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Old 04-09-2020, 08:31 AM   #1
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Covid-19 / coronavirus work-arounds or substitutes?

With a big part of the covid-19 problem being outside the medical realm and the most-felt effects for most people being financial and supply-chain related, curious what people are doing for unusual/atypical solutions to unforeseen problems.

Things like making your own masks, learning (or re-learning) to bake at home, finding alternative options for solving problems, etc. My wife is a retired med tech (microbiologist), and is pretty much home-bound now due to medical issues, but has always sewn & made clothing for people as favors since before I met her. She started making washable, reusable masks for people. Initially it was for a niece who's a nurse in Houston, and it snowballed from there; now she's made them for her sisters & some other family members. A former neighbor of ours runs the tailor shop on the Little Rock Air Force Base and received an order for 6,000 masks, and my wife drove down there today to help make those as well.

My son, who is King of the Nerd People, used his 3D printer to make mask bodies for him & his wife that use replaceable 0.05 micron filter material.

While doing a confirmation inventory of stored food, I pulled out a bucket of long-stored popcorn just to use for normal popcorn-popping purposes. Bulk Sam's club stuff that has been mylar- and O2-packed for eight years and is indistinguishable from new. Who would have ever thought that there would be a shortage of popcorn on store shelves... Fwiw, some of the best cornbread my wife's ever made was made from sam's club bulk popcorn made into meal with the whisper mill.

At our shop, I installed a wall-mounted drop box outside the front door so people can drop off keys, payments, etc, without having to come inside. We already have multiple cameras on that side of the building, so it's monitored even when nobody is here.


We don't have a lot of walk-in traffic, and with the drop box in place we now keep the door locked, with laminated signs saying to use the drop box if possible, and knock for assistance if necessary. It lets our office manager keep better distance from the small amount of foot traffic we do have.

Beyond that, haven't done much other than make up a large batch of elderberry tincture; a quart for each of our employees and ourselves. That takes several weeks to make, so may not be much benefit starting that now.

Anyone doing anything differently (or doing different things altogether) due to the covid-19 issue? I've heard from numerous people that have temporarily taken on jobs at warehouses (walmart and ups that I know of), and started doing delivery jobs for pharmacies, pizza places, etc, since losing their previous jobs.

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Old 04-09-2020, 10:03 AM   #2
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I have a 3-d printer on order, it was a Christmas present from my son. It will be coming from the Czech Republic...

Just have just caught up to their November orders, mine was ordered in December - so i have a bit of a wait still.

we really aren't missing out on much - we are able to get stuff we need from the grocery stores - using curb-side pick up, and other than the inconvenience of it all, things are pretty normal for us. I tend to work from home mostly anyway.
 
Old 04-09-2020, 10:58 AM   #3
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I probably wouldn't have thought of the 3D printer for making masks, but I should have. He uses it for all kinds of things; special holders for his VR headsets & remotes, decorative things for various people, etc. He made me a homemade version of the Magpul BenchLoader with it last week. Don't have it yet, he lives quite a ways away & told him not to bother shipping it; just bring it next time he comes to visit.



If I had a 3D printer, I suspect I'd find all kinds of cool things (and probably some stupid ones) to do with it. But the masks he made with a rubber seal and compartment for a replaceable sub-micron filter element, seemed like a great idea once he told me about them.
 
 
Old 04-09-2020, 01:47 PM   #4
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I've been learning CAD in my spare time, and have designed a few practical things to print once I get it. Mostly stuff like a mount so I can put the amp I use with my computer under the desk (it's sitting onto of a sub-woofer), a mount for a USB hub, and a mount for a card reader (for use with my camera)

I have more ambitious projects, some gun related, they will have to wait until I get better with the CAD software.

The printer I'm getting limits me to a 7"x7"x7" build space, this is perfect for 99% of what I envision I will be doing. In the future, I can always buy a bigger printer and start a print farm...
 
Old 04-09-2020, 04:46 PM   #5
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they are not getting in my way (as of yet) and I dont see the country surviving them trying to do muchmore than they are already doing in terms of controlling things. In fact, I dont see the economy recovering if they continue this much beyond 1 July. So far, i'm able to buy the extra stuff that I'm stockpiling, which is nice.
 
Old 04-09-2020, 06:16 PM   #6
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they are not getting in my way (as of yet) and I dont see the country surviving them trying to do muchmore than they are already doing in terms of controlling things. In fact, I dont see the economy recovering if they continue this much beyond 1 July. So far, i'm able to buy the extra stuff that I'm stockpiling, which is nice.
Who do you mean by ‘they’? I’m assuming you mean govt, or do you mean people in general?
 
Old 04-09-2020, 06:39 PM   #7
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The Government he professes to hate, but has supported him one way or another his whole life as an adult. Melvin by his own statements has had one real job. Hauling port-a-potties in which he soon hurt his back as a life long excuse to live off Uncle Sam.
 
Old 04-10-2020, 02:01 AM   #8
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Melvin has just started stockpiling? Wow! For over 20 years on the internet he has been telling us all what a fantastic survivalist that he is. Was he BS'ing us all this time?
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