Interested in setting up a small darkroom...but

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  1. DaveD

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    have a few questions that I have not been able to find threw searches. First off I have just started taking Photo 1 in college to fill req credits but have found that it is quite enjoyable. So with that said I have deceided to build a small darkroom to enable me to continue printing after class has ended since I do not need the credits after this class. I have aquired a bessler 23c and will be picking up other various supplies during build of room. But my main question is do I "have to" have running water in the room as this may cause a bigger problem unless it was a movable darkroom (would have to be in bathroom) and what is the smallest room that would be usable? I have the tendancies to "build BIG" as my wife tells me, so looking for some advice from people who have the experience.

    thanks for the help in advance,
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    Instead of developing trays, you can use what is called color drums. I used to do all my printing in the attic and my developing in the kitchen. I don't know if drums are still made, but there should be many available on the used market.
     
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    running water is nice to have, but you could always use a "water cooler" type dispenser thing so you can have water.
     
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    There is no need to have running water. A water cooler is nice, but it's possible to bring water in a pail at the start of a session.

    What's more important in a darkroom is fresh air. Get it ventilated properly.
     
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    I've heard this a few times, but I've never found it a problem for B&W printing.

    All the chemicals use water as a solvent.

    It's commonly misunderstood that Smells=Fumes.

    I don't mean to be blase' about risk, proper precautions should be taken but knowledge is better than baseless fears.

    I do use some nasty chemicals, including some that emit fumes, but I like trying unusual things like toning, bleaching, pushing with peroxide, using intensifiers....etc..etc..

    Plain old printing with Dektol, acetic stop, Thio-based fixer?....a tad smelly, (vinegary) but not dangerous by any means.
     

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