Mercury thermometers

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    I have one outside my backdoor and I think it was less than 5 dollars when I bought it. It hasn't worked in a long time and I was wondering if anyone knew anything about them? I didn't know they could not work. It's in the upper 50's here the thermometer reads -10 degrees. ?
     
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    Have you checked the batteries?

    Checked the mainspring, in case you wound it too tight?

    Is it available on any Ford models other than the Mercury?

    BTW, I have no idea about what the problem might be.
     
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    Check for cracks. Any cracks will render it useless.
    If no cracks, try putting it in a freezer for a while. Sometimes they mercury will create a void.
    Other than that, idk. They dont just go out of calibration.
     
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    Break it open and give to Real Dave, rderp or Billy, they eat the mercury
     
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    Remember how you used to have to shake down a thermometer to take somebody's temperature? The same thing happens to old outdoor stuff. Air and contaminants prevent the mercury flow. Junk the thermometer or keep it as a display and go to digital.
     
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    It happens when people suck on the thermometers instead of just letting they rest on the tongue.

    I guess the taste the mercury helps with that other taste.......
     
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    For years it has been nailed to my shed wall and no one that I know of has sucked on it. Unless you were that guy in my yard that night....
     
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    My bad....I lost track of your being normal rather than a liberal!
     
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