I am about to develop my first BW film, well, tomorrow a friend is coming an going to help me do it, but before he comes I am trying to learn as much as possible from different tutorials and youtube videos. As usual, a clumsy and technically retarded person I am always has some strange questions. Here are the few things that I cannot figure out: Opening the film casette. The salesman in photo shop refused (laughed and said "not necessary at all" ) to sell me one of those film casette openers and said it is easy to open them with bare hands. Yeah, I almost broke my wrist and opened nothing... Youtube videos show a simple move with a can opener. I used all can openers I found at home without a success, I tried all can openers my swiss army knife has to no avail. In the end I used all my force to somehow tear off the metal lid from the casette with a pointed part of a can opener. Gosh, is there a better way? Messing up with the film with bare hands in the dark. The videos show the guys use bare hands without gloves to touch and hold the film to reel it. The reeling part seems easy, I just don't know how much I can touch the film or not. The quality of distilled water. My friend says that I must get top quality distilled water sold only in some special shops. He says the usual distilled water you can get at gas stations is not good enough. Kodak D76 developer - once I make the stock, the salesman told me that I have to use it by the next day or it will be useless. My friend says that as long as I keep the stock in the fridge and tightly closed, I can use it for weeks. Whom would you trust? The temperature in my (toilet) darkroom. It is about 12 degrees Celsius only there, it is too far away from heater and I am afraid once I bring the stock there, the temperature will rapidly go down. Maybe from the desired 20 degrees to 15 degrees but maybe it won't go that quickly. Don't know. That's about all my weird questions for now.