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WAHAMA90    14
WAHAMA90

Didn't get out to the cliffs this weekend, so I decided to make a floating sifter. This one has 1/4 screen in it. I am going to make another one that has 1/8 screen, but I'll have a smaller 1/4 screen that fits over it along with a scoop that I can pour water over the larger screen. I think I will fashion some sort of strap on it so I can carry it on my back so that I can still surface collect until I get to a good sifting spot.

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aerogrower    60
aerogrower

Nice job. Is the screen plastic?

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FossilDudeCO    501
FossilDudeCO

looks great!

and much lighter than the wooden ones I have seen!

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WAHAMA90    14
WAHAMA90
23 minutes ago, aerogrower said:

Nice job. Is the screen plastic?

No, it's 1/4 galvanized hardware cloth.

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aerogrower    60
aerogrower

Great, looked like plastic. Didn't think plastic screen would hold up to well! Again awesome job.

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WAHAMA90    14
WAHAMA90

Here is the scoop. I plan on attaching it to the 1/8 screen float, but also putting a piece of foam on the back of it. I figured that it can just float beside the sifter until I need it. 

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WAHAMA90    14
WAHAMA90
4 minutes ago, aerogrower said:

Great, looked like plastic. Didn't think plastic screen would hold up to well! Again awesome job.

 

26 minutes ago, FossilDudeCO said:

looks great!

and much lighter than the wooden ones I have seen!

Thanks

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Fossildude19    3,635
Fossildude19

Nice design! 

How do you attach the hardware cloth to the PVC?

Regards,

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gavialboy    16
gavialboy

wow that's a pretty cool floating sifter that you made.

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FossilDudeCO    501
FossilDudeCO

would you be willing to share your "plans" or at least a how to make one of these?

 

I know I would be interested!

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digit    837
digit

Nice design. Take some photos of it out in the field next time so we can see it in action. The other useful feature of a sifting screen meant to be used in water would be an appropriate length of cordage made into a loop and tied off on a corner of the sifter to act as a lanyard. These are useful when solo sifting in rivers so you can tether the sifter to you leaving your hands free for shoveling.

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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minnbuckeye    169
minnbuckeye

WAHAMA90, Loved your light screen. So much so that I "stole" your design and made one for my upcoming Florida trip. I was hedging between 1/4 and 1/2 screen, then I thought, why not try a new version of yours where I can have the best of both worlds. Will post a pic in a few days to see if those who sift think it will work. Again, your design seems great for us Northerners that have to pack it in our suitcase. I left the handles unglued so I could detach and slip it into the suitcase easier.

 

 

 

On ‎1‎/‎2‎/‎2017 at 1:59 PM, Fossildude19 said:

Nice design! 

How do you attach the hardware cloth to the PVC?

Regards,

 

Also I attached my screen using zip strips every 1.5 to 2 inches. Seems solid. We will see

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aplomado    56
aplomado

Maybe some paint on the PVC would protect it from sunlight?

Really cool!

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sixgill pete    544
sixgill pete
4 minutes ago, aplomado said:

Maybe some paint on the PVC would protect it from sunlight?

Really cool!

 you would have to prepare the pvc to hold the paint, otherwise it will peel off. If I were to make one of pvc, I personally would use schedule 80 cpvc

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WAHAMA90    14
WAHAMA90

I just made these nesting sifters. I still need to put the 1/8 mesh on the last one. They still need handles and a strip on the bottom. I was able to buy 2 pieces of 1/16 aluminum angle 4' long for  $2 each at the hardware store the other day. I might put it on one of them. 

 

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RCW3D    23
RCW3D

Nice! I like the nesting idea!

I've made wooden and PVC sifters, I use the PVC most of the time but the one problem I have is sinking the sifter by adding too much material to sift, the wood with the noodles attached floats much better. I think I'm going to get some of the extra large noodles and see if that will make it float it better.

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digit    837
digit

For some reason in South Florida the pool stores (and the big box stores) sell the pool noodles in two forms: a larger diameter hollow tube and a smaller diameter noodle that just barely fits into the larger one. For maximum flotation I lubed up the smaller tube and was able to nest that one inside the larger tube to achieve a large amount of flotation so that I can cable tie the nested noodles to just two sides of my sifting screen. I can put about three good shovelfuls of sand/gravel into the screen before it starts losing buoyancy. A little shaking releases a lot of the sand which lightens the load considerably. I only put noodles on two sides and then pad the other two sides with the foam insulation that is used to wrap water pipes. This makes comfortable sides to grab and shake the sifting screen that are not the large diameter of the pool noodle flotation sides. Works well enough for me.

 

This is what my gear looks like: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/42992-end-of-year-peace-river-trip/&do=findComment&comment=467550

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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minnbuckeye    169
minnbuckeye
13 minutes ago, digit said:

For some reason in South Florida the pool stores (and the big box stores) sell the pool noodles in two forms

 

FYI, Walmarts  in Southern Florida do NOT stock noodles in the winter. I had packed my PVC sifter in my suitcase with the intent of adding the noodles when I arrived. Did not happen. Did not look further since I was loaned sifters anyways.

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Sacha    99
Sacha
1 hour ago, minnbuckeye said:

 

FYI, Walmarts  in Southern Florida do NOT stock noodles in the winter. I had packed my PVC sifter in my suitcase with the intent of adding the noodles when I arrived. Did not happen. Did not look further since I was loaned sifters anyways.

 

Mike, why would we want to swim with the temps down into the chilly 70's?

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digit    837
digit

Indeed! Why even venture outside if the temps dip into the 60's? :P

 

The big box stores might only have pool noodles in the "swimming" months but you probably could have found one if you'd gone to one of the many chains of pool supply stores down here (not that that does you any good at this time).

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Herb    373
Herb

All good ideas. Auto UV protectant like Armour All might help protect the pvc pipe is applied before using

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