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    Virus shop precautions

    Two amps came in today. I put them where I want them and then scrubbed my hands. I am considering not touching them for three days, because I have read that is the longest this Corona virus can live. I may make this shop policy until further notice. What do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall View Post
    Two amps came in today. I put them where I want them and then scrubbed my hands. I am considering not touching them for three days, because I have read that is the longest this Corona virus can live. I may make this shop policy until further notice. What do you think?
    I'd spray/scrub the coverings with Lysol before the 3-day quarantine. And yes, I have heard the virus is viable a few hours to a few days for most surfaces. Softer, more protective substrate gives it longevity.

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    I think you have to saturate and leave it wet for quite a bit for it to really do it's job. I don't like the idea of doing that to someone else's amp, especially if it damaged something.

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    I have Spray bottles filled with bleach water around.
    I daily spray the door handles, wipe down surfaces with it.
    I sprayed my gate, and mail box, inside and out yesterday.
    1/3 cup of bleach to a gallon of water.
    The spray bottles, I got in bulk at sams club.
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    What about guitars? I take in as many guitars as amps and they seem to me to be a greater risk.

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    Isopropyl alcohol will kill virus and bacteria.
    Usually mixed 70% with water for medical use.
    I have it in my workshop, primarily for cleaning circuit boards and removing solder flux.

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    Here's the diy hand sanitizer that tedmich posted in the other thread:


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    "Do not use...they are POISONOUS"

    Um, what? We're talking about disinfectant, not cocktails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtian View Post
    "Do not use...they are POISONOUS"

    Um, what? We're talking about disinfectant, not cocktails.
    Yes, we're talking about HAND sanitizer.

    https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ershdb/eme..._29750029.html
    "inhalation of high concentrations of methanol vapor and absorption of methanol through the skin are as effective as the oral route in producing toxic effects."

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    That's great, but I do not have access to isopropyl alcohol right now.

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    I clean my hands with it all the time.

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    The stuff is dirt cheap, and I have kept a jar of it on my bench for decades. That and Qtips.

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    Enzo, it's cheap usually, but have you been to anywhere that sells it lately? The shelves are bare where I am.

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    Oh well, yes today nothing is on the shelves. No toilet paper, no cleaning supplies, no milk, few eggs, no bread.

    Normally Isopropyl comes in like 94% or so, 91%, 70%. I buy the strong, because I can always dilute it, but I have no way to make it stronger. The percent that is not alcohol is water, so the more dilute it is, the more water is on the stuff you are cleaning. They don't sell 100%, because as soon as you open it, it adsorbs water from the air and dilutes down to 90-some % on its own. Normally any drug store or grocery store.

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    I would't want to wipe down a vintage instrument with it, though. A poly finish would be OK but cellulose could react. For the time being I'm handling with gloves, sanitizing as much as I can and placing instruments in quarantine for at least three days. With some gear lettering will come off panels with isopropyl alcohol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick Bailey View Post
    I would't want to wipe down a vintage instrument with it, though. A poly finish would be OK but cellulose could react. For the time being I'm handling with gloves, sanitizing as much as I can and placing instruments in quarantine for at least three days. With some gear lettering will come off panels with isopropyl alcohol.

    I'm planning on trying UV sterilization. I've cleared an out building and am installing two UV-C tubes, a timer, and a door open safety switch. Pop the items in, push the timer button. I calculate 10 mins should be a sufficient dose. When done turn over and repeat. I would not use it on vintage guitars but that's not something I generally work on anyway.

    I also have 70% IPA ( not the beer!) in a spray bottle too.

    And yes, shelves are empty here too. They call it panic buying but since people are being told to stay at home it seems like it is just to avoid having to go out to the grocery store for many weeks ( months in some cases).

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    I thought of UV for banknotes. I have a handheld lamp for curing resin that's quite powerful - it reddens exposed skin and you have to wear the supplied goggles so it may work OK. There's nothing on shelves here either and I've repeatedly seen insane levels of greed. It's interesting that on last nights news they reported that despite the severity in Italy there's order and no panic buying.

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    I went to pay for some items by card yesterday and ended up having to use cash - the shop assistant said the systems couldn't handle the transaction volumes across the country.

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