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Re: Todays hunt
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2013, 08:45 AM »
Hi guys,
As soon as I get a chance I will source the right lightweight stainless mesh for the bottom end and will make a couple of scoops. At the moment my workload is a bit heavy but i will make a plan soon. I cannot see that they should cost more than R200.

Price sounds good, but will it be strong enough? I tend to end up in rough stuff where a battle to put a spade in?

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Re: Todays hunt
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2013, 09:09 AM »
I will make sure that the scoops are tough enough. i have some very hard packed and stony beaches here to test them on

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Re: Todays hunt
« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2013, 10:14 AM »
Hey thanks for the pointers on uploading attachments.

Let me try again.  If I got it right, you should be able to see two pics of my scoop and a good reason to get a scoop that does not break.

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Re: Todays hunt
« Reply #18 on: April 17, 2013, 06:28 AM »
Nice scoop!
I am following a blog by a Canadian guy searching up the Natal coast and he has broken his scoop handle twice (also detects in the surf) I am putting one together for dry sand use in the interim until I can upgrade to a surf detector. But yes I see the point of having a strong scoop.

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Re: Todays hunt
« Reply #19 on: April 17, 2013, 11:49 AM »
Hey Zak,

I see you in the George area, if you have worked some of the lagoons around the Heads, the sand can get packed hard.  I have found a wire mesh scoops work well in soft dry sand, but just will not cope with the compacted black sand you have to work with in the lagoons.  The sand becomes more like a clay and will not breakup or wash out of the scoop.  If you going to be working mainly dry sand then you may also want to consider the type of wire mesh you will use.  Some scoops use a mesh which is spot welded where the wires cross.  These are nice until you hit a rock and the mesh welds start to break.  The long and the short is that the wires move and create larger gaps and you lose items.  Lost of scoops are using perforated sheeting to avoid the challenge lined to welded mesh.  I have found that if you going to makeup a scoop, an option is crimped mesh.  A 10mm crimped mesh works well.  It allows for movement / give in the mesh when you hit something hard, but keeps its structure.

Good luck making up your scoop.
Alan

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Re: Todays hunt
« Reply #20 on: April 17, 2013, 06:03 PM »
The scoop I am making is out of a few pieces of galvanized iron riveted together with holes drilled in it. So far I am using a spade (time consuming) and a screwdriver (when the going gets rough) Mostly I am working our local beaches rather than going so far as Kynsna (BTW there was a gold rush in Knysna back in the day) Its taken me a week to learn a few things, and identify a few spots Now I just need to find that hoard??? hahahaha

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Re: Todays hunt
« Reply #20 on: April 17, 2013, 06:03 PM »