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    Process Timer

    I'm currently using a standard LCD digital (kitchen) timer to time my film and paper development. As a timer it works fine. However, it has one annoying problem: it wakes the neighbourhood. What I'm after is a timer that has a single ping, or something, at the end of the timed period, rather a continuous alarm that need to be cancelled by the user. Does such a device exist?


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    I've got a small handheld kitchen timer. It beeps at the end of the time then beeps again 1 minute later. You do need to stop the beep but it's not loud enough to wake the dead.

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    I use the timer on the microwave oven, but then I do my developing in tubes in the kitchen!

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    I use a pocket PC with a program I wrote myself.

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    Perhaps there are slots or holes on the timer case where the sound is coming from? If so, a piece of electrical or other tape should muffle it noticably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffeb
    What I'm after is a timer that has a single ping, or something, at the end of the timed period, .,.......

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    Durst Coltim , only problem is it is 30 second increments. Clockwork with a fluorescent dial and a single reassuring 'ping' at the end of each operation ( can go up to 30 min with almost infinite number of steps). I've seen them on e-bay and at secondhanddarkroom.

    Cheers CJB
    Hmm- Wonder if she'd notice if I bought that :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by digiconvert
    Durst Coltim , only problem is it is 30 second increments.

    30 second intervals will be fine for prints. I can put up with the other timer for films.

    A big thankyou to everyone who replied to this thread.


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    Try a cheap pocket tape recorder with each stage recorded. Works wonders for 'all in the dark' processes such as E6 hand lines...

    Cheers,

    R.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Hicks
    Try a cheap pocket tape recorder with each stage recorded. Works wonders for 'all in the dark' processes such as E6 hand lines...

    Cheers,

    R.

    Hmm, interesting idea. Might be worth a try.

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    Just make sure you have fresh batteries in the cheap pocket recorder, voice of experience here!

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