We’ve had a rainy El Niño winter here in the San Francisco Bay Area. During the last heavy rain, Suzanne noticed that the gutters were overflowing at her Los Gatos home (near San Jose). So she got out her ladder, climbed up to the edge of the roof and stuck her hand into the cold water. She scooped out the dirt and leaves and threw them over her shoulder, repeating over and over until the downspout ran clear.
Then she noticed that two heirloom wedding rings were missing off her finger. These rings had belonged to both of her grandmothers, so she absolutely wanted them back. First she searched the yard thoroughly, getting the gardener to help. Then she called a gutter company, who came and removed the downspout. After week with no luck, she looked online for someone who could help with a metal detector, and found TheRingFinders.
Suzanne reenacted the events carefully. She showed me how she carried the ladder from the garage, and where she positioned it against the roof. I had her throw stones exactly the same way she threw the gutter muck, to see where they landed. Five stones all landed in one area, which became Search Zone 1.
Unfortunately, there were no rings in Zone 1. Fence nails, deck screws, irrigation parts yes, but no rings. So we started searching Zone 2, where the downspout gushed out once she had cleared the gutter. Still no luck. Zone 3, under the deck, nothing. Zone 4, where she walked with the ladder, no rings.
So I went back to Zone 1 and started searching again with a handheld metal detector called a pinpointer. Instead of walking along swinging a big coil in front of me, now I was crawling along on my hands and knees waving the pinpointer, which looks a bit like a wizard’s wand. If the tip gets within about two inches of something metal, it beeps. This allowed me to get right up close to the fence and under the bushes.
Bingo. Ring 1 was right at the base of a bush. Ring 2 was a few inches away, almost to the fence. Even after the pinpointer beeped, it took a bit of time to dig through all the leaves and debris before the rings became visible. They were too close to the bush and fence for my big metal detector to find them.
Suzanne now has the rings from both of her grandmothers back on her finger!