Two New Areas of Interest

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by CA357, May 26, 2011.

  1. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Because we're in the Motherlode, I am interested in a couple of new areas. The first is metal detecting. This area is a trove of good old stuff, so I am thinking about picking up a metal detector. I'd start off by searching our property and then go where I could.

    Secondly, this area is rife with interesting rocks and minerals. I attended a Rock and Gemstone show last year and found it very interesting. There's a bunch of geodes in the yard and I'm thinking about picking up an inexpensive saw and slicing some open. There's shows up here fairly regularly and it may be a way to pick up a few extra bucks by selling at a show.

    So, I'm asking if anybody here is knowledgeable in these areas and if you could provide some input for me.
     
  2. LONGHAIR

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    I had a Metal Detector back in the early eighty's...Back then they where junk..Now they go alot deeper and they make differen't sounds for different metal's...The most I ever found was a Watch and some small coins...I was in my teens and I was into parting with my friends more at the time then I was into taking the time to find something...Now day's I'd find it very interesting to look for things that people lost...I bet you will find alkinds of thinks...
     

  3. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    Are you looking for natural gold or stuff that was left behind? A good start to look for gold would to look up placer gold deposits in your area.
    As for the rockhounding I would just get started, find a good rock hammer, and if you want to cut the stones I would do it by hand or if you want to use a powered saw, make sure to keep the stone cool. Many rocks will crack or "pop" when they get hot. (especially crystallized ones..) You can just run water over them. I knew this old guy who used a old tile saw and it worked wonders...
    Welcome to a fun hobby, and good hunting!!!

    Forgot to add... Have you looked into florescent rocks? I have a buddy into this and there really neat looking and getting popular. You need a shortwave uv light to find the good stuff though...
    Starts off slow, but very informative...
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVtWOcrat4o"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVtWOcrat4o[/ame]

    Gem show here in Tucson:
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  4. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    GOOD LUCK, I have no experience but share your desire! You got any idea how many Rolex's are lying around the beaches down here? I will be following this adventure!

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    As far as cutting stone, I have this saw.

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    It's a tile wet-saw but I don't see why it wouldn't work for you unless you're talking about cutting a VW Beatle size geode.

    Amazon.com: QEP 60087 7-Inch Tile Saw with Water Cooling System: Power & Hand Tools


    My son works for the company and supplies (blades) are cheap. (Read: free but I have yet to use-up the first one!)
     
  5. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I've been doing some research and so far, I like the Garrett Ace 350 and the Fisher F2. The Garrett goes for around $250. and the Fisher for around $200.

    It's said that 75% or so of the gold in this area is still out there, so I'll be doing some hiking in the area fer shure.

    Thanks for the tip Cane, I'm going to keep my eye on the classifieds and see if I can find a used tile saw. There's a "Trash to Treasures" street sale here on Saturday and I'm going to do some serious looking.

    I'll also keep checking Lowe's and Home Despot for a sale on one.
     
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  7. LONGHAIR

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    One..GOLD..Ring and the things paid for....I bet there's all kind of things on those Beach's.....
     
  8. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I've learned that if I want to look for nuggets out in the countryside, I'd need a more specialized and more expensive detector. For now, I'm going to keep things in the lower priced area and buy a detector that's more for finding coins and jewelry and relics.

    I'll check out White's while I'm shopping around.
     
  9. dog2000tj

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    Look around for one of these - MK-100 Wet Tile Saw Kit. Contractors Direct.. Even heavily used ones will still be good. With 2 passes you could cut through an 8" diameter stone.

    An old work buddy of mine was into the mineral collecting - it was crazy the kind of money he spent on rocks :eek: But it does seem like an enjoyable hobby :)
     
  10. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Whoa, that's way out of my price range. Cool saw though.
     
  11. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Sounds like a good excuse for some outdoorsy time.


    in for the nugget pics :D
     
  12. General_lee

    General_lee New Member

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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:cool: :D
     
  13. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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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.
     
  14. oldshooter

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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.
     
  15. c3shooter

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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.
     
  16. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Good to know, thanks.
     
  17. cpttango30

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

    buckhuntr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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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.
     
  19. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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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. :cool: