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    Thanks for the help everyone. I've searched the forums, and there are a few posts with recommendations for metol-free developers. For now I'll use the Multigrade, and try something else when I make an order.

    But damn, if you're allergic to it, this Metol stuff sure sneaks up on you, and the icky feeling last for hours... And everyone's favorite developers have it. D76, Dektol, 130!

    I guess I haven't tried the respirator yet. When I do, I'll post again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedancefloor View Post
    Thanks for the help everyone. I've searched the forums, and there are a few posts with recommendations for metol-free developers. For now I'll use the Multigrade, and try something else when I make an order.

    But damn, if you're allergic to it, this Metol stuff sure sneaks up on you, and the icky feeling last for hours... And everyone's favorite developers have it. D76, Dektol, 130!

    I guess I haven't tried the respirator yet. When I do, I'll post again.
    thedancefloor,

    I used to use a respirator back when I was selenium toning all my work (don't even know if inhalation was a vector), and it was pretty easy to get used to wearing it. Best of luck if you try that route.

    s-a

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    A few CFM's of cross draft exhaust ventilation over the sink would fix things.

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    Yeah, a respirator, more ventilation, and that slot processor I've been pining for, might allow me to use 130 or dektol.

    Thanks!

    Dallas

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    The FIRST concern in designing a darkroom should be the vent. It doesn't have to be a lot of airflow (especially with B+W). My first darkroom cave I used a 8" computer cabinate fan with a duct over the darkroom sink venting to the larger (and drafty) outer basement. Just one human in a closed up darkroom can eat up a lot of the available oxygen and start to give you a headache.

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    You can mix up your own phenidone version of 130, but that will give you more direct exposure to other chemicals.

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