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Title: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on February 06, 2015, 09:12:52 PM
Hello all, I thought it is time to start a thread about my adventures while in the search of gold. As some you you know I got my first claim this past fall. It is not too far from Fort Steel, BC. I hope to learn lots & have some fun all while finding some gold to add to my jar. While this is my first gold claim, it's not my first gold.
 Since you guys like to see gold(I assume)  here is my gold, I'll admit I didn't pull all this out of the ground myself, I bought a few nuggets & also traded for a few. I wont say exactly how much this is, I will say it's more then a few grams <-sealed_>
 So this is the gold I got to start with, I hope I can add quit a bit to it this year by finding gold on my claim.

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Post by: jack on February 06, 2015, 10:34:30 PM

 Nice GOLD. Some character pieces there.
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Post by: NS Gold Seeker on February 07, 2015, 01:02:35 AM
Sweet looking nugs.  Put in a quarter for scale next time.  Thanks for the pic and good luck on the new claim.
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Post by: tamarackman on February 07, 2015, 11:14:24 AM
Great clear pic, nice gold with lots of different textures and shades.
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Post by: BC Handyman on February 07, 2015, 04:23:48 PM
Glad you guy like the pic, I left scale out so it adds a bit of mystery to the exact amount that it is. <-thinking->
I went for a drive today and got myself a blue bowl, I wish I picked up a 30 screen though since I got to go from a 12 to a 50.
I also got some sandy material from a buddy to run though the bowl so I can try it out.
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Post by: NS Gold Seeker on February 08, 2015, 07:29:32 AM
Keeping us guessing, nice collection.  {-applause-}
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Post by: jack on February 08, 2015, 07:48:38 AM

  This Gold seems to be extremely clean. When I look at any of my nuggets under a microscope I see tiny imbedded sand granuals
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on February 09, 2015, 11:56:10 AM
As I said I bought a blue bowl to be able to play with fines & also got some material from a buddy so I could practice using it. The material was already ran through his clean up sluice so I didnt expect to find anything & I didn't. It should be usefull after I get some good material in it.

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Post by: BC Handyman on March 11, 2015, 07:41:50 PM
I did get to get some gold bearing material through my bluebowl, it was from the dirt hogg dirt I bought [&whistle#] But I've learned how it works & got to see gold in it. I even had a helper for a while.


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Post by: BC Handyman on March 11, 2015, 07:51:00 PM
I also got up to my claim a few days ago. Me & my buddy had to hike a few km into it since the road was way to full of ice & then snow, way more snow right now then there was last month. Found a few big downed tree's accross road(didn't bring chainsaw) I had to leave. Did manage to get a bucket from my hole I started in fall & hiked it down the mountain with my buddy.
After prossesing it, we were very happy to see small specks of golden hope in the pan. I can't believe the first random hole thats only 4' deep contained anything......I guess I know where first weekend will be spent digging [<-panning->]


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Post by: BC Handyman on March 28, 2015, 08:32:14 PM
Well road is still undrivable up to my claim but I did hike in there again, this time I brought my dog. He was the first in my test hole when we got there, so I know he will be a good mineing partner.

I also got a keene sluice/highbanker & added my extenion I made, still no pump, but a got part of what I'll need/want.


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Post by: mcbain on March 28, 2015, 09:04:09 PM
Hi.Nice rig do not through out the dog nice set up Luck Mcbain.
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Post by: D - Bar on March 28, 2015, 10:32:00 PM
Like your's my dog (lab & collie cross) always comes along to the claim. She just loves the outdoors and is a great digger. You have a great start to your adventure....keep us posted.
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Post by: BC Handyman on April 24, 2015, 07:21:32 PM
I'll be heading up to the claim again tomorrow, I did go last weekend only to scratch at some topsoil & then hit still frozen ground. My goal is to start opening up my first pit so I can get down deeper. already found a few 300-500# rocks I'll have to deal with to open up my hole.
My creek is still frozen on top with over a foot of snow on it, so I won't get to use the sluice for at least a few more weeks, but I sure can get a pile of material dug & ready to run.
I'm hoping I can drive all way up this time, but am thinking I won't cause I think it snowed yesterday up there. I will see though tomorrow.
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Post by: Compass on April 25, 2015, 08:44:45 AM
Really good start to the season, nice looking nuggets and high banker setup...

Keep us posted on your findings  <_miner_>

Thank you
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Post by: sunshine on April 25, 2015, 03:07:09 PM
For sure, nice start to the season if you get colour from your first shallow hole.  Good luck with the big rocks.  Hope they are packed with nice gold for ya.
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Post by: BC Handyman on April 29, 2015, 02:03:56 PM
Thanks guys, I did make it up there again last weekend & plan on going again this weekend. I again had to stop about 300 meters short of claim due to snow & ice I could not drive through.
I tested a lil bit of material & found a few more specks that are almost big enough to call flakes <-shock_> I hit more frozen ground as I tried to open up hole,  ut I'm sur eit will be thawed by this weekend.
Still alot of snow around the claim & on creek but I can see it wont be too long till I get to explore my claim more & plan for next test hole. This weekend will be dealing with the few big rocks in my way of opening things up, I'll need to bring the rock wrangler I made along with the come along.
I'll post a few pics later.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on April 30, 2015, 09:16:00 AM
As promised, here is a few pics. One of my hole & rocks I'm dealing with & another of some gold I found.

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Post by: Goldcrow on April 30, 2015, 09:54:14 AM
Looks good, like to see the gold. I'd like to see your rock remover as well...I'm building one too, out of truck dually chains, for my winch.
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Post by: marekn on April 30, 2015, 04:16:33 PM
 Hi BC Handyman.It is really good sign if just from the scratching of the surface. Eager to see what's  down under.  Good luck.         MarekN
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Post by: tamarackman on May 02, 2015, 08:38:38 AM
 <-good_> looks pretty good sofar.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on May 15, 2015, 07:55:56 AM
Thanks, I did get up to claim last weekend too, both on sat and sun. Alot of traffic on that goat path on sun, suprised me really. Anyway I got a big ol rock moved with my rock wrangler. Also got to set up my sluice & pump for first time, we only ran about .5 yard but did manage to recover some color desite overloading it(IMO)
I will be back up there this weekend. {cool^sign}


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Post by: BC Handyman on May 19, 2015, 08:20:31 AM
I did get back up to my claim on sat & on sun. I spent a good part of each trip talking with people I ran into on the mountain including a young chap that is a member on this forum, I was happy to see his jeep sitting off the side of the road when I came down from my new sample area. I also saw some some guys that raised more questons then answers while talking with them. Even found a few fly poops to validate the day  <-laugh->
Got some trails started also so it was productive enough for me.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: Rocksniffer on May 25, 2015, 10:21:10 PM
I don't care what anyone says....I'm calling your bluff.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on May 26, 2015, 09:10:52 AM
Bluff? Who? what? what you taking about?  <-thinking->

Anyway I did get back upto my claim a few times this week, Started a new hole, found a bit of ice still under the moss but found a few specks in our sample(I had help digging) enough I'm going to continue, but still no good sized flakes & no nuggets yet.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: RotGrub on May 27, 2015, 09:07:49 AM
I did get to get some gold bearing material through my bluebowl, it was from the dirt hogg dirt I bought [&whistle#] But I've learned how it works & got to see gold in it. I even had a helper for a while.

I've been using a blue bowl for a while now and the more I classify the more I collect. I was given several screens from 30 - 200 mesh and every grade produces gold. It takes more time but I wait until the off season to run my material.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on May 28, 2015, 12:49:40 PM
I've been using a blue bowl for a while now and the more I classify the more I collect. I was given several screens from 30 - 200 mesh and every grade produces gold. It takes more time but I wait until the off season to run my material.
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Yes the blue bolw is a bit slower, but it still works, I have trouble getting the stuff thats smaller then 100 mesh, prob cause I dont got a 200 mesh screen, but you are right about the more you classify the material ther better the blue bowl works.

I got up to my claim yesterday & might try again today. didnt do much other then take some over burden from new sample hole & enjoyed the peace & quit......mainly no cell service for people to bug me  <-party->
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on June 03, 2015, 08:36:07 AM
I did manage to get out again last weekend a few times for a few hrs each day, did more planning then anything. I hope to spend first night up there this weekend. I did end up running a few buckets through my sluice & finally got to clean out the last sample. I didnt find anything too exciting but did find more tiny specks.
Here is a pic from the findings from my last few trips. Just enough to keep me digging.


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Post by: BC Handyman on June 07, 2015, 01:35:44 PM
I got back up to my claim yesterday & ran the sluice for a while, Didn't see any pickers, but I didnt really get much deeper in my smple hole, just managed to open it up a bit & remove a few rocks.
I did get to a make a small campfire to cook up some hotdogs & BS with some of the neighbors. I tell you those hotdogs taste better when your thinking about the local bears smelling them & wanting to come for lunch.
I also threw in a pic of one of the views I get.

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Post by: mcbain on June 07, 2015, 08:03:41 PM
I got back up to my claim yesterday & ran the sluice for a while, Didn't see any pickers, but I didnt really get much deeper in my smple hole, just managed to open it up a bit & remove a few rocks.
I did get to a make a small campfire to cook up some hotdogs & BS with some of the neighbors. I tell you those hotdogs taste better when your thinking about the local bears smelling them & wanting to come for lunch.
I also threw in a pic of one of the views I get.
Nice gold better than alot.do not know if you get fish runs in that area but a bag of fish guts placed in  the right place will keep the bear gods happy.Just a thought .mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on June 07, 2015, 08:51:26 PM
I did see a big ol brown bear, and my buddy saw him a few days later. In fact he was about 1 km down from me so I bet thats the same one HiLo found the print of.
I don't think I'll offer fish guts or any food to the bears, but the butterflies sure like the pop I dump out from almost empty cans. There was about 20 of em hovering around.
I only found a few specks, a lil less then last time so I might leave that spot for a while & move onto my other spots I found interesting, but I know that hole holds some fines & maybe some time I'll get a bit deeper & find some better stuff.
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Post by: BC Handyman on June 21, 2015, 01:50:58 PM
I got up to my claim a couple times last week, only for a few hrs each time though so not alot done. I did start to open up another sample site though & managed to find a lil bit of colour. Yes it was still fly poop/fines but I found it so there is still hope that the mother load lays beneath ;D
No sign of that big ol brown bear, but I did see a few other critters like deer,turkey,grouse & even a rabbit.
Here is a pic of our(me & mining partner) gold we found from last few trips. We are hoping as we go down into our holes the gold will get bigger, but the rocks don't make digging easier <_miner_>


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Post by: Goldcrow on June 21, 2015, 07:32:51 PM
Not bad, bch. Keep on diggin'     <-good_>
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Post by: BC Handyman on July 09, 2015, 04:05:11 PM
I did manage to get up to claim on Canada Day & again on the Saturday, decided to go back to my first hole for a bit and get a bit deeper. Didn't really pay off big, but I did find a few more specks, but even better is another layer on material(clay) I found, hoping that means I might find a few more & or bigger specks, or dare I even say a nugget <~ShOcK~>
Best part was just being out enjoying Canada's beauty on her birthday.

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Post by: BC Handyman on July 13, 2015, 09:03:48 PM
I got a bit more work done up at my claim, managed to get a bit of sluicing in & started to open another hole along with open up my first hole more. I hoping I can get back up there for a few hrs sometime this week.


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Post by: BC Handyman on July 17, 2015, 03:57:17 PM
Thought I'd post a few more pics from last trip, one of the view of a mountain from claim below mine & one of the glory me and my mining partner found from last few trips. For the amount of material we washed I'm not super excited for what panned out, but it's still better then a stick in the eye & a cow pie on the boot.


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Post by: BC Handyman on July 24, 2015, 07:23:35 PM
I'll be heading to my claim tomorrow to put in a few hrs of sluicing, hope it will be the day I find gold bigger then 50mesh.
also thought I shoud share a few pics from last weekend. First pic is view from my deepest sample hole....still a great view <-good_>
second pic is of my sluice set up & ready to run material, 3rd pic is another pretty view from a few claims down the mountain from my claim, beautiful area I get to hang out in.
I'm not sure where I should sample next, I wish I had some experianced wisdom from somebody who could tell me where looks promising to dig next since I'm unsure what my next move should be. <-thinking->

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Post by: lowdown on July 24, 2015, 09:13:41 PM
great pictures, nice looking gold
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Post by: tamarackman on July 26, 2015, 11:38:40 AM
sometimes going in with just a pan and hitting spots along the creek can be a refreshing change of pace. Maybe look for shallow bedrock areas and snipe the cracks, if you can find bigger gold while sniping around the creek it'll help show where it settles in your drainage. Then maybe look for similar features up higher where you can sluice?
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Post by: BC Handyman on July 28, 2015, 05:06:31 PM
Finding bedrock is one of the things I'm finding harder then thought/hoped, as the water goes down I can try panning a few other spots on creek, but they pretty steep so I'm not sure if I'd find anything. I few spots might be bedrock but honestly I'm not sure if it is bedrock, or just some really big rocks.
Anyway I thought I'd share a pic of my mining partner working hard & a interested lil guy that was checking us & our equipment out.


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Post by: BC Handyman on August 21, 2015, 04:06:51 PM
In an effort to repost parts of my adventure that went missing with the latest website prob, here is a general idea of last post.
I got confirmation that my claim has exposed bedrock from a fellow miner that was kind enough to come take a look at my claim. only question is how far to I got to chase the bedrock down till I find some good gold. Only time with the shovel will tell. Here is a few pics of my latest hole I'm sampling along with my trusty hound.

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Post by: mcbain on August 21, 2015, 08:23:14 PM
Yea grasshopper nows good matt when he sees it.try running it full length of your sluice never go back to the other stuff Luck mcbain.
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Post by: BC Handyman on August 21, 2015, 09:02:36 PM
we got that matt in out clean up sluice, have not tried it in out main sluice. If I see the matting at a good price I might have to give it a try.
What you guys think is the chance there is some gold in'around this clay layer I found? Prob just a slide layer but I like the looks of it for fines. I just uncovered it yesterday behind a big ol rock.

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Post by: sunshine on August 22, 2015, 08:28:36 PM
I did see a big ol brown bear, and my buddy saw him a few days later. In fact he was about 1 km down from me so I bet thats the same one HiLo found the print of.
I don't think I'll offer fish guts or any food to the bears, but the butterflies sure like the pop I dump out from almost empty cans. There was about 20 of em hovering around.
I only found a few specks, a lil less then last time so I might leave that spot for a while & move onto my other spots I found interesting, but I know that hole holds some fines & maybe some time I'll get a bit deeper & find some better stuff.

You sure you know what a butterfly looks like?  Sounds like you got an infestation of dung beetles.   LOL
Amazing what you see in the woods.  The behavior of some critters does not always match expectations or what you read in books.
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Post by: sunshine on August 22, 2015, 08:31:13 PM
By the way, great thread.  I enjoy reading about your adventures and the pictures are excellent.
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Post by: BC Handyman on August 23, 2015, 12:23:22 PM
Thanks Sunshine, dung beetles, butterflies, fly's pooping, I don't care as long as i find the gold. <-good_>
I have not done much more exploring on my claim in last few weeks, instead I've been working on my holes & putting rocks through the box. the holes are slowly getting bigger. The nights are starting to get cooler & the nearby mountain tops even got a dusting of snow on Friday night, so it wont be long till my claim sees it's first dusting. I'm hoping I got another 6-8 weeks untill I see a hint of snow on my claim. I'll prob do some prospecting in diff area's in next few weeeks <_miner_>

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Post by: BC Handyman on August 27, 2015, 10:14:11 PM
Well this Saturday will be the first Saturday in a while that I'm not up on my claim, but that don't mean I won't be looking for gold still, just a diff kind of gold. I'll be looking for gold/1st place in the Cranbrook mower nationals. [-1st-] What that is is Lawn mower racing, here is my mower sponsored by my Company. Honestly the mower scares me when it gets going full speed & I try to take a corner <~ShOcK~> but it's the funnest weekend of the summer for me.
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Post by: tamarackman on August 29, 2015, 09:15:15 AM
Wish y'all the best out there! Nice ride hope you mow the sh#*$ out of your competition.
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Post by: BC Handyman on September 04, 2015, 08:39:52 AM
I didn't end up with racing gold, but I did pretty good & won 3 races, so I'm happy. Now my next chance at gold will be back up at my claim this weekend [<-panning->]
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Post by: BC Handyman on September 13, 2015, 10:29:35 AM
I did get up to my claim the last few weekends, not a lot of progress though since I was by myself. Last weekend had the tops of the maintain covered in snow, this weekend I was getting a sunburn mining without a shirt. I'll post a few pics later. Bought some bear spray though yesterday with all the bear activity going on right now, hope I never have to use it.
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Post by: BC Handyman on September 13, 2015, 05:27:09 PM
I said I'd post a few pics, so here they are. First is of some mountains with the snow on them, second is of some mountains lower down, no snow, but a perdy view. 3rd is of the progress at my first hole. I will be starting to work on my next test site soon, I hope in next few weeks.

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Post by: BC Handyman on September 25, 2015, 10:40:26 PM
Update time!
I'm still making progress on my claim, with only a few weekends for sure left I decided to open up yet another sample area on my claim, this spot is an exposed vertical bedrock area in my own personal canyon on my claim, I don't know if if holds anything of value yet, but I couldn't wait till next season to find out so I thought now is the time to open it up & explore a bit
First thing I found was decayed rock with a few veins of mineralized material with in it. What do you guys think it looks like is in the veins?(pic 1) [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]
I did a few hrs of sluicing after removing moss & the few inches of top soil there was. I ended up with an area I will put some hrs into to see what it holds.
I will be heading back up tomorrow to spent the day digging.

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Post by: BC Handyman on September 27, 2015, 10:40:35 AM
I did go up to my claim yesterday, saw, stopped & chatted with all the local miners. I noticed all the leaves are starting to fall. Got some sluicing done while I got a few big rocks loose. Then after digging & ran into a neighbouring claim owner that was going for a quad ride, so on way out we ran into another local miner that was on board for the quad ride so we all headed accross the stream & up the mountain on other side of valley from my claim. We ended up with a great view of the fisher bowl, fisher peak & my claim.I saw so many awesome geological features it blows my away how cool this area is. 


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Post by: BC Handyman on September 29, 2015, 08:47:15 AM
Looks like your have a blast out there  {cool^sign} That rotting quartz vein looks interesting. Did you take knock a sample off of it to see if there's any visible mineralization in it?

Keep us posted and we love pics of gold too!!  :)

I did sample a bit, but didn't crush it to test it, just panned some, to me it looked like calcium or something was in it with iron, quartz and granite colored material.
Ya I had a great time getting that close to birds eye view of the surrounding mountains.
Not a pic of clean gold, but I'm sure there is gold in my matts :)


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Post by: tamarackman on September 30, 2015, 08:16:47 PM
it's nice to have good neighbours like that out there, sounds like a good time. great pics!
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Post by: BC Handyman on October 01, 2015, 03:07:53 PM
it's nice to have good neighbours like that out there, sounds like a good time. great pics!

Yup, great to have good neighbors, I made a point to not only stop & talk to all the neighbors, I get to know them & offer a hand if they need. By doing that not have I only recieved help back when I needed it, I got to have some good times & see/learn how others go about things. I figure we can all learn from each other since we all out for the same reasons, enjoy the woods, fresh air & maybe find a bit of gold.  <-yes_>
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Post by: mcbain on October 01, 2015, 06:54:30 PM
it's nice to have good neighbours like that out there, sounds like a good time. great pics!

Yup, great to have good neighbors, I made a point to not only stop & talk to all the neighbors, I get to know them & offer a hand if they need. By doing that not have I only recieved help back when I needed it, I got to have some good times & see/learn how others go about things. I figure we can all learn from each other since we all out for the same reasons, enjoy the woods, fresh air & maybe find a bit of gold.  <-yes_>
Great pics thanks for sharing.Can not say enough about knowing your neighbours.Luck Mcbain.
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Post by: BC Handyman on October 09, 2015, 08:15:13 PM
You guys are welcome & I'm happy you guys like my pics & adventures of my first year prospecting on my first claim.
As my first full season comes to a close I can say alot about what I've learned, seen & done as well as the great people I've met. It's actually been one full year now that I've had the claim & tomorrow will be the first time I've managed to get my ol lady up there. While I'm happy she actually coming up there I'm sure I'll regret it(can hear her now " how much longer are we going to be here,I wanna go home")
Anyway here is a few pics from last week. One of what looks like the beginning of a quartz vein I uncovered & another of the great veiw I get every time I'm up there. Also, yes I'm still finding a bit of fly poop every trip.

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Post by: BC Handyman on October 25, 2015, 10:32:25 AM
Howdy all, I figured it's time to post again since it's been a few weeks. I've been up to my claim a few times since last post, but have not really done much that looks diff then anything else I did. I did get the wife up there & she didn't enjoy the steep, bumpy road with a cliff on the side. She spent the day looking for cool looking rocks & even took the hammer & was breaking a few open <_miner_>
I spend almost as much time BSing with the neighbours then I do mining, but it's all part of the fun up there. This week I drove up to top of my claim(past the landslide) for first time.
The land gets pretty rugged up there & there is already all day ice & frost up there, so that means snow in a few days prob. [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]
I also saw a juicy looking grouse on my claim as I pulled up yesterday & found a lil waterfall up the creek, too bad there is all those big rocks in way, I bet there is some gold under that rock.
I'm hoping the snow will hold off for a bit so I can get up there again next weekend, but who knows how many more mining days will be left this season.

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Post by: BC Handyman on October 31, 2015, 09:52:30 AM
I'm sure my women is glad she not the only one that don't like that road. It don't bother me as long as there is no ice on it.
I'll be heading up to my claim in a few hrs & since the snow will be there any day now I'll be taking most of my equipment back with me. I hope to make it up there a few for times but it's better to be safe then sorry I guess. Raining pretty hard here right now, so today won't be a warm dry day I know.
My mining partner got us this screen/shaker contraption somebody made, it should come in handy next year for making piles of de-rocked material.

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Post by: BC Handyman on November 01, 2015, 10:10:01 AM
 <-NO_> <-NO_> <-NO_> Well the day I didn't want but knew was close, has arrived. I took a few screened buckets of material, packed all the equip outta there & hoped I can still drive up next week.


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Post by: BC Handyman on November 05, 2015, 09:03:40 PM
The snow seems to be on my claim for good now, so now is the time to clean what I found, here is a glory shot of about fifty thousand fly poops  <-party->

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Post by: BC Handyman on November 18, 2015, 06:37:14 PM
Well other then mining on my neighbours claims, mining on my claim for the season is done. I may take a snowmobile up there 1 or 2 times, but other then that I'm ready to submit another SOW. Even though I got more gold from other claims in last 2 weeks then mine all year, I still veiw this season as a success. I met alot of good folks, learned alot, & got a plan for the future of my claim, and heck I even found a few bucks in gold <-good_>
Also if any of you miners will be in the Cranbrook area, I invite you to Miners night at the legendary byng roadhouse on wed Nov 25. It's my mining partners bar & we are having a year end get together. I'll be bringing & setting up my bluebowl along with some cons I carefully prepped to run & am dying to see whats in it. We prob start around 630-7pm
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Post by: BC Handyman on December 24, 2015, 06:42:07 PM
Well as a Christmas treat I'll share something I just got, I dont want to say too much, but I will say it did not come from my claim, but it was in found in my area. It was found not very long ago, it weighs a hair over 2ozt & I made a trade with the claim owner so I could keep it. As far as I know it's the biggest piece found in decades in this area & I now own all of it.   <-yahoo_>
Keep looking for the big gold people, this is proof the oldtimers didn't get it all. [<-panning->]
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on December 24, 2015, 06:53:46 PM
Well as a Christmas treat I'll share something I just got, I dont want to say too much, but I will say it did not come from my claim, but it was in found in my area. It was found not very long ago, it weighs a hair over 2ozt & I made a trade with the claim owner so I could keep it. As far as I know it's the biggest piece found in decades in this area & I now own all of it.   <-yahoo_>
Keep looking for the big gold people, this is proof the oldtimers didn't get it all. [<-panning->]
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all.
Great post and great pic.Does not matter where you got it.Aslong as was close to your area.I take it as a x-mas present and a good reminder to us all that there is good untouched gold out there.Thanks and kudos merry x-mas Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on December 25, 2015, 03:01:41 PM
Great post and great pic.Does not matter where you got it.Aslong as was close to your area.I take it as a x-mas present and a good reminder to us all that there is good untouched gold out there.Thanks and kudos merry x-mas Mcbain.

Thanks, yup it was close enough I'm pretty sure my claim has one too if not one thats even bigger <-yes_> Crazy thing is I talked about finding a 2oz nugget in the spot it was found & an hour later it was found in that same spot <-shock_>
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on January 02, 2016, 08:27:06 PM
Here is a video I made for a poem a local miner wrote, spring is not too long away now <-yahoo_>
https://youtu.be/Cc7BAbUiNpw
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: tamarackman on January 09, 2016, 08:50:55 AM
Nice friggen nugget <-hypnotized->!!!  keep at it and youll be showing us your bigger one soon i hope.  I also liked the poem and shots of the nip and tuck mine. thanks for posting and a good new year to you
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on February 13, 2016, 07:09:58 PM
Thanks, I've been busy planning for this coming year, there is lots to do & the snow is starting to melt so hopefully only a few more months. Here is another video I made, this one is a summery of my first year mining on my claim. Hope you guys enjoy <-yes_>
https://youtu.be/f7Q9Bjnw2vY
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Post by: kennyj on February 13, 2016, 07:55:36 PM
Great video. Good luck this season.
kenny
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Post by: tamarackman on February 15, 2016, 05:50:54 PM
nice review of your season {cool^sign}
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Post by: mentalcoincoin on February 16, 2016, 08:11:25 AM
Thanks, I've been busy planning for this coming year, there is lots to do & the snow is starting to melt so hopefully only a few more months. Here is another video I made, this one is a summery of my first year mining on my claim. Hope you guys enjoy <-yes_>
https://youtu.be/f7Q9Bjnw2vY

 {-applause-} Thanx for posting such a cool vid!  "Its nice to have $uch a Golden Purpose. <-yahoo_>
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Post by: BC Handyman on February 16, 2016, 04:15:19 PM
Thanks guys, it will be a fun record of our progress as we continue on with our search of treasures. here is a lil hint as to whats going on this coming season for us. [&whistle#]
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Post by: camper1 on February 16, 2016, 07:51:10 PM
Wow
Should be a interesting summer
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Post by: tamarackman on February 20, 2016, 07:26:22 AM
yes!!! <_miner_>
but your gonna need a bigger sled  ;D
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: scar420 on February 26, 2016, 10:14:02 PM
 <-shock_> Very nice, you've produced more than me so far! Id say that looks promising. Nice pictures, definitely a nice area.
I've done several test pans and generally get a couple fine colors per pan, but I have yet to set up my high banker. I think I will try a bulk sample this spring, as well as some metal detecting...lots of oxidized quartz that's got holes like swiss cheese...makes me wonder about there being pieces with gold still attached.  Got huge pile of excavated dirt ready to sluice, just was more focused on digging down...but then realized I had to widen the shaft before i could go any deeper...it got a little cramped in there. With the bridge in place getting a highbanker and pump in is going to be much easier, I hope it survived winter.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on March 04, 2016, 10:03:43 AM
Well I had a good day panning the other day, I found the biggest gold nugget I've panned to date as well as it was the best/heaviest gold in one pan I've found, I got all this in one pan, yes just one pan. <-yahoo_> [<-panning->]
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: Johnnydanger on March 04, 2016, 12:22:22 PM
That is some great looking gold! It sure gives a guy some incentive to keep digging. What a good start to the mining season.
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Post by: oilfieldsafety on March 04, 2016, 01:35:00 PM
I bet that pan made you take a second look, damn nice gold, congrats!
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on March 04, 2016, 02:23:38 PM
I bet that pan made you take a second look, damn nice gold, congrats!
You bet it did, for a second you don't believe your eyes.

That is some great looking gold! It sure gives a guy some incentive to keep digging. What a good start to the mining season.
It sure does, enough I along with others were out there for 8 hrs the next day looking for more, well into the night after we set up some lights & got a sluice going. [email protected]*

very chunky right on BCH congrats!  <-good_>
Thanks, I'm very happy, even though I'm sick with the gold fever, the best therapy is to get out there and dig. Here is what I got the next day sluicing for 8hrs...... about 2/3 weight of what I got in one single pan the day before.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on March 04, 2016, 03:31:10 PM
I think that one picture gives it all away.  Here I thought you were on your claim up the hill.  Job well done though for sure.

Oh no, I wont be able to get to my claim for a few months prob, I can only hope my claim has stuff like this. I do my winter digging down at the Nip & Tuck mine.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on March 06, 2016, 10:35:57 AM
Spring is beginning to spring in my neck of the woods, I went back to nip and tuck mine to help steve get his trommel ready along with his water pipe(for gravity feed) into the now thawing creek. To top it off I got a few grams of gold from a couple hours of digging. {cool^sign}
I got my NOW permit submitted & my SOW done, so now its just a waiting game for permit & snow to melt. It's going to be a long wait ^#!
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on March 08, 2016, 03:38:52 PM
Ugh, my claim got more snow yesterday, but down lower I was able to find a bit more gold at the Nip & Tuck Mine. Not bad for 4hrs. looks like old gold to me. Today I'm thinking about building a large highbanker type washplant with lumber to use with our small excavator. Not sure it's best thought, but certainly the cheaper thought. We got a small shaker table, but I don't think it beefy enough & would need a bunch of changes to work for us.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: PannersDelight on March 10, 2016, 10:14:33 AM
Cool thread. I live in Kelowna if you ever need a hand working your claim. Just a rdcreational panner at the moment but wouldnt mind stepping it up a bit.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on March 22, 2016, 02:11:04 PM
Well spring is here & the snow is melting off my mountain claim road, I will attempt the first visit this year within the next few weeks although I know the road will not be snow free. I been making out pretty good down on lower claims & even bought another claim I'll be able to access easier in early & late winter. Wash plant construction is under way so I can see the light now.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on April 05, 2016, 08:28:06 AM
Thanks, I'm hoping to be able to drive up to mine in a week or so. But on the news front......... well I guess the bad first, my permit I submitted 1.5months ago is still waiting to cross the inspectors desk {-censored-} So my mechanical wont be starting any time soon <-waiting->
The good news is I will be picking up our excavator tomorrow & will have a place for it to reside on a pemited mine till my permit is ready. Here is a few pics of my sluice build project.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on April 15, 2016, 09:06:22 AM
It's been an exciting week for us, our permit for our claim is out for referral and in mean time we started to work the ground at a buddies place until ours is ready. Our makeshift washplant is working better then we thought, be we still will need a proper hopper one day. Our lil digger is also working great! Here is a few pics of our lil setup. We trying to get up there every spare hr we got, even in the mountain spring storms.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: camper1 on April 15, 2016, 10:59:48 AM
Hi BCH
Looks Great
I was wondering is the road up above the hair pin turn is open ,as I would try and get to my claim
Thanks
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on April 15, 2016, 12:08:52 PM
Right on! Crappy that the permit is out for review but it's great you guys are washing rocks! Great pics too!

I used an agent to do all my permitting/paper work and I'm really glad I did. Gave me the time to concentrate on equipment and planning while he did the paper work end of things. My agent is great at what he does and also offered tons of great info, advice and knowledge too. So for $450 it was money very well spent. Just something to consider for your future permitting needs.

You're sluice looks like an old school "push box" style. They showed Big Al using one on this weeks Yukon Gold show. If I could suggest a couple things you could do to really help wash the rocks more it would be to make a chamber area up at the very top of the sluice which funnels down into the lower section.  It would keep the material there longer and get washed more before sliding down the sluice. And add a ABS/PVC spray bar to that chambered area so it really blasts all the material rather than just having one shoot of water from a hose.

Looking great and keep the pics coming. Thanks for sharing your adventures  :)

lol ya we were laughing at Yukon gold saying that that looks familiar, when he was having probs, we were joking that hero needs to get raking. we will eventually have a hopper with spray bars & grizzley bars that kick the rocks outta box, this is a half built plant that we put into service early so we could start washing rocks.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on April 15, 2016, 12:10:11 PM
Hi BCH
Looks Great
I was wondering is the road up above the hair pin turn is open ,as I would try and get to my claim
Thanks

No, its still got too much snow to drive up, I still cant get to mine, but will likey be able to in a few days......I hope
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on April 18, 2016, 05:07:36 PM
I put in a good weekend going solo with almost no gold to show till the 11th hr(literally)  started to pull pickers and flake outta the sluice. It's funny how glorious everything is when your on the gold, I even got a pic that shows what I mean kinda
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Post by: BC Handyman on April 28, 2016, 09:29:26 AM
We been working away every chance we got, we got another cut opened up, stripped & ready to sluice.  The lil digger has been working out real good & I'm becoming an efficient operator.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on April 29, 2016, 10:43:41 PM
Thanks Ore Hunter! I can't complain, while it was slow gold wise for a few days, I'm back on it & living the dream.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: ryanonthevedder on May 01, 2016, 08:17:29 PM
Just going to leave this here...

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Post by: BC Handyman on May 02, 2016, 08:32:17 PM
lol, yup that greasy beast got me this, this weekend, I slept on the tailing rocks next to the fire so I could get an early start on Sunday, After being woke up at the crack of dawn by a rooster at the mine I got to work on my weekend hole. I'm pretty happy with the treasure I dug up.
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Post by: mcbain on May 02, 2016, 09:00:29 PM
Nice nice.Hope you eat the friggin rooster.Luck Mcbain.
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Post by: SDHillbilly on May 02, 2016, 10:04:33 PM
 [!!DANCE!!] You can definitely say your on the gold  {-applause-}
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Post by: oilfieldsafety on May 03, 2016, 08:34:32 AM
Very Nice!!!
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Post by: BC Handyman on May 03, 2016, 09:11:52 AM
Wow chunky gold BCH. Very nice! How many yards did you run and how deep are you finding the chunky stuff?

Thanks guys, since there is no multi quote anymore I'll try to address comments in this post, Mcbain: they mountain chickens so I bet there are tough meat :)
I ran about  5 yards to get that, I got right to bedrock, but my lil machine without teeth cant scrape the bedrock as good as I'd like.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on May 04, 2016, 06:49:35 PM
Hey if your bedrock is dry,Try a gas powered vac.If not put some water in the hole and use a 2 inch nozzle either one will clean up that bedrock.Be a shame to loose the gold sitting on bedrock.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on May 06, 2016, 06:05:22 PM
not really a good place for dredging or sucking of anykind Mcbain, but we did think of it. I'm heading out there tonight so I get a early start, Hopefully I'll return with afist full of gold
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on May 13, 2016, 01:38:40 PM
I didn't get quite a fist full last weekend, but I did get some, I will be out there again tomorrow and made it out yesterday for a few hrs, got into some nice looking material(see pic) full of lil nuggets. Hopefully we can reach our goal this weekend cause it wont be lonf till the permit for my claim is ready.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: DeevZ on May 14, 2016, 11:59:16 AM
Looks like it's just the grapple portion that's tied up. Does it creep closed? Could have a failing holding valve or a small leak.

Had a quick attachment on the front of a loader that kept pulling a locking pin in, turned out the one cylinder had been slowly unthreading ( at the ram end ).
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on May 15, 2016, 03:00:38 PM
Looks like it's just the grapple portion that's tied up. Does it creep closed? Could have a failing holding valve or a small leak.

Had a quick attachment on the front of a loader that kept pulling a locking pin in, turned out the one cylinder had been slowly unthreading ( at the ram end ).

Ya that's just a strap holding the thumb up cause we broke the ram 1st day, got it fixed next day, but have yet to put it back on since strap working so well and we don't need thumb right now.
I spent weekend out there digging again, didn't find a lot of gold, but got a few grams to add pile from last few weeks of digging. Here is what we got last 5 weeks.
I also made the trip up to my claim and scoped things out before permit is in place, the neighbor placed markers on what he thinks is claim boarder, but they will be moved as they are in my dig site/claim. All to left of me in pic will be flattened once permit is done.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: DeevZ on May 15, 2016, 05:24:07 PM
Looks good! I look forward to reading more into your adventures, hopefully the permit comes quickly.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on May 15, 2016, 07:20:07 PM
very nice are you still working for wages.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on May 16, 2016, 09:05:20 AM
Beautiful gold! So chunky and love the color. Are you keeping your fines separate or are you recovering no fines?

Keep the pics coming BCH, they're great!

Yes the fines are separate, and there is not a lot in that spot, but there is some, we will use the clean up sluice for all the fines.
Mcbain.... yes I'm still working for wages, my company is not worth giving up on for a lil bit of gold, but if I start pulling a lot more I'd consider only working part time in winter :)
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on May 27, 2016, 03:01:47 PM
Well much going on in my gold seeking world, first we reached our gold goal while at the nip & tuck & just in time cause the next day we got our permit completed & notice given, so we be mechanically mining in just a few days on our own claim.  It's so exciting to start on this new page of our mining adventures. Shack construction and land clearing will be started in no time aswell. tomorrow the push box will be taken out along with sluice for rebuild for our needs at our claim. WOOT! WOOT!
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on May 27, 2016, 07:05:38 PM
Best of luck to you.Happy mining.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on May 29, 2016, 03:21:15 PM
Thanks Mcbain, I'll need it as I'm going where no machine has gone, placer mining that is, we will answer a lot of peoples queston of is there gold up there, we already know, yes there is tiny gold, but we want to know if there is BIG gold up there :)
Like I said earlier, I pulled sluice/push box out and have already begun to pull in apart and rebuild it for our claim. We ended up doing pretty good in the 7 weeks  we were at buddy's claim. We still got the super fines to process so we don't got an end total yet, but I know we got over a quarter pound troy.
We learned a lot and am grateful for Steve letting us play in his sandbox till we could get to ours. Next adventure begins with the beginning of  our permitted mine.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on June 02, 2016, 09:17:23 AM
I got up to my claim a few days ago and begun to clear bushes and trees, I got a few dig sites marked out and a plan on where to start when machine gets up there. This weekend more clearing and maybe a few pans to scratch the itch.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on June 02, 2016, 05:51:08 PM
looking  forward to your results.Got a good feeling.Luck Mcbain.
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Post by: BC Handyman on June 04, 2016, 08:53:35 AM
Well today is a big day for us, a very big day. Today we are walking our machine 5km up a mountain trail/road to our claim.  I think i'll be bringing part of the sluice too along with the saw to clear some more bush.
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Post by: BC Handyman on June 05, 2016, 11:29:34 AM
We successfully got our digger up to our claim, I got a pad started after clearing and burning enough bush, here is a few pics of the trip up, fire and my hillside turned into a pad.
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Post by: BC Handyman on June 05, 2016, 05:35:40 PM
Hilo- yes we got a good start I think, soon that stretch will be 2 lane :) cant wait to see u up there one Saturday afternoon. Tinman-, not  bold when there no fire ban in area along with the proper safety equipment, man power, burn plan and a MERP in place.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on June 05, 2016, 05:55:03 PM
Hi.real nice.I realize you cant have every thing,But did you get a digging bucket with the  digger.that cleanout bucket will not last long in tough digging.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on June 05, 2016, 06:55:14 PM
Hi.real nice.I realize you cant have every thing,But did you get a digging bucket with the  digger.that cleanout bucket will not last long in tough digging.Luck Mcbain.

No, I wish we had a digging bucket, I been looking for one other then a brand new one for several thousand dollars.  We defiantly want to get one cause we know, like you said it not easy digging and will beat the crap outta it,  but one thing at a time :) 
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on June 10, 2016, 03:33:28 PM
I'm heading back up to my claim in morn, I hope to get sluice set up or atleast enough room to set it up. I should also get my gravity fed water line in place & even though I just starting to mine on the claim I already started giving back to the forest and planted a tree my daughter gave me for up there.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on June 10, 2016, 08:07:00 PM
Way to go.My grandson does the same thing.He will cut a tree but likes to plant a new one.Very important too our children and I have a lot of respect for thier way of thinking.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on June 17, 2016, 06:44:53 PM
Almost time to get up to my claim again, I got up a few days ago to try to replace a hose on excavator but it turns out I cant reach other end so that project will be on hold till I can figure out how to get access in that tight spot. This weekend I hope to get more brush burned, a screen on water intake, more trees fallen & my sign/notice board put up, along with a bit more material up there for camp building. I'll post pics of my progress when I get back on Sunday.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on June 19, 2016, 09:43:10 PM
As I said, here is some pics from this weekend. I got some more bush cleared and burned, a few trees cut down, the machine fixed(a few times) a landing extended and leveled along with the bank carved out enough to get the machine by when whole sluice is set up. I'm almost ready to start sluicing, but there is still a few things to do. I also threw in a pic of my dog sitting by himself just enjoying the fire lol
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: lonewolfnan on June 20, 2016, 05:05:11 PM
Just read the  entire file from day 1 and found it very entertaining. It was great you allowed us to follow along in your adventure and  hope you are able to continue  your dream /gold fever disease.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on June 20, 2016, 06:24:29 PM
Hi.guys owning your own eqipment in a bush situation can be a real learning experience.Learn all your grease points and grease often.A lot of operators get lazy when it comes to hard to reach places and that can get expensive.Your turn table can be a tough one.Hydraulic oil filters are another one.Should be changed at least once a year.Loggers are real bad for ignoring these 2 areas and it costs them huge.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on June 20, 2016, 06:53:57 PM
Yes I am already learning more then I though on fixing this thing just cause I'm stuck out there in a sense  and its either figure it  out  or no work will get done. Grease is one thing we really try to not get last with, every day even if it only had a few hrs on it we grease, filters we haven't had it long enough to get lazy on that, so hopefully it won't become a prob :)
lonewolfnan- I'm glad you enjoyed it too, I know I have :D  This is why I made this thread, is so all can watch/lookback(including myself) on when I started and some of the adventures along the way, really there is sooo much to say about all the characters/claim owners around me and all the things that go on, it would be quit the gold show, and we can imagine the producers loving the drama we call small scale placer mining, with the odd hardrock adventure. Every day there is something cool that happened to one or more of the guys in my  area, but all those good times are for those who dare to venture out this way and become part of our world, I can say it's crazy the amount of good people and activity in my area & am glad I took/take the time to get to know almost everyone.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: kosoca on June 21, 2016, 01:56:49 PM
Makita makes a great grease gun attachment that you can use with any cordless drill/impact gun.  Bought it for ~90$ + taxes at the local industrial tool supply.  I really like it.

http://www.makita.ca/index2.php?event=newaccessorydetailstemp&id=514&from=tool
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on June 22, 2016, 08:59:04 AM
ya I use hp grease, but didn't know that I should rotate the cab when greeseing, makes sence, just never thought of it, I'll do that now thx
As for an electric grease gun, maybe one day but for now I'll manually pump it :)
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on June 22, 2016, 06:24:57 PM
One thing I forgot to mention.You guys may have figured out already.Minors got a advantage over most operators.We have pumps and hoses all that is needed is a cheap fire nozzle to keep tracts,rollers and final drives cleaned out once in awhile.Sure makes it easy to tighten a track if need be.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on June 24, 2016, 10:27:56 PM
So I'll be heading up again this weekend, but I also made it up to my Mineral claim and got some work in on it, didn't see anything good, but I saw some new areas and  got a great view of the surrounding mountains, the river way at bottom is the wildhorse river. As you can see we were way above it.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on June 25, 2016, 06:53:47 PM
very nice.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on June 26, 2016, 08:39:06 AM
Well I found what looks like the last loose hose connection sofar on the digger, so no signs of any fluid loss. I got water running and got settling area close to finished. I'm heading back up there now to get pad leveled for camp building & clear some more brush, might even get a few min of sluicing in :) pics when I get back.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on June 27, 2016, 09:28:11 AM
It was a good weekend, I got the water line in place and running, I got our settling pond dug out more(no pics) got the road widened, camp area cleared and semi leveled, the camp has great scenery and I even ran a few buckets of material just to see how water/ponds settles the water. Like my camp, my view for sluicing is hard to beat. Oh and I also got a new hole started on one of my other claims. Now I just got to cleatr some more trees and topsoil along with dig pond a lil more then I'm ready to sluice.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: XT18000 on June 27, 2016, 11:13:40 AM
Even if you don't find the mother load of gold you have all ready found a real treasure

just look at it !!!!!   Wish you all the luck never the less !!!!!
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: brotherjames on June 28, 2016, 01:20:36 PM
Livin' the dream. :
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on June 28, 2016, 05:59:38 PM
Livin' the dream. :

Posted by: XT18000
on: Yesterday at 11:13:40 AM Even if you don't find the mother load of gold you have all ready found a real treasure, just look at it !!!!!   Wish you all the luck never the less !!!!!


Yup, I love my claim :) Well today I bought a laminator so I can do up some signs, but I'm also getting some made, but for the few random signs I need I figured it best to make, print & laminate them my self.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on June 30, 2016, 07:16:15 PM
Well it's that time of the week, and a li early thanks to the long weekend. This will be the second year in row we digging on our claim on Canada Day, so I plan on keeping the tradition going for years to come.
I should be able to get a bunch done on getting the mine developed and producing gold. Everyone have a good Canada Day weekend!
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on June 30, 2016, 07:39:36 PM
Well it's that time of the week, and a li early thanks to the long weekend. This will be the second year in row we digging on our claim on Canada Day, so I plan on keeping the tradition going for years to come.
I should be able to get a bunch done on getting the mine developed and producing gold. Everyone have a good Canada Day weekend!
Luck and happy digging.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on July 04, 2016, 06:19:06 PM
I got out on fri and sat but about an hr in we blew another hose on the digger,  lucky for us we know the smell of hydro fluid and spotted the hose before any fluid made it past the bottom pan  on frame. But that ment we were without the digger for the weekend. I did manage to do some sluicing with a shovel though, along with clearing more bush, trees and got my shed started by getting floor and 1.5 walls up. I also got up to one of my other claims to do a bit of work and was happy to find this rock with some crystals, its not a good pic, but there are over 50 perfect pointed lil crystals on this rock. Its on my mineral specimen shelf and is a keeper in my books. Plus its a bit of smoke so there must be a fire somewhere :) I hope to find a crystal specimen with gold on it :D
I also got a bunch of safety type signs put up to help keeps things all good since I close to road.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on July 04, 2016, 07:04:48 PM
Hi.I would add to the sign.People working please do not shoot in this area.Take lots of pics of the before and after signs.The gun freaks are going to claim they never seen a sign. even if you catch them on camera blasting the shit out of your sign.The courts are starting to wake up to this crap.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on July 04, 2016, 07:35:57 PM
Yes I got pics of the signs, I'd like to think no one will shoot at them.
Thanks Ore Hunter, its not being built in a day, but we are making progress. Not many if any bubbles in sluice, but yes we still got to put a damper on, really a towel tied on to the gravity fed big O pipe seemed to work great when we were on buddies claim. I believe the bubbles would carry a lot of fine gold as well. Ya pyrite cubes are cool, we found some down below so we may find some when we get to bedrock. Ya a digging bucket would be nice and prob help take some stress off the pump, but that not in cards yet. I'd say most the hoses are 20+ years old and the machine prob sat in sun for many years, so I'm not surprised that a few went, I just hope we don't blow any more for a while, this latest one was the fitting itself that failed.
I just did another permit for a friend, and just got another back from referral that I did for another friend, tomorrow I pay the bond on his behalf and very soon his permit will be issued.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on July 04, 2016, 08:02:58 PM
hi when it comes to a mud flap keep it simple and light.A piece of tire tube works great.I simply drilled 2 holes at the top of my box where the riffles start put in a piece of ready rod and hung the flap with zip tyies real loose.Lets the rocks through and gives me nice even water flow at the same time.My first riffle is  my hold down for the GH matt and is quite agressive.the water jumps over it creating bubbles.The flap cured that easy.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: camper1 on July 05, 2016, 09:24:07 PM
Hi BC Handyman
Glad things are coming along I will be digging on my claim above you this weekend(finally) I will stop say hi
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on July 06, 2016, 04:22:00 PM
I hope to see you hi-lo and camper1 one of these weekends, you guys cant miss our operation up there so see ya guys soon. This evening I'm going to go mark our where we putting road on lower claim as that permit is almost ready. I hope the farmer don't rip em all down again like he did last month.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on July 11, 2016, 10:06:50 PM
I had a great weekend on my claim. I got the broken hose replaced and machine working good, I got a few trees down, a solid and viable plan worked out for next 2 years along with progress on my shed. I even got some sluicing done in material I'm sure has some gold in it. I had lots of visitors that turned into a great night complete with an evening bonfire, & even though I had no food or shelter I spent my first night up there on claim above mine at a buddies camper so I could continue early the next morn. The mountain along with friends provided a few meals. Halfway through breakfast(wild raspberries and yogurt)  I realized I was eating outta my gold pan.  A fellow miner saw this and I heard him lean to another guy and say "see that, that guy will make it & get the gold" lol I'm just glad the bears left me breakfast.
I got 1.5 buckets on cons from the bit of sluicing we did sofar, so I'm about to  screen it out and have a look what we got in top gravel layer sofar.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: gordmanca on July 12, 2016, 04:06:44 PM
Handyman are those placer berry's, or lode berry's?
My guess is that they are placer and the yoghurt and gravity carried them to your claim, that's why they are still whole. Lode berry's are usually crushed.
And great job of separating the berry's from your friends! We all know that is not easy, but that's the cleanest pan I've ever seen.
If you mix your berry haul with some water and  sugar, and then place it in the smelter furnace (not to long), I'll bet you walk away with .25 of a troy bottle of 99% pure jam.  {cool^sign}
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on July 12, 2016, 06:18:31 PM
If hi lo silver is coming too visit.you might want to have some tender vittles on hand.Hate too see a onery old fart complain about baked moose nuggets ;D.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on July 12, 2016, 07:32:18 PM
Handyman are those placer berry's, or lode berry's?
My guess is that they are placer and the yoghurt and gravity carried them to your claim, that's why they are still whole. Lode berry's are usually crushed.
And great job of separating the berry's from your friends! We all know that is not easy, but that's the cleanest pan I've ever seen.
If you mix your berry haul with some water and  sugar, and then place it in the smelter furnace (not to long), I'll bet you walk away with .25 of a troy bottle of 99% pure jam.  {cool^sign}

lol, IDK anything bout lode or placer berries, but these ones were picker berries, but I guess they would be placer berries since I didn't have to use the rock hammer to get at em. :)
Don't tell my neighbor I was claim jumping, but they came from a claim down the hill from mine.
Mcbain- tender vittles, hmmmm I took him for more of a ham & cheese type guy ;)
Anyway, like I said before I cleaned out the matts from our first couple hrs of sluicing on our claim & my mining partner ran the cons through our Keene concentrator & we were very pleased to see gold in there, & not all tiny fly poop, but some was lil flakes and a few thicker pieces that were almost mini nuggets I'd say.  We are happier then heck to see that & this helps confirm we on the right track to making this mine work along with we got a good claim. Cant wait till once we get going full steam.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on July 12, 2016, 07:55:04 PM
Hi.Some very nice showings.Pretty good for a few hours work.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on July 15, 2016, 11:35:43 AM
Thanks Guys, Well I got up there again yesterday to begin clearing and building a road to upper hillside so I can open up a good size area, but like what is becoming the usual, another line burst, this time I got floor off and ran it so I could see inner workings working & see whats going on. What happens is 3 hoses get kinked as cab turns, IDK if that part is  suppose to move, so I'll have to get experienced help, but I did get it off and replaced, along with my road started.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on July 15, 2016, 01:47:47 PM
It must of been after, I got up there about 630, I saw those guys come down, no I didn't see your jeep, I'll be back up there tomorrow if not tonight.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on July 15, 2016, 06:01:07 PM
To bad.but machines can do a lot of work.But they are like a lot of woman.High maintenance. ;D.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on July 15, 2016, 09:41:16 PM
True enough, they need some tlc once in a while. Well I'll be up there again in the morning. I hope I get hose on and there no more issues with the machine for the day. Oh and I saw a black bear and momma and baby moose yesterday on way up.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on July 17, 2016, 09:54:53 AM
I got up to Double D mine yesterday & had a great day despite the wet weather. It was a quiet day with just a group of quaders and a hiker coming past. I got lots of lil things done, like widened out settling ponds, extended road until I hit a underground spring that turned everything around me into a swamp, As well as got the machine hose replaced with no issues plus I found a loose bracket that was creating havoc on the hoses tightened down. I also had to make a bridge like crossing across the end of sluice so I could get machine back across without it sinking in muck.
Today I'm going to go to my lower claim and work on some hand mining for that claim.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on July 17, 2016, 08:46:51 PM
Your excavator needs steam cleaning any forestry dick sees that he's going to shut you down for environmental and fire hazard.

Any fines you get will be sure to take the fun out of your prospecting adventure.

Ya I'd love to get to steam cleaned just so I can work on it easier, but nobody like forestry will care since it not leaking anything,  I got all those crappy hoses changed other then one more that looks old, but it aint swollen or leaking so its still good even though it's older then the new ones around it. Besides if they had a concern I'm sure they would have said something when they saw it ;)
Well its time to clean out the matts and see what if anything I got, really I wasn't into anything special looking, just top lomey gravels.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on July 25, 2016, 02:56:38 PM
I checked those matts and found a few fly poops in the concentrator, then was off to the claim for what was another great weekend, saw a few GPEX members, had a great bday bush party for a fellow miner, got lots done including a bit of sluicing. There was a thick foam in settling pond, have not seen foam that dense before. I also got a camper to bring up to my claim, I traded a flat deck trailer for it, one selling feature was the sticker above the door. :) No more making a fire just to have a coffee or can of soup. I also got the pad for camper ready as well as a road pushed into another test/dig area.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on July 25, 2016, 06:18:10 PM
Hi.I have seen real loamy material suds up like that.Not sure but think its got something to do with the fact it is normally dry and a powder.Not sure just a thought.I have seen the stuff sloughing off banks and going to foam instantly.Nice pics luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: ryanonthevedder on July 25, 2016, 08:36:09 PM
Gosh I sure miss my camper. You are going to love that part now.... and a bed, and table, and dry, and and and. A great addition <-good_>
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on July 25, 2016, 08:48:12 PM
Hi.I have seen real loamy material suds up like that.Not sure but think its got something to do with the fact it is normally dry and a powder.Not sure just a thought.I have seen the stuff sloughing off banks and going to foam instantly.Nice pics luck Mcbain.

Ya it makes sense, we got into some dry sandy material, it was just weird cause it was so thick, you could throw a handful on ground and 4hrs later it was still sitting there like a fresh pile of suds, I almost threw some at my partner :) he did taste it for some reason lol said he wouldn't do it again.

Gosh I sure miss my camper. You are going to love that part now.... and a bed, and table, and dry, and and and. A great addition <-good_>

Ahh yes, the dry furnace warmed bed with  comfy  seating and table, yes I'm very happy to use it up there. Right now I'm trying to recover the original 1970's cushions.
I think I'm going to get up there again in next few days and work on my water logged road by removing all the soupy topsoil  and hopefully then I wont sink or lose a track. 
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on August 04, 2016, 09:25:59 AM
As usual, I had a great weekend up at my claim, I got fed like a king by my fellow claim owners, some of them guys really know how to eat good in the bush. I got lots done  including getting my camp set up more. But I got to admit I'm excited for Monday because the mech permit for a lower cell/claim will be issued & I get  to dig on the claim with my bobcat :) No crappy road to drive on to get to this claim :)
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on August 04, 2016, 06:37:26 PM
Good Luck.Happy digging.Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on August 18, 2016, 09:59:36 AM
It's been a few weeks, so here is some progress pics, first is my hole I'm hand digging on my lower claim(it's slowly getting bigger) 2nd is of a promising looking area I think I'll dig at bottom of gully and see whats there. 3rd is my bush breakfast(a few eggs didn't survive the trip to claim) 4th is a bush fix I did after realizing the pin bolt was gone. 5th is some sluicing action with my mining partner and the dogs.(mine is the big black dog) last pic is me trying to reach just a lil further :)
For a general update, I've been up there a few times in last few weeks, I made some progress on my shed I'm building & there is some drilling activity above my claim, I haven't found much gold but I am still near surface so I'm sure the gold will get better, and if not I'll go work one of my other claims. Also the permit is done & we got papers in hand for another permit on a lower claim. It will be the go to place when I get kicked off my upper claim due to snow/ice on road.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on August 18, 2016, 07:22:29 PM
Nice.you got to train those dogs to be productive ;D cost more to feed them than it does to buy fuel :D luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: AuTiger on August 19, 2016, 07:32:18 AM
Bacon! How the Hell You keep those 3 Furry Friends away from that Sizziling Skillet?? My Curly little Buddy be in there in a Heartbeat, Burnt Whiskers and All! <-yes_>

Happy Digs!
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on August 21, 2016, 08:34:05 PM
This weekend was an eventful one, complete with the good, bad & some ugly moments. I'm tired as heck and twice as dirty so I'll post a few details a lil later after I become human again.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on August 25, 2016, 09:42:43 AM
sorry no pics yet, computer went down but its back up, time for work now but I will post some pics, a lot has been going on in last few days around here.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on August 25, 2016, 09:54:22 AM
well, here is one quick teaser pic.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: Cade on August 25, 2016, 05:01:49 PM
Ooo how exciting.
We're gunna have to ask for some more details please. <-yahoo_> <-yahoo_> <_miner_>
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on August 25, 2016, 06:37:35 PM
Hmmm.Picture is not great Looks like you may have borrowed Ore Hunters new digger ;D Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: HauntedxAu on August 26, 2016, 07:56:05 AM
Great read BC Handyman! Keep the updates flowing! 😜⛏
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on August 26, 2016, 09:22:12 AM
ok, here is some more, but I'll have to go to work soon so just another teaser. Sorry the last few weeks along with the next few are rather hectic to say the least.  1st pic is progress on my shed I'm building(hard to do by ones self) next is a pic from saying hello to Steve at the Nip & Tuck mine. Next is a few of  my bobcat attachments I brought down to our newest permitted claim. It's not mine, but I get to dig there so it will be a great place to go when I get snowed out from up in the mountains.
Well I gotta go, but I'll post more pics when I can, including more on that semi truck and what it was carrying along with what we been doing with it all.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on August 26, 2016, 06:34:44 PM
Here is a few more pics(still more to come later) but here a quick note on whats going on with me.  Other then my one claim I got a permit on, I helped a fellow miner get his permit on his claim and that got me a ticket in to dig on his claim. Then another miner(green as green) came out all the way from Ontario with his equipment to also mine on this claim, so I been helping unload his stuff aswell as get my stuff down there so we can make the road into claim. We now got road in and am working on laying the water pipe.  First pic is us unloading the semi full of his equipment.
2nd pic is some of his water pipe and pipe trailer, 3rd is us working on clearing our 1.5km road. I'll post more pics after this weekend as I'm getting ready for the lawnmower races tomorrow.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on August 26, 2016, 06:55:42 PM
Nice.From the load of pipe.I am thinking someone is getting serious about a gravity set up.If so I hope they can get it all together before freeze up.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on August 26, 2016, 08:08:34 PM
no gravity at this sight to work for us, just against us, so a pumping we will be.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: HauntedxAu on August 27, 2016, 08:13:57 AM
It looks like the Ontario fella has some pretty good cash tied up in his equipment! Good luck out there!
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on August 30, 2016, 03:03:22 PM
Oh yes, your right about that, look at his washplant he built. Anyway we are getting the waterline in and will be washing rocks soon enough, I'll be going to my upper claim this weekend and hopefully will get a lot done. Then I can clear more area for starting to dig on this lower claim.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on August 30, 2016, 06:29:06 PM
Very Nice build.Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: HauntedxAu on August 31, 2016, 08:00:30 PM
Wow, nice little plant! What size of pump is he running to keep that unit happy? Does the material run through that little hopper into the sluice?

Gonna be an exciting day to see that beauty fire up!  <-yahoo_>

Would love to see a video of plant start up if possible!
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on September 01, 2016, 08:54:28 AM
Wow, nice little plant! What size of pump is he running to keep that unit happy? Does the material run through that little hopper into the sluice?

Gonna be an exciting day to see that beauty fire up!  <-yahoo_>

Would love to see a video of plant start up if possible!

he is running 3" pump, it goes into hopper, through Trommel, then into sluice. Ya there will be some vid I imagine. Today the mine & energy magazine is coming down to take some pics.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: ykplacer on September 01, 2016, 10:13:21 AM
Very Nice build.Mcbain.

Real nice  quality work on the wash plant.
If it preforms well  ,  he should think about taking orders and selling them.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on September 07, 2016, 04:49:32 PM
LOL, you are not the first to tell him if this mining thing don't work for him he could build washplants. OJ is getting set up quite well, he is about to start washing rocks, here is a few quick pics of him clearing area for plant and the plant down at dig site. Also is a pic of the excavator that I'm hiring for a few hrs to help me dig on my upper claim, and one of the wife helping me with my shed build. And since it such a nice view, a pic of my view from another one of my claims I visited this past weekend. I didn't do much digging but I got lots done at camp and got the wife out to go looking for rocks and crystals.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on September 07, 2016, 06:15:29 PM
Nice.Good to see the wife getting involved.Seems to make the work a little more meaningfull  when they show some interest.Has your Ontario friend fired up the plant yet?Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on September 07, 2016, 10:38:41 PM
Yes, she had so much fun she wants to come this weekend and said she regrets not comin out till last weekend.
Plant will prob get fired up tomorrow.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on September 08, 2016, 08:14:10 PM
Thats great.Only downfall is trying to keep the gold in your pocket ;D ;D.Cannot win.Woman love that gold.Once they get the bug will be the best mining partner ever and no more hazzles about the  yard work.She will have you out there all the time.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on September 08, 2016, 11:34:34 PM
Well today was a gong show of a day at work so I wasn't able to help OJ for very long so no plant start up today as he was still dealing with leaks on his water pipe and needed to go to town for more hose clamps.  But it looks good for tomorrow, but I'll prob miss it since I'll be heading to my claim for the weekend.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: HauntedxAu on September 11, 2016, 07:59:14 PM
Can't wait to see that plant start up!
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on September 14, 2016, 09:31:15 AM
well your wait wont be too long, I got a vid yesterday when we started it up and began to wash some rocks, today is the big dig up at my claim so talk/pics later.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on September 15, 2016, 08:36:38 AM
I didn't get around to posting vid on youtube yet of OJ washplant, but I did get a pic of them wallowing in the pool :) (holding tank) Plus we saw  gold in what we were washing. Yesterday I was up at my claim while a buddy helped me open up some ground with his big digger(big compared to mine) Guess its rock washing time now.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on September 23, 2016, 09:16:10 AM
this weekend may be the last trip this year for my upper claims as the snow is starting to creep down the mountains. I'll prob just button things up for winter. Down below OJ moved his plant and expanded the settling ponds cause we found a decent place to start digging that has some gold in the dirt.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on September 23, 2016, 07:42:37 PM
Nice gold.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on September 29, 2016, 08:20:29 AM
Well that was short lived..... OJ is going home, he cant cut it this far from home. Good news is I'll be taking over & we are onto some gold, so I know I'll be able to stick it out and get some gold.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on September 29, 2016, 07:46:44 PM
Well that was short lived..... OJ is going home, he cant cut it this far from home. Good news is I'll be taking over & we are onto some gold, so I know I'll be able to stick it out and get some gold.
that is great.Is he leaving the plant for you to play with? <-idea->.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on September 30, 2016, 03:18:07 PM
Well that was short lived..... OJ is going home, he cant cut it this far from home. Good news is I'll be taking over & we are onto some gold, so I know I'll be able to stick it out and get some gold.
that is great.Is he leaving the plant for you to play with? <-idea->.Luck Mcbain.

Holy smokes, yup the washplant, excavator and everything was bought by my mining partner, this will be a game changer for my mining adventures. I'm on way to my upper claim for possibly the last snow free time this year.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on September 30, 2016, 06:39:28 PM
Good deal.donot forget to drain the water out of every thing.Now you got access to 2 diggers,put the wife on one let her play.Only takes a pair of gloves to keep the nails clean and they do learn fast.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on October 04, 2016, 09:29:04 AM
Can't wait to see that plant start up!

I decided not to post that vid I got right now, since OJ is now gone and my mining partner owns all that stuff, you will have to wait for the vid of me and my partner starting it up :)
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on October 04, 2016, 02:58:18 PM
Well it's official, I'm the mine manager at the claim OJ was at, I'll be moving  my old equipment in tonight or tomorrow to replace OJ since the season is basically done up at my double d mine.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on October 04, 2016, 06:39:27 PM
Good luck in your venture.Mcbain,
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on October 05, 2016, 11:54:24 AM
thanx mcbain!! I intend to make this a successful adventure for sure. I believe and am willing to put in the required effort & with that I think I should come out having learned something and possibly with a bit of gold. till I can mine back up at Double D mine next season my adventure this year will end on Spite Too mine. We wont have fancy equipment like we will have up at Double D mine but that don't deter me :) Keep the shovels in the ground and the sluice box full of pay, I'll post pics\updates when I can.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on October 07, 2016, 12:47:54 PM
I should mention we been getting more small gold from the double D mine, I saw my partner and he had this from last clean out, not a lot, but its there.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on October 07, 2016, 06:23:13 PM
Nice .there is a source some where.Luck Mcbain.
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Post by: 1829digger on October 09, 2016, 08:16:22 AM
I'll take that pan anyday! Any year! 
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Post by: HauntedxAu on October 09, 2016, 12:08:54 PM
Wow! That was unbelievably short! Good luck on your new venture! You're now well equipped! As for the startup video, no worries! I can wait!  ;D

Well it's official, I'm the mine manager at the claim OJ was at, I'll be moving  my old equipment in tonight or tomorrow to replace OJ since the season is basically done up at my double d mine.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on October 20, 2016, 09:59:15 PM
I've been busy bouncing back and forth between claims, but I did do a clean out of top matt from claim I took over from OJ, I was pretty happy so after a few more hours on clean matts I found a few small pickers so I decided to pull all matts for a clean out. Looks like I only got a week for sure, but I think I'll be able to get a few weeks outta lower claim.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on October 21, 2016, 08:03:47 PM
Nice. luck Mcbain.
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Post by: HauntedxAu on October 23, 2016, 11:26:37 AM
Looking good! Do you know roughly what your recovery rate is? Hopefully more of those pockets keep popping up for you!  <-laugh->

I've been busy bouncing back and forth between claims, but I did do a clean out of top matt from claim I took over from OJ, I was pretty happy so after a few more hours on clean matts I found a few small pickers so I decided to pull all matts for a clean out. Looks like I only got a week for sure, but I think I'll be able to get a few weeks outta lower claim.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on October 23, 2016, 10:17:42 PM
I'd say an average is in mid 90's with the sluice I'm using.  I did finish my clean out and got a bit more(no pics yet) and am ready to get out there again while weather is above freezing still. I was just surfing youtube and found this cool vid about the big mine in S. Africa. I though some would find it interesting.
https://youtu.be/0ihe_bb4n-Q
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on October 24, 2016, 07:15:03 PM
Kind of blows the theory on meteor showers in my books.Just think a couple more miles and they can tunnel up anybodies shute. ;D.good post luck mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on November 04, 2016, 05:49:34 PM
I been sluicing away when I get a chance, weather is still nice enough to mine, so I'll go till mother nature shuts me down, I started working on my new video of this years mining, but it's about the double d mining so what I'm doing now wont be in video. Oh and I slowly been finding a bit of gold, but that for another day :)
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on November 06, 2016, 05:37:55 PM
I just finished my video of Double D boulder mining, I'm still busy collecting gold on my own adventures, but here is how the Double D part  went.
https://youtu.be/CxGDVkARMio
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on November 06, 2016, 06:01:32 PM
Very well done.Luck in the future.Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: Formwork on November 06, 2016, 08:36:45 PM
Great! video Handyman,I always look forward to seeing  your posts and what you  have on the go next.

Happy digging!
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: michiganbuck on November 07, 2016, 03:04:38 PM
Thanks, I enjoyed seeing that bit Knugget rolling down the hill at 6;08
Buck
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on November 07, 2016, 04:13:42 PM
Lookin good for sure!Watching others is inspiring.

Your right about that, that's part of a reason I made these vids, seeing is believing! Another reason those pans full of dirthogg gold you got is nice to look at and dream of.

Haha, if that was a big nugget buck, I wouldn't be on here posting.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on November 11, 2016, 09:59:29 AM
I'll be heading to the mine today, had a fun day dealing with a flat tire on bobcat after it lost its bead/seal. I also made a small clean up sluice(8"x48") it seems to work good. Just remember....Lest we never forget, home of the free, because of the brave!
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on November 19, 2016, 09:28:29 AM
Oh I been trying to get the gold, Ol man winter is knocking so I'm trying to get a good last effort in. I been doing ok, here is a few pics from last clean out. Also I saw my first piece of gold sitting in the ground while I was at nip & tuck mine the other day. I was digging with a shovel(full size ) and saw the golden glow, so I bent down and grabbed it, it was just sitting in the dirt looking all clean & golden. I never seen a nugget sitting in the earth waiting for the first human to touch it, I've only found them in my sluice, after I pan  or do a clean out. Steve was nice enough to let me keep it :)
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on November 19, 2016, 05:03:04 PM
Very nice.Can not get better than that unless the shovel is all gold <-yahoo_>Got to be more luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on November 23, 2016, 07:26:57 PM
I pulled my machine out of the mine today as we got another inch of snow, for rest of year I'll be paying my hand mining dues, I hope to still collect a bit more gold before Christmas/year end.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on December 10, 2016, 09:14:24 AM
I got the lil bit of gold dried I got from the lower claim I was working last month, not a lot, but considering this is first hole/year for that new mine & we only washed a few dozen yards, I'd say it is very promising. I wish the pay was this shallow at my other claims.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on December 10, 2016, 05:06:53 PM
Hi.Nice gold but still too early too let the wife give up her day job ;D ;D.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: HauntedxAu on December 18, 2016, 05:19:57 PM
Great video! Thanks for putting it up!

That plant is awesome. Looking forward to seeing what it can do!

I just finished my video of Double D boulder mining, I'm still busy collecting gold on my own adventures, but here is how the Double D part  went.
https://youtu.be/CxGDVkARMio
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: kennyj on January 12, 2017, 03:27:27 PM
Great video! Thanks for sharing your mining adventures.
kenny
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on January 26, 2017, 10:12:11 AM
Howdy all,  thought I'd let you all know I'm still on this side of the dirt/hole. I been mining this winter every chance I get. Been real busy doing snow removal, but have made it out a few times since the -30c temps left. I'll post more pics another day, but here is a few from last few trips out digging, along with some of the gold we found.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on January 26, 2017, 06:40:21 PM
Nice.Real nice.Luck mcbain.
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Post by: graeme1955 on January 27, 2017, 09:27:17 AM
have been following your progress, hope the coming season is good to you nice to see your dream come true  :
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on March 03, 2017, 01:22:56 PM
Thank you guys, well since winter hit us hard this year I took some time to make something from the gold I have mined. This was the first time I ever melted/smelted gold or made anything with gold let alone gold I mined myself. Steve from nip & tuck showed me how to melt & purify it.  I ended up making a charm for my women. Its cool to know I was the only human to touch this gold while mining it-a piece of finished pure gold(mostly ;) ) jewelry.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on March 03, 2017, 05:34:48 PM
Very well done.A few more gifts like that will have her out digging you ;D Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: AuTiger on March 04, 2017, 07:46:25 AM
Yup, Real Nice! Like them 2 Poopers next to the Dime! Did You Weigh Them?
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on March 04, 2017, 01:18:19 PM
Yes I did, those buttons were a lil under and a lil over 4grams
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Post by: NS Gold Seeker on March 04, 2017, 11:53:46 PM
Quote
I ended up making a charm for my women.

Better make two.   <-thinking->

Great smelting.  Nice buttons of pure gold.
Nice shine on the finished product.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on March 05, 2017, 09:19:02 AM
That what my wife said, she wants another one for other side of bracelet :) I'm hoping my camper is not collapsed. I hope to be able to check on it soon as the snow is settled a lot & it a lot safer to ride up there for a look & if it not crushed by the snow a coffee that's in the camper.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on March 05, 2017, 06:36:47 PM
Hi.I have dug out 4 times this year.The warming and thawing and freezing again have created a ice crust 2 ft thick.My shovel is not working.I am going to dig out a old hand saw and cut blocks out of my way.The worst thing is the long range forecast for march looks like more of the same.It is going to take a good wind,rain and a 15 degree jump in temps to get rid of this crap.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on March 19, 2017, 10:37:12 AM
I'm going to try to drive the road to nip & tuck today, There better not be azzholes parked in my way again. I got tow straps with me though :) the ice on hill may be my biggest prob along with big snow berms, but I got a shovel and a bit of sand so I'm going to give it a shot. Wish me luck as today might be the first day of this season for me :)
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on March 19, 2017, 06:23:28 PM
Hope it went well.Nothing worse than shoveling snow.No profit in it. :D. Luck Mcbain.
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Post by: Formwork on March 22, 2017, 05:22:00 PM
How was the road?
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Post by: imdoon on March 23, 2017, 05:28:20 PM
i heard it was  nip n tuck!
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on March 24, 2017, 05:18:17 PM
Sorry for not getting back sooner, yes I made it up to nip & tuck, the lower boulder road is open! I went again yesterday, but all the way up to my DD mine via snowmobile, I'll post pics later, but I am going again tomorrow :) lol can you tell I'm raring to go mining
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on March 24, 2017, 07:03:49 PM
Hi.You aint the only one.This winter sucks.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: scar420 on March 26, 2017, 07:00:03 AM
How much snow is on the Boulder creek road up at the guide cabin? Is the snow icy hard or pretty soft? Thinking of taking a quad ride out next week maybe.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on April 28, 2017, 12:29:09 PM
my upper claim still getting snow :( but I have been still mining away down on lower claims, doing alright I'd have to say, I know I said I'd post pics, but I'm heading up there now so you will all have to wait a lil longer :) have a good weekend all!
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: kcm on April 28, 2017, 12:51:11 PM
Stay safe, and keep an eye out for them fuzzy big teddy bears!

kcm
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: mcbain on April 28, 2017, 06:17:56 PM
Hi guys KCM makes a good point.Spring is apon us and so are the hungry critters.I do not pack a gun anymore but I do use a whistle and a air horn just to let them know I am out there.Play safe Luck to all this season.Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: gold01ca on April 29, 2017, 02:31:35 PM
BCH, I've read your thread from start to finish, great pics and commentary!
Appreciate you sharing your experiences and look forward to more of your updates/posts.

Happy hunting!

Glen
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on May 03, 2017, 03:20:46 PM
thanks gold01ca, I had another productive weekend washing, but I cant wait to set up the wash plant on our upper claim, sofar we just been using the digger to get paydirt and run in by hand through a highbanker, so we only ever wash a few yards  each visit, but we are on the gold. No bear sightings yet this year, but I have seen almost everything else. Some time I'll post pics lol but not now, now is the annual rotary auction, I'll hopfully get around to post pics sometime soon :)
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: alleyoop on May 12, 2017, 05:18:59 PM
  Are you going to keep mining until its all gone, <-laugh-> That  is a nice stash  {-applause-}
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on May 15, 2017, 07:15:25 PM
I'll try :) I been out a few more times, got the wash plant set up, been getting more gold, really I'm thinking maybe I should save pics for end video lol, I'll post some sometime. Now is busy time for work so I don't get out as much as I'd like (want every day ) but I'm about to get the second mine going & within a few weeks get the third claim going as that one still has enough snow I cant even get to I yet, but there is plenty of ground to dig in down below. I getting a nice lil pile of gold already this year, It might be better then last even ;)
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on May 16, 2017, 10:38:05 AM
all right, I guess I've waited long enough to post a few pics, really I got tons of pics from this season already as I've dug in a few places and we set up a new mine site. anyway here is the beginning of making our new site & a pic of highbanker setup, but now we proved area to be worth mining on bigger scale we got our new washplant set up. Also just a taste of some of the gold we been finding. I'll post more sometime but I'll keep all updated on the goings on up here :)
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: brotherjames on May 16, 2017, 02:36:00 PM
 {cool^sign} <-good_>Whooohoo!  Looks like progress to me!
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: gold01ca on May 16, 2017, 03:05:41 PM
BCH, thanks for the update and pics, looking good!
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Post by: mcbain on May 16, 2017, 07:17:28 PM
Looking good.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on May 19, 2017, 10:09:00 PM
I did get out yesterday & did some hand digging/sluicing, but I'll head over tomorrow to run our plant for the weekend, my partner was out there all day today running and stocking some pay for me. It should be another golden weekend.
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on July 13, 2017, 04:00:18 PM
Oh my I've been busy, just figured I'd let all know I'm still plugging away & working a handful of  claims, been finding some gold, I got lots of pics but no time to post lately, looks like we are moving the plant up the mountain tomorrow/sat. I'll try to post pics sometime, happy digging all!
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on July 23, 2017, 07:04:57 AM
Well this thread is getting kinda long, so I'll start a new one, here is the link to my new thread(below) thanks to all who have read this thread, this season is just getting started so I'll try to keep you all updated. Pics and stories to come  <-yes_>
http://gpex.ca/smf/index.php?topic=19054.0
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: kcm on July 24, 2017, 01:55:16 AM
You're kidding me, right? You think this is long? How's about the Let's Talk Copper thread??
http://gpex.ca/smf/index.php?topic=10172.0  [-1st-]

It's slowed down over the past few months, but I'm betting there's a resurgence just around the corner!  ;)

kcm
Title: Re: BC Handyman's Gold collecting adventures.
Post by: BC Handyman on July 24, 2017, 03:11:51 PM
ya that too is a long thread, I think 26 pages & counting is long enough to justify starting a new one. I'm sure when its buried deep into the bowels of the gpex site, some one will bring it back to life lol.