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    Cat Hair - Drying Film

    So, moving in with my girlfriend, and her two cats, has presented an interesting challenge. Cat hair.

    I went to IKEA and picked up one of the 'DIMPA', which is a clothes cover that you hang in the closet. It fits four rolls of film comfortably, 24exp 35mm or 120. But, it's too short for 36exp 35mm. Is there a way to hang 36exp 35mm film by folding it in half, safely, like dip-and-dunk machines?

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    Cut in half after processing? Or, if there's room just make a u shape with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asp.artist View Post
    Cut in half after processing? Or, if there's room just make a u shape with it.
    That first suggestion could be messy, and the second suggestion not permanent. I'd just take it to the vet and have them deal with it in the usual way.

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    Don't dip the cats in photo-flo.
    It doesn't work...
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    You can hang the film in a U shape, if necessary. Sometimes it helps to put a half or full twist in so that the bottom isn't just flat, or clip a hanger clip onto one side at the bottom. Otherwise the water can pool some in the U.
    We have one cat, and I have a dedicated darkroom space, but the cat doesn't visit the darkroom so fur hasn't been a problem, FWIW. I guess she isn't a fan of photography.

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    Forming a U with the film is something I'm a little afraid of. Is there a device in existence that allows for the 'bottom' of the U to be on the top?

    I thought perhaps I could make hooks and hang the film from them in the sprocket holes, and then let the two ends of the film hang down. Ya thing that would work?
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    Waste a frame near the middle of the roll, and then cut through that frame when you hang the roll (now in two parts) to dry.

    Choose the wasted frame according to how you like to cut the roll after drying (e.g. if you cut your negs into strips of 5, you may want to waste number 16 or 21).
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    Get a dog for the darkroom. Train it to follow their normal instincts, chase cats.

    Not sure if dog hair sticks to film.

    A good air filter goes a long way.

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    I have 2 cats and a dog and fortunately never really had much problem with their hair on the film.

    I put a little isopropyl alcohol in my final rinse to aid speedy drying and I live in a warm climate so my film dries fast.

    I guess I could always give the cats a coat of varnish should their hair become a problem.

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    The U thing with the open ends down sounds doable. A piece of coat hanger through the sprocket holes will work but rust would be an issue after a while. SS stiff wire would be better. I have 2 cats and even though they are NOT allowed in my darkroom the hair is so fine it still finds a way in.

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