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    Ways to avoid chemical failure

    Tip #1: if your local retailer stocks them hanging from rods, don't buy packages that look like this
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    Kodak`s new chem supplier added the holes or did the store.

    Buy a scale and go to photo formulary. Store chems is small glass bottles and take a plastic spoon and grind it narrow to remove powder. You will never be a dependent again.

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    Not really the point. This has nothing to do with Kodak. Just watch out for bonehead retailers doing things like punching holes in bags of chemicals, or stacking them on top of the radiator all winter, etc.

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    What local retailers?

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    Huh, that's funny, I could've sworn that the little packets of powdered developer I get around here already have that "t-shaped" hole in them from the get go, but I may be wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronald Moravec View Post
    Kodak`s new chem supplier added the holes or did the store.

    Buy a scale and go to photo formulary. Store chems is small glass bottles and take a plastic spoon and grind it narrow to remove powder. You will never be a dependent again.
    +1 except I buy direct from chemical supply companies as photo formulary is not in UK. Making your own from scratch is the way forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronald Moravec View Post
    Kodak`s new chem supplier added the holes or did the store...
    For the sake of archive clarity, in case someone reads this thread and (like me) is uncertain of the answer to Ronald's question, here's how Michael explained it in another thread eight months later:

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael R 1974 View Post
    Well, the usual store I go to has all the Kodak dry chemicals in boxes without any holes punched (the Tetenal XTOL bag I just mixed had no holes punched). I've also ordered them from a few retailers and the bags had no punched holes either. So all the evidence points to the dummies at that one store here.

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    Second Photo Formulary in Condon and Ron who says mix your own and be independent. I bit my tongue and ate the 30% S&H from freestyle just last week, but I won't do it again.

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    I have also seen failure where the bags have been repeatedly creased from handling. These bags are made from composite material and have several layers. Some layers are quite thin and may be easily damaged. In order to protect the contents the bags must be undamaged in any way.
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    Like I said previously, I was born into the era of cans. Then, in my thirties came these damn bags. Simple repeated creasing will let air in and Dektol is the worst offender.

    NOW ... take any bag of developer that you have and put it into either a clean, dry glass bottle or PET plastic bottle with secure cap. NOW, not later. - David Lyga

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