Sometimes while out detecting I wonder about the likelihood of digging into utility lines. The obvious one is sprinkler heads or lines, but those I've encountered seem pretty sturdy, although if plastic there could be a problem.
In my current park site I uncovered a Romex electrical line (not in a protective conduit) -- sample photo below. It was only about 6 inches deep and my detector was picking up the copper wires inside. Fortunately it turned out to be inactive although I don't think I broke through the insulation. I just covered it back up and made a mental note since its signal could be picked up elsewhere along the line.
Another, possibly bigger issue is what to say if someone approaches and asks (or tells...) you of their concern, whether that is for my safety or just of the utility line itself. Of course they are supposed to be much deeper than I dig, but that assumes whoever buried it was knowledgeable and responsible. For example, in front of my house along the public sidewalk there is a TV cable (merely electrically insulated) which has been pushed to the surface by a tree root. I'm sure it wasn't buried more than a few inches originally. Every time I mow I wonder if I'm going to cut it.
I'd like to read about your experiences with this issue.
I found this strange copper ring near a sand play pit in a park. The writing looks medieval. It is one word repeated inside and out of the ring and is gibberish to me. I wonder if it has a mystical meaning. The ring extention has been done very crudely and certainly not by a jeweller. Can anybody help with suggestions? Thanks!
Hello everyone, I am a treasure hunter from the Loess Plateau in northern China. I am very happy to come here to meet you. With my current simple experience, I cannot determine the use of a machine suitable for our local soil. I would like to ask all the experts to consult. The pure loess plateau here is less mineralized, the soil layer is pure, and there are very few rocks. I am currently optimistic about the machines, Whites Spectra v3i, AKA SiGNUM MFD, mostly Xp35 and Minelab. I want to buy a deep A good machine is mainly looking for silver coins and copper coins. I hope you can give excellent suggestions. In addition, I want to know if the depth of the Whites TDI SL pulse machine can exceed V3I and Aka. Please give excellent suggestions from friends who have used it. I will be grateful for this, thank you all!
By Dino Roy
Hi - I have a mint Coinmaster 1 TRDX machine that I got at a yard sale. It has all of the components and fired right up with fresh batteries. I was just tying to find out when it is from exactly but can't seem to find it online. It has a Date of GG. It's a fun machine to use as it brings back old memories as a kid in the 1970's out finding stuff with a similar machine my buddy had.
Thank you in advance for your time, Dino
My great grandfather was into detecting and I am thinking of getting into it. It seems fun to get outside, to get away from life, and be with people I like. The potential to find great treasure is very exciting. The whole hunt and surprise of what you will find is exciting! What do you think? Should I get into it? What would be good starter tools.
I took my new F19 out for a spin at the creek and it failed me 😢 Didn't even find one nugget. I guess I'll have to send it back as defective!
All kidding aside, it was a good time detecting and panning the creek bed. Hot rocks were terrible though. I consider myself a competent coin shooter, but hunting for little specs of gold in all metal mode with a highly sensitive machine is somewhat new to me. The hot rocks were horrible. I kinda started noticing the difference between them and "good" targets. Still, how do you guys deal with this? I tried ground balancing over them and that helped a little, but certainly not a solution. I turned down the sensitivity to about half and that helped, but I really don't like giving up that kind of depth. I'm thinking a smaller coil may be better?
Any tips are appreciated. Thanks.