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« Reply #20 on: August 09, 2009, 09:42:02 pm »
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So you are not a native Aussie? Where are you from....

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« Reply #21 on: August 09, 2009, 09:43:36 pm »
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GD, your post reminds me of the day I took about 120 nickels out of one small playground area where a little set of monkeybars were.  The area was covered with woodchips and I was hunting it using pretty high discrimination and found a few pennies and dimes when I decided to cut the discrimination down and look for gold rings and jewelry.  I hit signals everywhere!  When I dug them, they were all nickels that I'd been discriminating out and obviously all the detector users before me had been making the same mistake.  None of the nickels were very old and I didn't find any gold jewelry but finding all those coins in such a small spot gave me a great boost of motivation.  That happened in the 1980s.  I went back recently to try my luck again and was very disappointed to find that the monkeybars were no longer there nor were the woodchips.
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Ah, the venerable nickel. It always amazes me that a nickel is harder to find than a dime. It has to do with the metal and flux lines in the nickel itself. Nothing can be done about it since the coin absorbs the magnetic field and refuses to set up all but the tiniest of eddy current fields on its surface. Silly coin.

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« Reply #22 on: August 10, 2009, 05:54:31 pm »
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Hi GD.  I agree that the nickel is an elusive critter.  All the discriminating detectors I've used required me to turn the discriminator down to below the level where pulltabs are eliminated.  The same is true for high-carat gold rings so if one is not finding any nickels, he is probably missing out on wedding rings and other gold jewelry too.  On one of my most recent metal detecting ventures, I went to our oldest city park and decided to work around an old thick tree stump using a different strategy than I usually used.  This park has been hunted by detectorists for decades so not a square foot of it hasn't been covered several times by detector coils.  I picked a 10-foot X 10-foot area immediately around the old tree stump and began working in high discrimination range until I had covered the whole spot.  My finds on the first sweep consisted of a few pieces of aluminum cans, tinfoil, and pulltabs.  On the second sweep, I turned my discrimator down to where I know I pick up nickels and high-carat gold targets and slowly worked the patch again.  I recovered a few .22 cal. shell casings and then I got a light signal and dug down about 6" and up popped an old Buffalo nickel.  A few more swings and I found an old wheat cent from the 1920s.  The whole process took me 2 hours but it was gratifying to know that even that old city park could still turn up old coins that many others had missed.  Now I always keep my eyes open for other potential hotspots like this.  I have a long list of them that I will begin detecting this fall when the temperatures drop. 
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« Reply #23 on: August 11, 2009, 12:05:30 am »
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You are doing good.

It is only a matter of time until
your confidence builds.

It seems to me to be a frame of
mind that comes from being more
comfortable with what we are doing.

The finds will come when you are not
expecting it, many times. Just relax,
when you get to where you can get
in a zone, it comes easier.

I do best when I am only thinking about
what I am doing, not thinking about what
I want to find.

Hope that makes sense.

Like most things, its mostly mental.

Happy Huntin,

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« Reply #24 on: August 11, 2009, 12:11:06 am »
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    How do you work the well manicured lawn areas... I walk through just to see what I would pick up and... I got a lot of hits.... the grass was very dense.. I don't think the park rangers would be happy if I put holes all over there lawn.... any Ideas? This area is a seating area for concerts and meetings...


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« Reply #25 on: August 11, 2009, 12:26:49 am »
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I know that park. When I hunted there in the past, I used a screwdriver, dulled round  but still showing the blade. Pinpoint the target to the highest degree you can, see if you can locate it by probing with the screwdriver and only dig if you must. When you dig, use the screwdriver to make a cone shaped hole by sort of spinning it a bit. Use your fingertips along side of the screwdriver to find the target. When you are done, the clean up should be easy.

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GD,
    How do you work the well manicured lawn areas... I walk through just to see what I would pick up and... I got a lot of hits.... the grass was very dense.. I don't think the park rangers would be happy if I put holes all over there lawn.... any Ideas? This area is a seating area for concerts and meetings...



This may help.

I use a home made popper, or digger.
What ever you call it, it is like digging
with a screw driver.

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« Reply #27 on: August 11, 2009, 01:15:28 am »
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your right,I allways go for the big old trees,ok you ger a lot of junk,but allways coins,the center of the parks are mostly nice and clean, well over here any way,most jewellery(rings),that Ive found have been in the center of the park for some reson,people trowing the stick for the dog,uuuups,,,ring also flys with the stick(and we go out and find them)as I allways said keep your park clean,dig the trash,remove it,it makes it a lot easy next time Smiley

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« Reply #28 on: August 11, 2009, 09:47:55 pm »
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Nice tools TabDog.... what did you use to make that aluminum spike looking thing.... It would have to be a small tool... I don't want some one getting freaked out if I used a shovel sized tool... on this beautiful park lawn... I can imagine the treasures I am missing by not digging them up..... thanks for the pics and your time explaining how and what to do....

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Quote:Posted by ksightler
Nice tools TabDog.... what did you use to make that aluminum spike looking thing.... It would have to be a small tool... I don&#039;t want some one getting freaked out if I used a shovel sized tool... on this beautiful park lawn... I can imagine the treasures I am missing by not digging them up..... thanks for the pics and your time explaining how and what to do....

Keith


Hay Kieth,

I got an email from a gentleman who wanted some
more info on my Arkie  Hand Digger. Well, as he
said in his email,

"one picture is worth a thousand words"

So I got about 10,000 words worth of pics for Todd
and any one else who is interested in an improvement
on tha big screw driver method of recovery.

If you can pin point real well,

this one actually scoops dirt and rocks out of tha hole,
so if you got an electronic pin pointer, all ya have ta
stick in tha small hole is tha digger and tha probe in
order to recover a target.

Todd said;

Just need a few more details, as follows:

 - Overall length of completed digger.
- Length of blade section (tip to grind blend-out).
- Am I correct that you used the handle-end of the
Craftsman tool, to form the blade ?

- What brand of dip did you use for the diggin tool handle and approx.
how many coats did it take ? (Assume one container was enough.)
- Please add any other helpful hints you think of.

Thanks a-bunch for sharing your tool design with me
Tabdog.

Good Luck in the play fields/Tot-lots !!

Todd

First off,

Remember to leave a rounded knob on tha other
end to make tha end of tha handle more rounded
for comfort.

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The over all finished length is about 12". About tha
same as tha Fiskars digger.

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The "length of blade section (tip to grind blend-out)"?

That is hard to say?

Try using this photograph as a reference,

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Tha handle is about 5" long,

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And yes, the handle of tha ratchet becomes tha
blade of tha digger.

Tha Craftsman makes a 1/16" wider blade because
tha handle is flatter,

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But in actual use, I found that makes no difference.

I got this 15" ratchet at a pawn shop for $4.

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After three solid hours of grindin, I had it roughed out,

Remember ta keep dunkin it in water ta keep it cool !

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Here is tha plastic dip I used,

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A can is 6 or 7 dollars, and will do a digger, plus a few
other tools. But tha digger takes several coats. Just
keep re-coating until tha handle seems big enough.
It is very durable. Both tha digger and tha handle
coating.

Any questions, feel free to ask,

Tabdog


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