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  1. #1
    ca
    Oct 2011
    Surrey, BC
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    Home-made scoop pvc project



    Well, I've spent my monthly allowance...so I can't afford a $150+ stainless steel scoop. So I spent 25$ to buy the parts for this baby.

    I looked at all the designs on youtube and frankly, they all look weak....like McDonald's coffee...

    So I went with what I think will be a stronger design.

    Parts list:

    2- 1 1/2" inside diameter u bolts.
    1- 11" long, 6" diameter thick wall PVC
    1- Deep 6" PVC cap fitting.
    1- can of pvp glue
    1- shovel handle, cut off at the metal join. (its a bit short, but I can't find ANYPLACE that sells handles here. The shovel cost 12$

    Needed:

    Drill
    1 1/2 diameter hole bit
    3/8" or 1/2" drill bit
    Hacksaw
    File

    And this is the final product. Gonna test it out tomorrow on sand and sand/mud bottom. The heavy/deep pvc cap really gives it alot of strength for the handle area. I think i have enough drain holes, if not its easy to make more. I went with 3/8" holes, in hopes that it'll catch ear studs/necklaces better. I wanted some 1/4" screen wire to put in the end cap, but dang it....nobody cuts wire fence anymore. And I'm not paying 38$ just to cut out a 7" circle.


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    Foreign: 1963 Spanish Una Peseta, two British Pennies
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  2. #2
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    Feb 2005
    Sarasota, FL
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    Re: Home-made scoop pvc project

    You will want to put a couple bolts through the handle and into the back of the scoop, the handle/scoop will turn. And you might put a couple pieces of metal straps from the middle of the scoop up to the handle about 8-10 inches to further stablize it. You could drill a bunch more holes too. Looks good otherwise! You could have angled the cut from the top to the tip, it would have made the tip of the scoop much stronger-like a regular stainless scoop.

  3. #3
    ca
    Oct 2011
    Surrey, BC
    Minelab CTX3030
    191
    2 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Home-made scoop pvc project

    Quote Originally Posted by stevemc
    You will want to put a couple bolts through the handle and into the back of the scoop, the handle/scoop will turn. And you might put a couple pieces of metal straps from the middle of the scoop up to the handle about 8-10 inches to further stablize it. You could drill a bunch more holes too. Looks good otherwise! You could have angled the cut from the top to the tip, it would have made the tip of the scoop much stronger-like a regular stainless scoop.
    Thanks, well it's a test bed project, if it works it works, if it doesn't....it's 6$ to buy another cap and 4$ for another Pvc tube

    The ubolts are actually biting into the pvc cap and wont turn, but I see your point. I might also reinforce the handle by using some Gorilla Glue where the handles join to the pvc tube. That stuff is STRONG.

    Clad: 3 Toonies, 11 Loonies, 40 Quarters, 36 Dimes, 31 Nickles, 418 Pennies
    Foreign: 1963 Spanish Una Peseta, two British Pennies
    Gold: 0
    Silver: 10
    Gold Ring: 1
    Silver Ring: 6
    Relic: Silver W.C.T.U. Pendant/Pin
    Junk Jewelry: 21
    Pulltabs: 472
    Bottletops: 410

  4. #4

    Mar 2006
    Gulf Coast, Fl
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    Re: Home-made scoop pvc project

    The cheap wire fix is SS gutter guard. Get it at about any of the building supply stores in small pieces and its easy to cut. I think you will find PVC will wear very quickly in the sand and shells and you may have cut it at a big enough angle for long term use. Necessity is the mother of invention.... good work.

    Dew
    Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you.... John Wooden.

  5. #5
    ca
    Oct 2011
    Surrey, BC
    Minelab CTX3030
    191
    2 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Home-made scoop pvc project

    Quote Originally Posted by dewcon4414
    The cheap wire fix is SS gutter guard. Get it at about any of the building supply stores in small pieces and its easy to cut. I think you will find PVC will wear very quickly in the sand and shells and you may have cut it at a big enough angle for long term use. Necessity is the mother of invention.... good work.

    Dew
    Thanks!
    Clad: 3 Toonies, 11 Loonies, 40 Quarters, 36 Dimes, 31 Nickles, 418 Pennies
    Foreign: 1963 Spanish Una Peseta, two British Pennies
    Gold: 0
    Silver: 10
    Gold Ring: 1
    Silver Ring: 6
    Relic: Silver W.C.T.U. Pendant/Pin
    Junk Jewelry: 21
    Pulltabs: 472
    Bottletops: 410

 

 

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