CJ called me when, after spending a whole afternoon weeding and cleaning her back yard, she noticed her wedding ring was missing. The good news was, she hadn’t left her 100-year-old East Bay home since she last saw the ring. The other news was, she had worked in every part of the back yard and side yard, including the wood pile, compost piles and green waste bin.
It was nearly a week before I could detect the yard, because we’ve had a lot of rain. When I arrived, CJ showed me everywhere she had worked that day. I focused on the main yard, where CJ had done the most work, including a lot of weeding. On one side of the yard were two compost piles, each about five feet wide. My initial scans turned up lots of metal junk, including nails, screws, lead, aluminum and brass. I can tell my metal detector to ignore certain metals like iron, but that’s not always a good idea, because you can also lose faint gold signals that way.
I got a lot of signals in one low spot between the two compost piles. Most showed up as iron, but another signal was also evident. I dug into the soft dirt and pulled out a total of six nails and deck screws, and there were still more signals coming through. Target number seven turned out to be CJ’s beautiful gold and diamond wedding ring.
Amazingly, the ring was 4-5 inches underground. Because the compost piles were loose and soft, dirt had washed down into the low area during the rain. Early searches could have buried it deeper. The moral of this story is, don’t disturb the area where you lose your ring, and dig everything!
Here’s what CJ had to say:
“Thank you Dave! If I hadn’t been watching – the entire time – I would not have believed how and where you found my wedding ring, today!
“There it was amid the wood screws and rusty old nails under almost 6 inches of mud after only 5 days of rain. Your experience, patience, and expertise, really saved the day! A less experienced detector may have dismissed the cache of metal screws and the ring would have been lost to me, perhaps forever.
“We are so relieved and so grateful. I will be happy to recommend you to anyone.”
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