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Thread: AC, Venting, ideas for a Darkroom Shed?

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    Re: AC, Venting, ideas for a Darkroom Shed?

    Quote Originally Posted by m00dawg View Post
    Found It!

    Boy it sure is snazzy on the inside! Very nice setup! I actually hadn't though about having the enlarger on more of a mobile table, so that's a thought. I priced out the raw materials earlier today and I'm up to about $1800 for most of the materials (sans air conditioner though) which isn't bad.

    Yeah... $1800 for just the building materials sounds about right. I'd budget a couple hundred more just for this and that...stuff that always seems to come up. I think the whole project stayed under $10k, including the cost of the shed itself and the mini-split, which was only about $850. That made the darkroom actually useable year round.

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    Re: AC, Venting, ideas for a Darkroom Shed?

    Yep that was my plan, though I am going to try to do it in waves as best I can. On the mini-split, does it control temperature well? I've heard with some of those models since they use a heat pump they are precise without having to cycle off/on.

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    Re: AC, Venting, ideas for a Darkroom Shed?

    Quote Originally Posted by m00dawg View Post
    Yep that was my plan, though I am going to try to do it in waves as best I can. On the mini-split, does it control temperature well? I've heard with some of those models since they use a heat pump they are precise without having to cycle off/on.
    The mini-split is a godsend! Temperature control is extremely precise and quite efficient. And that thing is dead quiet! I have the compressor part mounted on the wall, outside the shed, about 5' from the ground. And I was willing to put up with a bit of noise so long as it made the darkroom livable. When it's going full blast, you can hear a slight low rumble. But it will freeze you out in the summer. Mine is a Gree 1/2 ton (if memory serves) and it's rated for (I think) around 500 sq. ft.; way more than enough for my little space.

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    Re: AC, Venting, ideas for a Darkroom Shed?

    Ah that's good to know, thanks! Yep the AC is going to be a hard requirement for the warm months (of which there are quite a few here in Texas). My non-AC season is slightly longer since I do most of my darkroom work at night anyway but an AC will be a hard requirement. I'm trying to push it off a bit since the power requirements will add a lot of cost and I can avoid that going into this fall knowing I won't need an AC hopefully until late spring.

    I can't avoid all the upfront costs (need to insulate and properly wire the shed when it's built) but can still defer probably a few thousand which is significant since I'll be gaining 3x the space (at least) and better ventilation compared to what I have today.

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    Re: AC, Venting, ideas for a Darkroom Shed?

    As well as insulating the shed, can it have a 'car-port' type of roof-structure over the top of it? That would help considerably in sunny climates as the shed would be in permanent shade, and it would also eliminate rainwater leaks.

    The reduction in airco electricity costs would balance out the cost of the sun-roof at some point.

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    Re: AC, Venting, ideas for a Darkroom Shed?

    Quote Originally Posted by MartinP View Post
    As well as insulating the shed, can it have a 'car-port' type of roof-structure over the top of it? That would help considerably in sunny climates as the shed would be in permanent shade, and it would also eliminate rainwater leaks.

    The reduction in airco electricity costs would balance out the cost of the sun-roof at some point.
    That's an interesting idea; using the poor heat transmission properties of air as an insulator. Of course that works against you in colder climates where you want the sun to help you heat things up. For mine, I used R19 throughout and 5/8 drywall for walls and ceiling. I also have a radiant barrier in the roof rafters and an air gap between the ceiling and the roof. The end result is that it's very easy to warm it up and keep it warm in the winter, and cool it in the summer.

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