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    DIY Stainless Steel Rods -advice?

    I've been to numerous hardware stores in Ontario and have yet to find a good source for what I'm looking for. I need to make 3-4 stainless steel reels to hold and develop 5 rolls in a dip n' dunk tank for film developing. I've bought ceiling wire, stainless steel wire, etc. all a thick enough gage to bend, but strong enough to hold 5 reels. Coat hangers don't work - I need something a little thicker. My problem is that after cleaning the metal of any oil, etc. it rusts the next day. If I don't clean it off, it leaves stuff on my film (I ran a test roll for the hell of it). I have one rod that is perfect and it came with some darkroom gear, but I can't seem to find the same stuff. It seems like a very easy task and I've worked at hardware stores for years, but I can't find anything as good as the original and designated stainless steel rods. Any advice out there? Anyone have extras that I could buy?

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    Try a welding supply. My Wife uses stainless steel rods in 1/16 in. to 1/4 in. for lampworking, They are available art glass suppliers or welding suppliers.
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    Heavy copper wire might also work.

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    I may be wrong about this, but I think that copper may interfere with the chemistry.

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    You're talking about a dip rod, right? The second sentence sounds like you're going to make some reels! It sounds like you're buying plain steel--you absolutely need to get stainless steel for this job.

    I just made a rod for my 2-reel tank yesterday. Stainless steel bicycle spoke: $1.08. I don't know if it would be long enough for 5 reels, though. Before I thought of that, I was going to sacrifice a SS barbecue skewer.If you go that way, make sure it's not just plain steel that's chrome coated.

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    You might also try an auto parts store, hobby type shop or hardware store for stainless steel tubing. I know I've seen brass tubing at hardware stores here (not sure if brass will work). I've seen stainless steel at hobby shop.

    I was planning to make a dip rod for my Wat-air washer. I think I'll try the bicycle spoke idea.

    Even when buying stainless steel, the magnet test is useful. Low quality stainless steel will still stick to a magnet (higher quality ss won't).
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    I buy them from http://www.use-enco.com
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    Perhaps a marine hardware supply.

    http://www.jeffreyglasser.com/

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    Companies that fabricate/repair commercial kitchen equipment can be local sources, or now where to find stainless steel in various sizes.

    Also, try:
    McMaster-Carr
    http://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-st...l-rods/=fxn7is

    W.W.Grainger
    http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/wwg...N=0&sst=subset

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    I've bought from these folks; http://www.onlinemetals.com/ though, nothing for my darkroom so far.

    Also, all stainless is not the same, I have a stainless funnel that I got from a kitchen store, and it has a chronic rust spot after after a little DR use.
    The stainless drain assembly I had rusted hopelessly in about 1 year of DR use though the stainless sink has been fine. I replaced the drain with a plastic one from the big box home center.

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