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Cascade Steven

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    Whites Goldmaster 24k; Whites TDI SL; TRX pinpointer

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  1. Welcome to the forum👍. Just a little food for thought on cleaning the battery box. If the white vinegar method does not produce the desired results may I suggest a solution of baking soda. I have used a baking soda solution successfully to clean corroded battery compartments. The solution I use is 1 level teaspoon of baking soda in one cup of warm water, mixed together (dissolved) in a glass or plastic container. When batteries leak they emit an acid. The goal is to find something that will neutralize the acid. A chemical base will neutralize the acid and baking soda is a very mild chemical base and will accomplish the task. For small areas or tight spaces I dip a cotton swab into the solution and rub it onto the affected area. Multiple swabs may be needed for larger projects. You may notice some bubbling as the baking soda solution neutralizes the acid. These bubbles are the harmless gas carbon dioxide, the same gas that we exhale. When the surface is relatively clean I dry it with a cloth or let it air dry. If there is a lot of corrosion, then it may be necessary to repeat the cleaning process and also let the baking soda solution sit on the affected area for a half hour or so during each cleaning cycle to accomplish its task. Hope this helps and best wishes with you metal detector.
  2. Aureous: Thanks for sharing. Please keep us posted on the progress of this work. Sounds interesting.
  3. I'm with Tony on this one I do however understand Steve's perspective too. My second choice would be to leave the forum as-is for one more year before it is transferred to the graveyard.
  4. Congratulations on the success. Well done! Just out of curiosity, if you don't mind sharing, did you detect any of those nuggets through the forest duff and so, what was the thickness of the duff, the depth of the gold in the soil and the size of the nugget? Best Wishes for continued success.
  5. Very nice find. Congratulations. Regarding the "plate" on the back of the spoon, I would like to respectfully offer an additional option. I have done a little metal casting work over the years and learned that sometimes such a "plate" or thicker section was added initially when the spoon was either stamped or cast. This "plate" section was used to reinforce the junction between the bowl and handle of the spoon as that is a weak spot. If the "plate" was added later, there should be a very fine line at the contact. This line may not be visible until the spoon is thoroughly cleaned and examined under magnification. However, if the craftsman was very good, they could blend the contact so it is almost unidentifiable. Just a little food for thought. Again, congratulations on a nice find.
  6. Gerry and Steve: Thanks for a great list of information. Because of other commitments I have had a slow start with using my 24k and am still near the bottom of the learning curve. So I have a couple of questions about coils: 1) is it possible to offer some additional insight behind the comment about using the proper coil size for the terrain; and 2) you recommended the use of smaller coils on the VLF. For the 24k which small coil is better, the round or the elliptical coil? Gerry (and also Steve): One other question: when considering various terrains, would you change anything on your list for desert vs. open forest such as the Sierra Nevada vs. dense forests such as the Cascades of Oregon and Washington? Thanks for your help.
  7. Lanny: Thanks again for all of the information that you are sharing here.
  8. Thanks for sharing and I was able to visit their web site and found the same information. I am here to wish them the very best and anxiously await some new products.
  9. Bentley0609: thanks for posting this link. My computer did not like any of the previous links but this one worked great. Much appreciated.
  10. GM: welcome back to both you and Jed (and crew). I really enjoy this diary and appreciate the opportunity to continue to "feed my addiction".🙂
  11. GM: It is a good area with youthful (steep) heavily forested topography and elevations ranging from 1600 ft. to about 3280 ft. It is graced by cold clear creeks and an occasional waterfall. Some of the area still hosts old growth timber.
  12. GM: I should have qualified my "yes" answer to your question about good gold strikes. The Quartzville district is listed as being the second largest mining district, by production, in the Western Cascades of Oregon. However, when compared to southwestern Oregon, Northeastern Oregon or the California Sierra Nevada districts, its production is relatively insignificant. It certainly does not have the coarse gold that Jed found.🙂
  13. GM: Short answer is yes. The Middle Santiam River is a tributary of the South Santiam River originating high in the Western Cascade Mountain Range of Oregon and flows generally west through the foot hills of the Cascades. It has several names, including North Fork of the South Santiam River and also as Quartzville Creek, named after the 1860's mining camp called Quartzville. According to some sources, gold was first discovered on the lower Santiam River as early as the 1840's and what is now known as the Middle Santiam River or Quartzville Creek was worked for placer gold in the early 1860's. In 1863 the first lode gold mining claim was staked by Jeremiah Driggs and by the mid 1860's there was a mining camp of about 1000 people known as Quartzville. Because of poor milling practices, and not low grade deposits, the camp was abandoned in the late 1860's. In the 1890's the area was reactivated by William B. Lawler with financial backing from a British syndicate. Depending upon which source one reads, there was between $100,000 and 1 million dollars in gold mined from the district at $20.67/oz. The district is known for both crystalline gold (samples in the California State Mineralogical museum reference library) and also wire gold in the form of "birds nests" or "eagles nests" due to the occurrence of pockets of massive fine wire gold. This is the district where I am conducting my mining history research. There are many conflicting stories from this district and facts are sometimes difficult to discern. Much of the placer gold in the Quartzville area is fine gold, However, nuggets do occur and I have personally seen gold nuggets 4 to 5 times the size of a wooden match head. There are also uncorroborated stories of much larger nuggets occurring in the area. Hope this helps.
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