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  1. #1
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    My Diy Fluid Bed Gold Trap Sluice

    Tired of losing the flour and fine Gold off the end of your highbanker or sluice ?
    Then build a combination sluice/fluid bed trap to end the lost gold blues!
    No Riffles, No need to classify, No lost gold.

    My version does not load up with rocks that have to constantly be cleared off the grizzly as on the commercial models.
    The reason is .....I designed mine to be flat and level with the sluice by dropping the bed of the sluice just in front of the trap instead of building an uphill grizzly, that way there is nothing for the larger gravel to get hung up on. The red arrow is pointing to the nugget trap area in front of the grizzly.

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    On the test version I had installed a plexiglass cover over the trap so I could monitor the operation.
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    Placed at the end of a high banker sluice for a final gold catcher you will be assured of capturing any missed gold.
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    Of course you have to supply water to the stratification tubes but since you already are using a pump for your highbanker just run a separate line to them with a control/shut off valve and only allow about 9 gallons (plus or minus) per minute into them. (adjust as needed)

    Or just use it all by itself as a stand alone fluid bed hand sluice...either way you trap the gold
    Total cost of materials to build it $35 Peace of mind knowing that you wont lose any gold.......Priceless
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    Legs are from crutches.
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    The trap is 2-1/2" inches deep. The holes in the stratification tubes are 1/8" dia. and are spaced 1/2" apart and go through both sides. The 5/8" OD 1/2" ID CPVC tubes are centered 1" off the bottom of the trap and are spaced 2-1/2" apart on centers from center tube.
    The trap over flow is a 3/4" opening while the trap intake is a 1/2" opening. The 1/2" expanded metal is fastened underneath the 1/4" plexiglass.


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    Manifold and hose set up for use with a high banker. (Adj. bottom cover off for photo)

    Adjustable scoop for slow flow conditions....
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    When the water velocity through the stratification tubes is adjusted properly all the material in the trap stays in suspension except for the heavier gold, it stays on the very bottom while the lighter material continually keeps running out the overflow end of the trap.

    * added a self clearing leaf guard.
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    Made from 1/2" heavy duty hardware cloth.


    Go for the gold
    GG~
    Last edited by Goodyguy; Feb 05, 2014 at 07:42 PM.

  2. #2
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    Re: My Diy Fluid Bed Gold Trap Sluice

    If we all keep building fluid bed traps, the company's with all of their great looking logos and brand identification programs are going to start to feel a nasty bite for their underperforming, overpriced products(sluices). Congrats on your new sluice/fluid bed. It looks great.
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    Re: My Diy Fluid Bed Gold Trap Sluice

    Brilliant GG. Are you using it yet?

    Where did you find the best place to get materials? sheet metal shop?

    thanks-
    C-dad

  4. #4
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    I can dig it! "WP"

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    Re: My Diy Fluid Bed Gold Trap Sluice

    Quote Originally Posted by calisdad
    Brilliant GG. Are you using it yet?

    Where did you find the best place to get materials? sheet metal shop?

    thanks-
    C-dad
    I found a place that does fabrication and they sell me their scrap aluminum sheet metal cheap.
    I'll be using it at the last GPAA outing this season in central Indiana next weekend.

    Will post photos of it in action after that.

    GG~

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    Re: My Diy Fluid Bed Gold Trap Sluice

    you did a nice job on construction of this! Lexan would have been my choice rather than plexiglass, but it my be harder to find. Lexan wont scratch like plexiglass.

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    Re: My Diy Fluid Bed Gold Trap Sluice

    Quote Originally Posted by russau
    you did a nice job on construction of this! Lexan would have been my choice rather than plexiglass, but it may be harder to find. Lexan wont scratch like plexiglass.
    You know now that I think about it this may be Lexan.
    I went to the local glass company and asked for some scrap plexiglass and they said this was all they had and gave me several odd pieces of 1/4"
    When I was cutting it to size I noticed it wasn't brittle and would not crack, also It was easy to drill into. But at the same time it wasn't getting scratched as I expected from all the handling. Good thing is, I have plenty extra for replacements if needed

    GG~
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    Re: My Diy Fluid Bed Gold Trap Sluice

    yep that does sound like Lexan. another way to ID it is look at the edge of it. plexiglass is clear/white and lexan is dark or greeenish. but from your description it sounds like lexan.i dont think window replacement/repair shops are allowed to use plexiglass for door replacements anymore becuase of it cracking and cutting kids.

  8. #8
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    Re: My Diy Fluid Bed Gold Trap Sluice

    Used it this weekend............Worked like a charm!
    I recommend anyone who worries about losing gold off the end of their highbanker either make, buy, or borrow, one.

    The peace of mind knowing that if you are running material too fast, or have too steep of drop, or water speed too fast, or riffles too loaded up or whatever the case may be.........having a gold trap that catches any gold your sluice may have missed is great!

    And yes I did find micro gold in my trap that would have discharged back into the creek, not a large amount mind you, but enough to see the value of adding the safety trap.

    Here is a photo of it placed at the end of my highbanker sluice.

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    GG~

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    Re: My Diy Fluid Bed Gold Trap Sluice

    Very nice looking setup.

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    May 2005
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    Re: My Diy Fluid Bed Gold Trap Sluice

    Common sense says that you did good!
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    Re: My Diy Fluid Bed Gold Trap Sluice

    GG,
    IF IT WORKS HALF AS GOOD AS IT LOOKS LIKE IT WORKS, IT'S WELL WORTH HAVING!
    BY THE WAY WHERE DID YOU GET THE LEGS?

    GOOD CRAFTMANSHIP.

    MIKEL
    ....JESUS IS LORD.
    ...................THE BIBLE IS GOD'S WORD.
    .................................. HEAVEN IS MY REAL HOME.


    THAT'S JUST THE WAY I WAS RAISED TO SEE THE WORLD.

    REALLY, I'M NOT SHOUTING. I HAVE A VISUAL PERCEPTION PROBLEM, AND TYPING IN ALL CAPS HELPS ME TO PROOF READ WHAT I TYPE. IF I EVER NEED TO DRAW ATTENTION TO ANYTHING I'LL MAKE IT BOLD SO IT STANDS OUT. I MEAN NO HARM. #/;0)~

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    I can dig it! "WP"

    Mar 2007
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    Bounty Hunter's, Whites TM 808, Whites GMT, Suction Dredges, Hand Dredges, Trommels, Gold Vacs, High Bankers, Fluid bed Gold Traps, Gold Pans, Sluices, Dry Washers, Miller Tables, Rp4 Shaker table etc
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    Re: My Diy Fluid Bed Gold Trap Sluice

    Quote Originally Posted by PROSPECTORMIKEL
    GG,
    IF IT WORKS HALF AS GOOD AS IT LOOKS LIKE IT WORKS, IT'S WELL WORTH HAVING!
    BY THE WAY WHERE DID YOU GET THE LEGS?

    GOOD CRAFTMANSHIP.

    MIKEL
    Found a couple sets of old crutches while dumpster diving treasure hunting

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    Re: My Diy Fluid Bed Gold Trap Sluice

    GG.
    GREAT IDEA. I STARTED TO BUY AN OLD WALKER A FEW WEEKS AGO, BUT THEY WERE OVERKILL. BESIDES THAT MY WIFE WOULD THINK I WAS GETTING THEM FOR ME!
    THE SMALLER SIZE OF YOURS LOOKS MUCH BETTER.
    LOOKS LIKE YOU HAD A GOOD TREASURE HUNTING SPOT.
    HH

    MIKEL
    ....JESUS IS LORD.
    ...................THE BIBLE IS GOD'S WORD.
    .................................. HEAVEN IS MY REAL HOME.


    THAT'S JUST THE WAY I WAS RAISED TO SEE THE WORLD.

    REALLY, I'M NOT SHOUTING. I HAVE A VISUAL PERCEPTION PROBLEM, AND TYPING IN ALL CAPS HELPS ME TO PROOF READ WHAT I TYPE. IF I EVER NEED TO DRAW ATTENTION TO ANYTHING I'LL MAKE IT BOLD SO IT STANDS OUT. I MEAN NO HARM. #/;0)~

  14. #14
    us
    I can dig it! "WP"

    Mar 2007
    Arizona
    Bounty Hunter's, Whites TM 808, Whites GMT, Suction Dredges, Hand Dredges, Trommels, Gold Vacs, High Bankers, Fluid bed Gold Traps, Gold Pans, Sluices, Dry Washers, Miller Tables, Rp4 Shaker table etc
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    Re: My Diy Fluid Bed Gold Trap Sluice

    Quote Originally Posted by PROSPECTORMIKEL
    GG.
    GREAT IDEA. I STARTED TO BUY AN OLD WALKER A FEW WEEKS AGO, BUT THEY WERE OVERKILL. BESIDES THAT MY WIFE WOULD THINK I WAS GETTING THEM FOR ME!
    THE SMALLER SIZE OF YOURS LOOKS MUCH BETTER.
    LOOKS LIKE YOU HAD A GOOD TREASURE HUNTING SPOT.
    HH

    MIKEL
    I also used some of the left over crutch parts to make a detachable light weight rust proof handle for my pump.

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  15. #15
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    Re: My Diy Fluid Bed Gold Trap Sluice

    YEP,
    LIGHT WEIGHT, RUST PROOF AND KEEPS THAT METAL FRAME FROM BITIN' YOUR ANKLES.
    OUTSTANDING... LITERALLY!


    MIKEL
    ....JESUS IS LORD.
    ...................THE BIBLE IS GOD'S WORD.
    .................................. HEAVEN IS MY REAL HOME.


    THAT'S JUST THE WAY I WAS RAISED TO SEE THE WORLD.

    REALLY, I'M NOT SHOUTING. I HAVE A VISUAL PERCEPTION PROBLEM, AND TYPING IN ALL CAPS HELPS ME TO PROOF READ WHAT I TYPE. IF I EVER NEED TO DRAW ATTENTION TO ANYTHING I'LL MAKE IT BOLD SO IT STANDS OUT. I MEAN NO HARM. #/;0)~

 

 
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