On Christmas Eve Alicia and David walked to a local soccer pitch enjoying some nice Adelaide summer weather. At some stage during the walk David lost his white gold wedding ring and they were unable to find it. A few days later Alica contacted me via facebook and we worked out a time to catch up for a search that evening.
We met up at the Athelstone Soccer Oval and had a chat to work out where the ring could be and I went to work checking the larger areas with a Minelab Sovereign GT, then changing to a Tesoro Tejon near some fencing and finally an old tesoro I keep around with a 4″ hockey puck coil to get right next to metal objects like the fence and playground equipment at the park.
I searched some parts of the oval, then the playground but unfortunately I failed to find it during the 1hr we had and headed home after mentioning that I would probably come back one day to try again.
During the week I asked Alicia if David could draw me a bit of a map in case I went back so I could narrow down the search area a bit and this came back.
The following day I decided to go back with this new information to try again. I searched the oval first with 3 passes up and down the path he probably walked, lots of checking at the gates and fence and then after no success I headed to the playground
I swapped the Sovereign GT for a Tesoro in the playground and searched in and out of the playground equipment and around the edge until I finally found it snug up against a metal pole. Not being completely sure it was the right one I send a message to Alicia and kept searching for about another 20 minutes until I had exhausted what I could in the playground and went home.
It turned out it was the right ring so Alicia and David met up with me again and it is now where it belongs.
Jenn contacted me via Facebook after her husband’s white gold ring was lost in the back yard. The job turned out to be a bit of a challenge as the grass was on top of wire mesh presumably to stop rabbits borrowing or similar. Fortunately Jenn’s 4yr old son Christian is a gun metal detector operator and was able to show me the ropes finding a fortune in coins.
After a very relaxing 5 minutes accompanied by some friendly fish I found the ring hiding deep in some grass next to a trampoline post.
An absolute privilege to help Jenn out and get that ring back where it belongs. Oh and Christian, you are a legend …
Elena called me late this afternoon after finding my well hidden ad on Gumtree (I need to fix that). Anyway, it turned out George had lost his ring along a street and asked if I could take a look. The job was just around the corner so I packed the car and headed out and was there within 20min or so.
The ring was likely to be on either side of the road, so I spent maybe an hour searching one side then concentrated on the stretch along the other side of the road. Nothing too tricky about it and it was just a matter of time before it turned up under some leaves and bark at the base of a bush.
The only real issue with this one was lots of bottle tops and pull tabs along the road verge, but I was pretty confident of eventually getting the coil over it.
Gear was Minelab Sovereign GT with the smallest coil I have for it (to work in the metal junk) and the ever reliable Garrett Pro-pointer. A nice result and a great big chunk of ring back on George’s finger.
Caroline called last night after losing a very sentimental ring down at Seacliff, a popular southern beach in Adelaide. Unfortunately it was lost while walking the dog so the search area was huge. We had a bit of a chat trying to work out the most likely areas and even then the search area was about 150m x 50m which is nearly 2 acres.
I separated that area into 3 sub searches, nothing in the first, then 2 hours searching the main walking area- nothing, then only left with the path Caroline would have walked onto the beach from the car. Nothing in the first pass, turned around to head back, walked 2m and there it was. Hiding about 4″ under some powder soft sand was this beautiful and precious ring. Caroline couldn’t believe her luck and looked a little in shock, but the smiles took over she is one very happy, relieved lovely lady.
This search was tricky simply because of the large area involved but with a little detective work and some perseverance we got there.
A heartbroken Tania phoned me at 3:30 on Australia day after losing her white gold engagement ring at West Beach. The poor thing was distraught and very concerned that the ring was lost forever.
We caught up at the car park at around 4:15 and walked down to the frantically scratched up sand where 2 hours of unsuccessful physical searching had failed to find the ring.
Tania pointed out the rough search area and a few other places it could have landed, and I went to work with the Minelab Sovereign GT. Only a bottle top on the first search grid line, then a great sounding signal on the return grid line. A quick pinpoint with the trusty Garrett Pro-pointer later and I just used my fingers to dig into the soft sand and pull out the really nice engagement ring 🙂
So by 4:30 Tania had the ring back on her finger and the biggest smile I have ever seen. A great result, and less than an hour from phone call to find.
George phoned after he lost his wedding band while gardening in his backyard in Southern Adelaide (Aberfoyle Park). He had been scrambling around in some heavy undergrowth pulling out weeds and had no idea where the ring was lost.
I started metal detecting the green bin, then the paths he had carried the weeds along. Apart from a small lawn and the green bin, the rest of the search was all along a colourbond fence and a metal shed so it was difficult.
After about 1hr I eventually found it at the base of a tall clump of grass under a shrub right next to the fence. Fortunately the Garrett Pro Pointer can be detuned to detect adjacent metal items like fences.
George had emotionally given up on it, so was very happy and a little surprised to have his white gold wedding ring returned 🙂