Originally Posted by L Gebhardt
I bought the 11x14 one from fineartphotosupply.com. The link to the washer page is here
. What you get in the mail is ten (or so... not near the washer right now) pre-cut plexiglass dividers, two pieces of PVC pipe with the slits pre-cut, and a couple of pieces of plexiglass to stick on top in case any prints float up. You're left to your own devices to get a 10-gallon acquarium tank because the cost of shipping them would greatly outstrip their value. I got mine from Wal-Mart for $10-12. You're also left to your own devices to get water into the tank.
Since I'm using a somewhat-converted bathroom for a darkroom (I don't have to tear it down when I'm done), the print washer fits perfectly in the width of the bathtub, in case there's any run-over. I run a hose through a heavy-duty clamp and clip it on the side for incoming water, and the siphon hose for outgoing is supplied with the kit.
You can see my print washer "in the wild" in this partial shot
of my darkroom. It's in the bottom left of the frame, in the tub.
Really saves on water. I fill it up, pull prints from the fix to a water-filled holding tray, then fill up the washer, let the prints soak for a half hour, recycle the water in the washer for fifteen minutes, then let them soak for another half hour.
btw -- once in a while a print sort of clings to a divider, I just wiggle the divider back and forth and the print flows off. Hasn't been a prob for me.