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Buried Rental Car Key Fob Recovered from Sand at Huntington Beach, CA. with Metal Detector

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)

 

 


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****  I was contacted by Hoa about helping him find rental car keys that he buried in the sand at Huntington Beach, CA. He had locked his wallet and his cellphone in the car which made it difficult to get any help. A stranger was able to help Hoa call me. 

It took me a half hour to meet Hoa on the beach. From past experience I knew we had to set up a meeting place as he didn’t have a phone. It was dark but we he was waiting next to lifeguard tower #2. Also it was nice to have that location illuminated by lights on the pier.

Even though he was unsure of the general area, because he was confused as the tide had risen several feet. I knew we could find the keys because we had two hours till the beach was closed. I figure an hour to grid search a basketball court size area. It just might take a little extra time than keys lost near a beach chair.

The rental car key fob showed up about 40 minutes after starting. It was a strong signal about 8” deep. The incoming tide had just began to wet the sand. Anyway Hoa was a happy man, he was going to be driving back to San Francisco later that same night. 

Sometimes key searches can be difficult. I try to always take call outs for lost keys, except when someone tells me that they had lost keys while walking or jogging several miles.

Don’t wait, call as soon as possible… Stan the Metal Detector Man …  949-500-2136  .. “I WILL TRY ANYWHERE “

Lost Car Key Fob in Ivy at a Pasadena, CA. Yard .. Recovered with Small Held Metal Detector

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)

 

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…. Bob called me about helping him find a Car Key Fob lost in ivy or tall grass at his home in Pasadena, CA.  We set up a a time to meet the next day. Later,  I received a text message saying he could have the gardeners cut back to make it easier for me to use my metal detector. Not having seen the vegetation, I thought I should do a preliminary search before he went to the trouble of setting up his gardeners to do extra work.

We met at his home the next morning where he showed me a 50’x 50’ zone where the key fob could be. The ivy was a small leaf type less the 4” high. The grass was ornamental clumps that would not be a problem using a handheld pinpointer. 

First using a 11” coil on my normal detector, I had only located a older galvanized sprinkler pipe running through the ivy plants. Then I went through the ivy with a Garrett pinpointer. Boom I got a signal 6” away from the galvanized metal pipe.

When I spreaded the plant leaves away the fob was hiding there. It was completely camouflaged and I only spotted a glint if gold that was an emblem on the face of the fob. 

The search was less than a half hour. It should have been easier, but the water pipe was definitely masking the signal. That’s what happens when two large metal objects are under an 11” coil. The pinpointer has about a 3” range. The right tool for the right type search.

Bob and Carolyn had watched the whole search and couldn’t believe how they missed finding this fairly large object. Also this was a custom type key fob belonging to an exotic classic car. It would have at least been troublesome to replace.

“I WILL TRY ANYWHERE “ Call Now, I can answer any questions about finding your lost valuable .. Stan .. 949-500-2136