please help with Nova print washer

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Chase Martin, Nov 14, 2003.

  1. Chase Martin

    Chase Martin Guest

    I bought a used 11x14 Nova single slot archival print washer (cheap)
    off of Ebay. Having never used a vertical print washer before, I'm at
    a loss as to how to use it. It has a rubber hose (inlet) at the
    bottom of one end, and a hole at the opposite bottom end. It also has
    a large exit (?) tube at the top, on the inlet side. When I turn the
    water on, most of the water goes right through and out the other hole
    without it going up very high. Should there be some sort of cork or
    stopper there? I assume that the water flow would come in the bottom
    inlet, rise up, and finally pour out the exit tube at the top. This
    doesn't happen now.
    Any help would be appreciated!
    -Chase M.
    Chase Martin, Nov 14, 2003
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  2. Yes, most "archival" print washers work that way. I.e., water goes in
    one end (either the bottom or the top) and goes out the other end
    (either the top or the bottom, respectively). The hole at the bottom
    opposite your inlet pipe is for draining the thing, and should be
    plugged in normal use.

    (I have a Zone VI washer that works the other way: for some unknown
    reason, Fred Picker thought that dissolved argentothiosulphate ions were
    heavier than water and should be drained from the bottom, so he put most
    of the water in at the top and by an elaborate arrangement, got the unit
    to drain from the bottom. That is all nonsense of course, but the unit
    works well anyway. Fred probably should have read Einstein's early paper
    on Brownian Movement, but that's another story.)
    Jean-David Beyer, Nov 14, 2003
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  3. Chase Martin

    hizo Guest

    Plug the second bottom hole. The water will exit on the big hole on the top.
    hizo, Nov 14, 2003
  4. Chase Martin

    Chase Martin Guest

    Thanks JD & hizzo. That does the trick!

    Chase Martin, Nov 15, 2003
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