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    Calling shop wizards: Wash widget needed

    I bet there is a more elegant, yet inexpensive and easy-to-install contrivance for this little matter.

    Photo one shows my print washing tub, which has drain holes (not shown). Photo two shows my brilliant inspiration today as I washed some prints of toning tests. By “nozzling” the water, I can increase the circulation, encouraging better movement/agitation of the prints without increasing water use. Of course there remains manual agitation periodically, but this would be an improvement.

    Like most of my inspirations in the field of construction, this one is, um, less than ideal. Unquestionably, a few of you have knowledge of real nozzles that might be easily spring-hose-clamped to my hose and somehow removably affixed to the tub, or some other suggestion for accomplishing the intended effect.

    I will be most grateful for suggestions.

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    Re: Calling shop wizards: Wash widget needed

    Go to the hardware store and buy a short piece of brass tubing that fits tightly in the hose, then squish the end down flattish so that the exit is a slit rather than a round hole. That will raise the pressure and spread the flow both. Really that just will be a copy of what you've done, but permanent and classier.
    Thanks, but I'd rather just watch:
    Large format: http://flickr.com/michaeldarnton
    Mostly 35mm: http://flickr.com/mdarnton
    You want digital, color, etc?: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stradofear

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    Re: Calling shop wizards: Wash widget needed

    Push-in barbed fitting, looks like your local Leesburg Home Depot has various sizes in stock. Slightly stepped up version of what mdarnton mentioned above.

    IF you feel like getting fancy, order up some of these parts and go to town
    https://www.mcmaster.com/bend-and-st...se-with~water/

    -Dan

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    Re: Calling shop wizards: Wash widget needed

    But as reported here recently, stream washing has drawbacks and wastes water... Maybe for a prewash, but soaking with change of water trays is more archival... (Ilford and other sources have more about it...)

    Steve K

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    Re: Calling shop wizards: Wash widget needed

    Quote Originally Posted by LabRat View Post
    But as reported here recently, stream washing has drawbacks and wastes water... Maybe for a prewash, but soaking with change of water trays is more archival... (Ilford and other sources have more about it...)
    Steve K
    Agree. Two requirements: agitation and water renewal. Meeting both with just one water nozzle is wasteful. I use aquarium pump for agitation. Renew water either by a few dump-fill cycles (my preferred option) or low-rate water flow with overspill.

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