Make Your Metal Detecting Adventure More Fun With These Few Tips!
Metal detection is part of science. When you are just starting in this hobby, some useful metal detecting things like these can help you get to learn the track faster to find buried treasure. This can add more enjoyment to you knew hobby and you fired up for upcoming events.
Adjust sensitivity control on your metal detector
Only experience will tell you how to define it in all situations. As a rule, turn up the sensitivity to reach the maximum depth and the detection of small objects. You will also get an analysis of broader research. However, there are conditions that may arise where you need to reduce the sensitivity. They are as follows:
- When near larger metal objects.
- When the ground mineralization causes false signals.
- When near sources of interference such as power lines or radio towers.
Minimum sensitivity is usually when the knob is turned “1”, or completely counterclockwise. Is maximum sensitivity when the knob is turned “10”, or fully clockwise? Decide how much discrimination (waste discharge) you want.
In some areas, you can detect all metals, but in others, you want to discriminate against unwanted targets. Only you can determine your specific situation. Remember that many “good” targets are not necessarily silver and copper. For example, numerous targets of gold, lead, aluminum or even brass may be missed due to discrimination.
Technical Research Tips
- Always do slow and systematic research in a light semicircle.
- Keep the search coil closer to the ground means you can keep it parallel. The closer you are to the target, easier it is to detect. Take your time and overlap your sweeps at least 50%.
- You need an area of extensive research and different directions and also taking note of where you’ve been.
- Keep the search coils moving at a comfortable speed.
Remember, most metal detectors are motion detectors. A scan rate of about 4 feet per second will suffice but make sure your arm is comfortable. Moving the search coil at a rapid pace, or “whipping,” is not needed and may reduce the effectiveness.
Ensure you highlight a metal target well, this will give a better result
When you pass through a metal target with the search coil your metal detector beeps. Swing the search coil to the left and right, then back and forth, making an imaginary “X” above the beep zone. The target will be directly under the center of the search coil. With most metal detectors, after a little practice, this is perhaps the only way to identify metals.
Add some recovery tools to your adventure
Any type of digging tool will work for your recovery of your treasure. A garden trowel or small spade and a screwdriver should be sufficient. There are several well-designed sand scoops, trowels and digging tools made specifically for the hobby of metal detecting.
Make the weakest signals easier to hear with the use a helmet
The use of a helmet has become almost mandatory for the “professional”. It helps block outside noise, making those deep weakest signals easier to hear. Using headphones will also improve the hearing capability.
Metal detector care and maintenance
Metal detecting adventure is a rough and rusty activity with huge amounts of dust, dirt, water, moisture and many exterior factors. If you choose to take good care of his metal detector and accessories, its overall ability increases.
Some basis tips for metal detector’s care and maintenance are as follows:
1. Clean your device thoroughly using a wet piece of cloth occasionally, even if it is not is use. After a field trip, clean it again before you keep it in its container. After clearing with a damp cloth, use a dry cotton cloth for better results.
2. It is a sensitive instrument so it should be handled appropriately. Do not use it as a support or as a way of assistance for standing up. Do not rest your hand on it.
3. Remove the batteries when not in use to avoid leaks. This battery leaks may corrode the surrounding electronics.
4. Store the metal detector in a dry (moisture free) place away from direct sunlight. After using your device in a hostile environment such as in salt water, sand, moist soil e.tc flushing the exterior areas with fresh water and wiping them dry would be a good idea especially the head. However, one should avoid pouring water on the control housing.
5. Cover the metal detector coil with search coil cover. This is essential for the coil protection when carrying out your metal detecting adventure, this reduces the damaging impact on the coil due to knocks on rocks. These covers have minimal negative effect on performance when in use, so let it not be a worry.
6. For a land based metal detector, a small amount of moisture (if by chance you decide to use it in moist environment) can raise problems, so ensure you keep your detector clean and dry your ( especially the coil) before you keep it.
7. Water or even moisture has a direct effect on your device so be cautious about the weather. Keep the weather forecasts in mind when planning your trips. No matter how close you may be towards discovering a treasure, don’t use your metal detector when it is raining. If needed, use protective accessories while working in sure harsh conditions, but avoiding such harsh conditions will be a wise decision.
8. The best advice is to invest in the best quality metal detectors which have better functions and also come with a warranty, just in case controls don’t work properly.
9. Use the equipment correctly for a better shelf life and a better performance. The lifetime of your device will be shortened by careless handing or neglect of the device. Even though your device is designed to endure rough handling in any environment, mishandling or lack of due attention will lower its overall performance.
10. Check its performance once in a while. This will assist you make replacements and identify any faults or any failure early in advance.
Adhering to these tips will definitely help in the long run. Your metal detector is not only an expensive too but it is susceptible to a lot of wear and tear so, regular maintenance and clearing is vital during monsoons and winters.