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Anyone have experience with recovering silver from fix?

  1. Jan 28, 2014 #1
    We go through an inordinate amount of fix in our photo labs (20+ gallons/week) and are interested in trying to recover the silver. An electrolytic cell seems like the way to go. Anyone have suggestions, tips, or advice in general?
     
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  3. Jan 28, 2014 #2

    AlephZero

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    Work out the economics before you start. With the silver price around $20 an ounce, you probably won't make much money from this.

    Remember that much of the value in objects made from silver (jewellery, antiques, etc) is in the workmanship and/or the scarcity of the object, not the value of the metal
     
  4. Jan 28, 2014 #3
    With access to campus resources (machine shop) building something will have a cost near zero (also it should prove to be a fun project as well!).
     
  5. Jan 28, 2014 #4

    AlephZero

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    So you don't put any value on your own time? :biggrin:

    This might be worth reading. www.kodak.co.uk/ek/uploadedFiles/J215ENG.pdf [Broken]
     
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  6. Jan 28, 2014 #5
    The school pays me minimum wage so I am worth at least $7.85/hr :approve:

    That is a good link, very complete!

    So do you have any experience building electrolytic cells? The last one I built (many, many years ago) worked great until it blew up :biggrin:
     
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