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  1. #61
    us
    Aug 2012
    New River AZ
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    azviper
    Received all the parts you recommended in your first post and i have installed the 2" Compression fitting with your recommended grommet and have to say it is a very superior fit compared to the black fitting i ordered just in case, from a prospecting site. Really happy with that. I also cut the two bulkheads needed and am now waiting for the Echo 255 blower i ordered today from Wise Sales with Free Shipping and no sales tax (shipped today too)
    Buy a ECHO PB255 Handheld Blower | Wise Sales
    When i get it all done i will post a photo.
    Thanks for all the help.
    Joe

    KAZ...... how is yours coming along?_____

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  2. #62
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    Minning Tools: 12" Trommel, Royal Drywasher, Viper-Vac, Miller Table, Blue Bowl, Footprints, Google Earth, These Are Just Tools As You Still Have To Be On The Gold

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    Looks like your vac is going to be a copy of these two fantastic vac's. Plus your vac can double as a blower for a drywasher as mine does.

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    “He who builds their own equipment has a better understanding of what works and what does not work”



  3. #63
    us
    Aug 2012
    New River AZ
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    I like your build so much it's going to be an exact copy. I have a drywasher but it's a Keene Bellows which does a pretty good job...... You sure like your Tide Detergent LOL

  4. #64
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    Keith

    Feb 2013
    Glendale
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    I need to order a bucket. I will get it done this week. I think I just need to get a blower housing off ebay and replace the housing on my new one. The recoil went out of it, so that needs to be addressed as well. I have the hose,compression fitting, and grommet(thanks keith). So, bucket and bulkheads. I have been looking for cutting boards. I bought a set of bamboo ones thinking I could trade my girl for some of her old ones, and they are all too small. Or too thin. So, she got new cutting boards. I got nada. Oh well.
    Men are strong so long as they represent a strong idea they become powerless when they oppose it. Sigmund Freud

  5. #65
    us
    Aug 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by kazcoro View Post
    I need to order a bucket. I will get it done this week.
    I got the exact one as azviper recommended

    I think I just need to get a blower housing off ebay and replace the housing on my new one. The recoil went out of it, so that needs to be addressed as well. I have the hose,compression fitting, and grommet(thanks keith). So, bucket and bulkheads. I have been looking for cutting boards. I bought a set of bamboo ones thinking I could trade my girl for some of her old ones, and they are all too small. Or too thin. So, she got new cutting boards. I got nada. Oh well.
    I got one large 20x15x1/4 cutting board from walmart and was able to cut both out of it and staying inside the gravy drip line too
    I'm getting excited with this build as i wanted one for a long time

    Joe


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  6. #66
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Z View Post
    I like your build so much it's going to be an exact copy. I have a drywasher but it's a Keene Bellows which does a pretty good job...... You sure like your Tide Detergent LOL
    I have an endless supply of Tide and Downey buckets and barrels. Can't have enough of either of the barrels or buckets.

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  7. #67

    May 2005
    St. Louis, missouri
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    AZ you have got to have the cleanest cloths in America!! my wife used to be able to get me all the buckets i could ask for, but she retired and that ended that! i still keep about 30 buckets around!

  8. #68
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    Quote Originally Posted by russau View Post
    AZ you have got to have the cleanest cloths in America!! my wife used to be able to get me all the buckets i could ask for, but she retired and that ended that! i still keep about 30 buckets around!
    The endless supply comes from the corporation I work for. The buckets and barrels are tossed with no deposit on them. Why they can't be recycled I have no clue. Once in the landfill it would take hundreds of years to breakdown if they would even breakdown. So I try to be green as I can, collect the barrels and buckets and give them away when I can. When the barrels get to be more than I can store I run an ad on CL and sell the barrels for $15.00 each to pay for my gas money to go mining.
    “He who builds their own equipment has a better understanding of what works and what does not work”



  9. #69
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    Aug 2012
    New River AZ
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzViper View Post
    Joe,

    I see that you used either a jigsaw or saw-saw to cut the circles, what's your plan to cut the inner hole as these are the most important? It looks like you have a center hole in the pieces you cut out. Also is the Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene you used 3/8" or 1/2"? Reason I ask is screw length and if you can purchase screws this long in the diameter you need.
    LOL.... I knew you where going to catch that saw cut. My Router Jig busted 1/2 way around and i had to finish it with a Jig Saw going very slow and then spinning it on a belt sander to clean it up.......I realize the inner cut has to be really clean and just got another jig made up for the router.... I did a lot of woodworking years back and don't like sloppy work. The thickness of the cutting board is 3/8" and i will cut longer screws if need be. good eye to catch that saw cut

    I have just down the street the best Ace Hardware in America. They have the largest fastener, nut, and bolt selection I have ever seen, stainless steel, chrome plated, etc. This Ace has been open for nearly 52 years and one of the originals from back when I was a kid still works there. The Ace Hardware was in a strip mall of which they have expanded to include all the buildings. They have a home and garden center, a complete hobby shop, arts department, paint center, appliances, etc. If you run into trouble finding the needed screw let me know.

    When I built my router jig and I know not everyone is going to have a router on hand, but it was simple to cut the circle inner or outer. All I had to do is drill a 1/4" hole for the pivot pin to ride in, set the diameter and cut the outer circles. Now cutting the inner circle is the tricky part because the center pivot is being cut away and as you near completing the cutout the center pivot wants to give way. Here is how I tackled the problem of loosing the center when cutting out the circles with a router without screwing or nailing the plastic down to MDF. On the outer edge of the circle cut-outs place two-side tape in 8 areas. Next place two-side tape around the center pivot hole just within the area that's being cut away. Now tape the plastic circles to a piece of MDF. If the pivot pin on the router jig is longer than the thickest of the plastic your cutting you will need to take a 1/4" drill bit and drill down into the MDF. The two-side tape will secure both the pieces from moving during this short time of being cut with a router.
    The two sided tape is a nice idea...... I was going to just brad nail it in place and then fill the holes created when done but i like your tape idea better. Hopefully the blower is here by the weekend.
    Thanks for all the great tips as they helped a lot
    Joe

  10. #70
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    Keith

    Feb 2013
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    I am thinking that no pictures of my contraption are gonna be posted. I know I have a jigsaw, but I am not sure about blades. May have to use the dremel again. And a knife. I will just take a pic from 40' away...
    Men are strong so long as they represent a strong idea they become powerless when they oppose it. Sigmund Freud

  11. #71
    us
    Aug 2012
    New River AZ
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    Quote Originally Posted by kazcoro View Post
    I am thinking that no pictures of my contraption are gonna be posted. I know I have a jigsaw, but I am not sure about blades. May have to use the dremel again. And a knife. I will just take a pic from 40' away...
    KAZ
    I'm not that far from you and can cut the bulkheads with my router if you want (exit 229 behind the anthem mall)



    Keith:
    Pics will follow for sure. I'll bet plenty others are doing the build that we don't hear from...... I actually did not have a 3" hole saw and used a razor knife to slowly score and then cut a 3" hole for the compression fitting after i made the mark with a circle compass

  12. #72
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    Keith

    Feb 2013
    Glendale
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Z View Post
    Keith
    I'm not that far from you and can cut the bulkheads with my router if you want (exit 229 behind the anthem mall)



    Keith:
    Pics will follow for sure. I'll bet plenty others are doing the build that we don't hear from...... I actually did not have a 3" hole saw and used a razor knife to slowly score and then cut a 3" hole for the compression fitting after i made the mark with a circle compass
    Fixed. AzViper and I actually share something in common.
    Men are strong so long as they represent a strong idea they become powerless when they oppose it. Sigmund Freud

  13. #73
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    Aug 2012
    New River AZ
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    What do you share in common?

  14. #74
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    Minning Tools: 12" Trommel, Royal Drywasher, Viper-Vac, Miller Table, Blue Bowl, Footprints, Google Earth, These Are Just Tools As You Still Have To Be On The Gold

    Sep 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by kazcoro View Post
    I am thinking that no pictures of my contraption are gonna be posted. I know I have a jigsaw, but I am not sure about blades. May have to use the dremel again. And a knife. I will just take a pic from 40' away...
    LOL... That's funny. You make do with whatever you have on hand.
    Last edited by AzViper; Jan 07, 2014 at 11:00 PM.
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  15. #75
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    Minning Tools: 12" Trommel, Royal Drywasher, Viper-Vac, Miller Table, Blue Bowl, Footprints, Google Earth, These Are Just Tools As You Still Have To Be On The Gold

    Sep 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Z View Post
    What do you share in common?
    Joe look at Kaz last post (81) and study it. The clue is in that post.
    “He who builds their own equipment has a better understanding of what works and what does not work”



 

 
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