Sunday, October 30, 2011

Metal Detecting Tips

If digging in dirt, cut a "plug" of dirt by cutting a round section with the knife, then prying it up with the blade or shovel. Set the plug nearby and scan the plug and the hole. The detector's beep will determine whether the item is in the hole or the plug. Replace the plug when finished.

The old-fashioned cup-style headphones are best for metal detecting, as they allow you to fully discriminate one type of beep from another.

Pay close attention to when your detector beeps in relation to where the metal object is located. With practice you will be able to determine exactly where the item is before digging it up.

Metal detectors are more sensitive after a rain. Dug-up ground is also easier to replace after a rain.

Inform yourself of local laws before metal detecting on property you do not own. For instance, some beaches and public parks allow metal detecting and some do not.

Be aware of your surroundings while detecting, especially while wearing headphones. It's a good idea to hunt with a friend.

Do not leave your detector in the trunk of your car in hot weather.

Many people buy expensive detectors, then find they really don't enjoy detecting or don't have the time for it. Consider used detectors, as they can be a smart choice.

Search for local detecting clubs on the Internet or call a local college or university science department.

Knowing where you will detect is important when deciding what detector to buy. Do your research. Call your local historical society to find out if your area has old towns, battlegrounds or other places that may yield treasure. If you live near a beach, finding jewelry and coins in the water is a sure bet.

Do not expect to find lots of treasure every time you metal detect. In fact, there may be times when you come back home empty-handed. But the real joy of this wonderful hobby is never knowing what you are going to dig up next!

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