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  1. How good is that. And good on you keeping the kids interested. A little bit of salt never hurt anybody 🙂
  2. Whats the relative humidity in that neck of the woods? According to this chart if you have a temp of 94 and a relative humidity of 55% it feels like 106, which puts it in the danger category. I don`t handle the heat real well these days and if I added cloudless day and no wind, that would be a killer for me. 😲
  3. Good on you mate. It`s a terrific thing you have done 🙂
  4. I finally got round to panning off the gold I recovered from that Tarnagulla speci I got a couple of years ago and ended up with 13.76 grams out of it. A bit disappointing, I was hoping it was going to be closer to the ounce, but the good news is I got nearly half an ounce out of that piece. the first pic is the Tarnagulla speci, and the 2nd pic is the gold I recovered from it. I don`t have a lot of gold but I have wanted to make a ingot for a long time. I watched a heap of youtube clips about melting gold and then had a go at making a furnace. The first furnace was not a great success and the butane burners just didn`t cut it and then I came up with this one and bought the Bernzomatic TS8000 Torch Kit. Fortunately I had the fire bricks from a project from a couple of years ago and i already had all the tools I needed. If I had a 2 1/4" inch hole saw I probably would have used that, but I had a 2½" hole saw so that had to do. One of my friends suggested the the flame should probably swirl around the cauldron so in that 3rd pic you can see I have offset the burner but I saw the heat was pretty well being lost straight away. I drilled a ½" hole in another block and put it over the 2½" hole and that`s when the magic happened. For about the first minute NOTHING happened but then all a sudden a fierce flame leapt out of the ½" chimney. You can`t see it in the photo but the flame coming out the chimney was spinning like a tornado. I could stand above it and look down through the hole and was able to watch the gold melt. From when I lit the torch to when I poured the ingot no more the 10 minutes passed. 31.74 grams of pieces went in, 31.6 grams came out. My first ingot and I am very happy with the furnace. All I needed was couple of fire bricks, a hand saw, the burner, ½" drill and 5/8" drill, the hole saw and a cheap gold melting kit I bought on ebay for about 20 bucks.
  5. hey JW, another thing that works if you go back to this spot, I`m guessing you were waving your coil along the length of the root? Change your swing 90º and swing across the root instead. You`ll probably find there is no signal. Dave
  6. A trick I was taught a couple of years ago, if you are investigating a signal under a tree root, wave you coil over the tree the root belongs to. If the tree gives a signal you`re pretty safe walking away from the target. If the tree doesn`t give a signal there is probably a real target there. 🙂
  7. So THAT`s why I get signals on some tree roots with the 7000 😲
  8. For those that are interested, I used the 7000 for 5 hours yesterday and the new battery took about 45 minutes to recharge and my "good" WM12 took about 90 minutes.
  9. I certainly hope this turns out to be the real deal but to me that coil looks to be about the thickness of a rice cracker. ?
  10. Simon I don`t understand the relationship you have with the manufacturer and seller but you now speak for both of them and you have said something there that is interesting. Postage between USA and Australia is no problem what so ever, I buy stuff out of the states quite often, and I agree, people should have to return the bad coils. Why can`t the people in America that have the problem coils return them to the seller in Australia? Dave
  11. Yeh I thought that as well. Straighten the lead out, cut the excess lead, then re attach to the patch lead. You`d have a set length for the detector and not be able to alter it, and to collapse the detector you`d have to remove the coil.
  12. Yeh my original WM12 is coming up to 4½ years old and it started to get slow to charge about 6 months ago, so going on that I`ve got about another 2 years and I`ll have to do my other WM12.
  13. Minelab have the battery in their spare parts list, (I know this thanks to Steve posting a link and pictures), but nowhere could I find the Minelab part. I figured it was 30 bucks to try a aftermarket battery or 380 bucks for a new WM12, so on the open-ended Richter scale I give this battery a 9. (I had to take one off because the wires were too long) This is the link to what Steve originally posted https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/5080-problem-with-gpz-wm-12-wireless-module/
  14. I finally got round to replacing the battery in my dud WM12. I run twin WM12`s and the good one would charge in about 1 hour but the sluggish one could take 5 or 6 hours or longer. I`m not real good with the fiddly little stuff but this was pretty straight forward and now both wm12`s charge in the same amount of time. The only 2 things that may be drama, you need a bit that fits TT10 Torx screws and somehow I had one of those, and the battery I bought the black and red wire were about ½" too long and I had to bend the wires a bit to get the plug to go into the socket. The top picture is how the red and black wire looked before and the bottom picture is after I fitted the new battery. You can see I had to bend the wires. And don`t believe you`ll get it in three or 4 days. This mob is in England and it took about 3 or 4 weeks to get mine.. If you get this battery from these people the model No. is CS-MLC100SL and the part No. is 0303-0036 Good luck finding the battery anywhere else, this was the only one I could find. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Replacement-Battery-For-MINELAB-0303-0036/302942371755?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
  15. I too have been waiting on Jasongs` reports, clearly when it comes to this stuff he is pretty switched on and what he has said so far doesn`t inspire me to race out and get one of these coils. I am waiting with interest too see what happens next. ?
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