If you search online for “gold hunting tools,” you will find gold prospecting kits from Bass Pro Shops, Dick’s Sporting Goods and plenty of other retailers.
The kits they are selling are all made to be used outdoors, which leads to this question…
What tools will you need if you plan to hunt for gold indoors, not outdoors?
After all, some of the biggest gold finds can be found in old factories and industrial buildings, not in stream beds. If you’re hunting in indoor locations, here is some of the equipment you should bring along:
- A magnifying glass, so you can get a close enough look to see bits of gold that are mixed in with sand, dust, and other material.
- A small high-intensity flashlight, so you can see behind machinery, underneath floorboards, and in other small places. Don’t forget a supply of extra batteries too.
- A pair of sharp needle-nosed tweezers, so you can remove any gold nuggets or smaller bits from surrounding material.
- A small ball-shaped wire brush, so you can take samples from sink traps, drains and pipes.
- A square wire brush, so you can collect samples of material that has accumulated on the bottoms and sides of sinks and other surfaces.
- A small claw hammer and flat crowbar, so you can remove floor boards and panels and gather samples from underneath.
- A small gold testing kit, so you can run some preliminary tests.
- Plastic screw-top bottles and jars, so you can safely store the samples you have gathered.
- A permanent black felt marker, so you can label each sample you take.
- A small whiskbroom and pan, so you can sweep up quantities of sand and dust from the floor.
- A small handheld vacuum with a hose, so you can gather samples from hard-to-reach places behind grinders, lathes and milling machines.
- A small first-aid kit, so you can immediately attend to any splinters or scrapes . . . and get right back to hunting.
And Don’t Forget Personal Safety and Health
If possible, go prospecting with a partner, especially if you will be checking out abandoned or remote buildings. Bring along a back-up power source for your mobile phone, and consider bringing an air horn so you can send up alert if you get locked inside a room or have an accident.
Think about hygiene too, since some of the areas you’ll be exploring might not have running water. Bring along some antiseptic wipes and clean up often, since some of the areas you will be exploring could have been contaminated by rodents and other vermin, and you never know what’s hiding in the ugly crud you may find in old businesses.
After Collecting Samples, Call Our Precious Metals Recycling Lab at 800-426-2344
When you have samples and would like to have them professionally tested, call our precious metals recycling experts to talk over your next steps. In many cases, we can offer free shipping on the materials that you send us for testing. Mention this blog post and be sure to ask.
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