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Fossicking Tool Kit
« on: June 25, 2009, 07:27:22 PM »
Hi, Y'all!

Whilst my day job's keeping me occupied, I've been asked about some of the tools I use to fossick with.  Rather than rattle of a boring list, here are some of the surprisingly useful items I've stumbled across:

1.  Custom made 17" sieve shaker - reo rod, sharpened at one end, sieve bracket sits on top, shakes the crap out of soil and sand - a must-have for getting jellybeans at Stannifer and working any loose soil or sand.  Made by Dave Innes at Innes Engineering, Inverell - he charged me $80, but that was a few years ago.

2.  Soil scoop - like a flour or sugar scoop only bugger and stronger.  great when you're down a hole and you can't swing a shovel but still want to move small to medium amounts of material.

3.  Yabbie pump - John P from Glen Innes put me onto this, when I saw how easy it was to exploit the crevices of Yarrow creek compared to me trying to do the same by hand and feel.  Works great in deeper crevices where you don't really want to be snorkeling....  ;D

4.  Toilet brush - stiff bristles and strong handle is good for when you're trying to see into a vugh or crevice without damaging the crystals.  Moves the grunge out of the way for you to see the shiny bits so you can decide whether to damage it for real by attempting removal....

Anyhow, work beckons - they pay the bills *sigh*

Regards,
Shane

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Re: Fossicking Tool Kit
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2009, 07:35:48 PM »
Thanks Shane,
Now back to it. ;)
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Re: Fossicking Tool Kit
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2009, 06:58:06 AM »
 haha you forgot the most important one Shane. a must is an ignorant friend that thinks hes strong and doesn't know how sore you get from swinging a shovel and pick all day  ;D and when you run out of friends invite 2 and get the competition between them happening.


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Re: Fossicking Tool Kit
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2009, 07:01:39 PM »
so that is the sapphire tool kit for down there..pretty cool..got two uses for the toilet brush..love it ;D

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Re: Fossicking Tool Kit
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2009, 10:10:37 PM »
Heh, he's probably got a third use when camping.
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Re: Fossicking Tool Kit
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2009, 07:41:26 AM »
yeah - scrubbing the scrambled egg remnants out of the frying pan!!!

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Re: Fossicking Tool Kit
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2009, 12:22:12 PM »
haha, make it 4. ;D
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Re: Fossicking Tool Kit
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2009, 09:40:11 PM »
Shane,   I use your drieve sieve shaker stand method, but found that in sandy soil it has a tendency to dig itself into the ground.  I made a 15cm square steel plate and welded a bit of water pipe to the centre.  I then drilled a hole in one corner of the plate and tied two metres of rope to it.  You dig a hole, place the plate in the bottom, put your shaker rod into the water pipe and then bury it so that your pole remains upright, leaving the rope laid out along the ground.  The shaker will remain stable all day, and when you are finished, follow the rope back to your now well-buried bracket.  luv & kisses, Patrick

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Re: Fossicking Tool Kit
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2009, 11:13:35 AM »
Patrick,
   Yes - the sandy soil can be problematic. I found that if I stamp the sand a couple of times the rod will disappear slow enough that I can give it a little tug at the end of each shake and keep it at the right level.  Saves me having to dig anything out at the end.

Regards,
Shane

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Re: Fossicking Tool Kit
« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2009, 09:09:35 PM »
calxoddity I can't believe that you left out a bottle of Chardonnay for at the end of the day in your tool kit...priorities man!
Just one more bucket of dirt to sift through...

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Re: Fossicking Tool Kit
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2009, 06:20:45 AM »
Chardonnay???????  Real fossickers drink red.   Pass the shiraz please.  beers

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Re: Fossicking Tool Kit
« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2009, 10:46:58 PM »
HA! Shiraz...merlot thank you very much...Shiraz is too full of preservatives!
Just one more bucket of dirt to sift through...

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Re: Fossicking Tool Kit
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2009, 11:56:59 PM »
Naw snob fossickers ;) Whats wrong with a cold beer, like a Pure Blonde  :-* myself not that yu would have noticed ;D
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Re: Fossicking Tool Kit
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2009, 12:04:45 AM »
Hehehe  ;D
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Re: Fossicking Tool Kit
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2009, 06:14:09 AM »
oooh!  I spot an urban legend in the making - shiraz has preservative and merlot not?  Please explain....

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