Steve is a Lawnmowing Contractor who, after finishing a job returned to his truck only to find his keys had vanished.
He throughly searched the property, and even lifted two storm drain covers and fished around in the ooze with a rake to try and find them, with no luck.
Reluctantly he arranged to have his truck and mowing gear towed home.
On phoning the Automobile Association the AA chap had seen my other recent key recovery from the side of the highway and recommended that Steve contact me, not having considered the metal detecting aspect of recoveries Steve was quickly on the phone.
Despite being an hour and a half away, I drove down straight from work to sort his troubles.
Steve took me through where he had been – and showed me the two drain gratings right where he had been fussing around the truck…
With some careful questions, I was able to put the drains right at the bottom of the list, although I had the waterproof remote camera and the nitrile gloves onboard, just in case!
I started the systematic grid of the garden, I could tell Steve was watching me with a funny look. The keys would have stood out easily on the manicured lawn, however the secret to success is to have a method, and stick to it rigidly. Nothing would be worse than having a no-find and starting to second guess where you may have missed them.
The formality of searching the back lawn was over very quickly. I started around the edges where shrubs overhung the grass, progressively crossing areas off and working my way towards the front yard – and those drains…
Then I got a good signal from under a bush on the other side of the path, I peered under and there they were.
Job done, the keys were exchanged for a good handshake and I headed off on the long trip home.
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