Want suggestions for covering several large windows

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by winddancing, Jan 1, 2005.

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    winddancing Guest

    I've unexpectedly acquired an apartment to become a "wet" darkroom and want
    suggestions, articles, or urls. While its not my first darkroom new
    materials and ideas are out there. TIA
     
    winddancing, Jan 1, 2005
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  2. Try the Darkroom Cookbook or the Film developing Cookbook both I believe
    have sections on Darkroom layout.
     
    Gregory Blank, Jan 1, 2005
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    jjs Guest

    One tip: do NOT use black material, especially plastic, to cover the windows
    on the sun-side (South in NA). I did and it acted as a terrific solar panel
    and overheated the room even in 10F weather, and finally one day it got so
    hot it sagged and leaked light. I finally used a highly reflective 'space
    blanket' towards the outside, and lightproof material towards the inside.

    If plumbing is a problem because you don't want to make expensive, permanent
    plumbing changes then a hoses from the existing lines, then an electric pump
    in a big bucket under the sink will work for a drain, but I'd never leave
    it unattended.
     
    jjs, Jan 2, 2005
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    Joe Mama Guest

    I've unexpectedly acquired an apartment to become a "wet" darkroom and
    Amen...Use the space blanket on south, east and west facing windows. After
    that, use some blank banner material that you can get from any local sign
    shop. I just tack it up over my windows (all north facing) and never have
    any problems.
     
    Joe Mama, Jan 3, 2005
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    Frank Pittel Guest

    : : > I've unexpectedly acquired an apartment to become a "wet" darkroom and
    : > want
    : > suggestions, articles, or urls. While its not my first darkroom new
    : > materials and ideas are out there. TIA

    : One tip: do NOT use black material, especially plastic, to cover the windows
    : on the sun-side (South in NA). I did and it acted as a terrific solar panel
    : and overheated the room even in 10F weather, and finally one day it got so
    : hot it sagged and leaked light. I finally used a highly reflective 'space
    : blanket' towards the outside, and lightproof material towards the inside.

    Learned about that my first summer with my 4x5. My focusing cloth was black
    on both sides. Focusing in the summer sun was like putting my head in a hot
    oven.

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    Frank Pittel, Jan 4, 2005
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    Msherck Guest

    I have successfully used aluminum foil in the past, secured in position with
    black duct tape. Definately opaque and dirt cheap. Extra heavy gray plastic
    from the local home improvement store also works well. I used some stuff that
    was, as I recall, 6 mills thick; two layers worked very well. Plastic is more
    expensive than foil but the neighbors aren't as likely to look at you oddly
    after you put it up... :)

    mjs

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    Msherck, Jan 7, 2005
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    seancarroll Guest

    I'm using the kitchen. We have huge windows, and yes they get plenty o
    sun. But I just created a black plastic sheet using two extra thick yar
    cleanup trach bags. I taped them together using gaffer tape. It neede
    double thickness as light came right through the bags on a sunny day.

    At Staples I found a roll of velcro with a glue backing - using thi
    enables me to quickly put the sheets up, and in between exposures I ri
    them open - this cools the room and also lets in fresh air.

    The whole setup cost about $30 and took a couple of hours to make.
    also cover the doors.

    So far the neighbours haven't thought I'm growing weed and haven'
    called the cops on me, so I guess that's positive
     
    seancarroll, Jan 10, 2005
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