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Subject: Re: [Leica] Maintaining solution temps--OT
From: "Julian Koplen" <>
Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2001 21:58:56 -0500
References: <005c01c17b9c$2c2632a0$31631b3f@5lgcn01> <003a01c17ba3$9d768340$083d13d0@ALMOND>

Thanks, Bill.  Do I understand correctly that you don't attempt to maintain
your bucket water at, say, 75 degrees?  Rather, if your chemical solutions
are too cool, then you put much warmer water into the bucket, get your
chemical temps up to 75, then pull them all out of the bucket, and proceed
with the developing?  Sorry to be so elemental, and thanks for your

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From: "W Larsen" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, December 02, 2001 9:38 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Maintaining solution temps--OT

Well, I use a bucket.  I mix all of my chemicals in advance
for (developer is usually D76).  I mix everything in used
water bottles (e.g. arrowhead or whatever)  I put all of the
bottles into a cheap plastic bucket, then add either hot or
cold water depending upon the current environmetnal
conditions.  For a thermometer, I use one of the relatively
cheap instant read cooking thermometers (they have been spot
on with my real thermometers).  I adjust all of the bottle
in the bucket to what temp I want to process.  It seems to
work well.  If you have been away for years, be aware that
the tabular grain films (t-max etc) require different
agitation than what you were used to.  Just adjust the wash
to about what you are processing...this is where the instant
read themometer shines!!!

Regards, Will Larsen

 Julian writes:

> I hope this is not too OT for the list.  I am about to
return to home
> development of B/W film after a hiatus of 40 years.  I
somehow feel
> threatened by the challenge of maintaining developer,
stop, water, fix, and
> wash at same temperatures.  Would some of you with
experience please share
> how you do this in the absence of any fancy equipment?
All at room temp
> sounds easy, but how about doing it at 75 degrees F?
> If too OT, I respectfully withdraw the question.
> Thanks..........Julian

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