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Dry Ice will keep things frozen when the power goes out or the freezer breaks down.

CAMPING AND TRAVELING WITH DRY ICE

Plan on using 10 to 20 pounds of dry ice for every 24-hour period depending upon the size of the ice chest. Dry Ice will keep everything frozen in this ice chest, including extra ice, so keep non-frozen goods to be refrigerated with regular ice in a separate ice chest. Dry Ice normally comes in 10-inch squares, 2 inches thick weighing about 10 pounds each square. Plan to put one square per each 15 inches of ice chest length. This will work out to 2 squares (20 pounds) for an average 40-quart cooler. For larger containers and longer camping or traveling times, multiply dry ice quantities by these rates. Dry Ice, at -109.0F or -78.5C, will freeze and keep frozen everything in its container until it is completely sublimated. These frozen items will take some extra time to thaw because they have been so cold.

DENTS & HAIL DAMAGE

Dry Ice will condense metal and thereby shrink small dents on your car. Place the Dry Ice on the inside of the dent if possible. Use heavy gloves and press flat sheet against dent. If it is not possible to get on the inside concave part of the dent, then using heavy gloves hold the Dry Ice so a corner can fit into the bottom lowest part of the cratered dent. Hold the Dry Ice until the metal is frosted at least 2 inches beyond the dent. Let the metal warm up (in the sun is the best) and repeat the procedure. Sometimes the dent will pop out perfectly. More often it will not be possible to get a flat smooth finish, but the dent will be reduced noticeably. Creased metal will still show the crease line but the dent will be far less pronounced. I have not seen any paint damage, but I'm sure if the paint is not strongly adhered, it could peel away.

FOOD STORAGE

Placing Dry Ice in the bottom of a dry food storage container is a very economical way to fumigate and store dry goods for an extended amount of time. Make sure the Dry Ice is not frost covered, as that will add moisture. Put one to two ounces of Dry Ice per five-gallon storage container in the bottom and then pour in the dry food. As the Dry Ice sublimates it replaces the oxygen in the container with CO2. Leave the lid on but not tightly sealed until the Dry Ice completely sublimates. Then snap the lid tight. Without oxygen neither bugs nor bacteria can grow. This process is good for seeds, grains, legumes, flower,powderedmilk,etc.REMOVE FLOOR TILE Dry Ice will loosen floor tile by freezing and slightly shrinking them allowing easier removal. The cold temperature of the Dry Ice will break the bond of the adhesive. Place the Dry Ice sheets centered on the tile to be removed and wait until it is completely frosted. If it has not popped off, slight tapping with a hammer or prying with a screwdriver will allow it to be lifted off easily. It is too time consuming to remove a whole floor, but is ideal for removing a few tiles that need replacing.

GOPHER ERADICATION

Dry Ice is heavier than air so it will find its way to the bottom of gopher dwellings. Place 1 to 2 inch pieces as deep into each hole as can be reached and fill the front of the hole with dirt. If you miss some holes the process may have to be repeated. Jerry Yamamoto of Hayward, California reports that he successfully used Dry Ice to eradicate regular Argentine ants from his front yard. Perhaps this could work on fire ants too.

MEDICAL

Doctors, to freeze skin for wart removal, use Dry Ice or liquid nitrogen. Many medical offices ship biological specimens in Dry Ice for laboratory testing or further processing. Dry Ice is also used to keep bone morrow frozen when it is shipped.

TRANSPORTING PLANTS

Dry Ice will keep flowers cool and delay blooming. Maintaining ready to flower plants at 34F will retard blooming. Do not allow Dry Ice to get too close and freeze plants.

PLANT GROWTH

A small additional amount of Carbon Dioxide will increase the rate of plant growth.

CHEMICAL RETARDANT

Its low temperature slows or stops some chemical reactions. It is used to store and ship special adhesives It is also a neutralizing agent for alkalis.

PRESSURIZING AGENT

When Dry Ice changes from a solid to a gas it absorbs heat and expands to over 800times its oroginal volume.

MEDICAL

Doctors, to freeze skin for wart removal, use Dry Ice or liquid nitrogen. Many medical offices ship biological specimens in Dry Ice for laboratory testing or further processing. Dry Ice is also used to keep bone morrow frozen when it is shipped.

TRANSPORTING PLANTS

Dry Ice will keep flowers cool and delay blooming. Maintaining ready to flower plants at 34F will retard blooming. Do not allow Dry Ice to get too close and freeze plants.

PLANT GROWTH

A small additional amount of Carbon Dioxide will increase the rate of plant growth.

CHEMICAL RETARDANT

Its low temperature slows or stops some chemical reactions. It is used to store and ship special adhesives It is also a neutralizing agent for alkalis.

PRESSURIZING AGENT

When Dry Ice changes from a solid to a gas it absorbs heat and expands to over 800