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    It can be done. I do not have running water in my printing area. I have to move prints to my bathroom to wash. It is not ideal, and it is a bit of a hassle, but works fine. I also process film in the bathroom.

    When I was in Yellowstone one summer, I bootlegged a darkroom in my quarters. I held prints in a tray until morning, and washed everything in the shower the next day.

    My biggest problem is that I cannot easily print during the day, due to light leaks. I can place something in front of the leaky sliding door if I *need* to print during the day, but it has to be something big, and has to be moved every time I go out to the bathroom to wash prints.

    So, I would worry more about getting everything light tight more than being away from running water. Also, it helps if you rent, so you are not paying for all the water you will use!
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    I have built several over the last 32 years and a few had garden hoses hooked to the darkroom sink that I would unroll and connect to the house water and a drain pipe I would screw together and run to the laundry room floor drain when in use. I took a few extra minutes to set up and take down but it worked well.
    DIGITAL IS FOR THOSE AFRAID OF THE DARK.

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    I am glad to have found this thread. Both my wife and I miss darkroom B/W printing, which we did at various times before we had children.

    Well, we own our own home now, and we have a detached garage, and we're thinking of building the darkroom into that building, in part because we don't want to risk any chemical contamination of our house.

    I think we're going to do the garden hose trick for plumbing, too. I could probably even make a sump for drainage, but I need to do a little more research on whether I really want photography chemicals hitting a sump, even if it is back behind my garage and not in the vegetable garden.

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    Well the good news on my new darkroom is that having got the house (yay!) it turns out after pulling up a wooden cover I already have cold water and a drain in the area I'm planning for darkroom . (Being a 'lean-to', one wall used to be an outside wall - so I've found the old garden tap & drain.)

    Anyone have any recommendations on a small electric water heater? I do a fair bit of E6, so one which can be carefully controlled temperature wise would be good...
    Another day goes under; a little bourbon will take the strain...

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