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Offline diggerdan

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clay gone formula
« on: December 07, 2008, 10:42:47 PM »
Does anyone know the formula for clay -b-gone. It is used to keep all your mucked water fluid. No matter how muddy it gets it will always be fluid. Diggerdan

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Re: clay gone formula
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2008, 06:10:05 AM »
Before I had him FIRED from the gov't...a local resident Geologist here suggested that I use CALGON WATER SOFTENER, to help break down the clay that usually coats amethyst mineral specimens freshly blasted from the ground.
He said it disrupts the affinity that finely-divided particles attract each other with....

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Re: clay gone formula
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2008, 06:25:29 AM »
Many a moon ago, we had a mining engineer, Gene Brooks, came to one of our meetings. He said sodium silicate, water glass, will turn mud so thick that it will coat your arm 1 inch thick to milk consistancy. He said you did not need much either. I do not know if it is still widely available, and i don't know if it is safe to use.
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Re: clay gone formula
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2008, 09:21:19 AM »
Other methods to dissolve clay are not good for the rivers...even clay-B-gone it not good to put in river systems.
Hydrogen peroxide is also used as a preservative and disinfectant and is used by archaeologists to dissolve clay from finds.

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Re: clay gone formula
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2008, 10:38:32 AM »
Good point Viking! Any of the substances that you would use to break up the clay probably should be used in a closed system!
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Re: clay gone formula
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2008, 11:33:33 AM »
You all:  Most of the ore I play with comes from a clay bench. I read somewhere that if the clay is placed on corrugated roofing metal and left in the sun to dry, the rsultant caly loses its gooey feel.  So I did just that, and it works beautifully.  No chemicals, no muss and very easy to work after that.  SMelter

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Re: clay gone formula
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2008, 08:17:55 PM »
I'LL BE USING THIS IN THE MOJAVE DESERT FAR FAR AWAY FROM ANY SOURCE OF NATURAL WATER. DIGGERDAN

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Re: clay gone formula
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2008, 01:27:56 AM »


Clay Plasticity

See the link, there is some interesting stuff hidding within  {cool^sign}

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Re: clay gone formula
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2008, 01:08:57 PM »
Thanks seeker: I punched in clay placisity and got educated real fast.  Very interesting.  GMW sells a deflocculant that I would like to try one of these days.  So little time - so many experiments.  SMelter

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Re: clay gone formula
« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2008, 03:03:17 PM »
Very interesting post! I wonder if the "salts" from the web link seeker posted work as quickly as Clay Gone? <-star-> <-star-> <-star-> <-star->