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Rick T.

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  • Birthday 07/03/1959

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    The Verde Valley, in Arizona.
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    Gold, hiking, aviation archeology, history, tinkering.

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  1. Bill, I read all of these posts, and I try to remember your (and others) words of wisdom whenever I go out with my metal detector. I can find small and deep targets, it's just that none of them have been gold yet. I'll go out with that cheap SD2200D that I got on Craigslist within the next week or two. Hey Chris, I took your advice and managed to find an Excelerator coil for my Sovereign. I'll give it a try this weekend. Rick
  2. Sounds like it's got some mercury sticking to it. You can drive off the mercury with heat, just make sure that you do it outdoors and stay upwind. (Better yet, get or make a mercury retort to recapture the mercury.) An overnight soak in vinegar might also do the trick. Rick
  3. Cool finds Bunk. As a pilot and history buff, I think that the P-38 tie-tack is really neat. I found an area not too far from where I live that should be promising for coins/relics from the late 1800s, and I'm hoping to get out there with the Sovereign before I start my next series of shifts this Tuesday. I'm working on a lot of mods to that cheap SD2200D that I got on Craigslist before I try it out at Lynx Creek. (I still want to link up with you again to pick up a 24" hermit pick.) Good luck workin' that spot, Rick
  4. Very nice gold. Your hard work paid off. I'm going to try to get out tomorrow, it's been about a month since I've been out prospecting. Rick
  5. I suspect that the reinforcement on the bottom was used to fit it to a wringer base on casters. As I recall, the Army's favorite use for buckets was for "G.I. Parties". Rick
  6. Don, The guy that I bought that SD2200D from had contacted Minelab about a repair, and they told him that they don't support the SD series anymore, so there's probably not much hope for Minelab support on this one either. I'm betting it could be resurrected though. That thing looks like a relic that was found with a metal detector. Rick
  7. You might be surprised what that would bring on eBay if you just cleaned it up a little bit. Anything can be fixed. Rick
  8. Chris, You are the king of the smokin' deals then. Remember when you recommended an Excelerator coil for my Sovereign? I came across one on eBay a few days ago and ordered it. I'll be keeping the Sovereign, I couldn't believe what I was finding with that thing at Lynx Creek with the stock coil. It'll be fun to try it out with the Excelerator, and with the coil cable properly secured. Rick
  9. Hey Bob, I'll get back to you about the coils after I pay some bills and see what's left. I also have a good idea for a different battery system, if it works I'll post it in the DIY section. After getting this thing to work, I was looking at the old threads in the "Tech Tips" section, and came across the thread where Bill mentioned the false signals that can occur when you have the cable wound around the lower shaft loosely. I've always had that falsing problem with my Sovereign with the slightest bump of the coil, and when I looked at it, sure enough, that's how the cable was done. This SD
  10. WOO HOO! It was just the headphones! Thanks for all the suggestions guys, I'm up and running now. Once I switched out the headphones it came to life. I must say though, I'm going to look at doing something different for batteries. Bob, I read in an old thread that you improvised Dewalt batteries for yours, could you elaborate, or even post a picture? Rick Edit: Frank, it's the green one.
  11. While perusing the local Craigslist ads this afternoon, I stumbled upon a listing for a Minelab SD2200D, with many extras, for $300. It's DOA though, won't do anything. The guy tried to power it up after it had been in storage for a year, and it was dead. He ordered a brand new battery for it, and when that didn't fix it he decided to cut his losses and get rid of it. I figured it was worth the risk, as I am very skilled at troubleshooting and repairing electronics. The guy that I bought it from told me that he once found a horseshoe at 4'. Hopefully, I'll find some nuggets with it, if I
  12. I've tracked gold auctions for a while on eBay, and even fines will bring spot, to slightly over spot, if the seller is reputable. Nice nuggets usually fetch a premium over spot. The lack of a bidding frenzy speaks volumes here. Personally, I never buy anything on eBay without first reviewing the seller's feedback. Also, Kim, the picture that you posted definitely has a greenish color as compared to any other picture of gold that I've ever seen, regardless of the lighting source. Get your money back and chalk it up to experience. Perhaps there are forum members who live near you who woul
  13. Garimpo, if you like those type pictures, check out "The Oops List", especially the "women live longer" and "yeah, it's a woman" series. Beware though, you could pass half the day viewing the stuff on that site without realizing it. Rick
  14. Maybe he'll bring you some good luck, skunks don't like rattlesnakes. Rick
  15. Yeah Bunk, but I'm going further upstream to a tributary that comes in from the east. There's some bedrock there, and it's a little further away from the heavily trashed area. I'll be out there very late in the morning, hope to see you out there. Rick
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