Karen called earlier today to ask if I would be able to help her find her ring she believed she lost in her yard. She explained that she had been busy reconditioning the yard for the garden that they grow. She had spread out a lot of manure, and then covered that with 4 to 6 inches of hay, which was to be roto tilled into the soil. When she was done she realized the ring was missing. I was available, and we arranged to meet after she got off work, about 4 hours later. One thing I knew, was that because it may have been lost in her yard, it wasn’t going anywhere, so the need to be there quickly wasn’t necessary.
When I got there, a bit early, Karen pulled in about the same time. She came right over, because my vehicle was not familiar, so she figured I was The Ring Finder she had called. She showed me the yard, and I could see it was thoroughly covered with hay, and could smell the pungent smell of the manure which was underneath the hay. I fired up my detector with the standard coil, and proceeded to go over the yard. It wasn’t long before I realized a problem. The ground was infested with iron, which caused the detector to mask out anything in range of the coil. I went over the whole yard only finding one piece of aluminum. I then switched over to my 6 inch coil knowing its ability to recover better than the standard coil, and proceeded to detect the yard again. I swung about 3 times, right where I had swung before when that unmistakable sound of gold rang in my headphones. I pulled out my pinpointer and worked the area, finding Karen’s ring about 4 to 5 inches down. A pinpointer was a necessity especially because the ring color was almost the same as the hay it was buried in. Karen had been in another area of the yard when I made the recovery, so when she came back I mentioned that the ground was infested with iron which made it hard to hunt. She agreed that it was probably going to be difficult, and then I held up the ring to show her. It was then she beamed with a very contagious smile.
Karen explained that this ring was her mom’s mother’s ring, so it had some deep sentimental value to her, and the thought of losing it was not a joyful occasion. I was happy to reunite Karen with this reminder of her mom, and leave her with a great smile.
If you lose your ring or other metal item of value, don’t buy a metal detector or rent a metal detector, but call one of the members of this directory. Look at the different metal detecting Ring Finder blogs and read their success stories, then call them ASAP, and they will work hard for you to find what you thought might never be found again.
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