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  1. #1
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    Fairburn Agate hunter & Metal Detectorist

    Jul 2011
    Beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota
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    Build your own Gold Trap

    Several years ago I finally made my own gold traps. I used a 3 foot section of 4" PVC.
    Put a screw-on lid on the bottom & a regular tub drain trap on top, the kind with a hole
    every 1/4 of an inch. You may want to paint the drain trap a dark color so it does not
    reflect a shiny surface. Place the 4"er inside a 6" PVC pipe. The tub drain trap will cover
    both the 4"er & the 6"er. Next travel into the hills and find a likely looking draw that gets
    lots of run-off. Dig a hole the depth of your PVC pipe and lightly throw the remaining dirt around the outer pipe.
    Make sure to fashion a strong handle to the top of the 4"er before burying it. Check it at
    least once a month.
    On those rainy days go run your gold traps. Carefully remove the 4"er from the
    6"er, and dump what was accumulated into a bucket, take it home and pan it out. You would be surprised the amount of fine and flour gold that comes down some of those draws and settles in your gold trap. Even a small nugget will go through the drain holes. Once you find a profitable draw, string out several gold traps across it. You might just be amazed at your finds. Locate each trap with a GPS reading so you can find them easy on the next run. With them level with the top of the ground, they are very hard to see by someone else, unless they stop directly over them and look down.

  2. #2
    us
    May 2009
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    Re: Build your own Gold Trap

    Any way to post a picture or drawing of what you are talking about ? Its kind of hard to follow what you are saying without some way to see it.

  3. #3
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    Re: Build your own Gold Trap

    Ya, me too! Photo or something please. I read Pictographs better.

  4. #4
    us
    Fairburn Agate hunter & Metal Detectorist

    Jul 2011
    Beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota
    Strictly Garrett
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    Re: Build your own Gold Trap

    Quote Originally Posted by homefires
    Ya, me too! Photo or something please. I read Pictographs better.
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  5. #5
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    May 2009
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    Re: Build your own Gold Trap

    Thanks for posting the illustration. It may be just me though , but I still cant picture exactly what this device does and how.

  6. #6
    us
    Fairburn Agate hunter & Metal Detectorist

    Jul 2011
    Beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota
    Strictly Garrett
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    Re: Build your own Gold Trap

    OK, here is another explanation. The entire apparatus is buried in a vertical position in a gold rich draw with the floor drain even with the ground.
    When it rains, the dirt, rain, gold, etc. flows across it and some of the material finds its way into the apparatus. About once a month, I go out and
    empty the material in the tube, replace the empty tube, take the material home and pan it out. I keep all the gold flakes & nuggets. In a years time
    it really adds up. Gold is being accumulated when ever it rains, even when I am sleeping. Can't get much lazier than that can I? The more of the
    apparatus's you have, the more gold you can accumulate without kneeling there all day panning and shoveling dirt.

  7. #7
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    Re: Build your own Gold Trap

    Quote Originally Posted by goodie hunter
    OK, here is another explanation. The entire apparatus is buried in a vertical position in a gold rich draw with the floor drain even with the ground.
    When it rains, the dirt, rain, gold, etc. flows across it and some of the material finds its way into the apparatus. About once a month, I go out and
    empty the material in the tube, replace the empty tube, take the material home and pan it out. I keep all the gold flakes & nuggets. In a years time
    it really adds up. Gold is being accumulated when ever it rains, even when I am sleeping. Can't get much lazier than that can I? The more of the
    apparatus's you have, the more gold you can accumulate without kneeling there all day panning and shoveling dirt.
    I talked to a prospector that set up riffled traps in the creek on his claim in Arizona and did the same thing .....checked them once a month, paid his rent and had beer money left over

  8. #8
    us
    Fairburn Agate hunter & Metal Detectorist

    Jul 2011
    Beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota
    Strictly Garrett
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    12 times

    Re: Build your own Gold Trap

    I can believe that Googyguy. Ive been there.
    After about three checks and still nothing, the trap gets moved to what I feel is a better location. Sometimes it is a hit and miss situation.
    I have several draws that has multiples of my gold catchers buried in them. Like the old saying, "if at first you don't succeed, try again".
    Good day to you sir.

  9. #9
    us
    Nov 2011
    Whites MXT
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    Re: Build your own Gold Trap

    This is similar to a tip I was given a while back. Rippled storm drains are common in flash flood areas. Checking these after a large rain it can be profitable

  10. #10
    us
    Feb 2011
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    Re: Build your own Gold Trap

    Has anyone has the plans like the one on goldtraps.com's GTK! and GTK2.It looks simple to build.I just connot see paying 200 buck for the plan,what a rip off.I beleive he is the one that sell's it on ebay.
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  11. #11
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    May 2009
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    Re: Build your own Gold Trap

    No doubt about it though , you have to really have a gold rich spot or it wouldnt be worth it. I like the idea , it would be pointless to try it in my area though. Some of you guys are lucky to live where you do.

  12. #12
    us
    Fairburn Agate hunter & Metal Detectorist

    Jul 2011
    Beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota
    Strictly Garrett
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    12 times

    Re: Build your own Gold Trap

    jaguarene, certainly looks like that one would work too. About all that I see needed is a way to tie it to the ground so water can not
    wash it away. Good luck to you.

 

 

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