Aids to Survival

Submitted: Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 07:40
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Had heard that Condies Crystals could be used to rid a camp site of ants and was searching for some info on this , and came across this West Australian Police publication
Once in this site click on the link to "aids to survival booklet"

Very interesting and though I did not find the info I needed there were many helpful suggestions including how to light a fire using condies crystals and other ingredients.

If anyone has used condies crystals for ant control would be interested to know.

Pedro
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Reply By: govo - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 07:44

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 07:44
My ol mum used it for our cuts and scrapes....My ol man used it to kill cats.....always wondered what other uses it had...:) :) :)
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 10:33

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 10:33
Used the crystals plus glycerine and a magnifying glass for a beaut volcano effect when a lot younger :))))
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 10:48

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 10:48
Make a small mound of Condies Crystals, place a few drops of Glycerine on it - wait - flames will shoot out.

When see helicopters dropping cartridges into the bush for Aerial Ignition doing Hazard Reductions - that's what's in the cartridges.

VERY hazardous when a cartridge drops INSIDE the helicopter !!!

Mike
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 10:54

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 10:54
Mike,

Guess we were like most kids - bloody impatient. The magnifying glass sure sped up the reaction :))))
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Reply By:- Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 07:58

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 07:58
Please be very careful with strong oxidisers such as Condies Crystals ie. Potassium Permanganate
Strong oxidisers in contact with organic materials can casue fire

DANGER! STRONG OXIDIZER. CONTACT WITH OTHER MATERIAL MAY CAUSE FIRE.

See MSDS

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Reply By: Mr Fawlty - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 10:12

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 10:12
On the south coast near Wandandian there is a Condies Creek which presumably is where the crystals come from...
Seriously I would be careful with it, handle it like gunpowder in fact...DON"T try and buy it in large quantities either or you may find your local ASIO man making discrete enquiries....especially if you are driving a diesel and have some ammonium nitrate around...
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 11:25

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 11:25
Ants in the campsite ?? just sprinke talcum powder every where ,no more ants , lot bloody safer than condies crystals !!
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Reply By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 13:53

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 13:53
Thanks for all the responses. It looks like it must be handled with care.

The ant problem is that they use the annexe to get into caravan and have been unable to cover all the spots they use with talcum .
Without the annexe no problem.

Any other less hazardous ant removers?

Pedro
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Follow Up By: Member - TPM (SA) - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 22:44

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 22:44
Napalm works well, not good for the surrounding scrub or camp members though

: ) sorry bad suggestion
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 00:45

Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 00:45
I love the smell of napalm in the morning :))))
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Follow Up By: Member - TPM (SA) - Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 00:51

Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 00:51
I love the smell of ants in the morning
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 00:56

Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 00:56
Hope you like em well done, black and crispy LOL
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