Possible?
>>The x-rays would come out in all directions. Only the electron beam
>>would be a beam.
>Pisser. Buuuuut... I could use a lead shield with a hole to create a
>>>Shouldn't I be
>>>able to create a beam effect using simple aiming techniques, and
>>>failing that, shouldn't I just be able to operate the device in a
>>I think the lead box is your only aiming technique. Unless you know
>>some other you could practically use.
>>And lead lining and distance will be your only radiation reduction
>>techniques too. I almost got the feeling from what you just said you
>>might be considering operating without lead shielding - I am wrong,
>Well.. What I was getting at is alot of the responses have suggested
>lead lined rooms and lead bodysuits... I figure it would be a great
>deal easier and cost effective to simply build a lead enclosure to
>house the project than try to plate the whole garage. That way I could
>manage six 1/4" to 1/2" lead plates of just big enough size and
>actually afford to do it. BTW... Does anyone know of a good,
>reasonably cheap source of lead for such things?
>>>Does this also mean that 1/8" of lead is not a sufficient sheild for
>>>x-rays, and if so, then how can 1/2" of leaded glass be adequate in a
>>>CRT? I don't mean this critically, I want to understand this better.
>>Well, lead glass can be 24% PbO, so say ballpark figure 20% lead. The
>>xray emission from a TV tube is very low to start with, and the glass
>>will reduce it to legally accepted levels.
>>Every so much distance of lead will reduce the xrays by so many
>>percent: I don't know what the figure is offhand. So any lead will
>>help things, but to get down to background levels of radiation takes
>>an awful lot of lead. In practice you're unlikely to be able to encase
>>your experiement room in a foot of lead, or whatever it takes. So that
>>leaves you with long distances.
>>If you're going to do this you need to calculate and measure.
>>Irradiating yourself by mistake would be somewhat foolish.
>Agreed. If anyone can tell me what percentage of stoppage for a given
>thickness of lead I would really appreciate it!
>>A smoke alarm would be a far easier way to mutate seeds. Alpha
>>particles are of little danger IFF you keep far enough away from the
>>source, since they are absorbed travelling only short distances. On
>>the other hand, if you get up close they are much more harmful than
>>x-rays, as most x-rays pass though you uneventfully, whereas alphas
>>don't. Alphas are more mutagenic for that reason.
>>It should be possible to construct a metal chamber to allow you to
>>slide seeds in and out without exposing yourself to the alphas. Long
>>as you design corrcetly, no great risk there. Certainly be miles safer
>>than the sort of stuff you've proposed.
>>| | * | | With this you could drop seeds in and out
>>| | without any direct path from alphas to
>>| | yourself.
>>|__________| * is the alpha source.
>>I have to say, dont do any of the above, as there are real risks with
>>all of it. Unless you really know what youre doing, you could end up
>Mmmm. Well. As I said previously I'm really just tossing ideas around
>right now... A great deal more reasearch and planning will go into all
>of this before I make any sort of move. Thanks for all your help and
>have a great day!
> - NR
No, just use distance and some shielding. Activate it at a distance,
say in the garage if you're in the house. That's sufficient.
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