Engagement ring search and find

  • from Snow Shoe (Pennsylvania, United States)

This is my very first post.

I was at work, Tuesday, this week when I received a phone call from a young woman named Maddy.  She had lost her engagement ring in her yard at her home and needed my help. She says that someone had given her my name and phone number and she was interested in seeking me out. I told her that I could be there the next day but something had come up so I went out the day after. Since we both live in a mostly rural area the drive was about 45 minutes but I didn’t mind. When I got there I was happy that the property wasn’t too big. The house was old, maybe build late 1800s to early 1900s however, so I knew I’d be running into many signals if the place hadn’t been detected previously.  She gave me the run down on what she had done and how exactly she lost her ring. She mentioned that her family was there a few days prior with detectors, and searched for around four hours with no luck. Since she had mostly been in her front yard the day she lost her ring I figured it would be a good place to start. I picked the east side, front corner of the house to start and would sweep the entire front yard first. As I started out on zero discrimination my detector immediately lit up, and it was constant signals. I found out later that a railroad bed ran in front of the house before the road was built. I put my Garrett AT Pro in Pro zero mode, set my iron discrimination to 35 and turned my sensitivity down. I tried again and just as I had suspected, I ran into a ton of signals. Since the ring was a recent loss (4 or 5 days prior) I knew I was listening for the double tap sound on my headphones. I took my time and thoroughly searched more than I needed to. I began to lose focus and spent too much time on non double tap signals as I guess my curiosity got the best of me. I was here to search for Maddy’s ring not dream about the $20 dollar gold piece that could possibly be mere inches under the soil. By the time I got half way across the front yard I regained focus and zeroed in on the double tap signals. A few more steps, and 10 minutes later, I was at the west side corner of the house right next to the walkway when I got a 47 double tap signal. I got excited as I knew I was looking for gold. I lowered my pinpointer to the ground and got a surface signal. As I parted the grass blades I saw the glint of gold!!!! It was smooshed into the dirt but I extracted the ring and immediately called Maddy. She came out as I was quickly planning my reveal. The reveal was non spectacular as my excitement got the best of me and I had the ring displayed at the end of my extended arm as she walked towards me. A smile spread on her face and said, “that was fast!” She was more than happy and I got her permission to take her picture and make this post. It was a great day!


2 Replies to “Engagement ring search and find”

  1. Matthew Fry says:

    Congrats on your first posting. Good work! Residential yards are always tough. Knowing your machine and how to work around the difficulties of a search helps tremendously. Great Job!
    Matt, TRF Myrtle Beach SC

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