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dip-box. the dip-box is a another modification of the sluice that is used where water is scarce and the grade is too low for an ordinary sluice. It is a close cousin to the rocker box. It is simply a short sluice with a bottom of one by inch lumber, with 6-inch-high sides and a to inch end piece.placer mining wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. h-century miner pouring material from a stream bed into a rocker box, which when the metal or gemstones, having been moved by stream flow from an original source a gold pan, but is more portable and requires less infrastructure than a sluice box, being fed not by a sluice but by hand.jun 21, 2011 the sluice by henry sandham. the use of a long tom or sluice to refine gold from the ore bearing soil required a constant stream of water. men would dig ditches to divert a stream. they built dams and flumes, sometimes transporting water great distances to where it was needed. one common method of moving water was a wheel, much like the sluice boxes. sluice boxes were extended versions of the long tom. number of sluice boxes were frequently connected into a long line, and large crews of miners were utilized. ground sluicing was a variant of this practice. rivers would be diverted into ditches