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    Default Homemade masks are coming

    Here's the next big thing: masks. More people are wearing masks now. The U.S. government is about to recommend everyone wear masks in public. Trump even said yesterday that wearing a mask is a good thing, and that a scarf or bandanna is better than nothing. I'm giving it a week - most people will be wearing face masks, and those who don't will be scorned. Businesses may require all of their customers to be masked. And then we'll start seeing fashion masks.

    I'm going to try my hand at sewing some cloth masks, for the challenge of it. The web is cluttered with patterns and how-to videos. People who haven't sewn anything in years are dragging their sewing machines out. I went to Walmart to buy materials. There was a steady stream of people in the sewing department doing the same. Elastic is the new unobtanium there. I found some stretchy 7/16"-wide Avia headbands in the fitness gear section that'll make nice ear loops. I also bought a roll of Oly*fun polypropylene non-woven fabric that the Interwebz says is a decent filter media.

    This lady makes it look easy. I think I can do this, even with my almost non-existent sewing skills that consist of sewing on patches and doing minor repairs.


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    Default Re: Homemade masks are coming

    “For cloth masks, my mask protects you, and your mask protects me.”

    - secretary (that guy in a dress) of the Pennsylvania Department of Health


    I will say that until this newest propaganda campaign, everyone wearing bandannas and pulling their shirts up over their noses, were NOT trying to protect anyone but themselves.
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    Default Re: Homemade masks are coming

    If you don't sew like me you can try No-Sew ones. This link shows how with a handkerchief and hair bands

    http://blog.japanesecreations.com/no...f-and-hair-tie



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    Default Re: Homemade masks are coming

    If you're that worried about me breathing on you, maybe you should stay at home like you tell everyone else to do.
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    Default Re: Homemade masks are coming

    Quote Originally Posted by Emptymag View Post
    “For cloth masks, my mask protects you, and your mask protects me.”

    - secretary (that guy in a dress) of the Pennsylvania Department of Health


    I will say that until this newest propaganda campaign, everyone wearing bandannas and pulling their shirts up over their noses, were NOT trying to protect anyone but themselves.
    I'm guessing a decent homemade mask will be 50% effective, and a lame-ass bandanna will be 10% effective. That's actually fairly significant, considering that each case that's prevented also prevents countless cases down the line.

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    Default Re: Homemade masks are coming

    Quote Originally Posted by scruff View Post
    I'm guessing a decent homemade mask will be 50% effective, and a lame-ass bandanna will be 10% effective. That's actually fairly significant, considering that each case that's prevented also prevents countless cases down the line.
    Effective at what?
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    Default Re: Homemade masks are coming

    Quote Originally Posted by scruff View Post
    Here's the next big thing: masks. More people are wearing masks now. The U.S. government is about to recommend everyone wear masks in public. Trump even said yesterday that wearing a mask is a good thing, and that a scarf or bandanna is better than nothing. I'm giving it a week - most people will be wearing face masks, and those who don't will be scorned. Businesses may require all of their customers to be masked. And then we'll start seeing fashion masks.

    I'm going to try my hand at sewing some cloth masks, for the challenge of it. The web is cluttered with patterns and how-to videos. People who haven't sewn anything in years are dragging their sewing machines out. I went to Walmart to buy materials. There was a steady stream of people in the sewing department doing the same. Elastic is the new unobtanium there. I found some stretchy 7/16"-wide Avia headbands in the fitness gear section that'll make nice ear loops. I also bought a roll of Oly*fun polypropylene non-woven fabric that the Interwebz says is a decent filter media.

    This lady makes it look easy. I think I can do this, even with my almost non-existent sewing skills that consist of sewing on patches and doing minor repairs.

    The wife sews and what not as a side gig. She started turning some out a bit ago.
    She does one on a sewing machine and another one on an embrodery machine???
    Her machines look muck alike to me ... as some of my firearms do to her LOL

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    Default Re: Homemade masks are coming

    Quote Originally Posted by Emptymag View Post
    Effective at what?
    I think you need to think layers
    These are not so you can go into a crowd of sneezing virus patients and be ok.
    It's a layer , used in conjunction with maintaining a distance
    used in conjunction with not touching for mouth , nose , .... which these help with also.
    Not a solution unto it'self ... just another layer

    ......... much like motion lights won't keep out every bad guy .....
    so you also have a dog
    an alarm
    lights on timers
    etc etc .......
    layers used to build a better system
    Last edited by Boondox; April 3rd, 2020 at 01:27 AM.

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    Default Re: Homemade masks are coming

    You know if you piss on your home made mask, when it dries it’s twice as effective. It’s like a k&n filter.
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    Default Re: Homemade masks are coming

    Quote Originally Posted by Gunsnwater View Post
    You know if you piss on your home made mask, when it dries it’s twice as effective. It’s like a k&n filter.
    It also makes it effective for mustard gas
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