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    Water temperature regulator

    Does anyone know of a good but inexpensive water temperature regulator? I was wondering if there is such a thing without spending $600 USD on a regulator and having to hook it up to the pipes in my house.

    I seem to recall seeing a device where you would dip a metal prong(?) into a pitcher of water to control the temperature. Is there such a thing? I have no problems letting a device warm/cool liquids to the proper temperature for several minutes while I do other things.

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    Ray

    Edit: I'm just doing B&W... no color.
    Last edited by Nikkorray; 03-13-2008 at 02:08 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Watch ebay. I got a Wing-Lynch Model 4 processor that came with the Wing-Lynch water regulator for $200. The regulator alone is worth several thousand. I've picked up several other non-electronic regulators for under $50.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magic823 View Post
    I've picked up several other non-electronic regulators for under $50.
    Would you happen to know the name brand & model so I can do a search on them? Thanks.

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    Here is a pic of my crappy little set-up. Most of the pipe work came from Home Depot. The temp gauge came from someone here on APUG if I remember right.
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    A low flow version of the Hass Intellifaucet would be gret but those are about $500.

    You did not say what you want to regulate. If you want to have tempered, flowing water to a print washer or just for general use, then you need a proper mixing valve. Some mixing valves, such as thermostatic shower valves, are designed for high flow rates which are not practical in a darkroom.

    If you want to regulate the temperature of chemistry containers for processing, trays of open solutions, water baths for film development then some options are:

    • Jobo TBE tempering box
    • Aquarium heater in plastic tube
    • Dev-Tec electric heating element
    • Pig blanket


    I believe that Kaiser or Patterson makes a low temperature "hot plate" on which you can put trays of chemicals but those are not readily availbale in the US and are relatively expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeroldharter View Post
    You did not say what you want to regulate. .
    Sorry about that. I just wanted one to help me develop film only. Nothing else. Sometimes I have a batch of 4x5 TMX 100 film I need to develop in a large tank using D-76 already mixed. Trying to get the temperature right during winter/summer months via tap water is a pain.

    Thanks for the list you provided. I will research those items.

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    [QUOTE=jeroldharter;601281]...Some mixing valves, such as thermostatic shower valves, are designed for high flow rates which are not practical in a darkroom.
    If you want to regulate the temperature of chemistry containers for processing, trays of open solutions, water baths for film development then some options are:
    • Jobo TBE tempering box
    • Aquarium heater in plastic tube
    • Dev-Tec electric heating element
    • Pig blanket


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    I have actually found a standard shower valve works very well, easily controls to +/-1 degree C. A filter is a good idea as well for film washing, tap water often has particles in that will dry on the film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikkorray View Post
    Would you happen to know the name brand & model so I can do a search on them? Thanks.
    Arkay and Delta, check bhphotovideo.com for a list under Darkroom Supplies « Sinks & Accessories « Water Controls « Temperature Controls & Monitors

    Be prepared for sticker shock, thus my suggesting ebay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikkorray View Post
    Does anyone know of a good but inexpensive water temperature regulator? I was wondering if there is such a thing without spending $600 USD on a regulator and having to hook it up to the pipes in my house.

    I seem to recall seeing a device where you would dip a metal prong(?) into a pitcher of water to control the temperature. Is there such a thing? I have no problems letting a device warm/cool liquids to the proper temperature for several minutes while I do other things.

    Thanks,
    Ray

    Edit: I'm just doing B&W... no color.
    Just use an aquarium heater in a water bath. Your water bath container can be one of those big plastic storage bins you find at Home Depot or Taget. For B&W it's easier to find an aquarium heater that you can adjust to 70 degrees F with good accuracy. It's get harder for color when you need 100 degrees but I found a Wong model that works well.

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    Well, after searching the web really quick it looks like an aquarium heater is the best alternative. I would have never thought of that... you guys are the best!

    Thanks!

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