SUE-WEEEE!

Discussion in 'Darkroom Equipment' started by MurrayMinchin, Jan 14, 2007.

  1. MurrayMinchin

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    Well slap mah arse and call me Judy-Sue! Now aint this here 'bout da purdyest dang thang y'all ever did see fer slippin' under print trays to keep 'em warm on these cold winter days?

    http://www.farmtek.com/farm/supplies/prod1;ft1_hog_equipment;pg106120.html

    Murray

    P.S. Check out the thermostat control...goes from 40F to 100F.
    P.P.S. Late night Googling can be a tangented affair.
     
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    ... for negatives which are real pigs to print. :D
     
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    This ties in to the 'better writing' thread, too.

    Where I come from (Cornwall), the standard pig call is "Hoke! Hoke!"

    I tried this in California and the pigs responded.

    Obviously, a great deal more research is needed. Are pigs naturally multilingual? Do 'Hoke' and 'Soooeeee' (the latter the normal spelling in upstate New York, where my wife comes from) mean the same thing in Pig? Or are there subtle gradations of meaning?

    Oh, yeah; and I always thought 'baby pigs' were called 'piglets'.

    Oink,

    R.
     
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    Well, they've had Pig-Latin for years...
     
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    It must be your accent, Roger, that makes them listen to you. No matter what I've ever said to a pig I'm always ignored.
     
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    Dogs look up to you, cats look down on you, but pigs look you straight in the eye.

    Seriously though, don't those mats look do-able?

    Murray
     
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    Oh... I got so wrapped up in the piggie talk that I forgot to look.

    Wow, these look like the solution to a number of problems. When baking bread in the winter I've used electric heating pads (the kind found at the local pharmacy) for years to keep the dough rising bowl warm. But they have only three positions: warm, hot, off. I've also used the heating pad to warm up clock/watch cleaning solutions. The problem with a medical heating pad is the cloth covering... in addition to the coarse heating control.

    This is a much more elegant solution where more precise temp control and water-proof equipment is needed. Good find, Murray!
     
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    Interesting. The sports teams at Virginia Tech are called Hokies, the etymology of which has long been obscured. Seems appropriate for an agricultural college, however.
     
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    It does sound like an elegant solution where temperature control is needed - like printing color in trays - or for anything if your darkroom gets too cold in winter. If you get one, let us know how it works out.

    Bob
     
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    It looks like it might be a great solution for my basement darkroom in winter. I have a very hard time keeping the temperature up. thanks
     
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    in the barnyard

    Roger,

    In the days when I tied my nikkie-tams below my knees (a bit to the north), A cow was called a "coo", a sow a "soo"... but somehow ewe was pronounced "yow"....

    go figger!
    Ken
     
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    No, I won't! You still haven't paid me for last time! :mad:

    Nurse, Nurse! Murray hasn't taken his medication again! NURSE!


    :wink:


    The mats do look like a good idea though.
     
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    What a great place to work on my English. :D

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    Ummm...sorry there Frank 'ol buddy. My memory is a tad fuzzy concerning how much, or what I owe you, if indeed I even got slapped the last time.


    Ummm...I'll take nurse Ratchet over blansky's Bubbles Hedbob, given a choice. That'll be less problematic with my wife, if you know what I mean :wink:

    Murray
     
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    Murray:

    I think you have paraphrased a quotation from Winston Churchill:

    "I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."

    By the way, I would hazard a guess that if you buy one of these, the shipment of pig specific farming accessories will be the first to Kitimat in quite a while. :D

    Happy Googling!

    Matt
     
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    Neat.

    I'm not even going to ask why you were looking to find a way to warm up farm animals.
     
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    I think I'm slightly offended. Like I need any props, toys or aids!!

    I Googled, "heat mat", thermostat - then advanced search, waterproof - and found the website on about page 5.

    Murray
     
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    "Methinks he doth protest too much"!

    :D
     
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    Who said you needed props? I was just thinking you wanted to be kind to those little piglets while you and momma oinker were off enjoying some private time.
     
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    Pig jokes aside....

    Actually I've used the drug store heating pads for several winters to keep my chemistry at proper temperture and they work just fine. They fit perfectly under my developing trays and with a thermometer resting on the bottom of each tray, it's easy to adjust the heating controls as necessary. Quite a bit cheaper than the "pig blankets". And as for the chemical stains and "odors" that accumulate with use, they just add to the joy of creating in the darkroom. Hey! One of the reasons I don't shoot digital; "I love the smell of fixer in the morning!"

    All kidding aside, the drug store heating pad approach really works.

    Tom
     
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    O.K. everybody, I took the bait and bought one of these 60" mats with the thermostat. I got it yesterday, hooked it up and gave it a whirl on 4 water filled 11 x 14 Paterson trays. The water was 64 deg. and the heating mat brought them to 70 deg. in about 10 minutes and seemed to be stable. I am recuperating from a total knee replacement and hope to actually start printing this Saturday and will report on how a whole morning printing session goes, should show any faults in the thing..Evan Clarke
     
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    You might also want to look at waterbed heaters, which are a bit smaller and in many cases have digital thermostats.
     
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    Y'all are seriously sick. I post a weinie, and people go ballistic. Y'all are talking about the whole hog here!!!
     
  26. MurrayMinchin

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    Hey Evan...thanks for being my guinea pig :wink:

    Murray