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    Re: New darkroom sink options

    Quote Originally Posted by RodinalDuchamp View Post
    I have previously built 2 dark room sinks but I have a little more money now and would like my next sink to be more be more permanent. I don't have the budget for a stainless steel 10' sink but it would be nice. I have been put of the darkroom game now for about 2 years and am wondering if there are any premade sink options available right now. I print up to 20x24 so the minimum area I need (dev, fix 1, fix 2, rinse [final wash done in separate washer are]) 90” long x 26" wide. Basically 8 feet long x 26" wide. Is there anything out there that meets this? Or I would even consider 2 smaller 4 or 6 foot long sinks. Or am I stuck building yet another one from plywood?
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    Re: New darkroom sink options

    I bought a large sheet of pvc at my local plastics store and built my sink out of that using chemical welding glue. I made a 7.5 foot sink for about $120. It's an easy way to it and often the distributer will cut all the pieces for you

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    Re: New darkroom sink options

    PVC has good acid resistance, at least in dilute form like stop bath, but, being glueable, is susceptible to acetone, high heat, etc. Sintra is similar, but generally stiffer, so better in that respect.

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    Re: New darkroom sink options

    Quote Originally Posted by LabRat View Post
    Search "hydroponics flood tables"...

    Sturdy/cheap...

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    Have you ever used these? I keep looking at them online and have not figured out how you could drain them. Some seem to come with a strange looking drain but it's a bit unclear to a person not familiar with hydroponics I guess.

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    Re: New darkroom sink options

    I have to buy 30% hydrogen peroxide with which to treat my well water as I have a lot of ferrous iron. I have been buying the H2O2 in a hydroponics store and have seen excellent plastic sinks, ventilation fans, pumps, filters, drying racks and large daylight LED arrays that could all be used by photographers, at very attractive prices. Any darkroom photographer who has never visited such a store would be surprised.

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    Re: New darkroom sink options

    Quote Originally Posted by domaz View Post
    Have you ever used these? I keep looking at them online and have not figured out how you could drain them. Some seem to come with a strange looking drain but it's a bit unclear to a person not familiar with hydroponics I guess.
    Haven't used them in the lab yet, but have seen them up close... Well made, sturdy, and inexpensive... Didn't see the drain connection, but these would need to be drained, so some provision would be there...

    They come in different sizes, and useful sizes!!! I still had sinks, but would jump on these if/when needed...

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    Re: New darkroom sink options

    "Adapt, improvise, improve." was the motto of the excellent martial arts school based on the philosophy of Musashi and Bruce Lee where I trained. These stores have great ventilation stuff, like huge HEPA filters meant to keep the smell of the plants from leaving the building. You can hook them up the opposite way with the blowers they sell to create a super clean atmosphere in the darkroom with positive pressure. An easy and efficient way to drain the sink is to have it drain to a large bucket with a small sump pump or bilge pump inside. Then the discharge can go wherever you want through an ordinary garden hose.

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    Re: New darkroom sink options

    Quote Originally Posted by Monty McCutchen View Post
    http://www.eepjon.com/Sinks.htm

    I have used his in the past and been very happy.

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    AND they even make / sell Tray-Rockers!!
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    Re: New darkroom sink options

    Quote Originally Posted by Monty McCutchen View Post
    http://www.eepjon.com/Sinks.htm

    I have used his in the past and been very happy.

    Monty
    Same here. My current sink was made by him. His sinks are essentially custom-made: he will build to your specifications. Mine required that I be able to fit 20x24 trays even though I seldom print on that size.

    One note that may be of interest: flat sinks (like mine and some others made of aluminum) are not sloped to the drain. Consequently, you need to push/squeegee the water from the sides to the drain when you clean-up. The Delta sinks are sloped to the drain but the trays lay perfectly flat because the sink has ridges of the appropriate height running from the sides to the drain area. The reason I didn't buy the Delta is that they no longer make an 8ft sink.

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    Re: New darkroom sink options

    For the DIY sinks and trays a simple 1 1/2 or 2" Hole Saw that fits your drill and a flange drain available at HomeDepot/Lowes will suffice. The flange fits under the sink so you have to seal plywood exposed for the hole. I built my 24x48 dry sink out of birch plywood and 1x6 standard pine and sealed it with fiberglass and epoxy. The fiberglass was overkill but useful for rounding the corners. I then painted it with a black rubber paint similar to what is now sold as Quick Seal. It has held up for about 7 years now. For stacking trays I have added a 24x16x4 riser that sits on the edges of the side wall and it gives me 9.5" clearance under it to work with multiple trays.
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