Metal Detecting Videos (Digging Technique & Target Recovery). Target recovery is the goal and ideal digging methods are important factors that help you realize that aim. It is a crucial application whether metal detection is a hobby or something you do professionally.
- Dig in such a way that you can go deep with the target in the average center. That way you can collect a clump of dirt to sift through at your leisure, especially if the object you are searching for is known to be delicate.
- Use an apt tool, lift and plunge, repeat the step till you have a squarish or circular section of dirt. Leverage it up and out.
- In order to pinpoint the target, you need it to be somewhere in the central area of the hole not near the sides that you cut. Otherwise, to pinpoint it accurately, you will be tasked with cutting a bigger or wider hole.
- A quality-pinpointing probe will help reduce your recovery time rather drastically and you do not need to remove too much dirt in the process while recovering your target.
- The probe will beep or hum to indicate if your target is still in the hole somewhere or in the dirt clump, you pried out earlier.
Lean the clump over the hole and use the probe to gradually shift dirt off and into the hole. The pinpointing sound will beep if it still has the target in the clump. It is merely common sense to keep at it until you have a better chance to precisely get at the target. Before long, you will have found the target in question. You can put the clump back in the ground and not leave an ugly hole there.
This whole process centers on neatness; more so if the clump has grass on top like on a golf course or field. Step on it firmly to ensure that the dirt clump is nice and even, similar to what it looked like before you pried it out.
- Coins, dimes, pennies, etc. are often found in this fashion. But what do you do if the target is several inches beneath the earth? You pry out the clump of dirt only to learn that the pinpointing probe shows the target is still in the hole.
- Common sense dictates removing a bit more dirt. Use a neat strip of cloth as a drop cloth. Lift dirt amounts and pile it on the cloth. Gloves and handwork is called for, do not jab around with the probe.
- Neatness is called for, and that dirt needs to be returned to the ground. This is (hint, hint) even more important if you are doing this perfectly harmless task on another’s property.
- Use the probe occasionally to check if the beeping or humming still comes from the hole. If not, probe the dirt pile on the drop cloth. Find the target.
- Once successful, lift the drop cloth by its edges, return the dirt to the hole, flatten and even it out, return the clump you first dug up, and finally foot-pad it down.
Note on digger use: Plug the digger in the dirt vertically down, not angled obliquely. The latter begets a shallow hole, and not conducive or recommended for your search. V-shaped or 45-degree shallow plugs end up killing the grass; animals and people can accidentally dig or kick it back up too.