[Darkroom] darkroom prep.

Kelly hurtstotouchfire at gmail.com
Mon Sep 13 15:43:40 PDT 2010


On Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 14:10, Nathan <nejucomo at gmail.com> wrote:

> As far as I know, I was last to work on the room, with much thanks to
> Miloh and Kelly for explaining what needs done and chipping in a bit.
>
> As of last night the state is:
>
> The walls and shelf are primed and painted with two coats of black.
> The ceiling has drywall, and I stapled light-blocking cloth to *most*
> of the ceiling, but ran into a scheduling constraint (as well as
> exhausted shoulders) before finishing one last corner surrounding the
> strange protrusion.  (What is that?  Ventilation?)
>

Yup that's the fan. We need to put the filter back on and fully seal the
ceiling hole.


>
> Oh, also we moved all of the gear out next to the room.  As Rubin
> suggested, probably not the best idea to leave it sitting there very
> long.
>
> As far as I know, the next steps are to complete the cloth covering in
> the remaining corner, sweep and mop, then move the gear back in.
>

Definitely! I can do these things Tues evening, if no one gets to it sooner.


>
> My friend Sel explained the basics of film developing and enlarging to
> me.  From what I gather the important bits for setup are to ensure the
> tub is connected to plumbing, to have three or so chemical bins for
> processing enlargements, to have spots to dry negatives and prints,
> and to have a dim red bulb for enlarging.  Is this correct?  Probably
> someone who has a clue should help arrange the equipment.  (I can work
> on connecting plumbing, since that's an obvious constraint.)
>

Those of us who've done printing and developing will definitely start
arranging things once all the relevant features are working. Don't worry
about that. We already have at least rough versions of everything you've
cited. We do still need a few chemicals though, see prev posts.

The only thing that would be really nice to have is better setups for drying
negatives and prints. We have a device for hang-drying film, but my
expectation is that the first major hurdle (beyond the minimal features and
supplies) for film dev will be dust issues. Painting will help this
considerably (drywall= dust), but I won't personally be developing anything
but test strips until we've got a stable dust-prevention strategy. Something
to look forward to!

Once we get to phase 2 (BW prints) I was planning to make some sort of
accordion-y contraption with large panes of screen material for drying
prints. There is a machine for this but you can't use it for fiber paper
anyway, so we'll need the analog option in any case.


>
> I can't make it today, but I can stop by tomorrow, the 14th, after
> work to do what remains, say 6pmish.
>
>
> Once all is in working order, does anyone want to give me a
> development/processing tutorial?
>
>
I would be happy to do workshops on BW film & print development in the
coming weeks.


>
> Nathan
>
>
>
> On Sat, Sep 11, 2010 at 4:36 PM, Kelly <hurtstotouchfire at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I'll be there around noon tomorrow.
> >
> > K
> >
> > On Sep 11, 2010 3:57 PM, "miloh" <froggytoad at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Today and tomorrow, folks.
> >
> > We are going to be able to do a coat of black around 6pm.
> >
> > I asked Kelly to come tomorrow for black coat no. 2
> >
> > Someone get the proper fabric to cover the roof.  We need 91 sq. feet. of
> > it.
> >
> >>
> >> On Sep 11, 2010 3:42 PM, "Shälaco Sching" <shalaco at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> Can someone just tell ...
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