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    Quote Originally Posted by Monophoto
    George -

    the idea of making the darkroom wals red so that the light reflected off them becomes "safe" makes sense.

    But to me it's even more sensible to make the source of the light safe (ie, use safelights), and then make the walls white so that they provide maximum reflections of that safe light.

    Louie
    Likewise.

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    Here's an idea that that I find handy: A red LED penlight.

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    The problem is not the safe light but any stray light from the enlarger. If you build a cubical around your enlarger than you can paint the rest of the room white.

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    My 1st darkroom

    The 1st one I built... I've since helped a bunch more The next one will be bigger if all goes well. You can never have too much space! Notice the BBQ... goes great with beer Umm, sorry 'bout the in-dark photos, I've some white-light ones and ones with the color darkroom somewhere on this disorganized hard-drive o' mine.
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    Last edited by thedarkroomstudios; 06-21-2005 at 11:58 AM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: Had to shrink a photo

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    Well...things are happening. I have placed an order for a 12'x20' shed package to be delivered by barge to the dock down the road, and then trucked to our property. It should arrive in August. We elected to get a longer shed (the standard one is 12'x16') because my wife wanted me to have room to set up for studio shots. I take photographs for artists of their artwork, and she didn't want me to need to rearrange the entire living room every time...and she also wanted me to be more ready to take photos of the kids. So the shed will do double duty as a darkroom/studio.

    I was trying to evaluate my options for heating the place and finally decided with the air flow that will be happening as a result of the ventilation system to go with a non-vented propane heat system. The heater is here already, though it produces light itself (infrared) so I will need to turn it totally off when I am rolling film onto spools. I may also seek to shield it with black-out baffles and try some test rolls to see whether it exposes them any. I considered electrical (very expensive heat) and fuel oil (need to set up fuel containment for the tank) and went for propane because the non-vented heaters are very efficient while the propane is not a long-term fuel clean-up risk. The non-vented heaters produce carbon monoxide inside the building, but the emission of CO has been reduced greatly, and is less than 50% of the level that would be deemed inappropriate for indoor heat. Coupled with a CO detector in the darkroom and the ventilation, I'm hoping it is a reasonable option.

    I've got an electrician working on an estimate for me, as that's one thing I do not want to do myself. That leaves only plumbing. Having thought about this a lot, I believe I'm going to put in a huge 200 gal. cistern instead of running water. The cistern can be filled when I am prepared to start work in a day or two, and will get me through a couple of weeks work with my current practices. I do not use cold water, only room temperature, so I don't need any colder options. I use hot water to mix chemicals, so I am taking our spare microwave oven out to create hot water when I want it. This may seem a bit odd, and I've wrestled with it quite a bit. But the thought of trying to drill into my house and run a water line from the house all the way to the darkroom in an environment where even 8 feet will not ensure that it is below the freezing layer is a bit daunting. I would need to heat the water line and ensure that the grade from the darkroom to the house is such that I could drain the line easily. With the larger darkroom, I have plenty of space for the large 200 gal. tank and can't really see a reason that it will not work rather well. I still have the challenge of getting it filled in super cold weather occasionally, but that is a short-term issue rather than a chronic one. Our winters are highly variable and we usually get some days above freezing every month, so I'm hopeful that this is a reasonable option.

    Now, I need to get the area leveled off and ready so I don't have any holdups when the stuff gets here!

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    Reading this thread reminded me that I had not posted a link to mine, so here is the pathway to heaven It is still not finished as I always seem to be too busy developing or printing.
    Regards Dave.

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    Dave, I love your darkroom! Very nice. And it is really nice to see a construction project that's (pretty much) done, when I'm just starting on one. I hope I can get mine together by this time next year...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy Hamon
    Dave, I love your darkroom! Very nice. And it is really nice to see a construction project that's (pretty much) done, when I'm just starting on one. I hope I can get mine together by this time next year...
    Thanks Troy, enjoy the construction experience and keep us posted on progress. My advice (not that you need it) is to try and finish the project before you use it. I was interested in your proposal to use gas heating, will this source give you condensation problems, or demand a high ventilation rate?
    Regards Dave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Miller
    Reading this thread reminded me that I had not posted a link to mine, so here is the pathway to heaven It is still not finished as I always seem to be too busy developing or printing.
    Wonderful walk-through of the project, Dave. Is the plumbing, electrical and sewage not hooked up upstream yet, or is that part skipped over in the pictures?

    Liked this so much, I added it to my own apug bookmarks (http://del.icio.us/circles.of.confusion/apug) so I can get to it as I build mine.

    very inspiring.

    -KwM-

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    Praise indeed Kevin.
    All services are connected, but there is nothing much to see as the drainpipe is behind the cupboard. The last picture shows the water supply to the sink. I do not have a waterheater to keep the electrical load down, but the coldwater is tempered to room temperature as it is routed through 40 feet of 3/4 copper tube installed in the return air duct under the work bench before going into a 5 gallon break tank. By the time it gets to the tap it is about room temperature.
    Regards Dave.

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