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Detector maintenance & tips
« on: March 22, 2014, 10:43 »
Howdy ,

            Wondering if many have a routine for regular maintenance & or tips on the upkeep
            of your detector  ?

                Today im going to replace the rubber grommets that sit on the inside at the base
                 of the shaft ( see pics below ) on my Minelab Sov. GT
                They are not worn out , but I thought after 2 years I would do it + they are inexpensive.

               Just interested if anyone did any & what regular detector maintenance .

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Re: Detector maintenance & tips
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2014, 19:36 »
Apart from an occasional wipe over with a damp cloth, I give the plug ends a spray with WD40 or similar and wipe off the excess. This helps reduce any corrosion that might build up on the terminals and keeps the threads lubed. Also It's a good idea to clean off any build up of sand etc. you might get between the coil and the coil cover. The metal switches on the Sovereigns are prone to the ingress of sand and grime. You can get little rubber switch covers from JayCar that fit over the switch and screw onto the extra thread, they are great for keeping the switches clean. (thanks to FSH00 for this tip)  
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Re: Detector maintenance & tips
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2014, 21:37 »
After getting home:
1:  Wipe and get any dust/dirt off every thing
2:  If not in use for a few days - REMOVE BATTERIES.
3:  Inspect all leads/connectors for signs of cracking.  Most of the leads on the US machines are not UV rated and will fall apart at some stage.  Not a matter of IF, but when..  
4:  Connectors and battery contacts - check and use of a non conductive grease.
5:  X-pointer - wipe and remove 9V battery
6:  Check the box of spare batteries and do a load check.. Spares are useless if they are flat or have a high impedance...

Before going out:
Water to drink
Gloves
Tools - X-pointer and screw driver etc in the drop leg bag in front seat
Big shovel - in Car
Phone / wallet / snack - in Car
MD and coil checked for signal and working
MD and coil and spares packed and put into car.
Spare batteries/gloves /hat / sun screen etc all in car
Beach scoop and siv in car
Time to motor.....................
Half way to site, no cash in wallet and not enough fuel to get there and back...  Bugger ??? ...
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« Last Edit: September 05, 2014, 22:54 by AngerManagement »
So can I use braid and how tight should the drag be set  when Sand Fishing...

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Re: Detector maintenance & tips
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2014, 22:12 »
Ant is the yellow cable tie to let you know how long to swing ?
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Re: Detector maintenance & tips
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2014, 22:55 »
Ant is the yellow cable tie to let you know how long to swing ? M

AD and a few use it to keep the shield on and to help them spot the coil of a night time, while they try to the stuff that only comes out at night...
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Re: Detector maintenance & tips
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2014, 23:00 »
Didnt see that on AD's last time we went out but then again there is one thing that the 2300 will teach his and that is to keep his coil level through out the full swing not like the pendulum like action he uses on the beach  ;D ;D ;D sorry AD 
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Re: Detector maintenance & tips
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2014, 23:05 »
Didnt see that on AD's last time we went out but then again there is one thing that the 2300 will teach his and that is to keep his coil level through out the full swing not like the pendulum like action he uses on the beach ;D ;D ;D sorry AD M.

Don't say sorry, he likes it when you treat him mean.... keeps him keen...
Only seen on his other coils; as to the 2300 yet to even spot it....  He is too busy trying to find  yellow stuff.   Would have better luck on the beach and in the water with a ring or two under his belt :-)
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Re: Detector maintenance & tips
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2014, 23:10 »
Sad thing is he wont see this post LOL he doesn't read every post these days unless it has Nugget or Gold in the heading bahaha
Now where is a good place to take him with his 2300 to find him some more yellow rocks ?
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Re: Detector maintenance & tips
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2014, 02:36 »
Didnt see that on AD's last time we went out but then again there is one thing that the 2300 will teach his and that is to keep his coil level through out the full swing not like the pendulum like action he uses on the beach  ;D ;D ;D sorry AD
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Re: Detector maintenance & tips
« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2014, 22:10 »
 
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not like the pendulum like action he uses on the beach ;D ;D ;D sorry AD

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