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Thread: Sluice/Dredge Carpeting & Mats

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  1. #1
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    Jul 2017
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    Sluice/Dredge Carpeting & Mats

    I am currently working at a flooring company. I have seen all of the questions on the forums of what and where as far as carpeting selection. I snagged our Unbacked Veranda board at work and took some pictures. I then stopped by another local shop and took a look at rubber and PVC mats.

    As far as the carpeting, my boss said that he would order in an entire roll and pre-cut it 18" wide, then offer it up for a flat fee per linear foot with free shipping.

    I don't want to overstep the rules of the forums here. I just know how there are places out there that try to take advantage of the pricing markup for this hobby. Also how hard it is to find consistent products. I am trying to lend a helping hand.

    If we can come to a general consensus of which of the carpets picture below is best suited for capturing gold, and get enough interest, the boss will order the entire roll for us.

    Also pictured are the rubber and PVC mats. The PVC one looks very interesting to me, I will be trying some soon. I especially like it as an idea for a miner's moss backer. The "Vortex" mat that is pictured is 3-ply. The supplier is looking into getting 2-ply in stock for us, less expensive and half the weight.

    Again, I am not trying to break any rules here, I am just trying to help remedy some online stores charging $40-$60 for a square foot of matting.

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    Mar 2012
    Idaho
    Nokta FORS Gold+, Fisher Gold Bug, Garrett Pro Pointer AT, Bazooka 36" Prospector, GGT Nugget Sluice, Bottom Feeder Hand Dredge
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    Diamond is the bomb. I used to convert all my sluices to Veranda with that diamond pattern.
    Here's a pic from way back when
    Bob
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    All of my dredges had Veranda in it and I liked it's ability to capture the fine gold. Thank's John for the tip!
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    Hoser was the inspiration for my conversion...he's been absent on here since before the fires
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    PM a price for the diamond. I'm doing a 3" build. Looking for maybe a square yard.
    Maybe two if I like it.

  6. #6
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    Just Another Old Guy

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    Nice of you to offer a contact for supplies at better than the usual mine the miner prices.
    I'm thinking the crescent could be a good clean up mat. I have Doc's mats but just might try some for fun.

    Good info Leo, and can't wait to see how the new dredge sucks in a good way that is
    I'm a drinker with a heavy prospecting problem and I'm out of dirt again

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    I know! I'm excited about running it.

    I can't offer it yet. Gotta make sure the boss won't lose money on an entire roll. Just to restate, there is no profit in this for me. Just trying to make it more easily available for all at an affordable price.
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    Mine President, XPBC

    Dec 2013
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    Fisher 1212-x Fisher Gold Bug 2 Whites 4900/SP3 Rocker boxes, Keene sluices, Bazooka sluice, 2.5", 4" lowbankers, highbankers. Witch Sticks.
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    the veranda diamond carpet is good stuff, its best if it doesnt have any kind of backing so fines can work their way through to an underlay of ribbed rubber. They sell it in 8x10 rolls at costco or lowes for outside of RV's. Its what I use in my dredge, I still use miners moss in my regular river sluice.
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    MAGA

    Dec 2015
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    I used the Veranda in my 3" combo over-under and it worked great. The underbox was Veranda with expanded and captured beach sized fines very well while mining on the Bandon plain. Underburden sold me that mat at a very reasonable price at the time. Seems as though it's all a distant memory now thanks to the Oregon legislature and governess.

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    Jul 2017
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    Oh my boss..

    He is ordering it either way, just shy of 3,000 square feet will be ordered on Monday. He said he is willing to do custom cuts, so that makes it even better. So, anything under 12 feet wide and 250 feet long is doable lol.
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