I like that the sink and faucet are directly below the breaker box.
Well, you definitely wouldn't want the faucet right over the breaker box.
Maybe an old extending indoor washing line would solve this? I found one in a junk shop for pennies and use it in my bathroom in winter. It extends up to about 5 or 6 metres (I think) and is easily fitted with two screws and a couple of hooks. When not in use you unhook the free end and it retracts fully into itself. see the attachments (taken just now with my phone cam deepest apologies!).
Originally Posted by oriecat
Anáil nathrach, ortha bháis is beatha, do chéal déanaimh.
This darkroom is new this winter. Still has a few issues, I want a better sink, but that will have to wait. My enlarger is a beselar 45, the print washer is something I made out of an oil drain bucket from AutoZone and a few plumbing fittings from Lowes. It seems to work pretty well for under $12.
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Originally Posted by wildbill
[color=black]What!? Haven you heard the term "hydroelectric" before? :rolleyes: [/color]
[color=black]But all joking aside, I totally agree that the sink's location is poor and not to code, however it was only very temporary at the time (there had been a sink there), however that’s still a poor excuse. At the time I needed to print of a pile of photographs in time for Christmas present for my sister. The sink now sits on the wall opposite of the main counter top, well clear of the panel as it should and the old copper/plastic/hose/chewing gum water lines have been removed as well.[/color]
It has been an interesting saga, I wanted to build a darkroom but in the end I am practically rebuilding most of the basement. And now here is the rant, I really think that every home improvement/renovation show should begin with a warning to people to: A.) Get the proper permits and B.) hire qualified people. If you are planning on doing some of the work on your own, that’s fine so long as you do it PROPERLY and that means getting an inspection. The previous home owner did none of this when they decided that they wanted to "finish" off the basement and generate a few bucks at the same by making the space into an illegal apartment. In the process of their renovation they placed (in this order) a plastic laundry sink, washer and dryer under the main breaker panel. Oh that wasn’t the only thing they did wrong either, here’s the short list:
-Powering a 220 volt clothing dryer with two separate 110 volt lines, both of which where on the same phase (bet they never did figure out why the thing never worked)
-Attaching several 4x8 sheets of drywall with between 6 to 8 straight nails
-finishing (if I can call it that) off a wall over 20’ in length and not including a single electrical outlet.
-using “recycled” wire (stuff that was about twice as old as the house), and duct tape instead of electrical tape.
-using a rubber backed carpet on a concrete floor (mildew, fungus and mould)
-reversing the hot and neutral wires in the few outlets they did install (no ground wire either, they cut them off!
-using 2’ nails in a 2x4 (well, that was a plus, it was oh so easy to pull apart)
-and using a putty knife to mud the drywall joints.
[font=Times New Roman][size=3]-about 1/3 of every pipe fitting they had solder showed signs that it has leaked at one time[/size][/font]
[size=3][font=Times New Roman] Clearly these people where somewhat out of their league (and minds) when they attempt to finish off the basement and as a result its taken quite a bit of time to undo their mistakes which unfortunately has kept me out of the darkroom. Was it worth it – hell ya – even with the extra work involved I would still rather shoot film then vegetate in front of a computer using PhotoShop. [/font][/size]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Long Live Film!!![/size][/font]
Someone was remarking on the tidiness of the darkrooms here. Well, here's what happened last night when a water pipe burst under the floorboards of the darkroom and you have to find the leak at 2 o'clock in the morning - ripping up laminate floor, underlay and the floorboards to find the **** thing...
For most of my life I have been a renter and darkrooms have been pretty makeshift - any room that could be darkened, water and drain thru temporary hoses, and so forth.
In '97 I bought a 1920s vintage rural home, one built before indoor plumbing, and it has a strange floor plan. One bedroom (the only one on the main floor) opens into the living room and the bathroom (also the only one) is off that bedroom. So I made blackout shutters for the bedroom (semi-permanent) and the bathroom (removable) and light-proofed the bedroom door. As many of you know, there are certain advantages to a bathroom that's accessible in the dark! The picture is the present darkroom.
Since my basement tends to be very wet in the spring, it isn't useable for much else, so the intent is to move the darkroom down there. When I surveyed the basement for stray light, I realized it would be easier to light-proof the whole basement with a "tripple-90" entrance than to try to divide off part of the space. That should happen this year and will give me an 18x30 darkroom - OH THE LUXURY!
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Reason: Figuring out how to post pictures here . . .
No pictures of darkroom as it is constantly in flux. However, a question (that may have arisen before)...
Circumstances have caused me to arrange my trays from right to left (ie, develop on right, move prints left to process). Am I committing a "cardinal sin"? I know I always taught left to right for processing. Needless to say, I am the only one using the facility.
I was going to try pornography, but could not find any used pornographs
here's mine. I've been putting it together for the past 7 months or so - still have to put a water heater in (that's a summer 2005 project). I have to share it with some household tools, my bicycle and a lawnmower - but it's great to have a permanent set up at last.