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  1. John, I am assuming that laws changed and now selling gold is taxable? Is this something somewhat recent? Or are they just talking about it?? I could swear I looked into that when I started prospecting a few years ago and it was not taxable income at that point but I could be remembering wrong...
  2. Wow great timing on the outting, was planning on heading out that way this weekend and using my GMT and trying to get my first little nugget... I have had it awhile now but only tried to use it at Lynx Creek and out in Stanton... Both times dug so much trash that I gave up after not too long... mainly just use it on my tailings pile to make sure I did not classify out a nice one... Have not even worn out a set of batteries yet, So will have to stop by and see if I can get pointed in the right direction by all you experienced nugget shooters. Don't need to add me to the headcount tho, I have pl
  3. Well spent a couple days at Bear River early this week, I really like using a sluice instead of pick pan and shovel at Lynx, especially in a area with some gold. i did not find much weight wise, but alot of color in the pan... where ever i dug. I attached a couple pics, one oof each days total...could really be nice getting into a little pay streak. My home made sluice appeared to work pretty good considering the fine gold it retainned. Thanks for the suggeston, Great place to go camp and prospect or just go play int he rive and watch deer in the evening. From what everybody says, to make some
  4. I got a 6000w Diesel... Was wanting to be able to hook it up to power the house... What do I need to do? Have not really looked into it, but your post got me thinking, I am sure some sort of chord is made made for this, so find that first, Installing the proper outlet for the chord end, wired back into a new 15a fuse... Then if power goes out, flip the main off, and fire up the generator, then flip my generator fuse on... Would this work safely or do I need something more?
  5. As soon as possible... But have some flexibility, Was planning to leave last Tuesday, but been out of work for awhile now and my one source of a little work called and had a drafting job for me to do... Cant turn that down. Also had a tire seperate on my truck so need to get a new pair of tires now. Sacramento is pretty much half way for the trip and I dont like driving straight through anymore. I have been wanting get out prospecting for so long now, going stir crazy. Truck has been down for a year needing a transmission... finally got that fixed, to drive up to Oregon, So decided I am taking
  6. Thanks again! If I find anything descent, will post some pics when I get back... Wow from flying over the area with google earth parts of the river bank sure looks white... is that glare off the satalite picture or are the gravel bars along the river white sand or a bunch of quartz rocks making it look white? Looks like there were a bunch of people digging the day that was taken!
  7. Cool thanks, Campground huh... is this the place?? http://www.placer.ca.gov/Departments/Facility/Parks/BearRiverCampPol.aspx Looks like a descent size river from satelite... water running all year round? Prospecting limited to the day use area or the whole stretch of river in the campgrounds?? Any suggestions for a newbie to the area? How far down to bedrock?? you working small tributaries or inside corner gravel bars on the main river?? I see it says no motorized equipment, so I guess everything legal with a 10"x36" sluice then in a public area?? What about metal detector is this a good are
  8. I am heading to Portland from Phoenix and was going to stop around Sacramento and do a little prospecting for a day. Only done the pick/pan & Shovel at Lynx Creek and wanting to try out a sluice for a day instead... anybody tell me where I can go find a little color without stepping on somebodies claim? Are there public areas like the Lynx withdrawl area up around there?
  9. Well here is a long report from first test and a couple mods. I am a little long winded, but wrote it out for future reference... Just a FYI besides the ribbed v matting glued down (I got from an upolstry shop) I am using a nice ribbed carpet that you get at home depot for about $12 for a 6'x9' precut piece. I have had great luck with this in my previous sluices getting super fine flour gold and stayed with it. The other one, I have also used is a different rubber backed ridged welcome mat under one section, I will probably use that in this one too if I can find another one like it better. BTW
  10. THANKS! I appreciate all the input I can get... I assume you mean 3/16" opening right not tall? The stuff I used as a classifier in the power head is called 1/2" flat, those openings measure 1/4" across the short way. Actually I was thinking the same thing last night, after I saw my pictures, something clicked and thought about the keene 8" box only having 3/8" or possibly 1/2" raised expaned metal, all the way down, So, I changed it up this morning, but did not go that small, This stuff was huge really, it is raised and the opening measures 1 1/8" and at the deep portion that makes the riffle
  11. Well all depends on the slope, This was a prebent piece I got out of the used pile at the steel yard, the sides are only +1" tall, before adding the rubber matting. The head is a piece of 1" x 1 1/2" square tube I cut a slot in and welded into the bent plate. I think drilling 1/8" holes would have been better or maybe something to change the flow up inside the head?? But with that piece of plastic I used to keep the water in up top, it worked fine, will probably just glue a piece up there, or maybe weld in a piece of sheetmetal and touch it up.... so it looks better. For my first and only use/
  12. After looking at alot of sluice designs, I tried to make one that incorportated a few different aspects of some I liked the look of. I like the gravity drop idea, like a le trap so that is where my thinking started off with. I was working with metal, scrap metal, in fact the majority of this sluice was a scrap washing machine only a week ago... Last time I was buying some steel for another work related project, I saw some 4' long prebent metal scraps that were various sizes which I got for less than $5, These are what I used for my riffles, they are each different widths and heights which vary
  13. A couple more of it during my first test, I lowered the slope and cranked up the flow and ran a 5 gallon bucket of classified material in about 8 minutes... then I re-ran it again slower and only found one small grain of flour gold. Just as a final double check because I did not have anything to do, I panned the materal by hand and did not find one spec... then I tryed out my new cleanup sluice, my first impresssion is it is probably twice as long as it needs to be... I did not find any gold within a couple inches of the middle of the sluice. This one is ran on a 12v 750 gph bilge pump, I proc
  14. My original recirc. setup needed to be replaced, I made it out of a cheap plastic tub (tote) and the stand was PVC pipe, not very adjustable so I wanted to come up with something a little more durable with a stand I could adjust angle a little easier. I did not have much money to spend but being a packrat, have a bunch of stuff (read junk) around, a descent scrap metal pile and a few plastic barrels. After I built my original one, and saw how quickly the water got dirty, I did some more reading and saw people using 3 tubs instead of 2, I had an idea with the barrel and adding a small area that
  15. Thanks guys, That is what I thought, glad to hear that is the case, that is how I read it too. I think he was just warning me that If I did buy it and happen to find a nice vein that I should protect myself by filing the lode claim so I did not risk having to prove it in court if somebody happened upon the same vein and tryed to make the claim over it. Knowing it would legally be an invalid claim is what I wanted to hear. The whole situation has me leary from the start, as the claims are only less than a year old. They readily admitted they only staked them to resell them, since he did not ha
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