12-11-2011 08:07 PM
Unfortunatly, the 25 W does not sell in Europe because it functions under 120 volts.
In France, it exists in 15 W/220 volts.
12-12-2011 11:38 AM
Nice job on your darkroom. As far as a the bulb wouldn't the 15W/220V be equivalent to a 30W/120V, so in other words pretty close to a 25W/120V bulb.
Originally Posted by manet
12-18-2011 01:55 AM
All right for the équivalences. I had not thought... However, we must know the brightness of each bulb !
01-01-2012 04:51 AM
MY home darkroom in Virginia - nearly complete.....
Hi everyone -
This is my 4th darkroom in my lifetime - and so far it is shaping into my "dream" darkroom. I am running two sinks, one for processing film, the other for paper. Am going to be using nitrogen burst agitation on the film line (very excited about that). The enlarger is an old Durst L184 with electric elevation and a T1414 cold light head. The long wall on the left is where I'm going to build cabinets. Later this year I want to install a suspended ceiling and some good ventilation fans. BTW, this is located in my basement - my dear wife was very supportive of me taking up this large corner of our basement.
I'll post more photos as things get finished. Thanks for looking !
01-01-2012 05:23 AM
You have chance to have a large place to arrange your darkroom ! Great job. Courage for after that !
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01-01-2012 06:47 AM
My wife sewed my pleated bellows....
[QUOTE=ic-racer;731641]Nice attention to detail with the enlarger column and the flocking paper. I had thought of such things, but on my Omega 4x5s, the column is angled, so the angle on incidence is very large. Also reminds me of last year at this time when I was restoring my Durst. Its column has a bellows that performs a similar function to your flocking paper scroll.
Hi - My newest La184 had the same problem all of my last L184's had - the bellows delaminating from their backing. She took a look and said she could solve the problem. She put it on her sewing machine and re-sewed every pleat. Took her all afternoon, but in the end they looked and worked like brand new ! She is really a gem.
01-01-2012 07:34 AM
Very cool! It looks like you built your wall to chop off part of your basement, and this is exactly what I am going to do. How did you handle the light proofing between the floor joists? Does your sink drain down into a sump system or just a standard drain? And how does the nitrogen system work - do you buy it or DIY?
Originally Posted by jbrianfoto
01-01-2012 08:50 AM
Hi there - and thanks !
Originally Posted by ParkerSmithPhoto
I am installing 2X10 plugs into each floor joist gap. This becomes hard for the gaps which have electrical or air ducting running thru it. For those areas I've been cutting a plug, then using a saber saw to remove wood that will be in the way. So far that's worked pretty good, however I do have a few gaps which are just too complicated to deal with in this manner. For those I'm going to stuff insulation in so that light is blocked. Now - in all the plugs I've made so far, there are still leaks (because the floor joists are curved or crooked) - I'm going to get that thick metal-film based tape that the HVAC guys use for building ducts. That'll be applied on all the corners to keep out light. Finally - where the framed wall meets the cinder block wall, there is a leak -so I'm going to apply caulking to fill the void.
Both sinks drain into our septic line. I choose this corner of our basement for several reasons, the first was it's where all of the water in the basement is, and the septic line for the whole house is there. Here in Virginia, sewer lines are made of black ABS (at least they were in the 80's when our home was built). Now it is all white PVC. That makes it easy to cut and splice into. I got a pair of 3" unions (which each have a 1 1/2" female drain sweep) - cut the septic pipe about 6 inches from the floor, then removed a 15" section of ABS pipe. From that section I cut out a 5" section (used to join the two 3" unions) and then fit-checked that part. From there I was able to figure out how much remaining pipe was needed to fill the gap. So I cut and installed another section of the ABS pipe and then slid on a 3" X 8" rubber coupling (to join all the parts together at the top). Since the pipe going into the floor and the pipe running up into the bathrooms above me cannot be moved, this is how I delt with inserting my sink drains. Now both sinks have pee-traps (under each sink) and they each have their own drains.
In the years past I've had a sump system to drain my sink. It was in an apartment - I let the sink drain into a big Rubbermaid storage bin, in which I installed a float activated sump pump. It pumped water thru a hose which ran into the air conditioning drain (on the other side of the wall from my darkroom).
As for the nitrogen burst agitation system. I had many good emails with Michael Kadillak (on this forum) about such a system. He was very helpful and generous with his time. I bought off eBay a Ted Pella gas-burst timer for about $50, and have been scrounging stainless tanks, baskets and pleniums for roll-film processing. I'm very close to having everything I need. This coming year I'm planning on buying a good drill press - when I do I'll be setting up a jig for drilling stainless steel plenium tubing (so that I can make my own tanks). Currently I only have the 3.5 gallon size tanks, which is fine when I'm souping sheet film or 20 rolls of 35, but I want a smaller tank for processing only a few rolls of film. I have a plastic plenium now, and that is fine, but I like the durability of stainless (+ I really like working with the stuff).
I'll post more photos of the ceiling joist inserts and the drain plumbing (hopefully this afternoon).
01-01-2012 08:27 PM
My Minature Darkroom
My darkroom space measures 5.5' x 6' and fits into a corner of the utility room, across from the washer and dryer. In fact, we feed water from the same lines. The room isn't quite square; one corner is cut off to give more generous access to the washing machine, and that corner's where I fit the door. All of the materials for the darkroom were salvaged, except for the door hinges and door knob, and the drywall. Even the paint (a decent approximation of Zone V, actually!) was a reject from the paint store (the customer didn't like it so I got it for half price.) I figure I spent less than $100 for all the materials.
It's a little small, granted, but works fine for my needs. The wet sink is a laundry tub and the table next to it with the brown top is some sort of covered shelving; particle board covered with a tough plastic of some sort. I seal the edges with a couple of coats of marine polyurethane and every five years or so when the top gets too beat up I glue a new layer on top. Trays up to 11x14 fit well; 16x20 needs a tray ladder. I used to wash everything in trays in the tub but have been fortunate enough in the past couple of years to find an 8x10 washer at an auction and an 11x14 washer locally on Craigslist, and I made a washer for 4x5/5x7 film out of a plastic storage container and fishing line, so that part of processing is more convenient these days. The shelf under the table holds unopened chemicals, the 8x10 washer, etc. (the 11x14 washer is too large to store in the darkroom; it's in a garbage bag elsewhere in the basement. I bring it in to use it, of course!) Trays are on the floor underneath. Overhead are lines holding a number of plastic clothespins; this is overflow space to hang prints and film to dry. Primary space for drying is similar arrangement over the sink but it doesn't show in the picture. On the overhead shelf are mixed chemicals and a processing timer I just put up there today!
The enlarger is a Beseler 45 MX with condenser head. I have an older cold light which I bought on Ebay and used for a year; the lamp died and I hadn't fallen in love with it, so I went back to the condenser head. I got the enlarger for free from a local photographer, who got them for free from a local high school. He has two or three more he'd like to get rid of... (South Bend, IN.) That is actually my second 4x5 enlarger; years ago I got a Beseler 45 mcrx (or something like that) from another local school auction but it had many student years on it (I'm thinking dog years x 2,) and I'm glad to have had the opportunity to get a newer one in much better condition. Beyond the enlarger are a pair of 11x14 paper safes stacked on top of one another, and an old oak library card catalog holding 4x5 negatives on top of those. There's another small oak box on the very top, holding 5x7 negatives. Most negatives (35mm, 120 and 8x10) are stored in three-ring binders in bookshelves elsewhere in the basement.
Unopened paper is underneath the enlarger table, along with contact print frames, a semi-broken boom box (the radio part works, the CD player doesn't,) etc. Stored on the floor underneath are a paper cutter, currently empty chemical jugs, distilled water, etc. I recently discovered wire shelving at my local home improvement store, dirt cheap, and spent part of this weekend attaching them to the bottom of the shelf tops to give me more storage space. They work great! I also got a couple older Gralab timers at an auction and with the addition of the new shelving now have room to add them into the darkroom. Whoo-hoo, three processing timers; I feel like I've hit the big time! Actually, one of the Gralab timers is earmarked for a UV light box I'm building so I can make cyanotypes, Van Dyke prints, and salt prints. It will be attached underneath the enlarger table, at the far end where the paper safes are on top. I have an older light box that was more a prototype to see if I was really interested in these other processes or not; it turns out that I am but the light box wasn't well thought out so I'll salvage the lights and ballast and make another out of the same white shelving material the wet side table top is made from. That way it won't take up precious table top space, which I am obviously short of!
This is the third darkroom I've had in my lifetime. The first was a corner of a detached garage used as an upholstery workshop during the day. The second was the loft over the workshop, light-proofed with aluminum foil and the heaviest sheet plastic the local home improvement store carried. Neither had running water and I carried water out in 5-gallon camping totes. In the summer it was so hot in the loft that the only practical means of working was in the nude and in the winter I shared part of the space with my oldest daughter's hampster (the workshop was heated, more or less, but not cooled.) In comparison, this one is pure luxury. I built it about seven or eight years ago, I think, and just recently have been upgrading it by adding more storage space. Better organization means that it's easier to clean, and for a darkroom that's really important so I'm doubly happy.
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming– “Wow! What a Ride!”
— Hunter S. Thompson
01-01-2012 08:42 PM
Congrats for this small place well organized. Good idea, the plastic clothespins !