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- Prospecting of picnic tunes:
- A gardener’s tip to avoid infection of small wounds when handling soil:
- Always have in your trunk/bag:
- A method to obtain an image of a very worn (therefore flat) part:
- A caching method that was reported to me:
- One trick (not tested) to avoid mosquito problems:
- A little trick to avoid all this:
- The work is long and tiring
- Something that happened to me once:
- Detectors – A tip that makes sense:
Prospecting of picnic tunes:
When you are prospecting for a picnic area, take a look at the big, isolated trees in the middle of nowhere. Apart from shading, these trees provide a good shelter for those who want to isolate themselves from the crowd, the screams of children and the mother-in-law’s laughter. These trees are very often full of good things to offer and are waiting for your passage!
A gardener’s tip to avoid infection of small wounds when handling soil:
Always take great care when digging and exhuming an object. If it is a coin, you will retain its value (a damaged coin may have its side divided by 10, 20, 50, or more) and if it is a non-fired bullet or fortiori an unexploded shell, you will stay healthy!
As a general rule, avoid digging where you know there were modern battles or accidental shells falling apart, except if you are fond of militaria, but that’s your problem and it’s totally forbidden!
Be careful that the fixing screw of your head is made of plastic. If it is not the case, change it (except for C-Scope detectors), you will gain in performance.
The use of old maps (staff, etc.) will give you an idea of where old houses or farms are now being demolished. In place of these ancient places frequented sometimes only a field, a meadow or a vacant lot. It is interesting to prospect such places!
We often find small objects that were the daily life of our grandparents (thimbles, parts, hitch, etc. Attention, however: these places are often very polluted with scrap metal, nails, etc.).
A well-equipped first aid kit can save a good day of prospecting in case of small glitches.
Always have in your trunk/bag:
- A few bottles of water (at least one in your bag)
- A rainproof Pancho in case of rain A cap for the sunny days
- Optional batteries
- An insect spray (very important !!!)
- A syringe venom
- A shovel rescue (What to do at 100 km from the house when we broke his shovel?)
- A knife
- flashlight (you never know, a small cavity in a wall, under a stump …)
- What to eat Available aspirin A saw A roller plumbing adhesive (a stick that loosens, it’s always annoying!)
- One or two strips Velpeau
- A tube of ointment for sprains
I know, the list is long and cumbersome! I tried to rank it in order of importance: I would describe the first 7 elements as vital.
A method to obtain an image of a very worn (therefore flat) part:
If the patterns in your room are very worn and very shallow, a smear will not work properly. Burn a match and put the coin in the smoke. It is covered with soot.
Gently place a piece of transparent tape on the piece and erase it. When you remove the piece of tape, you will get a very detailed negative of your piece. Place the piece of scotch on a white sheet. You are ready to authenticate your piece!
Prospect old stables, stables, henhouses, etc. Farm animals are very good alarm systems against intruders and it is not unusual that a farmer took advantage of this to make a cache under alarm!
A caching method that was reported to me:
It is well known that big trees have always been good tracks to follow. Some people planted a curved nail or ring under a large branch just above their hiding place, to be able to find it effortlessly by suspending a digger lead. The lead was pointing right where it was necessary to dig.
The only drawback of the story is that the cache is usually deeper than usual (out of reach of many current detectors). Plants growing by their ends, there is a good chance that the nail has moved very little since the date of burial.
If in winters you must at all costs prospect a small portion of frozen ground, place a black plastic tarpaulin on the area to be covered.
The action of the sun on this black surface will warm the ground and should make it less hard.
Remember to wrap the cable around your head around the handle. You will gain in performance and stability.
One trick (not tested) to avoid mosquito problems:
Take a 250 mg Vitamin E pill daily during the prospecting period (starting 1 or 2 days before). It is not effective against flies, but it works very well on mosquitoes, it seems.
Are you a fisherman? You must probably have the good old full pocket jacket that any fly fisherman worthy of the name wears! I wear mine when I detect.
I use the left pockets for garbage and the right pockets for interesting items. Small pockets with velcro closure are very well suited for storing coins, jewelry, etc …
You can have a pocket type of object and put a fragile object in a separate pocket. You can also move in all directions, lean, without risk of losing something! These jackets have the advantage of being lightweight, so portable even in summer, but you will protect wonderfully during the windy days.
A mobile phone can be a source of interference. If you have to leave it on at all costs, make sure it is in your backpack rather than your belt (as far as possible from the detectors).
When you prospect on a new site, the essentials can escape you. Taking pictures of the site may allow you to spot some clues later. For example, differences in vegetation (greener grass or more yellow depending on conditions) may indicate the presence of the foundations of a house now demolished.
The presence of some trees can tell you if there was a house in the front corner (fruit trees, roses, etc …). In this case, your chances are increased of being able to find something.
If you leave with spare 9V batteries in your pockets (and that must be the case), be careful not to put any finds with them. You risk a short circuit which, if prolonged, can seriously damage your battery, even cause an explosion or fire!
A little trick to avoid all this:
place a piece of electrician tape on the contacts of the battery!
If you go out in wet weather, do not forget to let the detectors electronics box dry when you come back (do not leave it locked in your bag)! Be careful not to put it too close to a heat source (risk of condensation).
When you prospect a hyper-polluted place (house recently demolished, etc …), but you know to be the high potential, I advise you to take the time to clear the ground! For that, there are not 50 solutions:
you will have to detect in all metals and dig all the signals! Too many prospectors push discrimination in this kind of place and end up coming back empty-handed …
The work is long and tiring
but you will soon be rewarded for your efforts!
A good way to find good places to explore is to talk to old people in the area. They will probably be able to point you to places where parties and gatherings were held and which are no longer used today. Older people love to talk about the past and often have a lot more memory than we would like to believe!
Get out prospecting after the rain. Moist soil improves the performance of detectors.
Check the condition of your batteries before going out (especially on Sunday !!!). Always have spare batteries on you!
Determining the size of a buried target can be very useful in determining whether or not you will dig. A typical example: on a beach, whether you are on a soda can or a good old room … If you are in possession of detectors “special currencies” with a depth indicator, you can do the following:
place the detection head 10cm above the ground. If the indicator gives you a much lower value (close to 0) then it is likely that your target is not a coin.
But be careful, that does not mean that it is a can! This technique can only give you an indication of the size of the object, make the decision to dig according to the place and what you are looking for.
If you have the time, explore your land by going in and out, diagonals, right angles, etc … You may be surprised by the number of things found when going back to a place from a different angle!
Something that happened to me once:
I was on a sharp target, with a good signal … I dig perfectly vertically (5-10 cm behind the point, as usual), then nothing! Nothing in the bottom of the hole, nothing in the clod! Soaring! I take a look at my shovel to see if there was not a little ground stick (which can contain the target), nothing! I stay there for several minutes, trying to find this damn target!
To go crazy! I leave disgusted, is about to dig another hole 2-3 minutes later, and there my eyes are attracted by a singular spot on the iron of my shovel: a piece (a liard if my memory is good) was literally glued to my shovel by a tiny layer of earth (less than a millimeter). So: vigilance and caution!
If you have multiple detectors and want to “dry out” an area, use your different devices in that area. Depending on the nature of the targets, a detector can walk where another will remain silent and vice versa.
In the same spirit, if you have a big and a small head, use both! The big one will allow you to go deeper (in most cases) and go faster, but will see less well a target masked by a ferrous next door! The little head will be less sensitive to this problem!
On lightly polluted terrain, explore all metals and use discrimination only to help identify a target.
Detectors are only able to identify targets at a limited depth (when they are intended to be able to identify targets). Good targets below this limit are incorrectly identified and may be mistaken for “shit”. If you have any doubt (and this is true for all detectors and prospectors): dig!
Explore the sandboxes and children’s wood games in all-metal mode, to find little jewels and toys lost by children. These places are generally very little polluted.
If you detect in “silent” mode, do like me: wear shoes with non-ferrous metal parts (lace rings for me). Occasionally pass your detector on your shoes while you detect.
This will let you know if your detector is still working (in my “youth”, I once prospected for 20 minutes without any signal, before worrying and realize that the jack of my headphones was no longer in the plug adapter!).
Detectors – A tip that makes sense:
explore without a watch or rings! I assure you that a ring is really annoying when you put a clod under the detectors;
If you are running in a park with cows (especially heifers), be careful not to leave anything behind them. Recently, I had a strange surprise:
I had left my bag half open, hanging on one of the stakes of the meadow. When I returned, the emergency helmet that was inside was only a vague memory! The dirty beasts had chewed on it, cutting off the cord and leaving an abundant layer of drool on the bag!
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