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  1. Sorry to hear about your dad. No dredging here yet. It has been such a late spring. Once it finally warmed up there was so much snow the rivers are full. I probably won't be able to get out for another couple weeks. I am going to take a drive this weekend to check it out though. JW, I really need to get into the manual more and watch some videos. I like following your adventures and now with Simon it's even better!
  2. Nice little nugget and great pictures. How did your spring mining go? With all of the pictures of the little stuff people are finding that detector is going to shine south of Anchorage. I may need to get down there for a weekend
  3. I sold a Gold Bug 2 and bought an Equinox 800 to add to my arsenal. It finally arrived but still to early to head out. I want to try it on some trashy tailings piles where I have found nuggets in the past. Just got to get rid of the snow!
  4. Last week I went to get my Alaska dredging permits. Usually they give you the diverge permit when you get the Habitat Permit for the Fish and Game. When I got there they informed me I had to go to the Department of Environmental Conservation for the diverge permit where I had to pay $25. So it begins
  5. I used a Proline blue pan for years but now I love the estwing blue pan.
  6. Bear

    Finally

    Congrats. I would leave that nugget just the way it is!
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    Sdc 2300 Knuckle Protector

    I will take one. PM on the way
  8. I didn't see this until someone pointed it out to me but it looks like the "Alien"
  9. I have been meaning to post this for a while. The best knee pads I have found for diving is baseball catchers gear. They protect the bottom of your suit, comfortable and easy to put on. I have been using this pair for years. I covered exposed threads along the plastic with expoxy but next time I think I would use JB weld so it would stick better.
  10. Quite a few years ago I was present when an 8" washed away during flood. It was tied off with ropes but the dredge was huge. It broke the ropes and washed roughly a mile down stream. Since then I have been paranoid so use a cable on the front end either to trees or to dead men made out of old axels. When I tie off to trees I connect the cable to polyester straps as to not damage the trees. I always tie one end of the back off with a rope to hold the dredge in place to manage tailings. On the running end of the cable I use a haven grip to adjust the length of the cable.
  11. I was there at the beginning of October and they had everything I was looking for. Thanks Brian
  12. I am done, I had to go to school for almost the whole month of September. And now I have chores keeping me busy.
  13. Much like the recent article in ICMJ I am going to build a rock sled for dredging. I am going to use a piece of plastic to mold it and pull it with an atv which. When I get started I will post pics in a thread.
  14. Sjmpainter, That's some nice gold, congrats. Now that it is cold in Fairbanks area I kind of wished is was back in Anchorage. These are the same two that I sent you a picture of before but here they are for the group. I dredged these two in August after arriving back in AK. Found them the last two days of my trip. Together they are 3.9 grams.
  15. Since we are talking about breaking bedrock the best tool that I have found for under water work is the crackjack. It is essentially a slide hammer. I used it a lot in Georgia where there are a lot of bedrock shoals which basically are reefs. The water was somewhat fast so swinging a hammer to hit a bar under water did not work out so well. The rubber mallet is crutial to get plugs out of the hose. I have seen some guys use dead blow hammers but I haven't tried it. Most dredgers I have met spray paint their tools orange for visibility. I recently sprayed these with tool dip. I can already see the downfall to this because once it starts to peel it will completely come of. Even if the surface is prepared by cleaning and scuffing. Either way I think the top dip will be easier to grab the tools underwater.
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