I just want to say THANKS to everyone for your input. If I was to put it in my basement I would only have 6' of headroom with exposed pipes and I'm 6'3" so ouch!!!! LOL
I don't mind using the other method for my E-6 work because if I do my job correctly at the camera I don't need to do much to it before printing. For B&W it just feels wrong. I have gotten nice results BUT it takes way to much of my time and I'm not really into PS even though I own it.
I have had temporary darkrooms (bathrooms) with running water, and now I have a permanent room without. While fully plumbed hot and cold with drainage would be nice, the permanent space is more valuable. My sink drain drops into a large bucket. For water I bring in a large container with a tap. As long as the volume I bring in does not exceed the capacity of the sump bucket, I'll have dry feet 8-) I do major washing of film and prints in the laundry area of the house where there is a sink and print washer. The print drying racks are in the darkroom.
Putting in water and a drain would be difficult for my setup. If I did a lot of work the need would offset the issues. It is a balance that will be different for everyone.
Water doesn't run, it trickles.:D Seriously though I have had no running water in my darkroom for ages and it doesn't bother me. A few buckets and a little lifting is all it takes. Film/prints are washed in the kitchen.
I was just kind of joking about running pipes through the attic. I could do it for reasonable $$ but it would be more than necessary. Plus I already have a long list of more important things that need to get done to the house first :rolleyes:
Having had dark rooms with and without running water I will agree that running water is a convience. The biggest difference I found is that setup & cleanup is much much easier with running water.
I will say that not having the convenience of running water teaches you to be "lean and mean" with your workflow.
I have to remember to bring in water before I need it. I have to remember to empty my slop bucket before it gets full. If I don't I'll have to stop everything and go do it, wasting time in the process.
When I develop film in the laundry room, I get all my stuff ready and measure out all my chems into plastic containers and carry it all to the sink in a plastic tray. I get my water up to temperature and temper my developer. I set my timer, I do my thing and it all works out great unless I forget something and I have to run back to the darkroom to get it. Then I have to hurry because, I might miss my next agitation time.
On the other hand, when I'm on my game, I can have EVERYTHING cleaned up and put away before I am ready to hang the film up to dry. While the film is in the fixer, I can rinse out my plastic containers and put them in the drying rack. When the film is in the final rinse cycle, I can put away all my thermometers and utensils. By the time the film is hung up, all I have to do is rinse the Photo-Flo out of my reels and I'm finished. I can literally be turning off the lights and shutting the door 5 minutes after my film comes out of the rinse.
If I ever do get water inside the darkroom I will be a lean, mean film-developing machine! ;)
That's the biggest issue in my eyes - the time lost to setup and teardown and just getting nickled and dimed by things requiring easily accessible water. The time wasting starts to add up.