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    Yep. I ran into the same problem here in Puerto Rico. So I'm in the process of building my own.
    'tis an ill wind that blows no minds...

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    I did suggest the wooden-boat option, but as Polyglot mentioned, a sink is not actually that essential for most printing - just a (very) nice-to-have. My darkroom (a.k.a. spare bedroom) has no water inlets or outlets or sinks of any sort or size. I just have to carry trays over to the bathroom for washing prints, or the trays themselves.

    On the 'wet' side I use a Novatech processor plus developing trays of various sizes with occasionally a frame shape of 30mm square wood taped at the edges of the desk, covered by a sheet of builders-polythene, taped down around the edge of the frame. A very temporary solution, and I rarely do it because any small splashes are absorbed by a newspaper covering of the desk (that is binned before it dries). Now I have jinxed myself and will drop a 20" tray . . .

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    Thanks once again for all the comprehensive replies...these forums are a treasure! Martin, I am moving house and finally have a big space that we just be a darkroom...hooray! For years I have struggled with a laundry sink so this time I want a proper wet bench and will probably go down the build my own route.
    Shame, because a few years ago the plastic and stainless sinks were everywhere as people disposed of their darkrooms...I suppose they all went to the tip ):

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony lockerbie View Post
    Thanks for the replies everyone. Ralph, thanks for that offer, but I would imagine that post to Australia would be horrendous! The used restaurant sink sounds promising, or I may go down the route of building my own. Trouble is that I'm out in the sticks, so things are hard to get. There were so many for sale a few years back, but the supply seems to have dried up.
    Toobad.it's headed for the dumpster now.
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    Update. I saw a fellow down the street yesterday, he owned a photo lab here many years ago, so on the off chance I asked if he still had a darkroom sink. Guess what, he still has it under his house...going there on Monday...result!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony lockerbie View Post
    Update. I saw a fellow down the street yesterday, he owned a photo lab here many years ago, so on the off chance I asked if he still had a darkroom sink. Guess what, he still has it under his house...going there on Monday...result!
    Score!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony lockerbie View Post
    Update. I saw a fellow down the street yesterday, he owned a photo lab here many years ago, so on the off chance I asked if he still had a darkroom sink. Guess what, he still has it under his house...going there on Monday...result!
    Well done ...Everything is out there you just have to ask the right person

    Of course I would also ask him if he has anything else.....Hmmm

    Good luck with your sink

    Johnkpap

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    Here in Germany, in the DIYs, they sell what they call shower cups. The standard size is 90 x 90 outer measure, and it's big enough to water a 50 x 60 cm paper in it. They have an enamel cover and are rather robust (and heavy...). The other day when I came around they had one with some ugly scratches, and I could get it for 45 % off. So I bought it for my new darkroom, I'll see if it's as good for it as I hope. It's not too deep (19 cm), but huge! My hope is to have a sink where I can splash around with anything and not watering the whole room

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    Darkroom Sinks

    Pontoons?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROL View Post
    Pontoons?
    Well, googling for it, I find pontoons way too large, but there may be smaller ones. Anyway, I might want to take a bath together with my photos

    Here is what I got: http://www.hornbach.de/shop/Duschwan...vl=artikel_img

    Rolf

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