Its a silly question but I am curious to know how many use a bungee or other support system while out bush or even in a park?
I use just a standard harness and bungee pretty exclusively as it reduces wear and tear on my person The advent of the Zed kinda makes it imperative to me now. I gain extra control of my coil, regardless of the machine, and I don't have to worry about dropping it to take a break~ or that someone will try to grab and run with it.
Silly question but I'm curious to ask.
So this morning my plan was to replace coil cover on the zed and then do the software upgrade. Last time I had the detector out it was slightly sprinkling rain and the coil had some dirt stuck to it. I grabbed the garden hose and just waved the spray over the coil. and wiped it down with a dry cloth. Then I saw water dripping out from under the coil cover and was a little shocked at how much water had gotten between the coil and cover so fast. This is what I found when I pulled off the cover. I can say this is the first time I'm glad I've worn out a coil cover
I tried a couple of methods to balance and hang the detector from my harness and hipstick. These pics show clearly how I did it. Attaching the bottom of Doc's bungy on the right and then bringing the top connector through a d-ring on the left does a few things. This attachment helps eleviate some of the twist that the detector wants to do, it keeps the bungy in line for maximum lift and control, you can turn the detector loose and it won't fall to the ground and it makes swinging the detector very easy on worn-out wrists and elbows. Also, it keeps the bungy up and away from my fairly large hands...comfort and convenience thanks to the Hip-stick, Doc's Bungy and a little modification by me...
Not ever been a user of a heavy detector, I didn't have to use any support system but wished I had when using a large coil. Now with the ZED I can't detect with out a bungee being attached to a harness or a Hip Stick. Even a bungee has a learning curve. The habit that I got into was to disconnect it from the machine, as it was always out of the way and I could grab the eye and attach it to the detector with out looking. One problem, I didn't always get the right end, then reversing it and readjusting it was taking away from detecting time. My cure, take some electrical tape and close the adjusting end of the bungee. Norm
I've read a number of threads on the best way to cover and protect the coil and there's been a lot of good ideas for sure!
I thought I'd add mine for those who primarily hunt sandy beaches like I do.
Over the years, I've tried several ways to keep sand out since a build up between the coil and cover could and will result in a degree of false signals/chatter. What I finally determined was that sand is the "cleverest" of all elements with which I've had to contend. It can and does get into everything. No matter how well I thought I'd sealed the cover onto the coil, sand still managed to get in there...granted not much but my thinking is that if it's not supposed to be there, I want it outta there. And the one time I tried sealing the cover, it was he** to get the cover off! Conclusion; Sand will always get in but with most methods of sealing the cover, there's no way for it to get out!
I decided to find a way to give those clever grains of sand a way out. I came up with this solution about 5 or 6 years ago and it's worked well for me on my Florida beaches. I simply drilled holes in the cover which allows the water to rinse out the sand while still protecting my coil from bumps and scrapes. After searching the dry and wet sand, a few swipes in the surf and the sand is rinsed away. When I get home and remove the cover, there is only a very few isolated grains between the coil and cover...not nearly enough to cause me any trouble whatsoever.
Works for me but your mileage may vary and I'm always open to better ideas.
Note: I drill the holes from the inside out so there are no ridges on the inside which would inhibit efficient draining.
Just one method from my sandy foxhole.....