I finally got all the ingredients together and found some spare time on Friday afternoon to process my first roll of black and white. I didn't have a changing bag, so I sat in the bathroom with a towel blocking the light from under the door. I could still see light from the side of the door, but I couldn't see my hand in front of my face after a few minutes, so I figured it was dark enough. I brought in two tanks and reels. An old steel set of unknown make and vintage, and a brand new Paterson universal set. It was easy to load the steel reel when I could see what I was doing, but I just couldn't make it work in the dark. I kept getting a kink on the first loop. The Paterson reel worked perfectly on the first try. My fixer is brand new Ilford rapid fixer, but my stop bath and developer are from a load of old darkroom stuff I bought on the bay... I have no idea how old they are. I figure the stop is fine no matter how old it is. Most of my negatives ended up very light (they would print too dark, I think), so I'm worried that the D76 was too old. Does it go bad in powder form? On the other hand, some of them seemed better, so maybe it was the fact that my bathroom wasn't completely dark? Could this cause the negatives to be too light? I'd think it would be the opposite. I could have sworn that some of them actually came out positive, but when I looked again later, they were negative. My brain playing tricks on me I guess. Some of them don't seem to have any silver left in them at all, just dye forming a very faint image? Any clues as to what went wrong? I'm thinking I'll just buy some new developer and completely light-seal the bathroom to eliminate both possibilities.