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Old 23rd September 2021, 09:29 PM
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Default Nova 10x8 print processor-easy to move?

Circumstances mean I'm going to have to have a temporary darkroom for a while and I'm planning on getting a three or four slot Nova processor to save space. It would be kept in a cupboard with the chemicals still inside and lifted onto a work surface when printing.

My question is, is it safe and easy enough to lift a full 10x8 processor or might this be too much for it to withstand? Any Nova users able to advise?
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Old 23rd September 2021, 10:14 PM
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Hi Brock, I have a 20x16" Nova Trimate and it lives permanently on an old enlarger baseboard. This allows me to move it, if needs be, and that's not very often. I wouldn't like to try and shift it full or empty of chemicals except for the water jackets, without a support base. They are wonderful things but also quite fragile to be moved around, unlike trays.
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A 10x8 processor will be ok to move so long as it is on a baseboard as Marty NL suggests by putting it on a moveable baseboard. Drain off the chemicals into storage bottles will reduce the weight and eliminate the risk of any spills - 'cos they will happen.

My 12x16 Trimate is on a piece of melamine faced chip board to which I have fitted removable handles for the precise reason of being able to move it when I need to.
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That seems to be the answer then. I might use an old serving tray or something similar. 👍🏻
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I find that 3 lengths of flexible plastic tubing (aquariums, home-brew, etc) are a useful addition to a Nova. You connect them to the drain taps to make emptying the chemicals a bit easier. I think the 8mm size fits over the taps, but best to check if you are going to do this. I got mine from B&Q.
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Howevr, I understand that all the fluid spaces or none should be filled or empty!
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Howevr, I understand that all the fluid spaces or none should be filled or empty!
Not necessary if it is moved on a board. That way it is as if it were on the bench that were being moved.

You are going to have to stress it at some time when it is needed to tip it up to empty the water jackets.
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Not necessary if it is moved on a board. That way it is as if it were on the bench that were being moved.

You are going to have to stress it at some time when it is needed to tip it up to empty the water jackets.
I empty my 12x16 Nova water jackets by siphon, so no need to tip it up.
Not that I do it often. I put into the water jacket a drop of sodium hypochlorite to prevent the water going stale or maybe growing algae.
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I empty my 12x16 Nova water jackets by siphon, so no need to tip it up.
Not that I do it often. I put into the water jacket a drop of sodium hypochlorite to prevent the water going stale or maybe growing algae.
I too have syphon, but I am pretty well sure that the end to go inside the tank would not fit into the holes at the top. It is a short walk from my darkroom to the bathroom where it can be emptied and also hosed out to clean away any sludge. I have been doing it for years and it hasn't stained the bath one little bit.

The reason for putting Sodium Hypochlorite, AKA, ordinary household bleach is not to stop algae growth or to stop the water from 'going stale', it is to kill any Legionella bacteria that may propagate. The static, warm then cool then warm again water baths are a perfect breeding ground for the spores that can escape and indeed kill if you get infected. It is not pleasant!
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I too have syphon, but I am pretty well sure that the end to go inside the tank would not fit into the holes at the top. It is a short walk from my darkroom to the bathroom where it can be emptied and also hosed out to clean away any sludge. I have been doing it for years and it hasn't stained the bath one little bit.

The reason for putting Sodium Hypochlorite, AKA, ordinary household bleach is not to stop algae growth or to stop the water from 'going stale', it is to kill any Legionella bacteria that may propagate. The static, warm then cool then warm again water baths are a perfect breeding ground for the spores that can escape and indeed kill if you get infected. It is not pleasant!
The siphon is just a length of plastic tubing that I use as a siphon. My Nova is 12"x16" so a lot heavier than the 8"x10". I handle it very carefully as it has to last me for a long time, so I'd rather not tip it to empty it. Incidentally, it's an obsolete model, called Chrome, a 4 slot model which has running water rinse in slot 2. I don't rely on just water now, I use acid stop because it has prevented some staining.

I wasn't aware of the actual organism for which I was treating the water jacket: I wanted to avoid any bio-growth, such as that which grows in my washer if I don't use it for a while.

The Nova is a wonderful invention for those of us with little space. One just has to master a few foibles.
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