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Steel Pan

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  1. Theoretically, a bond would cover corrections for any unapproved or inappropriate construction activities that don't follow county, state, or fed codes. According to "guidelines", there is only one way to skin a cat, and don't you dare change any part of the process, even if you still get the critter skinned. So far, all advice outside this site recommend getting an attorney in order to lay the groundwork. Well, that ain't happenin', $$$$$$$$$$ I just don't have.
  2. 5 miles to the start of the road closure, which I would have to keep open since FS does not maintain that 5 miles. 1 mile up closed road to S end of claim, absolutely NO vehicle access from closure point to claim boundary. By legal access, I mean using authorized access rather than just boony stompin' my way in where ever I find a path .Not only can I not afford a horse/ mule, I have no place to board it on my own, I'd have to rent board. ( if you note, in my original post I said "piss fir", that's Forest Service to you laymen. ) As I mentioned, I can have access as long as I post a bond and cover cost for construction and maintenance. Too bad my last name isn't Clinton, I could do what the H*** I want, and get the gooberment to pay for it.
  3. Well, I always thought I had the right to access to my claim. Guess what, not all that simple. The Piss Firs just let me know that they are closing my access road. When I asked about my legal right to access I was told, "sure, you can have access, you just need to post a bond and maintain the road". I've been clearing the road of debris for the last 7 yrs, only now I would have to post a bond of several thousand dollars, AND install culverts, AND re-construct the road to width and surface requirements. (and they would get a FREE upgraded road) I hate to admit defeat, but I'm done, there isn't any way I can meet their demands. I am currently in the process of removing ALL the "stuff" I have on the claim or face exuberant fines and fees. Since I no longer have legal access, as of Sept. 1, 2016, and can not afford to hold a claim I can't access, I have to let the claim go.
  4. I haven't yet received my claim paperwork for the coming year. Does anyone know of changes to the "small miners' waiver"? I heard a rumor that the waiver no longer exists and that there are several other changes to rules and regulations.
  5. Glad to hear you're O.K., thanks for sharin' the pics. From logging in the area I know there is some pretty steep ground. Fire fighters have their job cut out for 'em.
  6. Hey Steve, I left a question for you in the lounge. Are you being effected by the fire in your area?

    I logged an area east of Forest Hill several years ago and was wondering about the fire effecting y'all.

    1. El Dorado

      El Dorado

      Sorry I did not see this until today.

       The fire came darn close this time, but the firefighters did an amazing job protecting my small community of Todd Valley.... the lower part of Todd Valley was evacuated but my street was voluntary evac.... We were ready to bug out on a moments notice for ten days......The sky was like a constant airshow.......al is good now and almost back to normal.  I only wish the rest of the country was the same

  7. Are you staying out of the smoke and flames? Heard there are evacuations around Forest Hill.
  8. Very cool, I'm working on a similar idea, a two stage that will work with my 2" and 3" nozzles.
  9. One "left" excuse I heard was if you didn't put yourself in danger you wouldn't need to carry a gun. Crap, now days just leavin' your house puts you in danger. Let's hope for a better change in Nov. Still gotta deal with Calif. lib laws. That ain't 'bout to change soon.
  10. Claim is one 20 acre parcel now. Two co-claimants, my wife and I. Actually abandoned original claim and refiled as a new claim. Size reduction became an issue with BLM. (not Black Lives Matter) I couldn't work the whole 20 acres in several lifetimes. I'll never bring in mechanized equipment like hoes and such, my dredge works just fine. Everything has been worth the peace of mind I now have.
  11. Roughly 400' @ 3" then necked down to 2" for about 150' and neck down to 1.5" for the last 50 feet or so. I can use a 1,5" line on the manifold to run my 3" nozzle or the 1" outlet on the manifold to run the 2" nozzle.
  12. First thought when I saw your pic was, "I'd sure like to check out the material at the bottom of that waterfall.". Nice bedrock!
  13. Prob is, I can't get pzzzzed off 'cause I don't have anything to return.
  14. Their dogs wouldn't be able to tell them apart.
  15. Couldn't hurt, eh? Gee, ya think there was a little personal guilt, on their part, at play here?
  16. Surprise, surprise, surprise, ....one of the EX co-claimants just brought my snow blower back that he has had for the last three years . Said he didn't want to be a thief like me. I'd given up on getting it back a year ago. It was loaned for a month or so due to a series of snowfalls that had him stuck in his driveway. I generally don't loan out my tools, but it was to a "friend", you know the drill. Glad I pissed him off now. Must have been stuck pretty bad.
  17. I used to use a mortar and pestle when I was doing assays. You could get samples very fine for better dispersion of values throughout the sample. Great find!
  18. I guess it's the "entitlement" mentality. Just because they may have even paid their share of the property taxes, they feel "entitled" to all that is produced. They sit at home and expect you or I to do all the work and hand over their perceived share. It's not like owning stock where y'all share the risk, it's personal reward for personal work done. Last year my wife and I removed 19 trees that had fallen, blocking the access road. Time and money put out was born by my wife and I. Yet, "they" didn't even offer to help with the cost, and STILL think I'm the bad guy. So much for a partnership of friends helping friends. Greedy little bass turds.
  19. Yes, I was recently accused of being a "claim jumper". I was dealing with non participating co-claimants who, btw, had only been to the claim once, in one case twice, in the last six years. Having not participated in the maintenance, upkeep and improvements, so by due process defined by the mining laws I had them removed. Yet, I'm being called a "claim jumper" and I stole the Gold by not sharing in the finds. Really? Who invested in equipment and did the work? I swear, the nerve of some people. That's twice I've had to take these steps, once on each of two different claims, but never again. No third time! The prospects of even the possibility of finding Gold makes people weird. So, they are ALL mine now, and NO, I won't be partnering up with any one again. I may just drop one claim this next year, it doesn't really produce, and besides, I can only work one hole at a time. Soooo,....sue me. BTW, refer to Federal Register volume 68, no. 206, Part 3837---Acquiring a delinquent co-claimant's Interests in a mining claim or site. It ain't always cheap, but it is effective.
  20. According to a recent news broadcast, fish that eat the mosquitos carrying the Zika virus could become carriers of the virus. I, personally, don't know this to be truth or fiction, but the plausibility is disheartening.
  21. My system is gravity flow from a supply line of about 600' with a drop of 115' giving me around 50 psi. The setup in my post is from about 3 yrs ago but I still use the same system, I've just changed the sluice. I'll post up some pics after I get it all set up for this season. Still too much snow right now to get in and work.
  22. Someone wanted to see the manifold I use for my dredge setup. Main line comes in from the lower right, the lower left is a 1" with the upper left a 1.5". I can run my 2" nozzle off the 1" line or a 3" nozzle off the 1.5". Another benefit is that I can use the 1" to "hydraulic" material from around large rocks and boulders, remove the large rocks and then use the 3" nozzle to clean up the sands and gravels. (note the ball valves for diversion control) (The line coming into screen at top is the 1.5" that is connected to the upper left of manifold. The 3" nozzle is to the right of the manifold between the two rocks.) (The second pic shows the output from a 1" short nipple right off of my main line. The "Long Tom" sluice is 24 ft long, 3-8' sections.) "Tom" is not completely set up yet, still have to set the slope.
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