To start with I think the Keene over size jets and couplers are great. Over the last few weeks of dredging I can count on one hand how many plugs I had had in the jet. People had told me in the past they have had trouble with them sucking air. What I do is double up the gasket with a cam lock gasket to make a good seal.
The problem I am having is getting the coupler on to a new hose.
I have put a few of the couplers on the years but it is always so difficult to get it to go all the way on.
I was wondering if anyone had a good technique or procedure to make it easier?
By Mike Hillis
Well....not exactly new, but new to me.
My wife was thrift shopping yesterday and picked me up an old used Estwing 12" steel gold pan as a surprise gift. I was happy that she recognized it and bought it for me and I think its pretty a cool pan. I normally use a green plastic pan but I think it will be cool to swirl a metal pan.
She wants to see it in action. She "suggested" I go pour some gold into some yard dirt and pan it out and see how I liked it. I "suggested" that we go out Sunday morning to a local spot and see how it works on fresh gold. She then suggested we wait and do a road trip and make it a long weekend thing......oooh......better and better....
I have no idea how it will turn out but I'll let you know.
After much research and mapping, I believe I have narrowed down the area where the old timers found ounce sized nuggets back when my creek was actively being mined. Two areas in the creek fit the description. I had to piece together info from multiple reports and geologic descriptions, then use property boundaries, court house, records, geologic maps, lidar maps and lots of hiking and scouting to find these two areas seem to match. Only time and lots of dredging will tell if i got it right or not. Hope you all enjoy the video and stay tuned for more.
Does anybody know if its possible to use a
solar cell panel to run a small electric bilge pump for a small highbanker? Will it have to be in direct sunlight ?
Mine is a Johnson 2200 gph bilge pump that pulls 8 amps at 12 volts
What size panel will I need and what do they cost? Can I run the output straight to the water pump or do I need a controller thing?
Or can I use a panel to recharge my 12 volt ,15 amp gel cell and how long will it take?
Had a great weekend out prospecting and dredging a club property in Virginia. Got to meet some new people and have an overall great time camping and dredging.
So i just started prospecting this creek and club property this year. Ive panned and dredged it a few times, all was basically sampling activities. From research of old workings and looking geologic and lidar maps i choose a specific area to focus on, and the last time out sampling with the dredge started to sniff on decent gold in a 1 hour sample hole with a 4 inch dredge. The area consists of a spot about 100 yards wide in which the creek has always had to cross since sheer cliff walls bound the stretch on each opposite bank. A gold bearing feeder also comes in within the stretch which is an added bonus. The thought is, is that since the creek has always had to cross that 100 yard stretch then an old paystreak should cross it somewhere was well, from back in the days when this area had more conducive climate to being able to transport gold.
From what ive heard and seen within the club most people avoid prospecting this creek, due to difficult access, deep overburden and generally not finding much gold once they get in there. So i have not heard of decent gold coming from it. But the old history reports say otherwise and state that it is one of the few creeks in this area that was never placer mined due to difficulties that the old timers in the 1800s couldnt overcome. Sounds like my type of area, if im going to prospect a club property.
Sample dredging the creek a few weeks before Memorial day weekend. Notice the 15 foot tall silt bank behind the dredge, its all alluvial flood plain material.
Gold from the 1 hour sample hole with the 4 inch dredge. Not fantastic but far above the back ground gold count for this creek.
Camp all set up and the dogs are happy with it.
Getting the dredges set up. I decided to bring the 5 inch since the ability to move more material out weighed the extra weight in my opinion.
Dredging away. Luckily the overburden depth was only about 2 feet at most, so i was able to cover some ground with the 5 inch. Got about 2 full good days of dredging in.
Found some Indian pottery while dredging. Always awesome to find Indian artifacts.
And the best part, Success! Good gold with some nice pickers. 2.4 grams on Saturday and 1 gram on Sunday. I love when research, sampling and hard work culminates into some great cleanups in new areas.
Got a new spot to continue to work know, and i know there are more pickers and possibly nuggets nearby, just gotta get my dredge nozzle over them.
Hope everyone else had a great memorial day weekend.
I'm not much of a sluicer. I'd rater be looking for nuggets with my detector. I like gold I can pick up with my fingers lol. My wife bought a small Keene sluice box several years ago and we set up a recirculating system at home where we could run some dirt at our leisure just for fun. I never really liked my home made set up. Although it worked it was slow..It was like a mini high banker made with stuff I got at the local hardware store. I was wanting something more efficient. In my search I found Gold Fox USA. There is also an Australian version that is the same company with a dealer who distributes for them in Oz.
I wont go into a lot of boring detail...you can go to their web site and face book page or youtube for that...However I would like to say that so far I am very happy with this little set up. I can run unclassified material through this sluice extremely fast. The trommel is five inches in diameter. I've only used it three times so far and time will tell on how durable it is but it seems to be very well built. The company has many different sizes and options available. They are fast and get the product to you when they say they will. If you have a question Kelly the owner will get on the phone and answer it for you.
The Lil Monster Deluxe comes with a 12v 2000 GPH pump. You supply your own power. I am using a RV deep cycle battery that I had laying around. I also bought a 700 GPH 12v pump and am using the two pumps together. The reason being is the material I am running is mostly clay and I wanted more water to help break it down. The only thing you have to watch is that the jets that supply the trommel will get plugged with organic material. They are easy to clean. In fact if you turn off the water supply to the hopper so it feeds the jets only...the water pressure is enough to flush them clean most of the time. Give them a look.