Marshall Smith, Author at The Ring Finders

Real Estate Corner Metal Pin Location Service for Realtor in Novato, California – Metal Detecting Marin County

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Owners selling beautiful home high in the hills above Novato, unable to locate one of the rear corners lot “pins”, 200 feet from the street. The plat from the Realtor showed the other rear corner 100 feet away. By measuring 200 feet from the street, and 100 feet from the existing rear corner marker, I was able to narrow the search area to about 10 square feet. I found the 3/4″ steel pipe under 5 inches of dirt and debris in about 5 minutes. Here I am painting it orange.

This is 2nd time I have been called out by a Realtor to locate a property corner marker.

Always fun to be successful!

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

 

 

 

Platinum Wedding Band Recovered in Ocean Beach Dunes – Metal Detecting San Francisco

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Josh and his wife were just picking up their picnic stuff after a nice afternoon at the beach. They had chosen a secluded spot way up on the dunes, where they could could see the whole beach, to set up. As Josh reached down for his backpack to leave, his wedding band slipped off his finger and dropped into the soft dune sand. They searched and sifted the soft flowing sand with their fingers until dusk. As the light was fading, they found me at TheRingfinders.com and we agreed to meet the next morning.

Ocean Beach is San Francisco‘s largest public beach. It’s really long and wide, with some big grass covered dunes at Great Highway and Lincoln Way. There are many little private spots to relax.

It took me about 10 minutes to locate Josh’s platinum wedding band under about 12 inches of loose sand, (where he is standing, below).

A very faint signal came from deep in the sand, as his ring had slid down from the top of the dune about 4 feet, and buried itself in deeper.

Josh and his wife were very grateful, and relieved, as you can see in Josh’s genuine smile.

Josh’s platinum wedding band!

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

 

 

Surfer Buries Stuff: Lost Wallet & iPhone: Successful Metal Detecting on Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California 94122

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

It was a perfect day for surfing at San Francisco’s magnificent Ocean Beach. Kyle took the tram from his home in The Castro right to the beach at Judah Ave and the Great Highway. He was eager to hit the big leftbreak with his pal Max. He placed his wallet and iPhone in a sandwich bag and hastily buried them in the wet sand. An hour later, they emerged from the surf, happy and tired. Kyle went to unbury his stuff and could not, on the massive sandy expanse that is Ocean Beach, locate where he had hidden it. After 30 minutes of searching, his surf buddy Max Googled, “metal detecting Ocean Beach” and up popped one of my blog links with my phone number. 30 minutes later I arrived with my gear to find that Kyle and Max had already completed a very large matrix search by dragging their feet in the sand.

As I always, I begin a search by asking the owner, “if you were to guess exactly where you think it might be, lets mark the spot”. Max and Kyle indicated it was probably located between a wet and dry sand stick marker and a pile of dog poop diagonally down by the rising tide. Within that large rectangle, which they had already searched with their feet, Kyle circumscribed a 60 foot diameter circle with his feet in the sand where he thought was the best chance of locating his gear. I began my own matrix search inside Kyle’s circle and after 25 minutes, I got huge titanium hit from Kyle’s iPhone just inside his circle, but just outside where they had searched with their feet, closest to the rising tide.

A very relieved Kyle with his wallet and phone, and was soon back in the water to catch another set.

Kyle’s iPhone.

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

 

Metal Detecting Large Silver Coin Collection, Recovered in Coffey Park Neighborhood, after Santa Rosa, CA Wild Fires 95403

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Their home burned to the ground, and their 2,00o silver coin collection buried somewhere in the ruble, these homeowners reached out to me for assistance.

The photos generally speak for themselves.

Setting: Aftermath of the Coffey Park neighborhood fire.

First silver coins located under about 18 inches of fire debris.

Husband and wife, in PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), begin to excavate their silver coin collection from the toxic debris of their burned home.

First set of recovered coins and silver spoons in their old Weber BBQ bottom.

Burned tool box tray with more burned silver coins.

Home Depot bucket with more burned silver coins.

Toasted real Tiffany & Co lamp.

Homeowner with 2,000 recovered silver coin collection and remnants of Tiffany & Co lamp.

Most of the silver coins were damaged beyond recognition. He planned to have them refined and formed into silver bars.

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

GIA Graduate Gemologist

 

Tough Gold Wedding Band Recovery in Tall Grass on Alameda Island, California 94301

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

On a recent evening, Bob attempted to cut across a planted area between parking rows, misjudged the step down and ended up tumbling into a bed of deep decorative cut grass. His glasses fell off into the deep grass, and after searching for over an hour in the semi darkness, he was miraculously able to recover them, but then noticed he was now missing his gold wedding band. So back into the grass  he went. Nackered after a hours of searching, his wife found me late that night and we made arrangemdnts to meet in the morning.

Previous experience searching through dense ivy and thick bushes has taught me that this can be very frustrating because you don’t know if the item has hung up in the top of the bushes or fallen all the way down to the ground. So you have to search vertically as well as horizontally. Visibility is also an issue through all the vegetation.

The search area was only about 6′ x 12′. The small coil on my AT-Pro was perfect for searching the ground between the dense clumps of tall grass, as well as for scanning the tall leaves. At first I searched the area where Bob had landed on his butt and lost his glasses. Frustrated after beating the bushes for over an hour, I guessed that maybe he lost his ring when he went over the wall (which was full of heavy rebar and sprinkler control wires in the gold range). Sure enough, the ring was buried deep in the middle of a large clump next to the short wall, which I first detected with the AT-Pro and then located with my Garrett pinpointer.

Bob re-united with his beautiful gold band!

Funny Note: Bob had previously lost his wedding rings in Yosemite National Park, the Kern River and the Pacific Ocean. He was very glad not to need to replace it again!

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

 

 

 

 

 

Lost Tantalum Wedding Ring Recovered in Esprit Park, Dogpatch, San Francisco 94107

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Mark and his dog Pasha were running around and playing in Esprit Park when Mark noticed his wedding ring was missing. Married only a year, he felt a strong sentimental attachment to the special ring. Personally engraved, and made of a rare conductive metal, Tantalum (Ta), which is extremely dense and tough, it was indeed, a sentimentally and materially valuable object.

Mark smartly marked the spot where he thought it might have flown off his hand. He and his friends looked for his ring all Friday afternoon. Arriving Saturday morning at 10AM, Mark retraced his steps in the park the day before. First they had taken two laps around the park’s perimeter path for exercise. Then they started playing around in the grass. That’s where Mark thought his ring might have been lost, and put down a pile of sticks and leaves to mark the area.

The next day, after searching a 15 x 15′ grid area to the east of his mark, I started a grid search just to the west of his mark, and located his ring within 2′ of his mark. It was under trampled grass, not visible to the naked eye.

Mark  rewarded me with hugs and yoga tips. So happy to recover his unique tantalum wedding band.

My recovery rate is is about 95% if the object is still there in the area. Don’t wait a week to call a pro!

SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact:  Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

Lost Platinum Ring Recovered after Santa Rosa Fires – Metal Detecting Northern California

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Everything was fine when Bill and his wife went to bed on Sunday night. It was about 2AM when a Sonoma County Sheriff deputy pounded on their door, screaming for them to get dressed and get out. They had only minutes to grab a few things and throw them in their car. Bill remembered feeling his ring fly off somewhere in the garage as they raced out of their house. Four days later, he called The Ringfinders and we were able to locate his ring in the ashes underneath the burned out remnants of his car, where his garage once stood. A small memento recovered!

Lost metal items recovered in NorCal and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Call or text Marshall at (415) 895-0334.

My recovery rate is is about 95% if the object is still there in the area. Don’t wait a week to call a pro!

SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact:  Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

Vacaville Backyard Yields up Lost Neil Lane Diamond Engagement Ring after Missing for a Week!

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

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They were partying on Friday night and somehow she lost her wedding ring in the back yard. Reality set in the next morning, “OMG, where’s my ring?”. He vaguely remembered her tossing it out the back door, but that was it. Frantic, they searched and searched the 30×50′ backyard day after day. He even rented a metal detector for a day. No luck.

Fortunately, when she texted me a few days later asking about my recovery rate, I had a business meeting in nearby Fairfield that Friday, and agreed to search after my meeting.

I arrived about 3PM and it was still 110 degrees outside. It had been a week, and morale in the home was poor. She was feeling really lousy about losing her ring, he was at the end of his wits. I was their last hope.

She showed me the matching platinum engagement band. I scanned it, dialed in my trusty AT-Pro and began a careful grid search of the back yard with the husband. Then we searched the side neighbor’s yard, found a 14k gold angel pendant and returned it the neighbor, who was very grateful, searched the other neighbor’s back yard, found nothing, and then returned to his backyard for a cross grid search. When you are out of options, always cross grid search.

After three excruciating hours in the sun, the clients had completely given up and I was suffering mild heat exhaustion. But on my final cross grid pass, right outside their back door, I got the signal I had been searching for! Boom!!!

Her exquisite Neil Lane platinum nesting engagement band, and diamond wedding ring, turned out to be very expensive. She was “over the moon” to have it back together. It made their Labor Day Weekend all the more relaxing, and a smooth return their happy marriage.

My recovery rate is is about 95% if the object is still there in the area. Don’t wait a week to call a pro!

SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact:  Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

Lost Heirloom Gold Cross Recovered on Tunitas Creek Beach, Half Moon Bay, California 94019

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

It was William and best friend Irv’s, 4th trip back to Tunitas Creek Beach to look for his cross. It had belonged to his Lebanese uncle and been in the family for generations. Lost while playing football on the previous Saturday, the family treasure remained elusive after three searches, first in the dead of night with a $100 metal detector, and then two trips with a rented Whites. lack of experience detecting, and unfamiliarity with detectors themselves, left them frustrated and tired; so they decided to bring in a pro.

It’s a 20 minute hike to the beach through some rough brush and missing trail. There were people living there. It was a little spooky even in the daytime.  I was surprised  the boys had hiked it at night with only their cellphone lights.

But its worth the hike because Tunitas Creek has a really big beautiful white sandy beach, with big cliffs and verdant greenery around a small bay. They led me to an area out in the middle of that big white beach, where they thought they had been playing.

I stuck a stick in the ground as a point of reference and began a systematic grid search, dragging my feet in the sand in a 6′ wide lawnmower pattern. After 15 minutes, I was getting no signals , not even trash signals, as this remote beach, I happily discovered, is very clean.

So moments later, when my trusty Garrett AT-Pro went off with a solid gold hit, William got his cross back.

William and his faithful friend Irv, with his priceless family heirloom, on beautiful Tunitas Creek Beach, Half Moon Bay, CA.

Willam and Irv learned that sometimes it’s just smarter to call a pro, the sooner, the better!

SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact:  Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

 

 

 

Lost Diamond Wedding Ring Recovered on Stinson Beach, CA 94970 in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Sahil had lost a little weight, and when he reached over to his beach bag to find something, his wedding ring dropped off his finger and went straight down into the sand. Even though he saw exactly where his ring landed, he and his wife, and his two kids searched for hours, with no luck. Demoralized, he left his contact information with the lifeguard and went home, ringless after 10 happy years of marriage.

Sahil and his family make frequent trips to Stinson, to escape the hot inland Summer temps. This was a typical outing. It wasn’t until a week later that Sahil contacted me on a Friday night, seeking my help.

We met on beach at 8AM the next morning. After triangulating from several landmarks, Sahil drew a rectangle in the sand suggesting the best area to start the search.

Sahil had already gotten approval to search for his ring here on the south end of Stinson Beach, as metal detecting in this part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is prohibited by federal law. This became abundantly clear as I worked my first 30′ x 30′ grid pattern and came up with lots of coins, pull tabs and bottle caps. The area had not been searched in several years.

The first grid search was a bust, the second grid search was a bust. I went back and did a 90 degree grid search on the first plot and found Sahil’s ring near the end. Always double grid search!

Sahil was completely amazed to have his ring back. He couldn’t believe it!

Recovered! A wedding gift from his wife ten years ago.

Other stuff I found: (not including the real bad trash):

Metal detecting on the beach always attracts kids. These girls were very interested, especially the little one, who loved to help dig. Her big sister remembered losing a coin about a month ago at the same beach. She said the coin had a “$” sign on it. She took me to the path where she last remembered having it. Expecting to find a US President or Susan B. Anthony dollar, within a few minutes we recovered her $1Peso Mexican coin. She vowed on the spot, that she would own her own metal detector some day.

Lots of fun helping the kids!

Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA