Vacuum Cleaner

Discussion in 'Darkroom Equipment' started by arigram, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. arigram

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    Allright, it might be a silly question, but you never know...
    Is there a type of vacuum cleaner that would be best for a darkroom, especially a small one?
    Since I don't have too much floor estate, should I get a small hand held cleaner?
    How about the ones with steam, will it work better for dust?
    Is there such thing as an anti-static vacuum cleaner?

    I am quite curious to know if there are other answers than "any cheap thing would do the job"...
     
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    hey ari, don't make it too complicated, all you need is one with a long hose so the machine itself stays out of the darkroom
     
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    It could even live outside in a 'mini shed' built as a lean to against an outside wall with just a bit of pipe coming in through the wall which you can attach your hose to when needed.

    Oh, I've gone and made it complicated again!

    Steve.
     
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    Thanks guys.
    Yeah I know, KISS and all that, but there might have been a piece of information I am ignorant of, that's why I thought I ask.
    Steve, I think that idea would work in a large communal darkroom that sees a lot of people, but in a small place like mine where I am the only user, I think I would better go with a small hand held dust sucker.
    I was just wondering if there are any things to look for in a good dust fighter, that's why I asked if there is something like an anti-static one.

    I would never think of keeping the body of the vacuum cleaner outside. Would it create dust? Doesn't it suck the whole dirt inside? What's the rationale behind that suggestion?
     
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    If it is a small space, why not a slightly damp cloth to dust with? Save the money and get more equipment you would really use.
     
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    Now, that was a big KISS from Aggie!
    Thank you dear, I know I would have had trouble spending any money with you as my wife. :wink:
     
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    I use a small 1 gallon shop vac, and keep about 1 inch of water in it to help control the dust.

    Dave
     
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    Many vacuum cleaners spew almost as much dust out as they suck up. You want the exhaust portion outside of your darkroom, if at all possible. I wouldn't go with the hand-held, if it were me. If you can just get a long enough hose with your home vacuum, I'd go with that. If not, lay a damp towel over the vacuum's exhaust to trap the crap going through it's filter. You may be surprised at how it looks after you've used it!

    mjs
     
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    I spray water with small atomizer bottle in the air and then wipe the floor with the towel. I hope the water spray takes the dust down to the floor. But I don't know if and how much this really reduces the dust.

    I just do it in hope, like other things I do in my life. :wink: