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Things To Do If You Can’t Go Metal Detecting

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Everyone has that spot in their backyard they've been meaning to detect, getting permission (wife) is always the hard part with this location 🙂

Then again, the baby boomers have got nothing on this, everyone locked up in their houses can only mean trouble.... there will be a whole new generation of Covid kids.

I've got to get around to cleaning under my skid plates, I hate doing that as half them feel like they'll break taking them off.  I've got thousands of coins that need the dirt cleaned off too.

My GPZ could use a cut and polish and some of that Armorall spray to protect the plastic.  It's worth about the same as a car.  On that note has anyone considered spraying that stuff on their detectors, it's meant to protect plastics from fading and cracking in the elements.

  • Cleans away dirt, dust and debris
  • Helps prevent cracking, fading, discoloration and premature aging
  • Enhances your vehicle’s deep, rich look and adds beautiful shine
  • Helps renew and revitalize vinyl, rubber and plastic
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I'm not sure if this is any better than ArmorAll but I got some and like it...

303 Aerospace Protectant

"Originally engineered for aerospace and aviation applications, 303 Aerospace Protectant is a premium surface treatment that provides superior protection against harmful UV rays that cause discoloration, fading, embrittlement, cracking, chalking and/or loss of mechanical properties. Key benefits include keeping treated surfaces looking new, prevents fading and cracking, restores lost color and luster, powerful UV blockers, anti-static, repels smudges, dust, soiling and staining, matte finish with no oily residue. Easy to use just apply and wipe clean. Safe and Effective on vinyl, clear vinyl, gel-coat, fiberglass, carbon fiber, synthetic/natural rubber, plastics, and finished leather."

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Righto, whilst I`m waiting on roads etc to dry out to get this gold season into gear, also to alleviate cabin fever, gears hasbeen maintained and serviced as per norm during our annual wet in FNQ OZ. The old backpack was beyond repair, so scout online for a replacement, Gold Hounds  https://eberlestock.com/products/gunslinger-ii was top on the list for a bit then looking through the Camelbak Range up come the KUDU . My old one was a Camelback of the heavier rugged military style as is the Eberlestock, but I got this one https://www.camelbak.com/en/packs/R01069--KUDU_Protector_20_US?color=c94fa6d070d2440099b6a02f53bb242a only con I`ve seen so far is it is not of military style thus will not take the abuse that style does thus will probably not last as long.

It ticks a couple of  big boxes, it has a 4" or 100mm wide belt that first is a top idea , you tension this by overlapping and fastening at the overlap with Velcro, then you do up the narrower belt. Second tick to the 3l dehydration pack, another big tick to the back support. Now this is removable and would make a top splint for a broken or sprained limb, but it`ll serve another purpose and insulate the water in the dehydration pack from heating up against the back. Wearing this backpack shows the strengths of the wide belt, the back protector and the 2 across chest straps, it just does not move on your back and once adjusted is comfy as. Being a narrow pack and even full providing you are walking upright there is an air gap except at waste and below neck that allows cooling and thus will help stop sweating down the back. Finally the hip stick and pick holder mounts on it as if it were designed for it, with that 20l capacity and the Helmet holder a great place to carry a sleeping bag for those overnights. Made for todays cyclists but applies to our use, now to get it out amongst the weight...………...

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Another project earlier in wet, made this display up of bits and pieces I`d picked up over the years whilst detecting. I`d made this early before social distancing from seeing one a mate had made and had displayed in his lounge room. I noted as a conversation piece for non-detector users it was sort of "yeah" and move on quick if you get my drift, but for detector users visiting is like a magnet, they sort through and examine bits and pieces basically like a "kid in a candy store". Can you see the gold specimen??????

Good fun 

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What is that silver coin looking thing, and it appears as if you've found Papa Smurfs bourbon bottle.

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43 minutes ago, Norvic said:

made this display up of bits and pieces I`d picked up over the years whilst detecting.

That is a great idea Norvic. I am eyeing up my coffee table right now that I made from recycled NZ native timber. Being a builder I have made lots of stuff from recycled timber over the years. From CD/DVD stackers, Bed frames, picture frames, bar stools etc. But I can just picture my coffee table now with the center cut out & a drop box setup like what you are showing made up, & put a glass top on it. I have SO much neat stuff, well I think they are neat, from my gold fossicking around the hills when I was up in the Coromandel area of NZ, kauri gum, semi precious gemstones, bit of gold etc & also heaps of neat stuff from down here in Otago. Some of it I have on display in my mother's old china cabinet. But heaps of it is just stashed away. Trouble is, most of my tools are on the building site that is in lockdown & nowhere near the supermarket.:rolleyes: Foiled yet again.

Youtube has been my friend as too has google earth. Research for "new" places never stops for me. Weather I get to half of them as I get older is the big unknown. Distance & ease of accessibility become daunting in our terrain. As does the bush, West Coast, & the weather.:rolleyes:  Also known as the Wet Coast.

JW 🤠

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58 minutes ago, Norvic said:

Can you see the gold specimen??????

I will play your game.😉 Is the gold visible? I see lots of quartz but cant make out any gold in it. At a guess just by the look of the stone I would say the darker bit top right below the "bullet". Any of those goldie looking stones nuggets?

JW🤠

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4 hours ago, Steve Herschbach said:

6. You know those bench test experiments you always meant to do but never get around to? Time for that and maybe a test garden or test tub to answer some of those questions for yourself that have been nagging you.

On it, starting tomorrow.  You're going to hear about, too.

 

 

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