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  2. osha approved stick!!! Someone has been watching I brake for bedrock videos.
  3. My face is turning red. Thank you for the praise. It's easy to teach what you love.
  4. Right on....the Legacy just keeps on going Tom H.
  5. Money comes and goes (dont break yourself). I have always held a gpaa membership. Meeting other people that are like minded will be the major benefit of joining a club.
  6. Boulder Dash strikes again. Tom and I owe our first encounters with the metal detector to Mr. Dash. He has helped so many in the past it's time for a big 'Hurrah' for the guy. Well done my man. Old Tom
  7. I found this at West Moreland state park in VA on the beach. It is a supposed location to find a variety of fossils including Megladon teeth. I found this lump of chert, that to me resembles a possible whale vertebrae. It is almost fist size. They said in the visitor lobby that whale bones can be found there and some on display. I am not very good with fossil id's. Any opinions? Thx.
  8. Garik, purchase a year's membership first. Also, join the GPAA for year, too. After a year you will know if nuggetshooting is for you. HH jim
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  10. I thank you all for the great information Yes i think i'l try some night hikes. I've lived in AZ all my life and always wanted to get a good metal detector. Kinda funny i actually owned a little one as a kid it was a radioshack and i think it was orange and silver, lol I have another question if i may. Should i spend the money for the roadrunner club? i think its lifetime membership for $1800 and you get access to their claims and maps. This is a ton of money for me to spend though.
  11. The desert in summertime is a killer if you're not well prepared and even then it can still be deadly, I agree that night time hunting is a very good idea if you're detecting in the summertime. One thing no one has mentioned is SNAKES, be sure to get a good pair of snake gaiters and or snake boots and wear them day or night in the desert, this is even more important when hunting at night, snakes are very active in the summer at night and are much harder to spot as well, also never stick your hands anywhere you can't see everything extremely clearly, better to stick the coil, your pick or a stick into an area when you can't see what's there than to get bitten on the hand by a snake trying to defend itself and never kill any snakes, you're in their home out there.
  12. In Az summer time is night hunting time! Edit: this is dangerous but it will allow focus to a very small area. When the sun is out you can see everything which might make one wonder around. Night time you can only see whats in front of you so it allows for a more focused dig. I have found lots of gold when i "snipe" this way.
  13. Always nice to see a thank you post...
  14. Although this video is about 6 months Old, It was (almost) our first nugget found since we got to spend the day with him learning the ropes. Comment on the video, I'm going to start recording more videos as time goes on, so like, and subscribe and hopefully more color will come my way! Thanks A LOT!!!
  15. garikfox: What azdigger said. Starting out, that is very good advice. But whatever detector you decide to buy, I highly recommend that you take the time to make at least one purchase from the Nuggetshooter, even if it's just an accessory of some kind. And go to his storefront in Morristown and pick it up in person. Unless he happens to be extremely busy at the time, you will likely be able to get 20 minutes or more, of the most valuable prospecting/nugget-hunting advice that is available anywhere. (or not available anywhere) This will put you a long ways ahead of what you might be reading on the internet or in generalist type publications. This is the inside scoop. I kid you not. And the beauty of it is, much of it is localized information pertaining to LSD (Wickenberg) and the Bradshaw mountain area.
  16. Don't worry about the heat slowly killing your detector . . . And no, I do not come anywhere close to AZ until Nov 1st, unless the last week of Oct drops below 100 degrees. Then maybe. The locals usually hunt early and late in the day, or at night. The heat is life threatening, which can't be over emphasized and must be taken seriously. Even experienced Desert Rats get into trouble sometimes. Always go with someone, don't venture far from your vehicle, stay hydrated (drink water frequently, thirsty or not) Be cautious and don't over do it 'til you get a feel for it. After that no one should have to warn you because hopefully, you will begin to sense how dangerous it can be.
  17. a thing to think about is...If you buy a detector from Bill , you also get instructions too...in my opinion it would be...GLOD monster for just GOLD OR Equinox 800 for general hunting, Talk to Bill about your choice on either machine...can't go wrong buying from a GREAT dealer.....my opinion.
  18. Hey thanks BMc. I'll study them. They tout quality and their detectors do look pretty good. Oh i was going to ask do you go out metal detecting in the summer's here in AZ? I want to but i don't want the heat to slowly kill my new detector.
  19. Or, you could just wait awhile 'til the weather heats up a bit and leave it out in the sun for about 30 seconds with a raw egg, hash browns and bacon on top of it. Then finger it with a little bacon grease, slip it over the coil and have breakfast!
  20. I've run across a couple of users in the field who had good things to say about the Gold Racer. At 54 kHz they should be sensitive to smaller, as well as larger nuggets. The comments were that hot rocks/mineralization is still an issue (at Wickenberg) but manageable. You might look at the Makro Multi Kruzer which has three frequencies to choose from (5 kHz, 14 kHz and 19 kHz). Features: Waterproof to 5 meters (16 feet) and increased depth function. Basically similar ability to handle hot ground. Expectations are that it will be OK in moderate to slightly hot areas but the real hot stuff will still be an issue as with "most" VLF detectors. I just picked one up for a combo coin, water and prospecting tool to see how it performs. It seems to be built well, has a good screen/meter set up, rechargeable batter plus extra battery pack option. Accurate on coins, and discriminates satisfactorily on ferrous, trash and bottle caps so far IMO. I'll try it in the gold fields later this summer. You might also check out the Makro Gold Kruzer at 61 kHz. Good reviews and features on that one as well.
  21. Fred, I would bet that the cover is PVC thermoplastic. PVC is easily reshaped at about 175 degrees. It will start losing form at about 220. Any PVC (or other thermoplastic) has a "sweet spot" as far as heat goes and that is when the inside of the piece reaches the optimum forming temperature. The surface is often much hotter and you need to be careful not to overheat the surface and small projections trying to get the core temp right. . Slowly preheat the item in the oven to about 160 degrees and then take it the rest of the way with a heat gun (not a blow dryer. A blow dryer does not get hot enough to form thermoplastic). A round object like that could be placed on a lazy susan or some other spinning device so you could spin it and evenly heat up those fingers without taking it out of the oven. The trick is to get the core temps into the thermoforming range without overheating the surface and this takes patience. Most guys get in too big a hurry and overheat the items in one spot and warp things. That big flat surface would be easy to tweak if the heat was uneven. I have made a bunch of PVC items like knife sheaths (Kydex), handgun holsters (Kydex), detector poles (PVC) and all sorts of mounting brackets. I have also done a pantload of plastic welding on HDPE, LDPE and ABS items. Kayaks are rotomolded thermoplastic HDPE and they are easy to re-shape, weld and modify. It is all the same with any thermoplastic as long as you know the exact temperature range you need to shape, bend or weld. I use a laser surface thermometer and my kitchen oven to preheat the item to the proper temps for forming and then take it the rest of the way with a heat gun. I know the output temp of the heat gun because I checked it with a mercury thermometer on the various settings. Since you don't need to weld or reshape anything all you really need to do is get the piece above 160 degrees all the way to the core without overheating. I would simply pop it in the oven with a pizza pan under it and foil over it to keep an even temp. Let it sit in the heat for ten minutes or so to insure the core temps are the same as the surface temps and then push it down on the coil. It will go below the forming temps really quick and get solid fast as long as you don't get it way too hot. There are lots of HDPE and PVC items that you could make your own covers out of for pennies. I make all sorts of stuff out of "Playskool" kids toys which are HDPE thermoplastic. Pieces big enough to form coil covers are readily available and you could form one as easily as you could fit the factory cover on your coil. I make awesome shake guards, metatarsal guards and all sorts of cool items from old kids toys. Old milk jugs, water cans and 5 gallon buckets can be easily re-shaped into almost anything you need. All it takes is knowing what type of plastic you have and the proper temperatures to form it. You can easily weld a new bottom on a coil cover getting thin, repair a hole in a kayak or make a holster for your Glock out of a kid's toy. All it takes is the proper temperature range and filler material.
  22. We have had an inordinate amount of rain here in central AZ too. Seems like every time I drag a bunch of tools out...it starts raining. Nice Toyota, it should do well.
  23. VERY FUNNY!!! not yet, I am waiting for a warm and sunny day to massage my coil cover... fred
  24. A genuinely helpful person, seriously dedicated to educating and enlightening others about detecting for gold, great guy to talk to, one that will truly be missed. All the best, Lanny
  25. Yes indeed What do you guys think about this detector? it looks high class... https://www.noktadetectors.com/metal-detector/gold-racer/
  26. So Fred, how did it go? I picture you sitting on the floor with a jar of coconut oil and a hair dryer. Did it work? More importantly, did you get video?
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