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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    Okay, I got more done in the darkroom. I made a water chiller for wash water out of a junked ice chest and a copper "wort chiller" I bought off of Ebay. I also bought a thermostatic valve off Ebay to control the temp. of the wash water. I plumbed the connections to the water chiller with washing machine hoses as I didn't have enough space to work in using hard pipe.Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    After 10 years of use I broke down and scrubbed/repainted the floor. Funny how a cleaner looking room makes me more eager to get in there. Now I'll have to wear new tracks in it!

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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    Quote Originally Posted by John Olsen View Post
    After 10 years of use I broke down and scrubbed/repainted the floor. Funny how a cleaner looking room makes me more eager to get in there. Now I'll have to wear new tracks in it!
    Very good looking darkroom. Speaking only for myself, I like the sink/wet side to be closer to the enlarger so I can simply turn around, maybe make a half step. Still, it truly helps to have a newly clean space. Good on you! Make tracks.

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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    Okay, here's a few pictures of my homemade water chiller. It's simple...a 50' coil of copper tubing sold on Ebay and a ice chest I got out of the trash. When I need to use it, I just go buy a big bag of iceClick image for larger version. 

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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    Finally went to the store and bought one of those powder-actuated nail guns so I could get some boards onto my darkroom wall in the basement and put pegboard up.

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    Finally went to the store and bought one of those powder-actuated nail guns so I could get some boards onto my darkroom wall in the basement and put pegboard up.


    I hope you wore safety glasses and hearing protection.

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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    no Tapcon for the 2x4s ?
    notch codes ? where we're going, we don't need notch codes.

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    Yes definitely wore hearing protection! I am already partially deaf (due to illness) so I don't mess around with that. I used to do audio in bars and would wear heavy-duty construction muffs, with many the odd look .

    I don't think tapcons work on solid block?
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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    I don't think tapcons work on solid block?
    Sure they do Brian. That's what they are most used for, that and concrete.

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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    Here's the other set of pegboard I installed today:



    Not particularly exciting but I was going to mention, for those of you who like to listen to music or the radio in the darkroom, this set of Dayton Audio speakers I got for all of $30 on Amazon is fantastic. They obviously don't rival my set of reference monitors I use for pro audio applications but overall I couldn't believe the quality for a $30 set of speakers. B652 is the model #, and I think multiple resellers have the same speakers under their own brands.

    I had an old RadioShack receiver/amp in storage that I hooked these up to and with a little tweak to the bass end they sound awesome for everything. The only bad thing is our bedroom is right above my basement DR so my wife gets a little annoyed when I'm up all night working and listening to music!

    Also, I found an app for my laptop called f.lux which has a "Darkroom Mode," turning the entire screen red and inverted. I use that when printing so I can choose music tracks or podcasts to listen to and not have any issue with exposure.
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