Last weekend, ready to do 5 rolls at once, with Angelina supervising.
Hey, it's her house. I just live there.
I do not own a print washer. I wash my RC paper um a large tray, same as those for developing, and fixing paper, but only larger. I place it in the tub and let water run from the shower.
I use a large large bathroom (but mostly unused) as a darkroom. I place the enlarger on top of the counter to one side of the washing basin. Of course I do not use this basin. I place the developing trays on the ground. I also work standing up. I do not have any shots for you, nor will I until late December.
Here in TH, installing a new socket is nothing anyone thinks twice about, and yes, the term "safety first" doesn't even rate a blip on the radar. No registered sparkies needed - just about everyone has a relative or friend who will wire you up, with whatever you need.
Does it concern me? Ah, yes - I'm rather cautious around power sockets over here, but so far only had misfortune once and that was with a power board. Scared the c*** out of me, hurt like hell, and it was promptly tossed and replaced. Don't want to experience it *ever* again!!
I have a simple dry darkroom. The plywood on top of the washer expands the tray surface. My print washer is a 12x15 tray. I use the fill and dump tray method. The safe light is a red Jr Lab in $8.00 silver reflector. The Gorilla DR can only be used at night. There is no ventilation so I use a water stop and TF-4 fix.
I know, it's not a bathroom but close.
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I actually had more space in my apartment than in my house.
In the apartment, I used the bathroom.
- 1/2" plywood over the tub, for the enlarger.
- A homemade portable extension to the sink counter over the toilet, for the trays.
- Washing was done in the kitchen.
In my house, the only room I can use is a small half-bath which is less than 36 inches wide.
- The MF enlarger is put on the toilet.
- I use a drum or rocking print tray to process on the counter.
- Washing is done in the kitchen.
- Because of the very cramped setup and drum/rocking print tray, I've only done RC paper, not fiber.
In both setups, I either removed the white bulb from the bathroom light fixture or replaced the bulb with a small safelight. I needed the light switch in the ON position to run the exhaust fan.
I'm in the process of building a darkroom under my house, but like most home DIY projects, that will take way longer than I think it will to complete.
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I remember doing a load of B&W in my hotel room in Braintree, UK. Picked up the supplies at a Jessops, blocked the light under the door with some extra towels, and processed 8 rolls over two days (4 rolls per night).
Probably the first and only time I've actually used a hairdryer in a hotel room - dried the reels and the films rather nicely.
Sorry that I'm a bit late in discussion.
I do all my processing in my very small bathroom. I have a three-shelved cart on wheels. I keep all the printing stuff on the bottom, the graduates, chemicals and tanks on the middle, and the enlarger (a huge 23C III) on top. When it's time to print, I wheel the cart to the bathroom and shove a towel under the door to block out the light and set the trays in the tub. Because of the room's small size, I have to squat or get on my knees to agitate the trays. For print washing I take a re-purposed litter box (bought new of course!) with drainage holes and place it under the tap and do my prints left to right with the prints ending in the litter box.
Oh, and I hang the safelight by the cord over the curtain rail so it's above my trays. Again, very crude (and painful) but it gets the job done. Only downside is that it's like an oven in the summer!
Never too late. This thread gets dredged up from time to time as you can see. I'm now in the upstairs full bath, though there is a little space, 6x11 including shower.
I'm set up much like you. I keep the chems on the lower shelf, that way if something happens, wet side stuff gets on the floor instead of into the paper safe, et al. I set the developer tray on the sink top with a book to level it out on the basin edge. Stop is on top of the hopper tank. Fix on the closed seat lid. I put a 16x20 tray in the shower and run water in it for rinse. Hang from some mechanic's wire suspended from the shower curtain rod. Towels go under the door cracks from the outside.
Setup and breakdown time might total an hour, tray drying time excluded. But there is a lot more room than I had before. Still not nearly as much as I would like. I think in a couple years I might invest in my own darkroom if I can find one with a house attached to it.
You know, I really should keep the paper above the chems! Outside the bathroom is my internet cable that's strung between the hallway and I usually hang prints/film on 'the line' to dry. With it on wheels, I think it only takes ten minutes to set up and then break down. If no one needs to shower for a bit, I usually leave the various rinsed utensils in the tub on a kitchen drying rack until the next time or when I get bothered. Speaking about a darkroom on wheels, why doesn't someone buy an old ice cream van and convert it into a darkroom? Then you can drive around with your speakers jingling accepting film orders!
Originally Posted by Christopher Walrath
I use 3/4" playwood on the counter and extend it over part of the tub with support leg (Ikea leftover) in the tub. This is spare bathroom on the lower level of the house, right next to utility and storage room. I cant set it up in 5mintes and I can dismantle is in as much time. My Enlarger sits on top of playwood with chemical trays next to it, wash trays (water) are in the tub and I run final wash by letting water run in the tub into last tray. It is nice setup and the only issue I have it gets really warm especially when i work with my kids (can only accomodate max 2 people)partially due to bathroom light fixture that has 6 bulbs and generates lots of heat once room is light proofed. I run bathroom fan during processing and printing, not much help for heat. O yes, unfortunately, I do keep paper on toilet below playwood as the is the most optimal place for it. The only problem I have is the safe light is only about 2.5 feet from dev. tray so I try to not trun it on untill I have paper in for at least 5 sec. (B&W), did not notice any fogging yet, but might have to move is down on the floor.