Tips for Metal Detecting

Buying a metal detector is just the first step in a persons’ quest to look for old coins and jewelry. Before going on that expedition, here are a few tips worth knowing that will help make the search successful.

1. People who don’t know how to use a metal detector should learn from those who know how to use it. This will make it easier for the user to know when there is something worth digging or just ignoring and continue on with the search.

2. Before going out, the metal detector should be checked to make sure it is functioning properly. The best way would be to hide a coin in the garage and have the individual successfully find it; this will increase the chances of finding other artifacts during the treasure hunt.

3. Another thing that has to be checked is the weather. Tests have shown that looking for objects when it is snowing or raining outside is useless because these interfere with the instruments on the metal detector. This means the person will have to wait until the conditions outside improve or reschedule the search when it is sunny.

4. Proper clothing is important during a treasure hunt. The proper outfit can keep the individual warm and/or cool and free from insect bites.

5. Most treasure hunts take hours before anything is found. It would be a good idea to take a tent for the person to rest in and some water along because dehydration often causes those in the group to call off the search.

6. Metal detectors run on batteries. Since these will wear out in a few hours, it would be a good idea to carry spares so the person can continue looking for treasure.

7. The treasure hunter should research the designated area before going in. This will save the individual time and energy, which can be put to better use looking in the right place.

One of the things that the person should determine is if the area where the search will be conducted requires a permit. Some places require documentation and it is advisable to get it beforehand so there won’t be any problems when something has been found.

Treasure hunting can be fun. By following these steps, the individual will have a great time searching for an artifact and making some money from it.

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One Response to 'Tips for Metal Detecting'

  1. Mike - Best Metal Detectors - July 20th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Another good place you might want to add is the park place which is the area between the sidewalk and street in most urban areas.

    I detected my backyard with a 3″ coil and found a ton of clad with a few wheaties thrown in.

    I have to use the sniper coil because there are 3 overhead power lines immediately over my head, and the chatter from my 1266 and 8″ coil drove me nuts.

    I know there’s old silver down there, but I don’t think I’ll find it unless there’s a power outage or I break down and get a 5″ coil.

    I just had a few minutes this morning to try the area next to the street, and the first signal was a ‘54 Rosie, followed by a ‘36 wheatie and war nickel.

    There’s a lot more there so tomorrow I’ll put the 3″ on and sift between the foil wrappers, pulltabs, etc..

    Happy Hunting!

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