darkroom window covering ...

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Lloyd Erlick, Jan 17, 2006.

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    Lloyd Erlick Guest

    January 17, 2006, from Lloyd Erlick,

    Recently I had to cover a couple of windows
    to make my darkroom. Or maybe make my room
    dark.

    Anyway, I placed ordinary barbecue aluminum
    foil against the glass and over the edges.
    Over that I hung black seamless backdrop
    paper.

    Lately a small noise has been driving me
    crazy. My place is fairly noisy (neighbours
    in the building, heating system, etc.) and I
    live on a big street in a city. But this
    little sound has been intermittent, small,
    and unexplained. It's the unexplained part
    that really frosts me.

    Well, this morning I found out what it is. Of
    course it is the aluminum foil on windy days.
    The window is leaky enough that a wind can
    disturb the foil, making that characteristic
    sound.

    Just a little entry in the infinite archive
    of all darkroom knowledge.

    regards,
    --le
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    Lloyd Erlick, Jan 17, 2006
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    Tom Phillips Guest

    You may grow to like the sound and miss it
    when it's gone....
     
    Tom Phillips, Jan 18, 2006
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    UC Guest

    Just go to K-mart or Wal-mart and get some heavy black fabric. Drape it
    where you need it.
     
    UC, Jan 18, 2006
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  4. In days gone past I used to buy "darkroom (or blackout) cloth" (I think
    from Calumet) that was smooth on one side and velvety on the other. It
    was absolutely light-tight. I don't know if it's still available.
     
    Scott Schuckert, Jan 19, 2006
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  5. When I had a temporary darkroom, I made widow covers by cutting a
    piece of foam insulating material so that it just fit into the window
    opening. I taped pieces of the black plastic bag that paper comes in
    to make a fringe around the perimiter. I mounted the foam with the
    aluminium side out - so that the room didn't get too hot in the
    summer, and it worked well.

    I tried various fabric options, and never found one which was good
    enough for developing and loading film, although they worked fine for
    printing.

    Mark
     
    Mark in Maine, Jan 19, 2006
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  6. There are a number of blackout materials available for
    window shades and curtains. I have had good results with
    blackout plastic, which is cheap and easy to use. Freestyle
    has it as Model# 423416 Delta Blackout Plastic. About $17
    US for a 4'x 16' roll. http://www.freestyle.biz
     
    Richard Knoppow, Jan 20, 2006
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    Lloyd Erlick Guest

    January 20, 2006, from Lloyd Erlick,

    Any of these suggestions would be better than
    aluminum foil! Cover your window, make a
    noise...

    regards,
    --le
    ________________________________
    Lloyd Erlick Portraits, Toronto.
    voice: 416-686-0326
    email:
    net: www.heylloyd.com
    ________________________________
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    Lloyd Erlick, Jan 20, 2006
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    John Guest

    Any different than the heavy PVC plastic used by landscapers ? That's
    what I used when we lived in an apaprtment back in '91. Amazingly
    strong stuff. I ended up using a leather sewing needle to get string
    looped through it.

    John
     
    John, Jan 20, 2006
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    John Guest

    LOL ! I've used foil as well but my basement windows were also covered
    with playwood so I couldn't hear the noise.

    John
     
    John, Jan 20, 2006
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