Darkroom move

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Buerste, Nov 5, 2008.

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    Buerste Guest

    After building a great new darkroom a couple of years ago, I'm moving to a
    condo. The only choice I have is to share the laundry room. It's plenty
    big enough but the proximity of the dryer scares me. At least it seems void
    of spiders. (my darkroom is plagued with them) What I did here was a
    positive pressure using filtered air which worked well so I'll do that
    again. The condo has electrostatic filtering that seems to work well. The
    biggest thing that scares me is cleaning the pull-out lint filter on the
    dryer. Maybe a sprits with a spray bottle will keep the dust down. I'm
    doomed.
     
    Buerste, Nov 5, 2008
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    Ken Hart1 Guest

    Good point, Richard!
    The pull-out lint filter doesn't bother me very much at all, but there is a
    world of lint that comes out the vent pipe.
    Years ago, I heard a story from 'the Maytag Repairman' about the dryer that
    wasn't working well. The customer didn't want to vent the dryer outside the
    house, so they ran the vent pipe into a basement storage area, and put a
    pair of pantyhose on the end of the pipe. After a period of years, the dryer
    lost it's drying ability. The repairman traced the vent pipe, and found a
    pair of 'plumped' panty hose filled with years' of lint.

    If you're concerned about the pull-out filter, how about this: put a plastic
    bag over your arm and grab the filter through the plastic. As you pull out
    the filter, slide the bag down over it. Then go to another room to clean it.
    Your spritz with the spray bottle is also along the right path-- increasing
    the humidity will tend to settle dust.

    Alternativly, you could bring the spiders from your old darkroom and train
    them to dust-spot the prints!
     
    Ken Hart1, Nov 5, 2008
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    Buerste Guest

    A simple, elegant idea that will work, thanks! (The plastic bag...NOT the
    spiders, I don't want to see spider web ever again in my darkroom. And, GOD
    I hate spotting and I suck at it.)
     
    Buerste, Nov 6, 2008
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    Buerste Guest

    It vents outside through a roof vent. The plumbing looks very good and well
    sealed. It will be a piece of cake to pressurize the room with filtered
    air. One of the best outlets for the pressure will be the dryer, a big
    plus!
     
    Buerste, Nov 6, 2008
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  5. Same with mine (by the way, it's dryer, not drier). I think the chances
    the O.P. has for a lint-free darkroom are vanishingly small here.
     
    David Nebenzahl, Nov 7, 2008
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    Buerste Guest

    I'm not thrilled with the new constraints, it'll mean a lot of diligence the
    keep dust under control in film processing and enlarger maintenance. But,
    thanks to all for good ideas!
     
    Buerste, Nov 8, 2008
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    gr Guest

    If you turn the dryer on, with the heat off, then pull the lint filter
    (may have to press an interlock on the door), the suction will pull most
    of the dust dislodged by moving the screen and send it out the vent.
     
    gr, Nov 10, 2008
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  8. Maybe so. So why not remove the filter screen and let all the lint go out
    the vent all the time? Because it clogs the vent, promoting a fire hazard.
    Your suggested technique would just be a bit slower.
     
    Jean-David Beyer, Nov 10, 2008
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    drew046 Guest

    I have allergies. Dust is probably the worst. I realized many years
    ago that rain flushes a huge % of the dust & allergens from the air,
    which caused me to try to reduce the dust in a room w/ H2O in a
    spritzer bottle. 1 spraying may or may not help, but 3 applications
    always knocks the particles down to an acceptable level, sometimes 2
    times does the trick. Some spritzer bottles work far better than
    other. My current bottle is a very cheap purple, poorly made one.
    It's the best one I've ever used for this purpose. The key seems to be
    the fineness of the spray. The best way I've discovered to do this is
    to spray over the entire square footage of the room aiming close to &
    parallel to the ceiling. I try to not spray over any electronic gear
    (computers, TVs, remotes, certainly not over photographs, high quality
    books etc). I usually wait 5min. between applications. It's worked
    for many years for me.

    Good luck
     
    drew046, Jan 2, 2009
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  10. Buerste

    Buerste Guest

    I have allergies. Dust is probably the worst. I realized many years
    ago that rain flushes a huge % of the dust & allergens from the air,
    which caused me to try to reduce the dust in a room w/ H2O in a
    spritzer bottle. 1 spraying may or may not help, but 3 applications
    always knocks the particles down to an acceptable level, sometimes 2
    times does the trick. Some spritzer bottles work far better than
    other. My current bottle is a very cheap purple, poorly made one.
    It's the best one I've ever used for this purpose. The key seems to be
    the fineness of the spray. The best way I've discovered to do this is
    to spray over the entire square footage of the room aiming close to &
    parallel to the ceiling. I try to not spray over any electronic gear
    (computers, TVs, remotes, certainly not over photographs, high quality
    books etc). I usually wait 5min. between applications. It's worked
    for many years for me.

    Good luck
    **********************

    Interesting, I will try that. I think with all the measures I will take
    (still in process of moving and renovating) I feel confident I won't have to
    buy Spotone in the gallon size.
     
    Buerste, Jan 5, 2009
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