Only water needed in darkroom

Discussion in 'Darkroom Equipment' started by Eric Mac, Feb 26, 2006.

  1. Eric Mac

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    I have been slowly rebuilding the remnants of the darkroom in my basement. I just had a new door installed, upgraded the electrical wiring so I can put a heater in it. (it was fed from the dining room and living room-don't ask). The windows have a blackout cloth over it. There is a sink in it with drainage and water hoses for feeds. I am in the process of finding a plumber to do the water, but I need to know what I should try to get. I bought a regulator off the auction site, but I need to know how to incorporate this altogether. The term water board keeps coming up, can someone explain this to me?

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    Looking through the darkroom photo thread might give you some ideas. This is a photo of mine.
     

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    Some manufacturers pre-assemble a filter and regulator and faucet, and attach it to a “board”, so that you only need to make one connection. I think that’s what the term refers to. I would prefer to assemble the components myself, to get everything placed exactly where I want in the darkroom.
     
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    Jerold,
    I noticed in the photo that you have an electrical outlet very near your water supply. For you safety that outlet should be a GFI outlet. About a $15. item; just read the instructions befor installing, if installed in reverse it wont work.
     
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    Sure looks like a GFI to me.
     
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    Those outlets are on a GFI circuit (that is what the electrician told me). So that if one trips they all trip rather than several individual GFI's. I took his word for that.
     
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    Eric:

    I suggest mapping out what you want to accomplish before getting a plumber involved. Otherwise, the plumber is likely to think in terms of their past experience - which more than likely does not include darkroom work. I also like the idea of bring hot and cold water out, then have all the connections exposed (as in Jerold's darkroom). Allows you to change later.

    Jerold:
    Having recently corrected (or at least identified) some electrical errors by the licensed electricians doing the kitchen remodel, it might be worth verifying the GFI status. Just trip any or all GFIs and verify that there is no power to the darkroom outlets.

    Also, I see that you have separate filters for hot and cold water and that all your water outlets are downstream of the temp controller (at least that's the way it looks). If the outlets are, in fact, downstream of the temp controller, is there an advantage in doing separate filters? I'm building a new darkroom and had planned to use one.