With a bit of help from a local historian, I was pointed in the right direction and I found that the owner of the 10th Light Horse Badge knew Breaker Morant, served with him in the Boar War, the owner also served in Gallipoli and won a Military Cross, follow me on this emotional journey.
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I know this is not metal detecting related, but I thought I would put up a video on how to remove copper wire from old electric motors and alternators so you can make a bit of money from scrap metal.
I have been collecting scrap metal for a few months now, mainly from the local rubbish dump, I have made $1000 from the last lot I sold, and now from all the scrap I have collected over the last couple of months, I am hoping to put it towards some scuba diving gear, so I can extend my metal detecting services to full under water searches.
Please feel free to watch the video I have made.
There are some beautiful old abandoned farm homesteads here in Dumbleyung, my home town in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, and I love taking photos of them when ever I come across them on my Metal Detecting journeys around the district.
Some of which I have metal detected at with permission of the land owners.
Alot of the old homes have been abandoned for over 50 years, it makes me wonder, how long will it take the the current farm houses to be abandoned.
In times of drought, and times of change, farm families come and go, most stay from one generation to the other…. struggling on.
One of these houses has since burned down, which is a pity, because it was a beautiful old house, but the farmer had his reasons to do it, I suppose.
Enjoy the video, I hope to make a part 2 to this video in the near future.
Now that I am getting familar with YouTube.com I thought that I would make a video about my normal workplace at the Dumbleyung Post Office in Western Australia. My Business partner Natalie and I bought the Post Office around 12 months ago, done alot of renovations, painting, re-arranging (much to some peoples dislike!)
I also have all of my good antique bottles on display, as well as most of my good metal detecting finds.
Please allow me to give you a tour of my Post Office…
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Some of you who read this blog, might be aware that I come from a small country town called Dumbleyung situated 250kms South East of Perth in western Australia.
Like all small towns in Australia, we have our local rubbish dump or rubbish tip where we are permitted without any charges to dispose of our waste, such as garden waste, household waste, whitegoods, electrical waste and so forth.
Over the last few months I have been doing quite a bit of recycling, so much so that it is almost becoming like an addiction for me, a daily habit for which I look forward to doing at the end of work each day.
It is amazing what people are throwing out on a daily basis, antique furniture, retro eletrical items such as fans, sewing machines, oil lamps, and so much more.
It is like christmas when I go out there everyday, not only am I getting stuff which I could resell to collectors, but I am getting so much aluminum (not aluminum cans, but window frames, alloy castings from motors, and so much more. The copper and I am getting is from old airconditioners, eletrical leads, copper wire motors, large copper coils from tvs.
In the last couple of months, I honestly believe I would have a couple hundred kilograms of copper and the a few hundred in aluminum and around 30kgs of stainless steel.
The current price for scrap copper as of a few weeks ago is around $6 a kilogram, the same for stainless steel and for aluminum is only $0.80 cents a kilo.
What I do is not easy work, it takes loads of time to get this scrap copper, because eletrical items need to be taken apart, I use a grinder to take apart compressors, and motors.
In the last couple of days I have score 2 heavy aluminum boat outboard motors, heaps of tvs, taken apart some fridges and washing machines, scored myself a beautiful antique sewing machine which I will try and sell on Ebay when I find the time.
Honestly on a daily basis, I would be getting around $20 to $50 a day in scrap metal, this is an amazing way to make extra cash on the side and plus you are helping the environment at the same time.
The other day I purchased this Copper Wire Stripper from Ebay, I have not received it yet, because it has to come from the USA, so on a daily basis I am excited hoping that it will arrive, so that I can start stripping all of the electrical cables and wire I have… to much!
Sure this copper wire stripper cost me a bit of money, but it won’t take me long to recoup the cost of my investment.
Unstripped Electrical Wire sells at around $1.80 a kilogram, but if it is stripped then it sells for $6 a kilogram, so I defininately see the sense of investing in a copper wire stripper.
I just hope it lives up to my expectations … I’ll write a review on it soon!
Description of the Wire Stripper
This is a drill powered automatic Copper Wire Stripper used to separate the sheathing from #10, #12 and #14 AWG (American Wire Gauge) solid core copper building wire. The use of wire other than copper is not recommended. For other wire diameters, please contact us. It is for use with plastic type insulation only. This wire stripper was designed to be affordable, durable and user friendly. There are no adjustments to be made and no cutters to replace. The unit comes with a 3/8″ shaft to connect to your drill or drill press. The unit must be operated at an RPM of 400 max. for 14 and 12 ga and 300 for 10ga.
A brief video to demonstrate how easy the Copper Extractor really is to use!
All of our units are machined and assembled right here in the USA. When you hold this in your hand, you’ll know that it’s a well built tool. We stand behind our craftsmanship 100%. Please check our other listings for metric wire sizes and also multi-stranded wire.
Guys, once again, if you want to make extra easy money (bit of hard work and patience too) why don’t you consider doing what I am doing. I reckon in two months I already have a few thousand $$$ in scrap metal to cash in.
Times are tough in the country and this financial climate and scrapping metal will be defininetely be helping me raise funds for my metal detecting needs.
Last Wednesday night I received a desperate phonecall from Ken, who informed me that his family were celebrating Australia Day down at the beach near Rockingham Beach / Kwinana Beach, and that his daughter Allison had lost her Diamond Encrusted wedding ring whilst swimming in the water.
I asked Ken how had she lost her wedding ring, and he informed me that she had just applied sunscreen lotion to her body and that her ring had slipped off her wedding ring finger whilst in the water.
This is a very common occurence to people who go swimming, they apply the sunscreen lotion and their fingers become very slippery and the ring just slides off their fingers without even them noticing.
Ken also told me that this was the second time that she had lost a ring whilst swimming. So there is no way she will be wearing her rings whilst swimming again.
Allison was due to fly back to her home in Sydney on Sunday, so there was an urgent need for me to get to Rockingham to find Allisons ring.
I arranged with Ken, that I would come to Perth first thing Saturday morning, and it would be a 600km return trip for me.
But I am always dedicated to my job, and I was very excited to get to Rockingham Beach to find the lost ring.
I met Ken at the beach around noon Saturday, it was a stinking hot day, around 40° celcius. In my excitement to get to the beach from my car, I forgot to grab my wetsuit top, a mistake I’d regret the next day!
Ken pointed me in the right direction to wear he said that Allison had lost her ring, so I started doing a grid search of the area.
I told Ken that if he saw me dig for stuff or use my sand scoop, not for him to get too excited, as it may not be his ring, but could be just junk, like bottle tops, lead sinkers, trash, coins and so forth. It did not take me long to start getting some clear signals, but much to my frustration it was just trash, as mentioned above.
The water at Rockingham Beach was as clear as crystal, so clear you could see 10 plus metres in front of you when snorkling.
Time went quick and before I knew it, a couple of hours had gone, and I was getting pretty frustrated and I could see that Ken was also starting to lose hope. My arms were starting to get a bit sore, and I could feel a few light cramps starting to ache in my calves, the water was getting a bit cold and my hands looked like wrinked prunes. And worst of all, my back was as red as a lobster…. I should have worn my wetsuit top!
I found a few coins, around 6 bottle caps, some lead sinkers, and some rusty metal… my patience was running out.
I got out of the water, and said to Ken, “mate, looks like we ain’t gonna find this ring today”
I don’t normally give up hope when search for lost rings, especially in crystal clear and calm water…. but I knew I was getting severely sunburnt, and I needed to get covered up properly… even though it was beyond too late…. my back was already severely burnt.
But Ken was determined that I find his daughters lost ring, and he pointed me back to the exact area to where he originally told me to search… so I put my metal detector exactly where his feet were in waist high water, and within seconds I got another crispy clear tone.
I thought it may have been another bottle cap, so I dug my Stealth Metal Detecting Beach Sand Scoop in the soft sand, pulled it out of the water, and watched the sand drain away through the holes.
I saw that beautiful glimpse of gold and diamonds, and looked at Ken and asked “Was your daughters ring gold?” and he looked at my with a wry smile and said “yes!” then leaned over and looked into the scoop and his eyes lit up and he said “that’s it!”
Wow both of us were so happy! Finally I found it with Kens pin pointing help! I congratulated Ken and he congratulated me, we were both as happy as Larry!
To top off the day, Ken told me that he had not told his daughter that he contacted me to find her lost ring, and that he was to present the ring back to Allison that night, prior to her leaving for home to Sydney!
Wow, how loving is that for a father to do for his daughter, that really is something beautiful and no doubt both Ken and his daughter Allison will remember for ever… that certainly is a fathers devotion to his daughter!
Allison had thought that she had lost her ring forever, but that night she was reunited with the ring by her father Ken!
I shook hands with Ken, and we wished eachother all the best for the future…. I left Rockingham for my next ring search, to find a couple of gold and diamond rings lost in a playground near Karrinyup… thats my next story!
Metal Detecting Tip
Make sure you do your grid searchs thoroughly…. I thought I had searched the area properly where Ken asked me to search again, then I found the lost ring…. I must have been a few centimetres out the first few times, just goes to show, that it is so easy to miss a lost ring … always double and triple check your griud searches! Mind you it is hard search in water, due to the tidal and current movement… my excuse!
YouTube Video of this story coming soon
How much do I charge?
I charge nothing at all to search for your lost item, but my services is based on a reward only if found basis that is, if I find your lost ring, jewellery etc, then it is up to you what you’d like to give me as a reward.
A small fuel surcharge may be required depending on the distance I need to travel.
If I don’t find your lost item, then I don’t expect anything.
I do not hire out my metal detectors.
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I help people find there lost jewellery, here is a video story on another successful lost ring search. Read my metal detecting story
I had another great detecting day today! I usually try and plan my day ahead so I can get a few hours in detecting to relieve my metal detecting addiction, so I get all my jobs done around the house and by around 2pm I am ready to head off detecting.
I am not working at the moment, I am having a planned long holiday, I have not worked for over a year, since leaving the Navy and it has been pretty good. I am doing all the things I have wanted to do for a long time and I am really enjoying my freedom at the moment. Thats why I am posting on this blog everyday about the stuff I am finding, because some of you must wonder how I find the time to go out detecting every day.
So today I went for a long drive on the isolated gravel roads around my district in search for good detecting places, hoping to find old abandoned homesteads, did not come across any, so on the way home I ended going to a couple of places that I had known about previously and thought I’d give the detector a few hundred swings!
The first place is one of my favourite old houses in the district, a beautiful old house, probably around a hundred or so years old. I really love this place, the house is beautiful with so much potential to renovate, I just love the long open verandah and I really love the beautiful Australiana style tin roof.
I found a couple of interest things worth keeping at this place as follows:
- 1955 Australian Penny
- 1948 Australian Penny
- Australian 1 cent coin
- Refill Only Mobile Oil Badge off a fuel tin with the Mobile Red Horse.
- Warranted Superior Saw Button
- Silver Teaspoon
- and the usual shotgun cartridges and bullet shells
Warranted Superior medallions are found on secondary lines manufactured by Disston and other major saw makers with other brand names on the etch. Some smaller 19th century saw makers may have bought sawnuts and medallions from the bigger factories.
After 1900 or so the “small guys” were actually secondary lines of the “big guys.” The small companies were bought up by bigger ones and some of their products were continued for a time. Harvey Peace is one example. Most American saws from the 20th century, regardless of brand name, were made in the works of Disston, Atkins, Bishop, or Simonds.
In the case of Disston, their replacement medallions were stamped Warranted Superior rather than “Disston.” I would speculate their rationale was they didn’t want their name on lesser-quality saws. Brand identity and loyalty in the U.S. was much stronger in the first half of the 20th century than it is today. Source: http://www.disstonianinstitute.com/medallionpage.html
The next old place I went to is where I found quite a few old Australian coins, including an usual but thrilling find of a East African Silver 1 Shilling coin using my Minelab E-Trac Metal Detector.
I have had this minelab detector for around 8 months now and I am finally getting the hang of it, pre programing it for certain coins and learning how to discriminate properly. I learnt a few good e-trac metal detector tips tonight via watching youtube.com videos, so youtube.com is a great resource for learning how to use your metal detector.
The second old place is basically just old ruins of an old homestead, very old and a beautiful spot on top of a hill with views to die for
Anyhow, here is what I found at the second old house:
- 1943 Australian Penny
- 1953 Australian Penny
- 1910 Silver Australian three pence
- 1941 Silver East Africa Shilling
- and the usual shotgun cartridges and bullet shells
Another great days metal detecting
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A couple days ago I spoke about how I met Jeff the Bottle Collector, anyhow after I left Jeffs place I went to an unused dance hall where where in the old days they would have the old time dances and all the country people would get together and socialise.
Unfortunately these days, the dance get togethers do not happen any more due to how things change, people move on, pass away and new generations take over.
Anyhow I detected for around half an hour, did not find nothing special, just modern day coins and the usual hundred pulltabs.
The ground was like concrete, alot of scorpion holes and I got bitten by a huge jumping bullant … on the neck!
It did not hurt as much as I expected, but I do have a big lump on the back of my neck. It is okay if I don’t touch the lump on my neck, but as soon as I do touch it or scratch it, then the lump doubles in size, and gets really itchy and a bit sore.
I remember as a kid being bitten by one of these ants, and I cried my eyes out!
These ants have actually killed people before due to allergic reactions, thank god I was ok, especially having been bitten on the neck.
I knew these Ants had a verocious sticng, but I did not know until I did a google search, that they can kill!
Read more about these Jumping Ants
Here is a YouTube Video on Jumping Ants
Here is a YouTube Video from Canadian Metal Detecting Expert - Chris Turner on tips for metal detecting on the beach for Gold Rings!
Cheers for the tips Chris