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    First thing, buy a MALE faucet adapter to use on your tap. Also you need to buy a FEMALE Bluebird type plastic, replacement garden hose fitting at the hardware/home center and a length of tubing, by the foot, and in three minutes you've got an adapter. Go ahead and buy some rubber washers of different thickness in case the adapter needs tweaking.

    Here is a link to an article that shows this type fitting. http://www.ehow.com/how_16199_replace-end-fitting.html


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    I use surgical latex type tubing. McMaster has it, and push-on barbed plastic fittings. When I piped my darkroom, all the faucets are hose bibb connection threaded, so it's easy to find the push-on barbed fittings that screw on.

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    What you'll find is that not all darkroom equipment uses the same size fittings. Many darkroom things ultimately expect to connect to a garden hose fitting it seems, but the water inlet on a print washer or a film washer or a water jacket or a tray siphon isn't guaranteed to be any particular size.
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    Lowes and Home Depot sell "John Guest" plastic and brass fittings, adapters, connectors and reducers, some of which are simple press and fit affairs. I used these and other common plumbing fittings to run water from my laundry room and a 1/4ID plastic tubing through the crawl-space under the house to the far end bedroom which I converted to my darkroom. Likewise, I used a combination of fittings to reduce the drain of a Delta darkroom sink to a 3/8ID plastic tube alone the same rout to the washing machine drain, which is at a lower elevation than the sink.

    Your sink faucet most likely has a screw-on fitting with a screen insert. Take this to the home center and the plumbing department will set you up with everything you need. If you need smaller hoses for washers, etc, simply have them find the right reducers and tubing at the same time, you'll just need to know the inlet/outlet OD and ID specs of the washers.

    This stuff is very simple if you go to a good home center and ask for help. It's not too expensive either, though the "Y" fitings and reducers for my washing machine hot and cold water faucets take-offs did get up to about $80US, including the tubing.

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    Thank you all for your replies. Great ideas all...even Ian's. I should stop talking about it and just do it.

    To be clear I was looking to use the surgical tubing attached to something very similar to what David Goldfarb has. I'll post pics when it's set up.

    Thanks again,

    Alan.

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    Finished this up and posted pics in the darkroom thread: http://www.apug.org/forums/forum43/1...tml#post858134

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    These type of fittings make it very simple:

    http://www.chicagofaucet.com/catalog...612&manufact=1

    These quick release fittings are useful also:

    http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/pro...roduct_id=8429

    They allow the same outlet to be used with an out of sink print washer with a long hose or for in sink use with a shorter hose, etc.
    Jerold Harter MD

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    I like to use surgical tubing from the hardware store on a barbed fitting. The surgical tubing is so flexible it will point about anywhere - just don't turn the water on too hard oryou have an untamed snake!

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    Man do you guys make it hard. Just go to a pet store and get a dog shampoo hose. It's a rubber do-hicky that just pushed on the end of the faucet. Pull the little shower end off the other end and you have an instant hose.
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    I ended the water pipe (from the filter) with a standard water hose connection, used a adapter (from Harbor Freight) that gives 4 outlets, each with its own valve. Used the adapter from Lowe's that goes from water hose connection to a tubing, by sizing it right (or just luck) it doesn't need a clamp. I use one to go to the print washer, one for when washing film, plus have two spares.

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