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     techtownmayor updated 6 months ago 5 Members · 12 Posts
  • fixbear

    Member
    March 22, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    It’s really alarming that we haven’t had any posts in a few days. A sure indicator that the Food service industry has taken a big hit continent wide. How many of you are home?

    The sit down restaurants are trying to reconfigure and find a profitable way to support their staff and keep the doors open, pay their bills and suppliers. In my area there has been dozens on TV. The Saratoga Chamber of Congress organized a take out event. A bar owner has built a tip site so you can can send money to your favorite wait staff. And about a dozen have already declared it quits. We see about 6 a year go under or change hands here. Usually 1 January from overdue state taxes. However there has been a increase in state seizures in Schenectady and Albany counties.. Thankfully as of a week ago all seizures and fines have been suspended state wide. But all businesses have to close except critical ones. And food supply, service, equipment repair are part of the critical ones. Problem is how long can they survive without customers in a capitalistic society. Certainly beyond my pay grade.

    So tell us, what’s going on in your area. After all we are all in uncharted waters. Perhaps someone has come up with a beneficial idea that will help us all.

  • badbozo2315

    Member
    March 23, 2020 at 8:33 am

    Last week I called up one of my old fellow employees in the Savannah branch of Whaley/PartsTown/PTholdings to see how it was going.

    He said he had been given 1 prescheduled PM at one still-open restaurant nearby. First job in 2 days!

    I said they *must* be thinking of layoffs, no way would PartsTown keep the doors open with that kind of (non) income with something like 20 techs sweeping floors. He said nothing mentioned by managers yet.

    Yikes!

  • fixbear

    Member
    March 23, 2020 at 9:39 am

    It took us 10 years to recover from 2008 recession. Let’s hope this one is a lot quicker.

    Everyone please be safe out there.

  • nafets47

    Member
    March 23, 2020 at 9:49 am

    One thing which might be an idea for others to do, is put out notices in residential areas stating will fix appliances with a cost per type of appliance.

    With all this staying at home there is going to be an increase in usage of house hold appliances such as dishwashers, ovens, etc. and that additional usage will be wear and tear. Especially with the skill set of people on this forum that would be an avenue which could yield some income and work to do.

    • badbozo2315

      Member
      March 23, 2020 at 11:41 am

      Uhhgg. A worse hell I can’t imagine. 🙂 Home appliance repair.

  • fixbear

    Member
    March 24, 2020 at 6:09 am

    Did that. But be aware that the liability with the fragile kitchen stuff today like flooring is huge.

  • ShawnF

    Member
    March 24, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Working for a school system, I find myself today and for the remainder of the shut down delivering meals to the children of the county. I by no means find this as a burden and I’m happy to be able to help. That being said, this is not what I had imagined just several weeks ago. I hope that everyone stays safe and well through this event. Oh, I even have a sheriff escorting me, go figure….

  • fixbear

    Member
    March 25, 2020 at 8:13 am

    A law enforcement escort to deliver meals is crazy. Each state is trying there own solution to this. Sharing how things work out is vital to shortening this. In a lot of the nation if you visit NYC, your supposed to quarantine for 2 weeks. The state has 53,000 beds after they did the hospital realignment 5 years ago. Back then we had 110,000 beds. Today they claim they will need 156,000 beds and 39,000 ICU beds. They have erected large tents in a lot of hospital parking lots. 100 bed on in Albany. I don’t know how they are heating them with our sub freezing temp’s. Or what is going on with food production. They are also recalling medical retirees and have activated 32 National guard units. I think that kitchens to make food is not being thought about at the higher levels yet. When they do realize it, it’s going to be a scramble to find equipment and build a temp kitchen.

  • badbozo2315

    Member
    March 25, 2020 at 8:32 am

    Anyone notice the reuse of N95 masks can be achived by 30 minutes in a 160-degree oven or something like an AltoShaam or Crescor?

    Ovens generally won’t hold a steady temp down that low, and will vary a lot (+7 and -7) if it has a mechanical thermostat.

    But it sounds like a perfct job for an AltoShaam. Preheat to 170 for an hour, toss in milk crates of N95 masks, come back in an hour, good-to-go.

    They say the temp is high enough to kill pathogens, but low enough to hardly effect the mask material or the rubber attaching straps.

    Aaaand, I’ve seen a chart where *Vacuum cleaner* bags are as effective for pathogen filtering as the material in N95 masks! Doesn’t have the exhale valve though, of course.

  • fixbear

    Member
    March 25, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Ozone generator works as well as a UV-C

  • fixbear

    Member
    May 28, 2020 at 6:52 am

    Hopefully things are starting to pick up. Being we have almost half of the US cases here in NY, It will be a bit before we get to open. But I’m seeing some states are. It’s going to be a bit different going forward for us, Lot’s of PPE.

  • techtownmayor

    Administrator
    May 28, 2020 at 7:13 am

    Here in IL we’re moving into the next “phase” of reopening, and a big part of that is outdoor dining. It’ll be interesting to see who is able to take advantage of the new rules, and who will be stuck doing pickup and delivery only. The important thing is that we’re at least moving things along in a smart safe way.

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