Sean contacted me last week. He wanted to know if I could help him find his gold wedding band that he lost whilst gardening at his home. We set up for a preliminary search this morning.
I arrived at 8 a.m. with the sky threatening typical May storms. It rained hard last night, but for the moment it was partly cloudy and the radar looked clear. I figured I could probably get at least a couple of hours hunting without getting soaked. I asked Sean to tell me more about his ring and where he lost it. We went around back to a small garden where he had onions, radishes and other vegetables growing. He said that he’d lost the ring in November 2013 and gave me some pointers where to look. The garden had been tilled to an estimated 10″ depth, so I decided to start with the AT Pro’s stock coil for its greater depth over the 5 x 8. I went back to my car and put on my coveralls, kneepads and gloves, then unloaded the AT Pro, which already had the 8.5 x 11 DD attached. After ground balancing, I set out where Sean thought the ring was lost, and quickly realized that this garden wasn’t going to be an easy patch to hunt. My first two holes yielded balls of foil that sounded a lot like gold!
After thoroughly covering the two areas that Sean had outlined for me, I was still empty-handed. Now the sun had broken through the clouds and it was warming up. I decided to widen my search area, thinking that a year and a half of gardening could have easily moved the ring from where Sean thought it was. A few minutes later I got a pretty nice mid tone in the middle of one of the walkways between the vegetable patches. I checked the VDI display and saw a 48 that jumped slightly to 46 and up to 49, then back. I turned my coil 90 degrees and swung again. 49, 50, 49, 48, 51, 49.
I swept aside the mulch chips and used my digger to cut a flap in the landscape fabric of the path. Lifted out a nice neat plug, and as I was automatically reaching for my holstered Propointer, I saw it:
Sean was pretty happy too:
Helping reunite Sean with his lost wedding ring made my day. This is what detecting is all about!