How to Find Instructions for Chemistry Sets

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How to Find Instructions for Chemistry Sets
Contact your set's manufacturer for replacement instructions. (flacons image by Philf from

Chemistry sets are a fun way to teach young children and teenagers about matter, energy and the reactions between them. You can purchase relatively inexpensive sets online, as well as in department and toy stores. You also can sometimes find them at flea markets, swap meets and thrift stores. If you buy a used chemistry set and the instructions are missing, you might have to do a bit of investigative work to find a replacement manual.

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    Look on the chemistry set box to find the manufacturer. Top producers of chemistry sets in the United States are Chemcraft, Thames & Kosmos, Elenco, Elmer’s Products, MicroChem and Poof Products, but your set might have been manufactured by another company. Go to the manufacturer’s website to see if you can download your set’s instructions.

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    Call, write or e-mail the manufacturer for replacement instructions if they are not available on the company’s website.

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    Check online retailers of used and out-of-print books, which often sell manuals and instructions. Search by the chemistry set’s name or manufacturer.

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    Visit online auction sites such as eBay, which might have your set’s instructions for sale.

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    Visit online chemistry forums such as Chemistry Forum, Chemistry Help Forum and Chemical Forums, and let other users know that you’re looking for replacement instructions for your chemistry set. Someone might be willing to scan the instructions and e-mail them to you.

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