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Jim in Idaho

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  1. The problem on my first one was a spot on top, to the right of the rod mount. Any ground contact, that pushed the rod to the right, cause a downward pressure on that spot, and caused a signal. I figured I could make a bridge of some sort so the rod would no longer push that spot down. never did it, but Steve at Whites sent the bad one back with the new one, at my request. (they were going out of business anyway). I have not looked into the problem with the replacement. It's not as bad, but still sensitive to knocks unless the gain is cranked way down. Jim
  2. I had it on the first coil I got, and also, but not as bad, on the replacement they sent. Only the 10". Haven't seen it on either the 6", or the 14". Still really like my 24K. I can fix the first one. I know where the problem is, and can build a bridge over the location causing the problem. I haven't diagnosed the problem with the second one. I'm glad that Steve sent me back the bad one when they warranteed it. Good to have a backup, though not as important now that Garrett has picked it up. Jim
  3. Yup, Chuck, I'm in the same boat. Fortunately nobody has made an offer to the wife for me. This is our 50th year of being married, too. Maybe I do have a bit of value left....LOL. I've delayed the Oregon Coot, am currently working on another deal.
  4. Yup, Steve. That stated it perfectly. An old Coot for an even OLDER coot....LOL Jim
  5. Yeah, I've got one bought at Prineville, Oregon, but looking for a couple more for parts. I've been in contact with a "coot famous" guy that goes by Coot Tom, so he's a source for some parts. Keep your eye peeled for one...I'm in a rare "buying" mood...LOL Jim
  6. Aah man...just a little dampness, and the classifying is about over. I love Wyoming, but you guys, like us, have a short season...LOL. I'm looking forward to heading over next spring. Keeps me alive having things to look forward to...Ha! Jim
  7. Looking for an old, rebuildable Coot. here's a chance to get rid of the one in the weeds outback...LOL A fool has cash, and willing to travel a ways. Jim
  8. Few people realize how dry Wyoming is. It's mostly an enormous desert, with few non-seasonal watercourses. I can't imagine trying to haul 100 gallons on a 4-wheeler, for instance. That's nearly a half-ton of water. And even that much water doesn't go far with all the clay, etc. Best method I used last summer was to classify down to two sizes, and to get rid of everything smaller than #16, and then haul the remainder to a stream and run it through my portable Pleitz jig. But, I had to drive 15 miles to water, on gravel roads for every batch. Did recover garnets and chrome diopside, though. Jim
  9. Testing my initial dry jig, I recovered some garnets, and thought it worked for gems, but later determined it was because the garnets were smaller than the rest of the material. When i realized that, I corrected things, so people didn't think it would work for gems. That was a few years ago, and I've learned a lot since, too. The real basic problem is the fact gems are only about 50% heavier than the background material. We are asking a lot of a machine to separate them by gravity with that tiny difference. It's possible a machine could be built to do that, but it would require adapting the unit for each gem type, and each background material...a real PINTA, and losses would probably still be high. For diamonds, a dry screen is dandy. It's best to pick them out dry anyway, as they sparkle even when dry, and everything shines when wet, so tends to mask the diamonds.
  10. Trouble with this, Jasong, is all you'll build is a classifier. You'll just collect all the gravel sized between the oversize screen and the undersize screen. But, I don't want to discourage your thinking. Keep at it, the answer may be out there, though some very bright people in the packaging industry, have been trying to solve this for decades, with few results. Here's another thing to throw your way....the shape of the container has a large bearing on GC, and can actually make GC work in reverse, in some instances. Jim
  11. I've done a large amount of experimentation on dry gem recovery. Mostly because of my prospecting in Wyoming. I've made several mechanical units to accomplish that before deciding you can't defeat "granular convection". It may be possible to use it, however. I have not looked into that. I am currently working on a dry sluice for gold, however, that works really well. I recently went to Wyoming, and tried it on one of the WPA club claims, and found considerable amount of flour gold with it. Unfortunately, I have already said more than I should regarding that sluice. Since I'm going to apply for a patent, the less said at this point, the better. Back on the gem recovery, dry. There is no way, using gravity, to recover gems dry. Can't be done....with one exception, which is moot anyway because no gems have high enough density to make it work. My experiments suggest that granular convection stops operating with a density ratio around 4:1. Since most soils are about 2.5, the gems would need to be at least 10, and I know of no gems that are that dense. The same applies to trying to separate heavy metals from black sand (another failure of mine....LOL). Operating dry is a whole 'nother world from working in water. Interesting, though, and the rewards of finding solutions, would be great. Jasong, I would consider it an honor to meet up with you someday...I think we'd hit it off. Jim
  12. Ya know, Carl, I haven't seen much increase in noise on mine, after doing the mod. I did see a big difference in allowable swing speed, and yet still see very small targets. I think it was a good mod to do, for me. From the sensitivity I've seen on mine, compared to a lot of the videos I've watched, I think my SL is very good. Besides reg's mods, I've also added vernier controls on both GB, and Threshold...makes tuning really easy, and accurate. Jim
  13. I've read (maybe Reg told me) that the flyback resistor (R9) will run hot with increased voltage. That's the first place I'd look if my SL puked. So far, running hot batteries, I haven't had an issue over several years of use. Jim
  14. Here's all I have on the smoothing mods. This was a post, a few years back, from Reg Sniff. " I don't do the mods myself. My hands don't work that well any more so I have a friend do them. He does the work and keeps all the money since the mod is somewhat labor intensive and does require a pcb trace mod. A full TDI mod costs about $125 (return shipping included with $500 insurance) and that includes replacing the preamp with a much better IC, the addition of a small pc board to reduce the noise, a filter change so the regular TDI is upgraded to the filtering of the Pro for a faster response. The mod also includes calibration of certain stages to 1 millivolt to assure the mod works as designed. This TDI pro filter mod makes the regular TDI like the Pro but without the extra GB pot and volume control. The volume control was added to help reduce the noise problem, but with the noise reduction mod, is not needed for that purpose any more. One additional mod is to short out a capacitor which eliminates a third filter that is not needed and can cause weak signal problems. This mod does increase the gain which in turn increases the noise level. Fortunately, reducing the gain using the gain control about 20% or so makes it back to normal. You do gain a little depth but more noise with this mod. One advantage of this mod is weak signals become more reliable.
  15. There hasn't been near as much posted on the threshold-smoothing mods for the Pulse Scan. I own an SL model, so didn't get involved on the mods for the TDI. I'll look around, but I'm not sure I have a copy of the TDI mods....only the SL. Jim
  16. Those mods apply to the TDI SL, not the TDI Pulse Scan. The mod for the original TDI's was to smooth the threshold. Jim
  17. Answer #1...yes # 2 I have no idea #3 yes An unasked question...can the SPP's be modded for more sensitivity and sweep speed....yes! And, I'm no guru...far from it, though I'm probably dangerous, in that, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing....LOL Jim
  18. I should also mention that Reg had a 3rd mod that I have not done on mine, so can't comment on. I found out only after modding mine, and haven't gotten around to it, yet. I can't remember the details, but the info is out there somewhere. Jim
  19. Yes...the pulse scan TDI, and then the Pro. The pro had better Ground balancing for the Australian market, but sold also in the US. Then the SL version, which fit ina smaller box because they went to surface-mount components, but it also had a different ground-balancing system, which improved the performance. Not much later Reg Sniff (RIP) started testing mods to the SL that improved the performance. His mods, which included improved sensitivity, and faster allowed sweep speed, without sacrificing sensitivity really turned the SL into a great machine. The factory finally relented and adopted the improved sensitivity mod into the factory models, starting sometime in 2015. Then the tan version, which also had the improved sensitivity mod. No factory unit ever had the faster sweep speed mod, though that's the easier of the two mods to do. Jim
  20. I'd buy one of those in a heartbeat, if it available near me, Jeff. You beat me to Jim's only because I was out of Internet touch for a few days in Wyoming. I knew when I saw the post, I'd be too late....LOL Should have known it would be you...Ha!
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