I just established my first in-home darkroom (finally, after almost a year now) and I'm so excited to finally develop my first [successful] hand-developed roll of film. I've attempted to develop 2 rolls of film now but none have been successful, so I'm wondering if you can help me find the culprit. I used Kodak chemicals, which I diluted with 3.8 liters of water, as per the instructions. My first roll of Kodak 400 ISO was unsuccessful. I think what attributed to it was my broom closet. I noticed that once my eyes adjusted to the darkness that it wasn't totally light proof. I went through the whole process anyway, following the instructions that I saved from your class down to the T despite knowing that it might've been exposed anyway - by the time i realized it wasn't light proof, it was too late- i'd already opened the film canister. The end result - a blank brown roll of film, except for some line marking where each exposure ended and the other started. The second was another roll of Kodak 400 ISO film. This time, I traded my broom closet for my clothes closet which was more light proof than the broom closet. I made sure first that when my eyes were adjusted that i couldn't see my hands or anything for that matter. I proceeded with the whole process but this time, I measured the temperature of the developer, which was 23ªC. Instead of agitating it for 9 minutes like the first roll, I shortened it to 7:45 according to Ilford's temperature compensation chart. Still, no successful development. This time, it resulted in a striped roll of film - the top half of the film (lengthwise) turned out to be light gray while the other darker. I don't know what's going wrong. Is my temperature wrong? Is my developing time wrong? The fixer has a fixed time, so I know it's not that. Can anybody help me??