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Old 05-26-2011, 07:28 PM   #11
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Sounds like a good excuse for some outdoorsy time.


in for the nugget pics

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I'm not much into rocks, but metal detecting is something I love to do but rarely get around to it. I need to get a better detector also, all I've got right now is the low end model Bounty Hunter.

Metal detecting is especially fun if you can get a buddy or two to go with you with their own detectors, or better yet, shovels.. you do the finding, they do the digging

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I'm keeping my eye out for a deal on a tile saw and a metal detector. I think they can be had used for a good price, especially the metal detector. You know, some guy buys all the goodies and then it just sits and gathers dust.

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CA357, I bought an Garrett Ace 250 a couple of years ago for about $200.00 new. Its a low priced detector but well worth the money. It will detect jewelery, coins, and LOTS of pull tabs. Just learn to use it and you will have a ton of fun. And if you decide you don't want to do it or want to upgrade you can always get most of your money back.

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Rocks- especially geodes, quartz, agates- are MUCH harder than tile. When I was doing some lapidary work as a hobby, we used a diamond blade saw running in a bath of mineral oil, automated feed. Check around for a rock shop in your area- odds are thay have a slab saw, and will probably work a deal with you on slicing up some rock- if you have good geodes, maybe doing some swapping, labor for a cut of the finds.

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Good to know, thanks.

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Go to home depot you can get a decent tile saw for $60 or so.....

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Another gadget you might want to pick up is a rock tumbler. Agates and other stones shine up real nice in the tumbler.
I enjoy working with a tile saw. Our last house has a lot of tile work done by me. I sure hope the current occupants are enjoying it.

Mineral collecting will hook you, for sure. Are there any fossils in your area? That's my current passion.

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There's a ton of fossils here. This area was once under water, so there's some interesting fossils. There's a bunch in our yard.

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