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tvanwho last won the day on September 19 2016

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  1. 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? Thanks. -Tom V.
  2. so,is this better than using a highbanker? Comparison test would be nice?
  3. Before I waste my money,does anybody know if I can add a 2.5 inch Proline swivel nozzle to a 2.5 inch Keene suction nozzle? Maybe cut off the angled end of the swivel nozzle and then weld to the intake end of the suction nozzle, sure would make the hose easier to handle I would think? how does the swivel joint work anyway? I prefer the suction nozzle in shallow creeks to avoid losing my prime.
  4. I almost got taken after receiving several emails from this website on a detector that I had mentioned in a post long ago but had yet to advertise, until I questioned Steve, and he set me straight. The guy wanted to pay with Paypal, $2,000, but have somebody local pick it up. And he had never actually posted here before plus his language made it sound like one of them Nigerian con artist schemes. He swore up and down he was legit and an artist and had an FB page to prove it. I told him to leave me alone. -Tom V.
  5. A friend of mine at work saw a glint/flash in a parking lot, went over to investigate, and picked up a 1 carat diamond.We tested it and it was real. The janitor here at work saw something on the lobby floor while mopping, picked it up, and it was an orange colored stone, turned it into HR but he never got a reward or anything. How do these stones pop out of rings anyway? My buddy claims to get paper money ,one time a 50 dollar bill, close to movie theater entrances when strong winds are blowing. He looks for bushes/hedges/chain link fences close by where bills taken by the wind sometimes end up. And the Coinstar machines reject/spit out unwanted foreign coins, copper pennies, and all silver American coins altho I've yet to find a single coin. He finds silvers quite often in these machines. Just eyeballing, no digging or detector needed. -Tom V.
  6. My friend gets silver dimes in the Coinstar machines where they are kicked out along with copper pennies and foreign coins. I have yet to find a single coin in any local Coinstar machines? Oh well. -Tom
  7. Unfortunately for me, my car broke down and cost $1200 dollars to fix, but I did make it to the swim beach/campground. My detectors worked perfect as well as my heavily modified Babbs Beach brute sand scoop, but I only recovered a measly $1.65 in coins and no jewelry. It didn't exactly help that the owner was pulling a rake behind a tractor to groom the beaches. That wasn't so bad but then I noticed he was using his front end loader to remove sand from the shallow swim areas where the goodies tend to be and piling this sand elsewhere? Then he was moving a pile of new sand into those shallow swim areas....And one beach was loaded with stringers of black sand which forced me to turn down the Sens on my Headhunter Diver detector. I tried to pan some of the black sand but no color showed up. Oh well, at least it was a nice day and nobody hassled me there.. I will post a photo of my sand scoop later...
  8. So did he have to dig it all Gerry or was there a secret setting? Was this a swim area find or in a park on land ? Hopefully lady luck will give me a chance next 5 days with some freshwater lake hunting. I will get one day in the mid seventies after all the heat this summer. At least we don't have forest fires in the Midwest to deal with, thank goodness. -Tom V.
  9. http://www.equiteemfg.com/shaken-rake-sand-sifting-tool-motorized-efficient-sand-sifting-rake/ Motorized sifting plastic tined rake with screen for beach or cleaning horse barns, might be handy for small placer gravel mining and beach detecting too ?
  10. whats this TDi cost and is it comparable to the original or ? -Tom V.
  11. Maybe I could trade my gold items for scrap silver dimes at my fave coin dealer now that prices are so low? And he only takes cash he told me. Might as well have a bit of real silver in a secret piggy bank in case of WW 3,right? And come to think of it, scrap gold could be melted and made into something else if I took the time to take a jewelry making class or 2 and then mark up the value myself . But how does one assay the gold and mark the item? I understand a lot of marked items are fakes so a mark does NOT guarantee the gold content. Just thinking outside the box? Go to flea market , set up 2 jewelry displays, one with brand new rings at the retail prices, and the other one with identical items but marked as used or found with detector , and marked up like 3 x over the melt value the coin dealer would offer. See which sells the most? The coin dealer did tell me he has to tell customers that jewelry is used if he buys it as scrap but wants to resell it. .He also told me that religious items don't sell well and if a ring is from a divorce , why nobody will buy it because it is considered BAD luck. Not that any of us gold seekers believes in superstitions...
  12. 90% of spot is about the melt value that I was offered, so how do they manage to get people to pay the $1,000 figure ? Next time I am looking at rings I will ask what the return policy is or if I need to sell it back to them ,what will they give me for it? Too bad I can't legally record the conversation tho? Maybe the flea market is the place to go or ask around at work if anybody is looking for a ring I found and get offers? Man's greed knows no bounds it seems...buy for $50 and sell for 10-20 times that, what a racket ??
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