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    Keeping sink dry

    I have a sink with a couple of archival washer and when they drain water collects under the bottom. Anyone have any nifty ideas about how to avoid the wet base in the sink? Bill Barber

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    Try some plastic washers under the washer. They lift it off the sink and are waterproof as well as cheap. I have them under my old Zone VI washer and they work fine.

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    How about one of these Sink Protector Mats? http://www.amazon.ca/InterDesign-Blu...ink+protectors
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    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Mine are raised and leveled with pieces of high density foam cut from interlocking "walk mats". I use restaurant style drain mats to elevate trays in my (pitched) processing sink (visible here), for the same reasons.

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    Low teck is old j-cloths worn out from kitchen sink. They are great at wicking water out of spaces.
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    I have two stainless sinks end-to-end, an 8-footer and a 4-footer. The short one contains a 16x20 archival washer, and I had the same concern about water standing under it after draining. At first I placed a short piece of large diameter heavy reinforced tubing under each end of the washer, and that sufficed to prevent standing water under the washer after most of the water had flowed to the drain outlet at the end of the sink. It also made it much easier to get my hands under the washer in order to remove it from the sink (it's even heavy when empty). But eventually I wanted to also raise the processing trays off both sinks for better temp control (metal sink tends to stay fairly cool and suck degrees from the trays). So I ended up going to Home Depot / Lowe's to get some inexpensive PVC corrugated roofing to place in both sinks; they come in a variety of materials and in lengths of usually 8 feet and 12 feet, so I bought a 12-footer and trimmed to fit each sink. It's strong enough to support the washer even when full (very heavy). Occasionally, at the end of a printing session, I use the kitchen-style sprayer at each sink to hose down these panels on both sides, then stand them on end in the sinks to drip-dry while I mop/dry the sinks. Here are some of the several different panels available: (Note - PVC is adequate for indoor use, polycarbonate is more expensive/durable for roofing)

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_13114-1115-1...nel&facetInfo=

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_73140-1115-1...nel&facetInfo=

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    Maybe a hydrophobic treatment would work.

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