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  1. Might have it fixed? I put upper rod in my vise, clamped it down, had to use BIG wrench to loosen hard to turn camlock. Pulled S rod off. Noticed the camlock squeaked by itself. Noticed grime/grease on end of upper rod. Took light sandpaper and removed that. I remembered my squeaky garage door and how nothing would work until I got hold of white lithium grease in spray can. I found my can and sprayed the camlock down really good, put it all back together, and NO MORE POLE SQUEAK.. Will have to see if it holds up now?
  2. OK, I removed the LST control box and was able to cut and modify an electricians tool pouch by CLC Workgear at Rural King , and slide the Lobo control box all the way into it, cable out the bottom, pouch has 2 inch belt loop. I am swinging the coil and rod around but there is an awful squeak at the top camlock where the S rod attaches. Camlocks are as tight as I can get them. That squeak is VERY annoying.seems to be worst at the end of each arc as I sweep and reverse direction. what causes the squeak and how to stop it? As far as I can tell no Clean sweep for Lobo ST. I do have
  3. ok, thanks. I resurrected my 20 year old Tesoro Lobo ST. I modified it a little a few years back, cranked up a certain Pot inside 1/4 turn, was sposed to get more depth at the expense of more chatter and less accurate discrimination. I still could not get a coin past 8 inches? Well, stupid me, when I tested the machine this time, I happened to notice the black sand mode switch was engaged !!! This cuts depth in half in favor of more stability in Hot ground. I flipped this back to Normal mode, cranked Sens not quite to the Orange line, sudden air test depth boost to 10 inches on a quarter in
  4. big seeded hunt coming up in 2 weeks in central indiana and all I have is my old Headhunter Diver water machine. Thick mowed grass hunt. Should I get something with a small coil like an old Tesoro Compadre or Ace 250 or? Will I need my Garett Propointer or just eyeballs to pinpoint? And I do have tennis elbow right now, what to do about that as well? Wear a compression band around elbow and forearm? I know my Garrett Propointer sometimes picks up interference from the Garrett Ace 250 which would be bad news in a speed hunt. Any tips on competition hunting appreciated. Do I need headphones
  5. makes the fines worth catching too,almost... Am just glad I did NOT sell my 401K positions back in March, was down over 100K from Feb, now am up 140K from March. I put in for retirement Aug 4, sold my condo, closing Aug 15, trying to move to the gold fields of central Indiana. But finding a new place to live out of state in the virus epidemic is proving difficult? Any tips for finding a new rental house out of state when rental offices are all locked up? I don't wanna buy in case we get another recession /virus/market selloff part 2 this fall/winter. Keep my cash freed up for a housing b
  6. cool, so don't ignore trash target sounds? wish I could find a used 2300 ? -Tom V.
  7. I can't really justify yet another detector.Heck, I just raked in 20 G's in stock market trading last 3 days.Might as well stick with that. Sounds like you guys are all dialed in for rings, good luck . I will stick with whats working for me ,for now... I did find a new gold bearing creek with my map dowsing, just 75 miles from home and we did get permission to check it out.Gold was there, a dozen specks anyway, here in NE Illinois. Will go back again in 2 weeks and try to find a richer spot. My first bonafide gold creek in NE Illinois in 40 years of looking. -Tom
  8. so,whats your ring finding technique if you don't mind my asking? Dig it all or something better? -Tom V.
  9. where do you get the small dry bag? Does it go on a rope around your neck or a carabiner to your belt ,or what?
  10. how about if you put a sticker on the car that says anybody stealing from this vehicle will be cursed and some sort of nastiness will follow them the rest of their life? No doubt some bad apples will think twice as hard before breaking in and attribute any bad things happening to them afterwards to that sticker.. I didn't know about water ruining key Fobs? I had mine in the Wabash river in Indiana and it was ok afterwards but I was told dealers charge like $175 for a new key fob,OUCH... I am looking for a water proof cell phone and I see the new Apple SE for April 24,2020 release d
  11. way to go dude, gives me a little hope for 2020.
  12. those are rubber floats, black as I recall. Hard floats are made of marlex plastic and don't need air. I trashed mine and got Marlex hard plastic floats from a place in Oregon instead.Worry free.
  13. so where do I get parts now? I need the coil to rod connector bolts , washers, wing nuts for my Tesoro Lobo ST, like 6 each. -Tom...Ace hardware has the plastic bolts but not the large wingnuts or washers.
  14. I read about old timers /Indians/ early settlers camping in spots in NW Illinois, SW Wisconsin and SE Iowa area from 1690-1900. Famous for galena. The ores were so shallow and in limestone crevices. They would spy a bit of shiny galena and dig it out with a knife and make bullets and trade it .Next thing ya know, somebody dug a hole and made a mine. I went down in one of these old mines in Plattesville, WI I think it was , in a town park /museum. Easy getting down the super steep stairway but took me 1/2 hour to get back up 50 feet it was so damn steep. I was out of breath after each short fl
  15. what is a truck grove? will the tips work with my Nokta Gold Kruzer? i can't afford to buy one of every machine out there.
  16. I dunno, I heard they imported miners from Cornwall, England who worked in coal mines, to work in mineral diggings in the states.
  17. I always wondered how did the old time miners in the USA from 1799-1900 approx, learn what rocks had gold values after the placers were worked out? There were few books, no color photos/no internet on the subject or mining schools, so where did they get the info, school of hard knocks? After all, it is not just quartz that can have gold....there is greenstone, limonite, red clays, pyrites, sulfides, and many others that I only know about because of internet tips /books/videos from Chris Ralph,Jeff Williams, Steve H, and others. Maybe word of mouth was a BIG factor in the old da
  18. Maybe Steve knows the answer to this question? I sure don't understand it?
  19. Good news, I have a blue Goldfox Trommel with sluice on its way, used but 1/2 retail price. I will supply the mats and water pump. These things never show up on Ebay or any other Prospecting stuff for sale websites .I was lucky the mfgr had 2 used ones. 650 shipped price with paypal. If it doesn't work out, should be able to sell it quick. Retail was 1200. The mfgr agreed to update it to all the features of the latest units. It will have 3/8 inch holes in the barrel, full set of legs.I will use my Johnson 2200 gph bilge pump with it that pulls a measly 7 amps. Will try some Dre
  20. My shoulder aches lately are making it hard to do anything with detecting or shoveling. Atho, it almost looks like the pain is coming from the use of my computer mouse somehow? If my elbow is not supported, the shoulder pain gets really bad .At work its not an issue cause I sit up straight and have a desktop to support both elbows. At home, I slouch, and the shoulder pain gets really bad without desktop elbow support. Guess its my own fault I hurt sometimes but it makes mining a lot harder then too... Small volumes of dirt are where I am at in mining. under 5 buckets a day ,if that. Heat
  21. And a panning question? Why do the bigger bits of gravel work their way to the surface as we pan instead of sinking?
  22. why did we humans go to such trouble to recover the yellow metal in the 1st place I wonder? Thanks for the history lesson.
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