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    Compressor for darkroom

    Hey all, about to start in on a new darkroom, and getting tired of buying compressed air to squirt each neg, I was wondering if anyone had any ideas of using a small air compressor in the the darkroom, along with some in-line air filters in case of oil coming thru the lines. Any direction or idea would be welcome and thanks.

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    Keep your small air compressor in the garage (or elsewhere), fill up a small air tank from time to time and bring that into the darkroom with you. A light coiled hose and nozzle can complete the kit. Not noisy and more compact. Just make sure that the air from the compressor to the darkroom supply tank has passed through a water separater/dryer and a filter.
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    Hi,
    Have a look at hobby stores, They have small compressors to run air brushes. I have one it's not very noisy. Try MIcromark.
    Hope this helps
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    This is what I use. It is fairly quiet, uses an oiless compressor (very important for photography), and is light weight. http://www.senco.com/con_rem/ViewTool.aspx?toolid=175

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    I would definitely run an oil-less air compressor and filter the air for water and contanimnets.
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    I bought a small, inexpensive store brand compressor from Menard's (a big box home improvement center in the Midwest US.) I installed it in the basement just outside my darkroom, installed filters and a regulator, and connected it to a coiled hose with air gun inside the darkroom. I regulate down to 15 or 20 psi to give a gentle but effective cleaning. It is noisy even inside the darkroom when it kicks on to refill the tank, but that only lasts for 30 seconds or so.


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    A source for an inexpensive inline filter to clean the air after an air/oil separator is a fuel filter for a late model Ford Crown Victoria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob-D659 View Post
    A source for an inexpensive inline filter to clean the air after an air/oil separator is a fuel filter for a late model Ford Crown Victoria.
    Why? Not disagreeing, just wondering what makes this fuel filter better than another one?

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    High flow capacity, and aftermarket ones are not very expensive, besides, it's the one I use and the WIX brand one works fine at 60 psi.

    I forgot to add, it has pipe stubs on both ends, some have a threaded fitting on one side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingWaves View Post
    Hey all, about to start in on a new darkroom, and getting tired of buying compressed air to squirt each neg, I was wondering if anyone had any ideas of using a small air compressor in the the darkroom, along with some in-line air filters in case of oil coming thru the lines. Any direction or idea would be welcome and thanks.
    I bought mine at Calumet a couple of years ago. I works well, but I don't know if they still sell it.
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