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Old 07-23-2015   #1
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As most folks have heard, out here in California, we are in a drought...so to do my part I'm limiting my showers to 6 minutes...I've tried using the timer on my phone but I can't see how much time I have left once I'm in the shower...
So I had this great idea to use my GraLab timer since I really haven't used it for any other reason since getting it...(garage sale find)...
It works perfectly as I can see how much time I have left and if I want there's a buzzer too...I don't use the buzzer...
What do you have gear-wise that's currently being used for reasons than that for which it was intended...???
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Good idea, Sam. I need that everytime I show up at our doctor's office!

I use my shoulder bag as a "murse", part medical bag, part purse, part camera bag and it makes life so much simpler. Carry only what I need and nothing more.
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My Projector is being used as a storage platform for model plane boxes...

Oh and my Enlarger has made an excellent coat rack as of late!
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Hmm. The clock drive motor in my GraLab (which I was given used in 1969...) corroded away somewhere around 1994. I replaced it with a newer model #300 which still does service processing film and whenever I need a timer with a sweep second hand.

That said, I've used it in the kitchen for food preparation as much as in the darkroom (which are physically the same room now...).

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I also use an old Vivitar 50mm 1.7 lens as a loupe for inspecting negs when printing...
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Next Wednesday I shall be reading the eulogy at my father's funeral in Scotland, so I used one of my timers to check the duration (the minister specified 6-8 minutes). But I have several functioning timers. One lives in the darkroom full time; others see more use in the kitchen. And yes, I also use 50mm lenses (again, I have several) as magnifiers. My best magnifier for quickly checking transparencies, though, is arguably a 6x "chimney" finder from a Nikon F2. I've never owned an F2...

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As most folks have heard, out here in California, we are in a drought...so to do my part I'm limiting my showers to 6 minutes...I've tried using the timer on my phone but I can't see how much time I have left once I'm in the shower...
So I had this great idea to use my GraLab timer since I really haven't used it for any other reason since getting it...(garage sale find)...
It works perfectly as I can see how much time I have left and if I want there's a buzzer too...I don't use the buzzer...
What do you have gear-wise that's currently being used for reasons than that for which it was intended...???
Excellent! Now do tell us, with this shower development of yours ;-): how many inversions a minute?
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I'm sorry for you and California residents for need to use Ilford washing technique in a shower.

Once we ran out of water outdoors and had to spare water we poured off macaroni to prepare porridge next morning. Some people say it tasted very strange. Nothing compared to prolonged periods of water shortage.
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no re purposes here however Navy shower in use

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As most folks have heard, out here in California, we are in a drought...so to do my part I'm limiting my showers to 6 minutes...I've tried using the timer on my phone but I can't see how much time I have left once I'm in the shower...
So I had this great idea to use my GraLab timer since I really haven't used it for any other reason since getting it...(garage sale find)...
It works perfectly as I can see how much time I have left and if I want there's a buzzer too...I don't use the buzzer...
What do you have gear-wise that's currently being used for reasons than that for which it was intended...???
Instead of timer I just wet down , turn off the water ,soap up and then rinse off all under 5 minutes. No timer necessary
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Randolph...
Pretty sure that's what my dad does...he calls it a G.I. shower...
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My condolences Mr. Hicks. So sorry to hear of your loss.

As to the OP's question, Although I have a 6 and 10 power loupe, it seems I often grab a Wollensal 162mm(?) enlarging raptar for a loupe.
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Regarding water shortages; you wouldn't think so, or at least I wouldn't have, but when I was on Okinawa in 63-64, we had a water shortage. First we were just told to conserve water. Then they turned the water off until 5:00 pm. They ran salt water to each latrine by hoses, so we could shave and flush toilets and urinals. The military actually had a salt water soap. Who knew. Next they turned off the water altogether and we had to go to the on-post field house and NCO's were detailed to ensure we got wet, turned the water off, lathered up, and rinsed off. with the least water possible. In three minutes. You could take longer to dry, so nice of the Army.

When they stopped running the water in the billets until between 5:00 pm and 12:00pm, of course we couldn't drink the water. Each company had what we called a water buffalo, which was a small water trailer, with 3 or 4 faucets on each side. You could fill you canteen and take it back in the billets. We drank a lot of cokes. The steam baths in the towns hired extra ladies for Turkish baths, baths, and massages.

In the field we might get to bath in a stream if we had some down time. I once worked on a rifle range and we found a stone fountain or fish tank in an abandoned village. Helmets to the rescue. We filled them and washed, then dipped out fresh (?) water to rinse off. When you are hot, sweaty, and tired, it actually feels good.

But I feel sorry for California residents (or anyone else) to go through that.
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Six minutes? When we had a long drought here a few years ago, complete with water rationing, the water board gave out 2-minute hour glass timers with a sucker attached, to stick in your shower. For us blokes it was a long enough time, but my daughters found it a struggle.

Roger, I'm sorry to hear about your father.
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My condolences to you and your family, Roger.

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If you believe what you read around here occasionally ... all digital cameras have a future as door stops or paper weights.
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If you believe what you read around here occasionally ... all digital cameras have a future as door stops or paper weights.
Don't forget toddlers toys.
Maybe I should be collecting them, I've given up 3 of my early digital Nikons to toy boxes.
Remember the Nikon SQ?
I bought one to live on the tour boat years ago.
It was much more popular with the kids years later

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Roger, I, too, offer my condolences on the passing of your father.

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I use Siri.

"Siri, set the time for 6 minutes"
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Why not run the bathroom light from the Gralab? When time is up, lights go out!
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Ah, there are so many things that I repurpose for photo use.

Wally World or other retailers including grocery stores have inexpensive tote sacks. I use them for covers for my shoulder bags while stored overnight or longer and for transport in the car as they really cut down the dust and protect expensive camera bags.

Reversing the repurposing? Not so much... I find that using photo items for other things come under the McGiver (sp?) category do if I need a pill bottle.. The film cannisters work. If I need a doorstop, any old digital brick will work in a pinch! Just joking...
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We use postage stamps in one hundred stamp rolls. I knew we once had a metal stamp dispenser, but I could not find it. So I took a plastic 35mm film canister, cut a slit from top to bottom, put a roll of stamps inside, and pulled the end out through the slit. Instant stamp dispenser. If the stamps hang on the edges of the slit, simply round off the slit a bit. Of course once I had done this I found tie metal stamp dispenser--happens every time in these situations. Anyway, I'm still using the plastic dispenser because it's smaller and lighter. Of course, if you're too lazy to cut a slit and have snap open 35mm film can, just put the stamps inside that and pull them out through the felt lined light trap. That way you don't scratch the stamps!!
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I admit using one or two of my old cameras as pure ornament. But, alas, most of them have to be satisfied with being used as cameras
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As most folks have heard, out here in California, we are in a drought...so to do my part I'm limiting my showers to 6 minutes...
I would have been in big trouble had I taken a 6 minute shower while in the Navy. We had to do it in 3 minutes. You turn on the water, get wet then turn off the water until you were ready to rinse off..

Here is Texas we jump into a swimming pool, puddle, stream, creek, river, or lake when bathtime comes around.
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I set the timer to 6 minutes but found I've got it down to 5 minutes...
No rivers, creeks or streams where we live...well, none with enough water flowing...would love to have one...
I forgot that I too use the plastic 35mm film cans for many things...spare change, gum, small parts holder...
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I use an old safelight (the type that's just an enclosed E26 with an extension cord) that's missing it's filter as a work light.

Film canisters for keeping small parts when I'm disassembling something (and of course, storing your marijuana- it's legal here in Colorado so I'm allowed to admit to that )

I keep broken cameras around for parts- the screws especially come in handy. The second 4x5 camera I built used a focal plane shutter scavenged from a Speed Graphic!
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Film canisters, where I:
keep -25db Hearo earplugs for concerts;
collect tiny seashells to make"Beach Time" wristwatches (remove dead movement + dial, replace with white sand and baby shells) for friends/family who are bound for the shore or generally need to pay less attention to time.
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collect tiny seashells to make"Beach Time" wristwatches (remove dead movement + dial, replace with white sand and baby shells) for friends/family who are bound for the shore or generally need to pay less attention to time.
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Sparrow...that is too funny...and I noticed the roll goes over the top, not under...very nice...
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Try Navy Shower. Wet down. Turn off water. Soap down. Turn water back on. When I served, steps 1 & 3 a person could use water 30 seconds. That's it. Longer time times, if caught, stand watch in the boiler room! (the hole!)
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