Water Bath For Developing Film At Home – C41 E6 B&W

Here is a quick video, some pictures, and a parts list for my over engineered water bath. I will use this water bath for processing color film where maintaining temperature is critical for success. Of course, it could be used for processing B&W film too.

Note: This is by no means a detailed how-to/tutorial. It’s just a video, some pictures, and a list of parts that I used to make it. Hopefully it will give you some ideas for making your own water bath.


Parts List

-Water Tank – I had my stainless steel tank already. You could search ebay for something that might work, or maybe you can find something at your local hardware.

-PID Temperature Controller, Thermocouple, SSR (Solid State Relay) – I didn’t use the Thermocouple (Temperature Sensor) that came with this kit. The thermocouple is not water tight. I could have sealed it up with a bunch of sealant, but that’s not my style. I purchased the liquid tight RTD sensor below instead. You may be able to find this PID for cheaper if you purchase just the PID without the Thermocouple. You’ll need to purchase the SSR (Solid State Relay) separately as well though, so it may be a wash.

-120 GPH Submersible Aquarium Pump – (Qty: 2) – The pumps circulate the water in the tank. You can probably get away with one pump, but I like two. It will depend on the size of your water bath tank too. The video shows only one pump.

-Liquid tight RTD sensor, 2 in, 1/4 NPT Thread (Deluxe Cable) – This is the sensor that monitors the temperature of the water in the tank.

-1000 Watt Heater Element
-Power Inlet
-Die Cast Aluminum Enclosure
-External Mount Heat Sink for 25A SSR
-Brass Pipe Fitting, Locknut, 1/4″
-Brass Pipe Fitting, Locknut, 1″

-Red 15A Single Round Outlet Receptacle – The red outlet is controlled by the PID controller and turns on/off based on the water temperature. It’s what I plug the heater element (yellow cord) into. You don’t have to use a red receptacle. I just thought it was cool.

-Hubbell AC Receptacle 15A/125 vac – (CNE) HBL5261D
-1 Gang Weatherproof Electrical Outlet Box
-2 A/C Neon Indicator Lights (1 Red, 1 Green)
-A/C On/Off Toggle Switch
-An old yellow extension cord I had laying around
-A power cord from an old computer to power the controller/system.




























1966 VW Beetle Project – Final Post – The Buyer

This is my final blog post for my ’66 Beetle Project.  I want to share with you some pictures and a voicemail message from the person that purchased the car, Chris Vallone. You may have heard of him.  Chris is well known in the VW community. He restores classic VW bugs, is the owner of Classic VW Bugs, and is an educator of VW restoration.  He has a YouTube channel where he provides free video content for people wanting to learn the art of aircooled VW restoration, or how to just keep them running.  I’ve certainly watched many of his YouTube videos. Chris is a real asset to the VW community. I was pleasantly surprised, and excited, that Chris took a liking to my car and purchased it.  I feel like my project couldn’t have ended on a better note.

After receiving the car, Chris called to tell me how much he liked it. Unfortunately I missed his call, but he left me the voicemail message below (click to listen).

I guess missing the call wasn’t so bad after all, because I wouldn’t have this voicemail message otherwise.  The message meant a lot to me, and my family as well.  Thanks Chris!

Here’s a couple of pictures of Chris and his Dad with the car. Of course they added their touches to the car (stock height on the front end, white walls), which I like very much.




(Posted with Chris’ permission.)

1966 Beetle Project – Sold – Bye Karl…

The time has come.  Karl was picked up today by the car hauling company to take him to his new owner in New York.  I have no plans to get another aircooled project at the moment, but I do remember saying that the last time I sold an aircooled VW too.  It was a lot of fun restoring Karl, but it took a lot out of me. Maybe I’ll do another one someday in the future.  My current plans are to use the proceeds from the sale of Karl towards an RV or camper trailer to take the family camping.  I only allow myself one toy at a time (wish I had more space), so unfortunately Karl had to go.  Here are some pictures from today:

I’ll start with a few pictures I posted on FaceBook and their threads.  Karl was quite popular and well liked…



One last photo-op with the kids…



All Loaded up…


Here’s a picture of one of my Ads:


 From today:


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One final image.  A picture Aly drew for me over a year ago (when she was 8 years old).  It’s a drawing of her and I washing Karl on a bright sunny day. As far as mementos are concerned, it doesn’t get much better than that. It now hangs on my garage wall. :-)