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3 Replies and 6855 Views panning  6855  3 Started by  akgoldseeker have trouble with finger and hand fatigue while panning try this,go to hardware store and buy a smooth cupboard handle and mount it on outside of goldpan where it is comfortable to grip with your fingers. this greatly reduces finger and hand fatigue while panning.a handle comes with mounting screws at a cost of about 2 bucks,and helps tremendously try it as soon as you get used to it you'll be greatful for the idea may your pan turn yellow and enjoyment of panning increase.good luck to all
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by  DON TAYONJump to last post
11 Jun 2015 02:45 AM
44 Replies and 22824 Views Rattlesnakes  22824  44 Started by  jdslayiii@gmail.com
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We encountered a Black Southern Pacific Rattlesnake on the trail at Bautista Placer, as we headed back to our vehicle yesterday 4-15, we weren't wearing snake chaps but will be wearing them next time. Walk with caution and wear your chaps!
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by  Benjamin CrainJump to last post
07 Jun 2015 11:01 PM
4 Replies and 6203 Views Sun Shade  6203  4 Started by  dmcelyea The wife and I are planning an adventure in prospecting in New Mexico this month.  We have been searching for a canopy of some kind to take along as we are both aged and will need some shade.  I cannot understand why a canopy costs more than a good tent.  It makes no sense.  I had a brain fart this morning.  4 ten foot lengths of pvc pipe, a cheap tarp, cheap tent stakes and paracord. Has anyone tried this method
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by  Don McElyeaJump to last post
17 May 2015 08:12 AM
4 Replies and 8551 Views Floating very fine gold Recovery  8551  4 Started by  BoooYA316 It's very hard to recover fine gold or flour gold maybe I can help with issue. Some times gold floats due to clays oils from vegetation. don't worry buy an inflatable kids pool and fill your bucket full of water and let the clays and dirty water wash your gold out of the bucket into the pool by swirling the matirieal around with your hand and tilt the bucket so that the gold washes out. then use my method in this link with a pump to recover it  http://www.goldprospectors.org/Community/Forum...
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by  Benjamin CrainJump to last post
06 May 2015 06:20 AM
2 Replies and 8200 Views Dry Washer Operation  8200  2 Started by  gchilders3@cox.net I have a Keene 140 (old style).  I have been searching for a video showing the does and don'ts on how to operate this equipment.   I would like to see what the riffle board looks like when the machine is running properly.  I know all material is different and the machine should be adjusted to accommodate these differences.  I would like to know the basics on what to look for when it is running correctly and some of the things that would indicate it needs adjust...
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by  Frank LillyJump to last post
29 Apr 2015 06:02 PM
10 Replies and 6395 Views equipment  6395  10 Started by  zziipp I just joined the GPAA and want some advise on the equipment I plan on bringing with me on my first outing. I have a generator, pump, garden hoses, extension cords, gold pan. That's it. Can anyone help me out and advise me on any thing else I should bring with me. I don't have a lot of money so please be gentle. Any help would be gratefully appreciated. Also when would the best time be to start prospecting
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by  Alex SantosJump to last post
27 Apr 2015 01:46 PM
1 Replies and 4957 Views Reporting suspected Claim Jumpers?  4957  1 Started by  crashcrain@gmail.com I am on a GPAA claim with my wife and we are just unloading and two vehicles pull up on a run off trench and 4 men jump out of their vehicles and start digging into the hillside and clarifying dirt as fast as possible. They fill up about 8 buckets of dirt throw them into the back of their truck and vanish. They acted like poachers do, hit the site quick, load up, and hit the road. So when you see people behaving in this manner what is the best way of handling this, call the BLM, police, etc......
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by  ARTHUR WAUGHJump to last post
27 Apr 2015 06:17 AM
0 Replies and 3522 Views Dry washers  3522  0 Started by  Mike333 I have a Keene 151 dry washer.  I've made a few modifications to make it easier to set up, and I changed out the honda, which didn't run unless the choke was half way engaged.  The hopper and riffle tray work very well.  I've panned the tailing and did not find any losses.  Any thought from other 151 owners
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08 Apr 2015 08:15 PM
2 Replies and 7746 Views The Colorado River is basically dead  7746  2 Started by  crashcrain@gmail.com All of the gold that washes out of the Colorado is trapped by a dam a few miles East of Grand Junction and unless you can dig some old clay banks from old floods you might as well as forget about prospecting there. I am sure the State makes a killing on the gold that is deposited at the base of the dam each year, but if you are an amateur prospector just forget about it. I spent the day yesterday teaching my wife the layers and how gold is deposited and the way they set up the dam not one flake ...
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by  WILLIAM HALLJump to last post
26 Mar 2015 03:41 PM
8 Replies and 9077 Views desert clasifier  9077  8 Started by  cshirsch Here are few photos of a classifier I made for a friend. I have another one that I made before this but the parts I used for his are readily available at Home Depot. This really increased my production the last few times I went to SW Arizona. I used a wire drawer, a plastic tub. some 1/4' good quality plywood, some light angle-aluminum, and 1/4' hardware cloth. The drawer fits perfectly into the tub but is still easy to remove so you can dump the larger material. I used mine for about 10 days of...
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by  CHRIS HIRSCHJump to last post
23 Mar 2015 05:58 AM
5 Replies and 10468 Views Sampling Tips and Techniques to Find New Areas?  10468  5 Started by  alohajim I have been using two sampling methods to find new areas to prospect.  First is either bring water or use available water to pan and finish pan samples on site. If there's the slightest bit of gold it will show up in the finish pan. I'll sample at different depths and locations at one site. The next way is to take samples from an area in quart ziplock bags or larger buckets, label the bags for location, then either pan and finish pan them at home or run them through my gold cube t...
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by  Don McElyeaJump to last post
17 Mar 2015 10:48 AM
5 Replies and 11870 Views maps of LDMA claims  11870  5 Started by  mrbillwej Are there any maps of the LDMA claims If yes, where can I obtain copies, if no, Why NOT I am a life member and I noticed that the LDMA handbook only has locations, but no site maps of the claims.  I would also like to see the LDMA acquire more claims in the Southern Gold Belt. Any help will be appreciated, Bill-
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by  E. JIM/PAM HANEYJump to last post
16 Mar 2015 04:44 PM
1 Replies and 7973 Views DIY bucket classifier  7973  1 Started by  JeepGold Found a cool way to make your own bucket classifiers.  Maybe everyone already knows this but I thought I'd share since I'm geeked up on saving the money.  I googled how to do this and results came up on how to cut a bucket about 6 inches down, then cut the original bucket again about 4' down. Lay the screen of choice over the 2nd cut piece then wedge the two together. YEAH RIGHT! I spent and hr trying to do this, cutting myself on the trimmed mesh, NO WAY it was happening. At that po...
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by  John HilligossJump to last post
27 Feb 2015 02:49 PM
2 Replies and 6073 Views Don't overlook the quartz! Even in placer claims!  6073  2 Started by  CrazyCrusher &60;&115;&116;&121;&108;&101;&32;&116;&121;&112;&101;&61;&34;&116;&101;&120;&116;&47;&99;&115;&115;&34;&62; p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120; } &60;&47;&115;&116;&121;&108;&101;&62; I recently sold a crusher to a geologist out of Las Vegas. He opted to make the short drive here instead of me shipping it. Glad he did! What a great guy! He even brought me 8 dvd's jam packed with over 2,000 files. (Video, Doc, PDF, etc) with tons of stuff on gold, pr...
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by  joseph LoydJump to last post
12 Feb 2015 05:32 PM
3 Replies and 6469 Views Poison Oak  6469  3 Started by  rockkingron@gmail.com   Just because it is winter time, one is not safe from getting poison oak. In the fall, the leaves dry up and drop off the poison oak plant and the sap / oil gos down into the root system. All one has to do is dig into the roots and presto a rash can appear. So if you are one of the unlucky ones that can catch this crud, forget the ' Calamine Lotion '. The best product that will stop this crud dead in it's tracks from spreading, that I have found, is ' Tecnu '. Tecnu can be found at most st...
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by  ARTHUR WAUGHJump to last post
31 Jan 2015 07:53 AM
0 Replies and 6172 Views Gold Screw Panner  6172  0 Started by  pat2090 I traded for a Gold Screw panning machine. The second day I went to use it the pulley came off the motor. After looking at it, it looks as though someone did some work on it that was sub standard. Basically I think I need a motor because I cannot get the pulley to re-mount. Is there anyone out there that can help I tried contacting Gold Screw direct, but they have not gotten back with me. I traded for this machine because I don't have the money to buy brand new. I live in AZ. My name is Pat 623...
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28 Jan 2015 09:23 AM
2 Replies and 9654 Views Dry Washing  9654  2 Started by  ptorre65@aol.com Going to be in Wickenburg for two weeks. Would like to rent a dry washer, or buy one and bring it back to N.H. We have a 2' dredge, and have a friend with a 4' that we use in N.H. and Maine. I think we'll add a dry washer . We come out every year for two weeks and soon it will be for 5 or 6 weeks.   Thanks Peepaw
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by  Greg MillerJump to last post
23 Jan 2015 10:43 AM
0 Replies and 3768 Views Need Keene 8 oversize power jet dimensions  3768  0 Started by  bebopgeo@gmail.com I would like the dimensions of the new keene 8' over size power jet to check it with the old one if any one has them like the OD and ID of the power jet tube and length from where the suction hose stops in the clamp to the end of the tube and the size of the orifice in the water lugs the two lug type they start at 3' and go down to 1.5' ID. I think the old ones did anyway so if they made the power jet tube bigger thin the lug orifice should be bigger too
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05 Oct 2014 08:03 AM
2 Replies and 4737 Views Mokolumne River  4737  2 Started by  worldavi@gate.net Has anyone explored or had luck prospecting in the area around Highland Lakes and the rivers creeks flowing through It seems like great country. I spoke to several fire rangers in the area but they said gold located south at altitudes around 4000ft. They said something that the area up around 7500 -8000 ft had no gold. Is there a direct correlation to the altitude at all Is it less likely to find anything at all. This area that I am speaking about is around highway 4 Ebbets Pass, and associat...
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by  LEO LORENZJump to last post
22 Aug 2014 05:02 PM
5 Replies and 10588 Views Clean up sluice methods n gizmos informal review.  10588  5 Started by  alohajim I've recently been on a hunt for some way to further refine the black sand concentrates I bring home from sluicing or panning or other methods. A half bucket of heavy black sand super cons and gold mixed in takes forever to pan out. So. Here's what I've tried so far. (Disclaimer. These things might work great for many. These are just my experiences.)   California Bucket Sluice Concentrator.  (lightweight thin plastic form). Inexpensive. About $30 plus shipping. Hose is barely long...
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by  JAMES AUJump to last post
20 Jul 2014 08:08 PM
0 Replies and 3987 Views Location for gold  3987  0 Started by  Rando I was in v.t. This week panning.if there is any members in v.t. I suggest you go to gold brook in stowe on rt 100 there working on bridge on gold brook.there is a big pile of soil next to road.from the bottom of gold brook I filled 5 buckets and took them home dont know when this chance will happen again.
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14 Jul 2014 04:27 PM
0 Replies and 7380 Views Why gold floats, and what to do about it.  7380  0 Started by  loki258 Question that I get a lot:    'So you are saying gold is not heavy and it floats'   Answer I give:   Yes and no ---- actually it all depends on the shape of the object. You can make it float by giving it a very flat surface. Compare this with the ships mostly made of iron (which is way denser than water), which float on water. But an iron nail will sink! ...
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09 Jul 2014 07:12 AM
17 Replies and 10387 Views Good old days  10387  17 Started by  Mfrank3852 This seemed to be the best place for this post. Remember back when the old forum board was up and running and you could get some good info on prospecting, places to go, equipment to use and the knowledge of some of the old timers. Well it seems all that info is gone for ever, never to be given again. All the new people looking for info about what we ALL love doing, they will not get anymore,even the people from the home office that started to post things are now gone also and nobody cares. How c...
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by  RONALD LEWISJump to last post
12 Jun 2014 11:27 AM
3 Replies and 5334 Views Facepower in blacksand cons...and using a magnet...  5334  3 Started by  Elad I don't know about the rest of you but I live in an area that is loaded with heavy black sands... Lumpkin County, Ga. Dahlonega Gold Belt...  When I first started I lost a lot of gold because  there was just way to much black sand displacing the, what  I call face powder gold... And, at least half of that black sand is magnetic... Every one always says that using a magnet will make you lose gold... To be honest, it does happen... If your like me I work hard for the gold and I want...
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by  DALE BLANKENSHIPJump to last post
06 Jun 2014 10:31 AM
13 Replies and 9168 Views ore assayer  9168  13 Started by  auprospector        Looking for  an ASSAYER LOCAL Temecula-Riverside Ca. area 
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by  HAROLD KEHLERJump to last post
24 May 2014 10:20 AM
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