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Good day to you, Jobo.

I got a Jobo CPA 2 roller processor from a guy on Craigslist who had looted it from a newspaper some years back.  I was doing C-41 in a rubbermaid container with fish tank heaters before, so the automation and fine-grained controls of the Jobo are a welcome improvement.

After one day, and one roll, the pump stopped working.  I was dismayed, but it turns out it’s really easy to open.

Jobo CPA 2 with heater/pump removed

Jobo CPA 2 with heater/pump removed

It has a nice big heater, and a spinning water pump mounted to the bottom of the control unit.

Jobo heater and pump

Jobo heater and pump

It turns out the pump was blocked by a hardened, crusty bit of old chemical goo.  Scraping that out got the pump moving again.

Jobo pump tip

Jobo pump tip

It’s all running again, and boy is it nice.  I can actually walk away for a few minutes.  I don’t have the ‘lift’ version, though, so I still need to be there for chemical changes.

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