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    I have recently installed three Doran 12X12 louvers in my darkroom. Two high and one low, mainly because that is where I could place them without getting in the way of something on the other side. There is a finishing piece that can be placed on the other side. I took some black foam board and built a box between the sheetrock, taping it carefully with gaffers tape to prevent sucking insulation/dust in from the void between the walls. Can't tell you how it works yet, as the project continues. Should be up and running in a few weeks. Bill Barber

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    That is a real nice set up, rick. Laboratory-like, clean, functional..

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    This is my -almost finished - darkroom.

    The place is still a bit cluttered and messy, but it works...

    I'm adding a new cabinet next to the enlarger, on top of which I'll put the time and other stuff..

    The sink is a bit small, but deep, and at this end I can print there.
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    Thanks to Jerold and ic-racer for their suggestions for keeping down darkroom dust. Besides a filter to fit inside the ventilation louvers I have some (ionic--?) Saba filters on hand which were purchased for general use by my husband who has allergies. (They no longer seem to be available to purchase.) I don't know if they have the effectiveness of hepa filters but will start out with them and see if I can need to find space for the much larger hepa filter systems.

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    ic-racer,

    The white patch above the safelight was painted because my previous darkroom had a lower ceiling which increased the ambient light enough to see the print in the developer. Instead of buying and installing another light I just added the patch which worked out just right.

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    Rick,

    I'm curious about your gray walls. I thought Ansel recommended white walls for more reflected light, except for the area around the enlarger, which should be a matte black. Have recommendations been revised, or are there just many variables which determine one's choice of color?

    Sara

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    Sara,

    I'm not sure what safelight Ansel used, but with my sodium vapor light I get a lot of output. In my former darkroom with 8 foot ceilings and a smaller footprint I didn't need white walls to view the print in the developer adequately, hence the roughly 18% gray walls to reduce reflections.

    In my new darkroom which is 11x14 feet with 10 foot ceilings I still kept the roughly the same color walls but found that the light wasn't quite as bright as I like. I added the white patch to add a little more output. I now have just enough light to view the print in the developer easily without fogging any paper I have out.

    Bottom line to answer your question about variables, yes, I'm sure there are many different opinions about wall color. For me, I just prefer the gray.

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    Thanks, Rick,

    It is pretty obvious you had planned everything to work well in your space but I had to ask (out loud).

    Sara

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    Hey guys, this is my lab that I made in a small room at my apartment.














    Yan Boechat
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    Thats quite a large air conditioner unit Yan, must be freezing in your darkroom.

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