A big sink IS a form of counter -- in which you can stand trays, dev bottles, tanks... My current darkroom is the first I have ever had with a big sink and if I ever move and have to build another (which I hope I won't) it will have a big sink.
"Dear Dan, a big sink IS a form of counter --"
That's stretching it some. A counter has two while a
sink has three dimensions. If a sink is a counter then
it is one which is depressed and walled all about.
Who would want such a thing?
"in which you can stand trays, dev bottles, tanks..."
Trays, bottles, tanks ..., stand as well ON and need
not be stood IN. I shelve trays and cupboard some
items leaving counter space for other matters.
To each their own. As a requisite for respectable
and realistic processing no body reading this thread
should be left thinking a few or several feet of sink
necessary. Or, for that matter, an unquestionably
desirable darkroom feature. Dan
I sort of agree with this. I use a 7 foot x 28" wide and 6" deep sink, but it's a pain to wash up in because water splashes everywhere.
Originally Posted by dancqu
On the other hand, a flat counter top will not handle accidental spills, so I suspect a good compromise would be a flat counter top with a 1" lip all around to catch the spills combined with one of those deep laundry sinks you get in the US (hard to find over here) to do the washing up. Such a counter would be easy to DIY and you could have it draining directly in to the laundry sink with that end of the counter minus the 1" lip.
Maybe in my next darkroom....
BTW, I don't understand the original question... "not have a darkroom"???... Nope sorry, can't get my head around that one... I fed the question in to my PC and it blue-screened with a "divide by infinity, Redo from Start, Out of Cheese" error.... (no prizes for identifying the literary theft )
Just think how much digi gear can cost and how quickly it becomes obsolete...just seize the day (or should that be the dark)
"He took to writing poetry and visiting the elves: and though many shook their heads and touched their foreheads and said 'Poor old Baggins!' and though few believed any of his tales, he remained very happy till the end of his days, and those were extraordinarily long "- JRR Tolkien, ' The Hobbit '.
Let say you move and you have to rent a hosue can you put a darkroom in? Can anyone answer this one? Can you add to the structure or put on dummy walls? Run water etc... Do you have to run it by the landlord?
If anyone has any advice on a darkroom in a rented house, I really would like to know what you do for a darkroom.
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Kevin - much can be done without actually making permanent changes - as long as you don't spill chemicals on the carpet, of course.
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Certainly you shouldn't go putting up or taking down permanent walls, modifying plumbing, etc., without your landlord's permission. Your lease might provide some guidelines about how far you can go -- for instance, whether or not you can paint a room yourself.
Originally Posted by kjsphoto
That said, you should certainly be able to "black out" existing windows with slide-in boards, curtains, etc.; use existing plumbing; put up temporary partitions; etc.
If in doubt, ask your landlord.
Water splashes everywhere. BIG sink or not so big
Originally Posted by Bob F.
that is something with which to contend. How about
lower water pressure and/or a good flex hose rinser?
To catch the spills? Spills have never been my problem.
While in the service I was stationed a year each at three
bases. I worked at all flat counters, with end sinks, and
had no problems. Have had none the last few years.
Perhaps I've more sticky fingers than most. I don't
recall ever having spilled anything.
There will be no provision for spills with the new counter
I've in mind to build. It will incorporate a sink and be a
seamless masterpiece. Counter with imbedded sink will
measure 22x58 inches; sink, maybe 14x21. Dan
I spill stuff all the time. Maybe if I didn't have those 6" walls to the sink, I'd be more careful...
Originally Posted by dancqu