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    chickenminer got a reaction from B O'Berry in Posting Rules, Terms of Service, etc   
    Gold Hog ..
       Upper left corner in the reply box, icon says "Special BBCode". It will allow you to embed a video.
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    chickenminer got a reaction from dredgernaut in Hello All   
    Nice job on the trommel. How fast are you turning that drum?
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    chickenminer got a reaction from Underburden in Starting A Placer Mining Operation   
    I do. Having decent ground is the answer. All the hard work in the world isn't going to bring you
    a good clean-up if the gold ain't there !
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    chickenminer got a reaction from Geowizard in Ditches   
    Miners working a bench along the Fortymile river, just below the mouth of Smith creek, had to  
    use a ditch and then a flume to carry the water from one side of the river to the other.
     Quite an engineering feat with shovels, axes and whipsaws !
     
     
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    chickenminer got a reaction from Ronald C in 2016 At Cobb   
    Same to you. Look forward to seeing your progress !
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    chickenminer got a reaction from Ronald C in 2016 At Cobb   
    Kurt,
      I like the electric jack hammer idea !
    I sink holes for prospecting. Never did any serious drifting in any of them.
    Over the past 40 winters I've been here in the Fortymile I have probably sank 
    close to a hundred holes on various creeks in the area.
     Here is one I was working on a couple years ago. This one ended up being abt 26' to bedrock.
     

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    chickenminer got a reaction from Geowizard in Ditches   
    Miners working a bench along the Fortymile river, just below the mouth of Smith creek, had to  
    use a ditch and then a flume to carry the water from one side of the river to the other.
     Quite an engineering feat with shovels, axes and whipsaws !
     
     
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    chickenminer got a reaction from Ronald C in 42 Inch Trommel Feasbility   
    Weeder...
      Good luck on the project!  My trommel is a piece of 48" pipeline pipe. I use 1" woven wire screen in the screening section.
     I chose not to use punch plate. It is heavy and the surface to open space is far less than with wire screen.
     How many yards you can put through a 42" drum really depends on your material, the screen type and the opening in your
    screen. In typical material with about 50% of the bank run being minus 1" mesh I have no problem getting 50 yd/hr through
    my 48" drum with a 5' screen section.
     As for the sprocket .... having sections cut from stock works fine. If it is wearing on the chain rollers it is more likely a bad placement/
    alignment issue. You do not need a continuous sprocket around the drum. Spaced segments works fine.
     I'll try and post some photos of my trommel build for you.
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    chickenminer got a reaction from Etienne S D in 42 Inch Trommel Feasbility   
    Oh man...
     Sorry guys I forgot all about this thread! Just too busy.
     
    Here is a photo of when I was rebuilding my trommel
     
     
     Here is a closer photo of the sprocket segments around the drum. I'm using #160 roller chain. Segments were cut from plate steel.
     

     
     Any questions just ask. I'll try and be better about answering.
    I have about 20 close up photos on the trommel, but it would make for a huge thread.
     Any photo in particular let me know.
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    chickenminer got a reaction from Etienne S D in 42 Inch Trommel Feasbility   
    Here is looking up the hopper from inside the drum at my main spraybar.

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    chickenminer got a reaction from Peter Freedman in Large Gold Sand Deposit That Pays $8 A Yard - Worth Presuing?   
    Good luck with the prospect Peter !
     Look forward to hearing how it progresses.
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    chickenminer got a reaction from Jennifer B in California Summer Gold - Digging In The Right Places   
    Nice stuff Chris !
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    chickenminer got a reaction from JR BOI in Cleaning Contaminated Gold   
    JR,
      Sure it's still useable, so save it. There are ways to "drop" the mercury out of the nitric solution.
    I won't go into it here but you can do a little research and find out how.
     Be sure to store it safely and out of reach.
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    chickenminer got a reaction from Geowizard in Ditches   
    Miners working a bench along the Fortymile river, just below the mouth of Smith creek, had to  
    use a ditch and then a flume to carry the water from one side of the river to the other.
     Quite an engineering feat with shovels, axes and whipsaws !
     
     
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    chickenminer got a reaction from Geowizard in Ditches   
    Miners working a bench along the Fortymile river, just below the mouth of Smith creek, had to  
    use a ditch and then a flume to carry the water from one side of the river to the other.
     Quite an engineering feat with shovels, axes and whipsaws !
     
     
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    chickenminer got a reaction from Underburden in Starting A Placer Mining Operation   
    I do. Having decent ground is the answer. All the hard work in the world isn't going to bring you
    a good clean-up if the gold ain't there !
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    chickenminer got a reaction from Ronald C in 42 Inch Trommel Feasbility   
    Weeder...
      Good luck on the project!  My trommel is a piece of 48" pipeline pipe. I use 1" woven wire screen in the screening section.
     I chose not to use punch plate. It is heavy and the surface to open space is far less than with wire screen.
     How many yards you can put through a 42" drum really depends on your material, the screen type and the opening in your
    screen. In typical material with about 50% of the bank run being minus 1" mesh I have no problem getting 50 yd/hr through
    my 48" drum with a 5' screen section.
     As for the sprocket .... having sections cut from stock works fine. If it is wearing on the chain rollers it is more likely a bad placement/
    alignment issue. You do not need a continuous sprocket around the drum. Spaced segments works fine.
     I'll try and post some photos of my trommel build for you.
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    chickenminer got a reaction from Sampson Resouces in Black Damp   
    Sampson.. here is one for under $300
     http://www.amazon.com/Amprobe-CO2-100-Handheld-Carbon-Dioxide/dp/B0046HEFEU/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1425621275&sr=8-4&keywords=carbon+dioxide+monitor
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    chickenminer got a reaction from Sampson Resouces in Does Anyone Here Actually Hard Rock Mine?   
    Sampson...
       This is a public forum. People post their opinions based on their observations/ life experiences.
     
     In many cases when someone asks a question they are purposely vague about details. This does not
    help in answering their question.
      Sometimes not purposely, but the questioner lacks understanding and gives misleading information
    in the initial question.
     
     Good luck with your project.
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    chickenminer got a reaction from Sampson Resouces in Does Anyone Here Actually Hard Rock Mine?   
    Sampson...
       This is a public forum. People post their opinions based on their observations/ life experiences.
     
     In many cases when someone asks a question they are purposely vague about details. This does not
    help in answering their question.
      Sometimes not purposely, but the questioner lacks understanding and gives misleading information
    in the initial question.
     
     Good luck with your project.
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    chickenminer got a reaction from rjcjid in Dredging Vs. Trommel/excavator %   
    I have but it was used on an old Dipper dredge. I don't think the design proved worthwhile on bucket line dredges
    because of the added maintenance other parts incurred.
      There is a string of buckets in the woods along the South Fork of the Fortymile  that have teeth. If I remember they were
    small size, not home brew affair but manufactured.
     I have photos somewhere ... if I could ever find them!
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    chickenminer got a reaction from rjcjid in Lode Vs. Placer ?   
    I would suggest you get a copy of Mineral Law by Terry S. Maley.
    At least you could look up precedent court decisions that may help
    to shed light on some of your questions.
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    chickenminer got a reaction from Sampson Resouces in Need A Sample Drill Rig In Fairbanks?   
    Kurt...
      Glad you got that drill. I'm sure you guys will make good use of it.
     
    I managed to get the use of a track mounted auger drill for next year.
    Nice drill with 60' of 7" stem. That should be deep enough for most of
    my ground.
     

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    chickenminer got a reaction from Clay in Buried Treasure!   
    A dear old-timer friend of mine, long since passed away, had a great saying he liked to quote.
     
     " A lot of good ground has been ruined by prospecting"
     
    So goes the State's geophysical surveys. The vast majority of those 'good spots' located would be
    ruined by prospecting. In no way does that diminish the State's effort.
     
     I never for a minute took Chris's responses to be "rude" and most certainly not "uninformed" !
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    chickenminer got a reaction from manVSgold in 7.7 Ounce Gold Crystal   
    I would not mind finding a beauty like this!
     
    http://www.hngn.com/home/news/services/print.php?article_id=28887
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