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Probe question

Warf rat

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Aug 25, 2018
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Well I went probing a little today. Made my hand hurt, it’s been two years Since I had a brain fart of brain farts I can dig still, but nothing like I once could. If I could just find a place. We’re the crappers close to the ally or just wherever. Thanks Calvin
 

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Palani

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Jan 27, 2020
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Tempered steel rods from the trunk of old cars are how we made them in Hawaii. Tapered rounded tip not sharp. When the probe is tempered steel you can use it to dig with when trying to get a bottle out delicately. I like a short and long probes. When I see a shovel being used to pry out a bottle makes me nervous.
 

willong

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Apr 22, 2009
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Port Angeles, WA
A little work with a die grinder could smooth the surface of that weld "glob" if it bothers you. Retain a diameter a bit larger than the shank of the probe rod and do not sharpen the end point. Some prefer a sharp ledge on the upper side of the tip as it aids in retrieving a small sample of material from the probed ground--they are looking for ash, tomato seeds and such to help deduce if they are in a privy pit or not.
 

margclearlake

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Apr 24, 2012
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my probe is custom made, (by me) with no glob. I really dont under stand the glob and how it helps. I found a copper one at an old house and it had the glob.

This thread inspires me to go tink tink tinking.
 

nhpharm

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Apr 24, 2007
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The glob opens the hole up a bit bigger than the probe shaft. In certain soils, if you don't have that tip, the soil (clay and the like) will grab the shaft and make it very difficult to pull the probe out.
 

buriedtreasuretime

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May 10, 2009
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Well I went probing a little today. Made my hand hurt, it’s been two years Since I had a brain fart of brain farts I can dig still, but nothing like I once could. If I could just find a place. We’re the crappers close to the ally or just wherever. Thanks Calvin
Ouch! Is that hand much operable with all those pins. I’ve a full femur nail, knee to trochanter. I sure feel for ya.


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