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    Quote Originally Posted by PoolDoc View Post
    Was that lab acid, or 31% commercial acid?

    I'm going to have to try that.
    Don't know. I wouldn't recommend trying it. Look it up on YouTube instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimK View Post
    The demo I saw of a drop of water dropped into a beaker of HCL resulted in a very violent explosion.
    Hence why you ALWAYS pour the acid into the water, not the other way around! (Ka-BOOOM!!!!)
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    The heat (enthalpy) of dilution for some acids is given in this link. 31.45% HCl is around 10 so the heat of dilution is roughly 10 kJ/mol. 38.5% Sulfuric acid, by comparison, has a heat of dilution of around 28 kJ/mol so substantially higher. This link calculates the temperature rise for a specific example of adding acid to water and explains why adding water to acid is not a good idea. It basically has the water heat up so much that it can boil and splatter, causing acid to be propelled with it risking getting splashed with concentrated acid.
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    I like adding the acid slowly to the pool all the way round and letting it fume, I grab my air guitar and sing "Smoke on the water"

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