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  1. He was on the ground near the pool negative edge a little hummingbird fledgling, we planned on just keeping an eye on it so it’d be safe from pigeons and geckles until it fell in the pool. My daughter rescued the poor little thing luckily it seems to be hanging in there. crossing fingers it makes it through the night. We will put him back out tomorrow and hope mom shows up. We called a rescue place too hope they return our call in the morning. this is gunna be a long night I think, lol I put him in a Dixie picnic paper bowl nest and set it on my nightstand cause they gotta eat every 20 to 30 minutes sat down on the bed and he was hanging by one foot off the side of the nest bowl heading in my direction, ha guess this is how it’s gonna be tonight anyway. shucks, it was cold…
  2. Simon, I sent Mitchel a screen shot sms of this message he can get and reply to my phone.
  3. Mitchel, best of luck and safe journey… I definitely see the makings of a viral video opportunity in the family vacation of a lifetime… you and the family have a wonderful time. and… a round of drinks on me for you, Simon and JW, hit me up when you get back, cheers.
  4. Don’t need to worry long Chuck once the bad guys realize it ain’t worth their time for a couple sub gram fly specs at least if they hit my poke that is, lol we will be pretty safe. Now the $10k worth of stuff we haul out there to get those fly specks…
  5. I hand laid a brick patio 6 or 7 years back and picked up a couple hundred pounds of sand from Home Depot. I set my sluice box the middle of the new patio and ran the sand before sweeping it into the gaps in the brick unfortunately my sand had no gold.
  6. I’m not a knife maker, but I slept in a holiday in last night… I’d suggest a couple hours bing watching old episodes of forged in fire. Great series and they do about everything metal hardening. https://www.history.com/shows/forged-in-fire
  7. I have had the 7000, currently have the 6000 and Axiom they are all great machines the Axiom stands out in versatility and potential edge in trash and the salt mode is pretty remarkable it’s the most ergonomic, the 6000 is easy to use and comfortable to swing and the 7000 is king but the most expensive and least ergonomic but manageable with a swing assist device. You cat go wrong with any of them really but the Axiom is the least expensive and has the iron check feature with the potential to open up areas not well covered allowing you to investigate spots that would drive you crazy with the other two. I personally with the Axiom like both the 7x11mono and 7x11dd coils if you can get that package and decide on the Axiom.
  8. I general you find mono coils and double d coils there are different windings sometimes spiral windings for one and different shapes and sizes and to add to that coils made by different manufactures. In simple terms mono coils tend to be more sensitive and dd run smother under certain conditions. Match the coil to the terrain aiming to keep the coil close to the ground, rocky areas favor smaller coils and wide open spaces larger coils, larger coils can give more depth and ground coverage trashy target infested ground I prefer a smaller coil to better separate target signals. Start with a coil that fits the terrain and get to know all your coils you’ll likely find a favorite in a smaller to mid size coils Phrunt is right to ask what coils you have there are a few really good popular ones if you have one usually an elliptical it will become a favorite you will tend to use most of the time decent depth and coverage good sensitivity and easy to shove under brush where nuggets hide. Phrunt has every coil ever made ( I’m exaggerating) he knows them all well but post up what you have, include pictures and he’ll know but most important try them all the most important thing is knowing your equipment. After that… buy more coils, lol. Good luck out there and be safe.
  9. tasty nugget and next time you could always...
  10. There were a few things on my Gold Lake painting I wanted to change, a foreground tree layer, color values, vegetation…
  11. I sold my 7000 and all it’s goodies just before the Axiom was released and didn’t use the 22” concentric coil more than a dozen times and at that never more than 3 or 4 hours at a time my back couldn’t take it. It’d take me a bit to recover between outings too… it was heavy enough to take the joy out of swinging a coil. Now had I had success in the conditions this coil excels in the pain in my back would have been a non issue, more specifically a known deep nugget patch area. I did not have that access to that spot and a patch hunter in my opinion this coil is not. the coverage is narrow compared to its overall footprint as well so absolutely you need to overlap, some swingy thingy contraption might be the answer I didn’t have one of them load levelers and was on a mission to simplify… I’ll confess I miss the 7000 a little and may have been hasty but will wait and see what the new zed might bring to the party if there ever is that party, only thing she better make the 6000 look corn fed.
  12. I wanted to give gold lake another try and see if I couldn’t do a little better on it at least on the perspective. So I went back, cut down a few trees… took another picture, lol.
  13. Garrett very apologetically emailed me this morning about the shipping issue and offered to take it back and said they would replace the arm cuff and make sure everything was OK. I declined returning my detector explaining that was most likely just unnecessary extra work for both of us. I also explained my intent was to establish for my record what had happened in case some problem related future issue were to occur and that I preferred they send me a replacement arm cuff I could have on hand if my repair were to ever fail. Garrett replied a short time later acknowledging my message and a new arm cuff with screws is on its way. I continue to be pleased there is little more I could ask of them.
  14. Dain, I’m confidant in the end you’ll be pleased with your Axiom, did you let them know this lack of feedback was an issue for you, I’m sure they will get back to you with an answer if you let them know you’d like more information about your repair.
  15. Ok, I sent Garrett an email thanking them for the great service, my invoice was no charge but asked to confirm there was no charge just to be sure and lastly and FIY about the shipping telling them it was not urgent, they won’t get my email and pictures until Monday but they have it just in case. Minelab also got back to me again … I’m going to need a whole new thread, lol… Ok they are great too, life is good we live in wonderful times.
  16. A quick update on an earlier comment on the 6000, Minelab reached out to me apparently they did not get the email? Anyway, things happen but I need to amend my earlier comment they do as well care and are quick to respond to customer needs and also provide excellent customer support, my apologies the comment was undeserving.
  17. I just fired it up with the 11” DD coil for the first time since getting it back to make sure it is working after a couple days in the hands of UPS, and it’s working great. At the lowest setting inside my home and that setting may have some special programming similar to the silent threshold on the 6000 except a threshold tone steady as a rock this was a steady tone with absolutely zero warble that is surprisingly sensitive waving various test nuggets in front of the coil, even nuggets as small as .03g gave a solid hit a couple inches away, moving up a notch in sensitivity introduced a little EMI but not bad considering no detector I’ve ever owned previously did anything but go nuts at any power level indoors, so this is looking really good I’m looking forward to seeing it in action out in the field. Anyway as I learn more I’ll try and be more specific hopefully with results on un dug targets of the yellow variety.
  18. Yea, good point I’ll give them a call and at the same time let them know it’s not urgent just in case UPS did more than I thought. for anyone facing similar repairs it was an easy fix that would work on coil ears or anything else the arm cuff feels strong as new and joining those small pieces is next to impossible with just gluing the joint, if anyone needs detailed instructions just PM me and I’ll give the step by step.
  19. For a second I was a tiny bit bummed till I realized I probably could fix it myself, then it became kind of fun. It feels plenty strong with 2 layers of glass and epoxy, I could sand it more so you couldn’t tell it was repaired but figured it’d be stronger if I kept as much of the glass intact as I could. I haven’t decided if I even want to bother Garrett yet because it feels a little unappreciative of all they did for me and I don’t think the repair will fail. before and after
  20. Ha, sanding and paint makes me the fiberglass(er) I ain’t, lol.
  21. Simon, thank you and good to hear you’ve also experienced great customer service from Garrett. I emailed the US Minelab repair center about sending my 6000 in to get the speaker noise patch they emailed me back today!
  22. I did have a little UPS shipping issue they must have thrown it around because Garrett had it double boxed and tucked nicely in its backpack, all I can guess is whatever UPS did was hard enough one of the 11” coils had enough inertia to snap off one side of the arm cuff. I’ll contact Garrett I’m sure they’ll take care of it. In the meantime I used JB clear weld epoxy and some fiberglass cloth to repair the break so I can use it, I’m only part done and it feels plenty strong.
  23. Oh, I forgot to mention with the Zlink audio system keeping the transmit and receiver in line and not allowing your body to block the signal is key to optimum performance, that was part or most of my audio difficulty and not a problem once you are aware.
  24. I have to give Garrett 10 stars on a scale of 1 thru 5 because 5 stars is simply not enough. I sent my Axiom in to have them give it a look because I have had some issues with the audio cutting out mostly. The last time I had it out was in a location plagued with really bad EMI not to far from a military base, it wasn’t a problem in the morning but by afternoon it got a little noisy and hard to use. I’d sent Garrett a detailed explanation of what I was experiencing and they went to work. Testing it over and over my Axiom seemed to function as it should have but they didn’t simply stop there, to be sure they replaced the circuit board and most of the internal electronics and added the latest firmware update and continued testing until they were certain it was as good as it could be, this is to me the best solution as I much prefer one carefully examined over a new replacement, I have complete confidence it’s perfect after all the tests and work they did, a new detector is probably just as good but we all know no matter who the manufacturer an occasional subpar unit shows up from time to time, even then we’ve all at some point wondered if our unit was working at peak performance… how can you know. Well great customer service is the best answer to that question and without doubt Garrett is the answer they have the customer in mind and stand behind their product. If anyone is local enough to me and was considering the Axiom let me know and we can meet up and you can try mine out, I have in addition to the 11” mono and 13” DD coil an 11” DD coil too so you can get a pretty good idea of what will work best for your detecting style… you can also try my 6000 and the 5x10 gold hawk if you like, I don’t have the new nugget finder coil yet but I’ll have one when inventory catches up with demand.
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