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  1. #106
    Gold Tramp

    Dec 2012
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    So I guess I start with where I left off, the mill repairs, I know I was going to do a bunch of hiking lookin for stuff that I missed from a few years back when I was searchin for Longs gold.
    I just wasn't having a good time, now it's warming up pretty good makes it dangerous out there,it's hot.

    Anyways with my luck I go out right now might have good ole Murphy show up and I have to be rescued, or finally get bit by a Mojave green. I just don't want to end up at the hospital.

    My seasons drywashin plans on hold till I get my health crisis taken care of, then it's 6 months recuperating before I can lift my machine or a bucket of dirt.
    Health is messing up the hiking have to wear a medical device isn't much fun, looks like for me its just hanging at the mill, run ore, I got a helper so don't have the heavy liftins.

    Gettin that crusher back up and runnin, had it ready to hook up the power plant, and dadgum murphy shows up.
    Bolt holding the adjusting spring broke, there is a plate falls out when this happens so shut us down before we even turned on the power.

    Got the repair done, had to remove hopper again, tear out jaws, clean a bunch of grease up, fabricated new eye bolt to hold the spring n plate in place, put it all back together again, adjusted her down 1/8.
    It's ready to go.
    I hardfaced the jaws last year so they should be good for another ten ton or so.
    Think by the time i gets that much crushed the babett metal will be worn out and will need to replace.

    Next step get the arrastra back up n runnin, got to dry fit floor stones, grout them in place, let it cure a few days and we can grind some ore. While I'm waiting for the grout to cure, we will get to crushin those cob piles, get some of these barrels emptied.

    Sorry for all the bullcrap, I've been dealing with much death n destruction this last year and the fallout that comes with it so I'm a little on edge, glad I got a garden to escape into.....

    More Ramblins soon

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    From my time in Glennville Pennsylvania, thanks Jeff.

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    Jaw adjustment and grease catch.

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    Ready to attach power plant
    Last edited by gold tramp; Apr 30, 2020 at 11:39 AM.
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  2. #107
    Gold Tramp

    Dec 2012
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    Things are so screwed up all I can come up with is pictures.

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    Can't even get the pics right, oh well I give up.

  3. #108
    Gold Tramp

    Dec 2012
    2084 times
    Another day on the dole.
    Actually wouldnt of been able to buy a lousy 6 bags of spec mix with out.
    I always thought when the poop hit the fan i could just go grab some gold.
    For this ole miner its not that easy, this here is dry desert land you got to work to get it, now its 100 degrees or better everyday, truly adds to the fun of diggin.

    Anyways here comes the judge (sunrisin) gonna be hot today gotta get to work.
    Still havin troubles postin pics...

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    Floor stones dry fit looks good, some minor trimmin with hammer ready for grout.
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    Cleaned down to subfloor, pick is for scale.
    Last edited by gold tramp; May 07, 2020 at 10:33 AM.

  4. #109
    Gold Tramp

    Dec 2012
    2084 times
    Gone millin

    Sorry for the click bait pics just won't work for me.

    Close up for you DIY mechanics.
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    1941 dodge rear axle and hubs
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    Little bit of gold left on the table after runnin.
    Notice how tiny, desert gold.

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    Todays run, we just started so the water is still clear.

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    Shot of the material im runnin, its middlins, still.carryin values.
    Last edited by gold tramp; May 17, 2020 at 09:21 PM. Reason: Fixed pics
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  5. #110
    Dec 2012
    Concrete, WA
    Nokta FoRs Gold, a Gold Cube, 2 Keene Sluices and Lord only knows how many pans....not to mention a load of other gear my wife still doesn't know about!
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    Pics showed up fine this time worries.

    Good to see ya back workin' at the Mill. It's an amazing place
    you got there..

    You say your health is messed up...what did ya go and do to
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    You got 100F ..miserable, hot and dusty, and today I'd be
    happy if we had half that warmth up here. Had a few nice
    days, but still too cold and wet to get much done.
    Mike (aka Dizz)

    "If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude better than the animating contest
    of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick
    the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you
    were our countrymen." ~~ Samuel Adams, 1776

    Dizzy's Super-Simple, Universal Rule of Forum Conduct: Don't be an ass.

  6. #111
    Gold Tramp

    Dec 2012
    2084 times
    Thanks Dizz,
    I'm doin some cleaning of my mill area, the wife has had enough of my mining mess.

    Hurt myself actin like i was a youngster boulder scramblin down the wash it was stupid,
    gonna be riding the pine for a bit, no heavy mining or prospectin, good thing I got cob piles to cleanup.
    It ain't much but keeps me in the yeller.

    We been havin mild weather here for May, garden doesnt know what's going on !
    Anyways good to hear from you.

    Don't know why I have so much trouble with the upload of pics.

    I'm just posting random mill pics, trying to get the upload process figured out
    Last edited by gold tramp; May 19, 2020 at 07:45 AM. Reason: Bad eyes
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  7. #112
    Gold Tramp

    Dec 2012
    2084 times
    Still haven't finished the arrastra, had to break up a giant piece concrete. It's on the honeydew list.
    Been running that shaker table for a few days, finally got something to show.

    As im running I grab off a sample every 20 minutes or so just to see how its looking, dump all these into one pan save till the end of the day, let's me get a good look at the take.
    Going to make an amalgam ball for those who have seen it, so next few weeks we see how big a ball we can make off the test pans from my tabling project.

    Mind you these are concentrated pans from the days run....
    Anyways we are starting with a pea sized drop of clean Hg, couple swirls in the pan it takes up just about all the yellow.

    Some random Hg pics, out of sync.

    Always have a dedicated pan for your Hg work, this way you don't contaminate any nuggets later on with the Merc, seems one can never get all of that stuff out of the pan, anyways just good practice.
    Now I've giving this advice for free, please wear a mask it's just good practice these days
    You aren't weak if you do, thanks .
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    Pregnant Hg

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    Pea sized droplet Hg

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    A few sample pans concentrated from shaker table.
    Threw some smelting crumbs in for effect.
    Last edited by gold tramp; May 25, 2020 at 08:53 AM.
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  8. #113
    Oct 2008
    Northern California
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Good to hear youíre working some material Herb. The hard tasks are never done. Hope to see the pictures as Iím not able to open the photo links.

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  9. #114
    Gold Tramp

    Dec 2012
    2084 times
    Quote Originally Posted by delnorter View Post
    Good to hear youíre working some material Herb. The hard tasks are never done. Hope to see the pictures as Iím not able to open the photo links.

    Thanks Mike.
    I don't know what the heck is with the pics, rural California I guess.
    I'm not liking having to clean up my mill, stuff laying about was to be my last grubstake.


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  10. #115
    Gold Tramp

    Dec 2012
    2084 times
    Not alot of new stuff going on, hot days exceptionally cool nights.
    running that table still, I've worked through about half of my rainy day ore.
    That's just about 55 gallon drum of Midlands so far.

    Here's some pics keep those minin juices flowing,
    Don't forget to wear that mask, think saftey first.
    Strange times we are living in, as a prospector I'm thinking we are in for dark days ahead, im not talking about gold here.
    Hope I'm wrong but the science guy in me says different, anyways stay safe.

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    Shot of a working finishing area

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    Couple pics of my Hg bowl

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    Business end of a rp unit

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    Almagam sample I've been Workin on, had to add another bb sized drop of clean Hg to the ball
    Its now just a pile .
    Last edited by gold tramp; Jun 30, 2020 at 09:19 AM. Reason: Pic problems again


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