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  1. #1
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    Treasure Hunting America Texas Style

    Oct 2007
    born in 3 sisters, tx. now living west of tilden texas towards laredo on a ranch as a ranch hand
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    How to make your own simple Sand Scoop

    Hi if you go too Ebay you can get some pretty cheap scoops that can be altered


    Example #1


    JUST NEED A DRILL & 3/8" DRILL BIT FOR THE HOLES
    ebay seller <greenrivertack> cost $3.50

    Example #2


    JUST NEED A DRILL & 3/8" DRILL BIT FOR THE HOLES
    ebay seller <horselovers> $3.00

    You can also accuire a feed scoop from your local feed store


    JUST NEED A DRILL & 3/8" DRILL BIT FOR THE HOLES


    Custom Built Scoop


    18ga. metal from your local AC dealer whilch can be bent to the shape as in this photo
    1/8" thick X 3/4" wide piece of flat stock for front support
    1- piece of closet rod dowel
    1- piece of hardwood tobe used as the back support

    you will need a drill & a 3/8" drill bit to make the holes too allow the sand
    to flow out of the scoop

    Other alternitives to a cheap scoop, if you on a tight budget are:



    just gotta do some minor alterations & drill some holes
    [i]Treasure Hunting America Texas Style
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  2. #2

    May 2008
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    Re: How to make your own simple Sand Scoop

    Another place is your local tractor supply store cheep cattle feed scoops!

  3. #3
    us
    Sep 2008
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    Re: How to make your own simple Sand Scoop

    How about a bleech jug or a windscreen washer fluid bottle, turned upside down, bottom cut off and a replaceable wire screen near the bottom.

    Keep the lid off so it can drain, and keep a variance of screens on hand to change the size of material screened.

    -Airborne1092

    bellum est praesto

  4. #4
    us
    Sep 2008
    Elizabethtown KY
    Bounty Hunter Sharp Shooter II
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    Re: How to make your own simple Sand Scoop

    I made a sand scoop from example one and it works great in tot lot sand boxes and volley ball courts.
    Basset

  5. #5
    jsu
    jsu is offline

    Nov 2007
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    Re: How to make your own simple Sand Scoop

    I made a couple for a club hunt last year. This one is a feed scoop and the other one I used a old plastic flashlight and basically did it the same way. I can not find the flashlight one, but I think it looks cooler 8)
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  6. #6

    Dec 2007
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    Re: How to make your own simple Sand Scoop

    think ill give it a try.
    god please. you have all the power in the universe.please god bring brian back to us.

  7. #7
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    Don't Drag Your Feet!

    May 2008
    Montgomery, IL
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    Re: How to make your own simple Sand Scoop

    My dad and brother and I made our own sandscoops from a feed scoop like the first blue one pictured above.

    Some tips:

    I'm pretty sure I ended up with 1/2" holes as well, but I had to work my way up so as not to tear into the plastic and cause ragged holes. First I started with a paper pattern, and transferred the pattern to the scoop with an awl. Then I used a sharpie marker to fill in the dimples so I could SEE them. Then I started drilling out all of the holes with a 1/8" drill bit, and moved up to 1/4" and 3/8" and then finally 1/2". I ended up countersinking the holes as well.

    You might not want to drill holes under the handle so you don't wear your knuckles away

    I added a plastic piece connecting the end of the handle to the bottom of the scoop with nylon screws and nuts to help stiffen the handle. Then I superglued the double nutted nuts in place.

    For an added hands-free fun super bonus, make your own retractable cord reel for the scoop. Buy a small tape measure, and take it appart. Careful not to let the spring mechanism explode. Attach a nylon cord (I used kevlar that I just happened to have) to the tang on the reel, and wind it up. Put something plastic on the other end (I used a plastic film canister lid). Wind it up with good tension... make sure it will lift your scoop. Then tie the film canister end around the stiffener piece and you are ready to rock and roll. The benefit is everything is plastic and you can scan it with your metal detector if you want to (wave it over the coil).

    Another thing to consider, too many holes on the large bottom surface is not necessarily a good thing in dry sand. If you have too many holes and need to dig a couple scoops deep, you may have trouble because the sand just goes right through the large bottom face of holes (instantly!). Mine is just about on the too many side... but then again I wasn't finding that many targets that were deep... and if I was I would rather have a large long handled stainless scoop.

    FWIW, I tried to drill holes in a metal feed scoop exactly as pictured in the first post, and the holes ended up being way too jagged. You have to punch the holes while the metal is flat, and then build the scoop if you are doing metal.

    BTW: I got my first gold ring in the water with this scoop! Second day out using it too

    HH!

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  8. #8
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    Don't Drag Your Feet!

    May 2008
    Montgomery, IL
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    Re: How to make your own simple Sand Scoop

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  9. #9
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    May 2009
    Yuma Az
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    Re: How to make your own simple Sand Scoop

    that first scoop showed you can buy em at Walmart in the pet food section for $4 ,I bought one brought it home drilled the holes myself,works so good when I go to the beach or sand dunes the ol lady an girls fight over who gets to use it lol.
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  10. #10
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    Endeaver to perservere

    Mar 2008
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    Re: How to make your own simple Sand Scoop


    If you are going to drill the holes in a plastic scoop, try to use caution.
    The leading edge of most drills going through material less thick than the size of the hole
    will act as a screw and pull the scoop up at you and spin it very fast.
    This can be as minor of a problem as to make your eyebrows lift or it can maybe take off a part of your body you may have liked to remain there.

    I just measured a dime with a micrometer and it is over .7 inches.
    I used 5/8 holes in my scoops as they are .625 and smaller than a dime.

    Good thinking on the back end holes being smaller.
    May get some stud diamond earings to go with the ring.

    Here is something I came up with and thought I would make money on but gosh, anyone could do it.
    PVC pipe and a plastic drain cover.

    Drain cover is strong and can take some kicking.

    Wet sand is the worst.
    Dry sand flows, under water silt does too.
    Gotta get a lot of shaking with the wet sand or time your hunts to the tidal cycles.

    Grey





    Nothing stated may be true as far as we know
    Seek professional advice. Some items are limited
    Not available in all states. Illigitimi non carborundum. Carpe oro.

  11. #11
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    Treasure Hunting America Texas Style

    Oct 2007
    born in 3 sisters, tx. now living west of tilden texas towards laredo on a ranch as a ranch hand
    X-Terra70, X-Terra 50, Ace250, Ace150, GTI 1500,GTA 1000 Ultra, Tejon, Vaquero
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    Re: How to make your own simple Sand Scoop

    BUMP
    [i]Treasure Hunting America Texas Style
    [i]http://davemann.webs.com/

  12. #12
    us
    Don't Drag Your Feet!

    May 2008
    Montgomery, IL
    Minelab E-TRAC w/Sunray X-1
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    Re: How to make your own simple Sand Scoop

    Quote Originally Posted by X-Terra70_TreasureHunter
    BUMP
    I concur, bump and grind!

  13. #13
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    Dec 2008
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    Re: How to make your own simple Sand Scoop

    thanks for the ideas
    STRIPPING SILVER OUT OF BANKS AT FACE

  14. #14
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    Sep 2009
    3

    Re: How to make your own simple Sand Scoop

    I laugh at you guys!!!! I today am having my two heavy duty stainless steel scoops welded to repair the stress cracks.
    You all need to find a better stop to detect. I never buy anything cheap when it comes to scoops or batteries. I buy whatever is strong and lasts long. My biggest kick now is ergonomics (did i spell it right) I find so much I need to limit my movements so I dont hurt my self.
    When you come to california email me I will take you out and hurt you from digging. But it does depend on the waves, thats why Im up so late tonight Im praying looking wishing for waves so I can plan my next payday Julie

  15. #15
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    May 2009
    Yuma Az
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    Re: How to make your own simple Sand Scoop

    Quote Originally Posted by justmeanddannylee
    I laugh at you guys!!!! I today am having my two heavy duty stainless steel scoops welded to repair the stress cracks.
    You all need to find a better stop to detect. I never buy anything cheap when it comes to scoops or batteries. I buy whatever is strong and lasts long. My biggest kick now is ergonomics (did i spell it right) I find so much I need to limit my movements so I dont hurt my self.
    When you come to california email me I will take you out and hurt you from digging. But it does depend on the waves, thats why Im up so late tonight Im praying looking wishing for waves so I can plan my next payday Julie

    maybe some folks can't afford the funds for a nice heavy duty scoop ,then there are some that like to build things .
    Building my wealth one pull tab at a time Tank69

 

 
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