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Last Post 28 Nov 2018 01:01 AM by  Susan Birrell
Tom buying Garden Soil and finding gold in it
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John Sach
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20 Aug 2018 06:27 PM

    I was watching a few years ago Tom walking into a local hardware store

    where he bought a bag of Top Soil and he panned it and found a little gold in the bag.

    Wondering if anyone remembered that show and what was the name of that bag of soil so I can see if I can find it local too me....Thanks....JT

    Scott Leidenberger
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    20 Aug 2018 07:39 PM

    I remember a show where Tom had  sand from Home Depot that he found some gold in. Not garden soil. Can't remember what show it was though.

    I would ask the manager if he knows where the sand comes from. If not from an area that has  gold I would try some other store. Good luck !

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    22 Aug 2018 03:33 PM
    Welcom John,

    GOLD FEVER was the show
    No idea what episode filmed in SoCal
    He even finds gold in the cement crevices in the Los Angeles river

    I may have it on DVD if someone knows the episode  

    Sand from the Santa Clarita/N. SoCal area
    If you live in the area, try panning some back yard material never know what you'll find

    It's out there, ya just gotta go find it.

    Bill

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    John Sach
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    22 Aug 2018 05:14 PM
    Maybe it was sand?
    I am in the eastern part of Pa. area and was wondering if anyone knew the Brand name of that sand.
    I think the next time I am at the hardware store I will look where the Soil and Sand comes from.Thanks allllllll JT
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    22 Aug 2018 05:36 PM
    Anyone in the Northern states from the Rockies to the Atlantic ocean could get local sand and have a good chance of finding gold. 

     

    Of course, it would be very fine since it most likely came down with the glaciers. 

     

    But it would certainly test your skills and equipment. 

     

    Have fun 

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    28 Aug 2018 08:08 PM

    Would be nice if anyone that knows a few Brand names that might carry some gold...….But still would have too look on the bag to see where it comes from......JT

    tony scola
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    29 Aug 2018 09:44 AM

    tom did it with sand from home deot/ it was sand from LA. the show was  GOLD FEVER good luck

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    29 Aug 2018 09:46 AM
    I saw the video on you tube a few days ago... It was quickcrete sand from Georgia
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    29 Aug 2018 09:51 AM
    someone else did it with georgia sand he did fine gold not much tom massie did it on GOLD FEVER the sand was from LA. he got it at home depot and he made money with his gold i think he got about 30 dollars worth of sand and got about 35dollars worth of gold
    Paul Louly
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    29 Aug 2018 10:20 AM

    Hey everyone, we found the video and posted it on the GPAA YouTube page here:

    Gold Fever Ep.166 - "Concrete Jungle"

    I'll see if I can get it to work here too for easy viewing.

     

    Happy prospecting!


     

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    29 Aug 2018 11:40 AM
    Hi,
    It was actually bags of sand. Look for bags of dark sand. My grandsons, wife and I tried 3 bags. Fine fine fines, would be interested in trying it now that we have a gold cube.
    Have fun!
    Scott Leidenberger
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    29 Aug 2018 12:33 PM

    John,

    I live in Colorado and bought a bag of sand from Ace Hardware. It came from Alamosa, CO.  No gold at all.

    Scott

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    29 Aug 2018 01:21 PM
    Bought our bags of sand at Lowe’s in Eugene Oregon. Either from Oregon or California likely.
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    30 Aug 2018 08:54 AM
    Next time I am in a hardware store I will have to look for some dark sand and see where it comes from...Thanks for all yea inputs on the subject....JT
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    30 Aug 2018 05:27 PM
    Looked like Tom used QuikRete All Purpose Sand.Just wondering is the Sand from the same place when bagged no matter what state you buy it from?I am on the east coast and wondering if the folks on the west coast get the sand from the same place...………..JT
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    30 Aug 2018 06:05 PM

    John,

    I would think all the sand does not come from one location. That is a heavy material and one would think the shipping cost would be high to supply all states from from one point.  But you never know.

    I can stop at my Home Depot here in Colorado and look at a bag tomorrow to see if it gives a location.

    Scott

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    31 Aug 2018 04:31 AM
    I guess this goes without saying but, make sure you are buying the unwashed sand. I've found Quickcrete brand sand to have small amounts of very fines but its hit and miss but at less than 5 bucks a bag its a cheap source of entertainment for an afternoon. Some areas have landscape places selling decomposing granite as a grit for under patios etc. that can contain gold.
    Scott Leidenberger
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    01 Sep 2018 04:56 PM

    John,

    I looked at my local Home Depot. Could not find where it came from on the bag. The bags were plastic and the printing was hard to read. I did notice a silica warning on it so keep it wet. 

    Scott

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    01 Sep 2018 06:19 PM
    I called QuikRete and the operator transferred me but seemed they were gone for the day.Think I will call during the week to see were the Sand comes from....JT
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    04 Sep 2018 10:50 PM
    I believe the sand comes from Guadalupe Dunes. The dunes are due west of Santa Maria CA and north of Vandenburg AFB. Beach placer gold is known to occur from there south past Point Sal. You can't drive to Point Sal as the radio fell off the hillside many years ago. When you drive west on West Main Street out of Santa Maria, you drive straight into the dunes preserve and right past the "sand factory". If you drive over the dunes (paved road), you end at a parking lot on the beach. These same dunes are where Cecil B. deMille filmed "The Ten Commandments", and some of the old sets are still there buried in the dunes.
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    04 Sep 2018 10:52 PM
    Make that "road" instead of "radio".
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    04 Sep 2018 10:53 PM
    Make that "road" instead of "radio".
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    05 Sep 2018 02:48 PM
    the sand is the Quikrete brand and I bought two bags at less than $3 a bag I have found two Teensy tiny bits of color and that's it so far however I am getting good practice with my pan...
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    08 Sep 2018 05:42 PM
    I’ve studied this quite a bit. I’m a contractor and use quickcrete products continuously. I’ve found that there products are usually gathered and packaged as close to the selling area as possible.
    So no luck here in Ky. I do get plenty of interest on a job site when I pull out a pan and do a test. I enjoy sharing the hobby.
    Gold pan, never leave home without it!
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    11 Sep 2018 06:00 PM

    I saw Jeff Williams get gold out of a bag of home depot concrete mix

     

    THOMAS ALLEN
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    20 Sep 2018 10:31 PM

    Quickrete all purpose sand is bagged in the general area where it is sold. I live in S.E. Pennsylvania and tried a couple of bags i got for another project and didn't get anything. Someone at Lowes said the bags come from southern Delaware.

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    18 Oct 2018 07:30 AM

    Now that winter has already started here in Colorado I was wondering if anyone has ever tried looking for gold in tube sand

     / traction sand sold at the home improvement stores ? I have not.

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    20 Oct 2018 09:47 AM
    John, where are you in eastern PA? I'm in upper Bucks County.
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    04 Nov 2018 02:26 PM
    Just bought a 50lb bag of playground sand from Lowe's for 3 bucks. Ran it through the Multi Sluice, I could not believe it, I actually found 2 small flakes.
    STANLEY SHIELDS
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    18 Nov 2018 06:34 AM
    Depends where the sand is from, and if that is a gold area.
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    19 Nov 2018 07:19 PM
    Will try a bag this winter,,,,I live in North East Pa. (Brodheadsville area,near Allentown}……...JT
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    20 Nov 2018 08:26 AM
    My name is Alan Swallow, I remember that show from a couple of years ago ,I have Two 50# bags I got after the show. And haven't had time to check them out yet, I will someday!  we'll see. 
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    28 Nov 2018 01:00 AM

    The sand Tom was going through was local sand in CA.  It is from an area where gold is know to exist.   You need to know where there is gold in your area, and then see if it is commercially dug,

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    28 Nov 2018 01:01 AM

    It was sand and it was in CA.  The "video" is on You Tube.



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