Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Plastic Sewer Pipe Makes a Nice Sluice and It's Inexpensive

This is a set of instructions at eHow about building a sluice box. In five steps, this article will show how to construct it with a skill saw or hand saw, screws, a drill, knife, wood 2 by 4, and a piece of plastic sewer pipe. http://www.ehow.com/how_5185082_build-gold-prospecting-equipment.html The nice thing about these articles is that eHow focuses on how to make the instructions simple. These well-stated articles can save a lot of time and headache.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lots of Information About Homemade Dry Washers at this Gold Prospecting Site

For a number of free plans for equipment see http://washerstir.com/dry-washer-plans/ . There are 4 do-it-yourself ideas, including Nugget Shooter Forums, a free PDF download at http://www.Universitypublishinghouse.net/Plans.html , and Tony's Aluminum Dry Washer Plans.
A sluice set up

Build Your Own Thermos Bottle

Here is an article showing how to make your own thermos. Not sure how practical this is for most of you, but this seems a way to make a pretty good one using a standard plastic water bottle and a 2-liter bottle. Epoxy is the insulator.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

How to Make a Steel Mortar and Pestle for Crushing Rock

Here is a great idea for a steel mortar and pestle. The author uses and impact hammer and a bowl he made. He utilizes compressed air, although I am not sure that pneumatics is necessary. This looks like a good answer for the weekend prospector. I have been using a fence post rammer and a piece of steel tubing to crush my samples. This has converted me. Hope you like the video.

Weights and Measures of Gold

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Discover the 5 Types of Gold Deposits

For great information on the 5 gold deposit types, see http://www.goldprospectingonline.com/world-gold-deposits/gold-deposit-types/ .
You will find info about the Mother Lode, Placer Gold, Residual Deposit, Alluvial Gold, and Bench Placers. Each selection gives beautiful sample photos, while the residual deposit photo will cause salivation!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

FYI Beautiful Photo Pictures of the Mascot Gold Mine in British Columbia

Go here to see photos of the mine, ore cars, etc and learn about how supplies were brought in to save the deteriorating gold mine that closed in 1949. Click the autoplay button at the top of the page for a wonderful slide show.