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  1. On 8/29/2021 at 8:56 AM, chrisski said:

    Did you do all this work yourself? Interested in the process.

    I've started to electroplate.  Looks like you cleaned the ornament to its base metal, coated in copper, coated again with something, perhaps nickel, filled in the errors with solder, coated with copper and then again nickel, buffed it out and then coated in chrome.

    Chris: Yes. I did all this myself. If you want to learn more, PM me. Different metals take different procedures to do it right. Most of the time I use solder/copper plating to fill defects. Its like bondo on a car. Your welcome to come over and take a look at the process if you want. 

    Tom H. 

  2. I was reminded by FB that I posted these 3 yrs ago of our "beat the heat retreat" up by Dewey. 

    We camped on the side of a hill with a great view. The second afternoon a big monsoon rolled in and really cooled things off.

    The next day was HUMID! I detected one wash and drank my 3 liter back pack dry. I have never sweated so much. No gold was found but it was great to get away for a bit.
    Tom H. 







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  3. 3 hours ago, Nugget Shooter said:

    2 were right in the wash in that first long Shallow run and the other in the bank

    You might want to hit it again after this weekend. We are looking like we are in for some rain finally! 
    Tom H. 


  4. Back in the 80s dad and I used to dredge up a wash called Eugene gulch south of Prescott. There was a mine at the head of the wash that they were processing chalcopyrite in big flotation bins. Lots of pretty pyrite all over the ground. 

       And.....I actually did dredge up some nice gold in that gulch. I really big 3 oz chunk and some smaller pieces. So, if you find an area that they were mining using this process, there might be detectable/dredgeble gold around! 

    I edited this..got confused with another wash I detected a 1.25 oz out of. . It was a 3 oz nug.  It was crusted in rotten iron. I almost threw it out of the hole as I was down about 4-5 feet and had to throw a lot of rubble out due to the lack of suction,  but felt some weight and after rubbing on it....I saw some yellow! Oh ya....I check my throw pile really good after that!!! 


    Tom H. 


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  5. Good to see you back Bill. Yup, its hot....as usual this time of the year. I do feel for you as you just have a swamp cooler.  And, as Frank said, we seem to tolerate it a lot less as we mature.

    I used to work out on the flight line launching jets at Luke in this stuff. Did not bother me half as bad as it does now :)

    Heck, I could fall asleep under the wing waiting for a pilot with jets taking off and 115 deg on the tarmac........now a stupid cricket will keep me awake! 

    Tom H. 


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  6. Nice nugs bud! Yup, its stinking hot and humid out now. 

    Dont worry about stillweaver......he likes to babble and not many of us can understand him anyway.

    Im just waiting to see how long it will take for Bedrock Bob and the others to turn this into a political post!  :pop:

    Tom H 

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  7. 7 hours ago, Sonoran Dave said:

    That looks good man! Thank you and I had wish I had gone that route as making a custom one was a PITA.


    You know you enjoyed every minute of making it. :) Dont give me this PITA stuff. :)
    Tom H.


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  8. Was able to get out on Sunday with Dad. He was going stir crazy and had to get out and see the desert. 

    Did not find any gold but had a good time. Weather was not too bad from 8-11....then it started to get warm and we headed out.

    Dads still at it.....walking cane and all :) 
    Tom H. 


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  9. Skip...yes! show some pics!! I have done a lot of cabinetry/wall units and anything anyone wanted out of wood also. :) 

    Will dig some pics out and post them also.

    Tom H.


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  10. I use a lot of Sharpies out in the work shop and it seems that they run dry too fast. 

    Did a little experiment a few weeks ago and it worked.

    Drill out the back end of the Sharpie, inject 1 ML of lacquer thinner.  Put some tape over the end.

    So far it has lasted 2 times as long as the first time. Don't know how many times I can do this but it works! 

    I know....im cheap. Its just irritating they don't last very long. 
    Tom H. 


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  11. 23 minutes ago, middleforkminer2 said:

    OK....I need to correct/clarify this post...:inocent: .... after re-reading the manual and dumping out the contents of the snuffer bottle, I noticed that a goodly portion of the black sand had oxidized around one of the two tiny flakes/nuggets....:aw-shucks: .... after taking the chunk of oxidized gold/iron out, I’m only able to get a response/ meter reading at a couple of inches with the other small picker ... I’m now getting a +1 reading.... I think this is more in line with what I had expected...

      I’ll update this post after I can get out on the creek and do some actual hunting :stupidrb:

    Good luck to ya!!! Have fun.

    Tom H.


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