The Demise of Shulgin's Folly
Citation: Daley, PF. "The Demise of Shulgin's Folly". Erowid Extracts. Feb 2016;28:20-21. Online edition: Erowid.org/culture/characters/shulgin_alexander/shulgin_alexander_article6.shtml
Not the sort of equipment usually found in a home!
Sasha's son Ted arranged to have the hefty spectrometer brought in by forklift. After chopping a hole in the roof of what had been Ted's teen-years' bedroom, the magnet was lowered into place by crane.
"Basement Four", as the room was affectionately known, also became the home for Sasha's infrared spectrometer, a tiny workbench, boxes of chemical references, a gas chromatography/mass spectrometry machine, clothing, part of Sasha's library, and lots (and lots!) of papers and memorabilia. Did I mention... lots?
As we were closing in on completion of The Shulgin Index, Volume I, in 2010, Sasha's health deteriorated. He became bedridden, and for stretches was confined to a hospital bed in the Shulgins' living room. This arrangement was clearly unacceptable, and the family decided that Basement Four needed to be reclaimed as a bedroom where Sasha could be properly cared for. I took on exposing the boarded-over windows and moving the accumulated stuff to the barn up the hill for safekeeping. But we were left with... The Magnet.
After removing the large beige metal cover, we found the core of the NMR, consisting of a blue stainless-alloy box that supported and shielded two opposed alnico permanent (unpowered) magnets. Being giant magnets, they exerted an irresistible force on any steel object that came too close. We had to take care not to lose tools or chains to its grasp. The magnet box was supported on wooden blocks (!), cemented onto an angled aluminum platform. We chipped away the wood blocks and slid the assembly down onto wooden rollers, slaves-building-pyramids style, and rolled it down the hall and out the door.