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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

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

    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

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

    Lloyd Erlick Portraits, Toronto.
    voice: 416-686-0326
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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
  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
  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

    Mark in Maine, Jan 19, 2006
  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

    Lloyd Erlick Portraits, Toronto.
    voice: 416-686-0326
    net: www.heylloyd.com
    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, 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, Jan 20, 2006
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