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coppercone2:
those decisions should not be taken lightly because it all screws up jobs and that screws up the cities and towns, things should flow.

But I agree that when you follow every regulation that people make then its like a joke, you start getting complaints about money/time/progress from people you would never know existed. Managers know which directives to ignore in order to maintain work flow, I think the economy is similar.

All the problems that these kinds of regulations are often meant to prevent just have their underlying roots grow deeper when there is no money. People get money, people get their products and services and then people forget their problems and vendettas when they see there is so much they can do with life and their resources, its when they are stuck that you get problems  (at least for the reasonable majority), which is why the *SSR/PP/C(om)P etc subfix countries always have high amounts of discontent in their population.


Kinda always reminds me when you are in a bad place at night and you get all these thoughts and anger/fear but then you are thankful you have a couple of bucks in your pocket to call a taxi and then you forget about it for the next decade (wheras before you were ready to dedicate your life to protest or whatever)

The only problem with poor enforcement is that sometimes it can be misused to target someone specifically, if they know everyone is doing something, then you can choose targets for whatever motive with very high 'hit probability'.... poor enforcement + stiff penalties = russia. if the penalties are weak/moderate, at least the effects are mitigated.

rsjsouza:

--- Quote from: james_s on October 03, 2022, 03:45:35 pm ---It's getting worse all the time. About 10 years ago I had a heck of a time finding HCl for etching PCBs, now it's very difficult to find H2O2 stronger than 3%. More recently my state outlawed the sale of small cans of R134a which is obnoxious because I'm licensed as a refrigeration tech so I can buy a 30 lb jug of the stuff but I don't want to spend $400 on such a huge quantity that will take up storage space when the small cans meet my needs. I'm thankful that I can still buy lead solder at least but I'm sure that will get banned at some point too.

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james_s, you should be able to get HCl at any pool store in the shape of Muriatic Acid, which at 37% is already quite strong but can make a good etchant mix. H2O2 will probably be worth to pay a visit to the Hair products store - you can usually get up to 30 volumes (40 if you have a license of sorts) in both cream and liquid forms. Also, with the covid craze, even Amazon was selling 7% (IIRC) gallon jugs.

james_s:

--- Quote from: rsjsouza on October 06, 2022, 11:02:56 am ---james_s, you should be able to get HCl at any pool store in the shape of Muriatic Acid, which at 37% is already quite strong but can make a good etchant mix. H2O2 will probably be worth to pay a visit to the Hair products store - you can usually get up to 30 volumes (40 if you have a license of sorts) in both cream and liquid forms. Also, with the covid craze, even Amazon was selling 7% (IIRC) gallon jugs.

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You would think so, but all I could find at the time was "muriatic acid substitute", I don't remember what it actually was. I eventually found the real stuff at a concrete supply trade counter, I bought a gallon and still have about half of it left, a little goes a long way.

rsjsouza:
Come to think of it, during the covid craze the pool chemicals based on Chlorine were indeed in very short supply - at least where I live.
The substitutes that I saw are CO2 or some variation of it to create carbonic acid, but the quantities needed are incredibly higher that muriatic.

james_s:
This was over 10 years ago so long before Covid, I think the stuff I found was similar to this. https://lesliespool.com/acid-magic---muriatic-acid-alternative/bd773ed4-90e9-4b51-bc1a-dc206f255442.html

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