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    I've never run into one that didn't leak. Wear an apron, keep a towel nearby to dry your hands, and don't worry about a little leakage.

    As for rolling the film, just practice a lot. If you want to use the teeth to grasp the sprockets, it's important that the sprockets are parallel to each other. Easier said than done, in the dark. Sundowner's method for removing the film will give you an even area to cut.

    Hey John- Long time... I still need to get those Zone VI newsletters. One of these days...

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    Thanks everyone for you help & input.

    mdarnton: I find your way of doing it to be spot on, it's really critical to put one's fingers really close to the reel when loading, and to just bend the film just enough to make it go in when one turns the reel. Thank you.

    MattKing: Your advice on auditory clues is correct as well. I can now know by ear when the film is spooling into the reel correctly. I used to load SS reels while listening to music..not anymore! Thanks!

    Richard & Anscojohn: I now have 2 SS tanks, one a Simmons-Omega and the other is a Nikor. Both have SS slip tops, not the rubber tops. Fortunately, I find that both are virtually leak free. My plastic Paterson Super System 4 tank leaks even more. I'm now using SS tanks & reels 100%, thanks to the advice & tips here. It's all about muscle memory and getting things right at the very beginning when you attach the film onto the teeth or clip that's on the reels.

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    The two I've bought new do not leak, the two off ebay, I suspect, are mismatched.

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    mikebarger: I'm lucky to have both tanks have matching caps.

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