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Lost Wedding Ring Found in Oakland

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Lost wedding ring found in OaklandJohn was working on the sprinkler system at his new home in Oakland (across the bay from San Francisco). He turned off the main water valve to the house and disconnected the galvanized steel pipe feeding the sprinklers. Then disaster struck-water started spraying everywhere at high pressure. For some reason, the sprinklers were connected before the main water valve!

John ripped off his work gloves and ran over to the valve. There was no other way to stop the water there. So he ran down to his workshop, got some tools, and ran back up to the water meter on the street. Within a couple of minutes, he had the water shut off.

The bed in front of his house was filled with several inches of water, and this was draining rapidly through a gap in the bricks down the driveway. There was nothing he could do about the water so he just let it drain. But when he picked up his work gloves, he realized he had a bigger problem: his wedding ring was missing. It wasn’t in the gloves, and he couldn’t see it anywhere in the thick mud. It had disappeared.

John and his wife searched the bed and the yard nearby, but couldn’t find the ring. They dug through the top layer of mud to see if they could find it, but had no luck. John thought about renting a metal detector, but he could see that the search was going to be difficult, so he contacted The Ringfinders.

By the time I got there a few days later, the mud had dried out. The bed was just three feet from front to back, and crowded with plants and sprinkler pipes. This made it difficult to use my main metal detectors, because there was no room to swing the coil. So I got down on my hands and knees and used my pinpointer, a handheld metal detector. If the ring had sunk more than about two inches into the mud, it would have been beyond the range of the pinpointer, so we crossed our fingers and got to work.

John raised the galvanized sprinkler pipe up so that it wouldn’t interfere with the pinpointer. I pulled almost 20 metal targets out of the dirt and mud: nails, screws, washers and gutter spikes. I had to dig every one of these targets to make sure we didn’t miss the ring.

Finally we worked our way to the base of the first bush. John pulled the bush to one side, and the pinpointer detected a target right at its base. When I scooped out a handful of loose dirt, John spotted his ring at the bottom of the hole. It had been buried about an inch down in the dirt, under the bush right near the main water valve.

The ring is unique-John and his wife had it hand made by an jewelry designer. John, thanks for the reward and for the fresh lemons off your tree!

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Lost Wedding Ring Found in East Bay Back Yard

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796
CJ was happy when we found her gold and diamond wedding ring

CJ was happy when we found her gold and diamond wedding ring

CJ called me when, after spending a whole afternoon weeding and cleaning her back yard, she noticed her wedding ring was missing. The good news was, she hadn’t left her 100-year-old East Bay home since she last saw the ring. The other news was, she had worked in every part of the back yard and side yard, including the wood pile, compost piles and green waste bin.

It was nearly a week before I could detect the yard, because we’ve had a lot of rain. When I arrived, CJ showed me everywhere she had worked that day. I focused on the main yard, where CJ had done the most work, including a lot of weeding. On one side of the yard were two compost piles, each about five feet wide. My initial scans turned up lots of metal junk, including nails, screws, lead, aluminum and brass. I can tell my metal detector to ignore certain metals like iron, but that’s not always a good idea, because you can also lose faint gold signals that way.

I got a lot of signals in one low spot between the two compost piles. Most showed up as iron, but another signal was also evident. I dug into the soft dirt and pulled out a total of six nails and deck screws, and there were still more signals coming through. Target number seven turned out to be CJ’s beautiful gold and diamond wedding ring.

Amazingly, the ring was 4-5 inches underground. Because the compost piles were loose and soft, dirt had washed down into the low area during the rain. Early searches could have buried it deeper. The moral of this story is, don’t disturb the area where you lose your ring, and dig everything!

Here’s what CJ had to say:

“Thank you Dave! If I hadn’t been watching – the entire time – I would not have believed how and where you found my wedding ring, today!

“There it was amid the wood screws and rusty old nails under almost 6 inches of mud after only 5 days of rain. Your experience, patience, and expertise, really saved the day! A less experienced detector may have dismissed the cache of metal screws and the ring would have been lost to me, perhaps forever.

“We are so relieved and so grateful. I will be happy to recommend you to anyone.”

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Gold and diamond wedding ring lost in East Bay back yard

Gold and diamond wedding ring lost in East Bay back yard

The gold wedding ring was hidden among nails and screws

The gold wedding ring was hidden among nails and screws

Some people call the RingFinders after searching the web for a metal detector rental. The problem is that renting a metal detector is like renting a bulldozer or back hoe: they aren’t easy to use! Before you rent a metal detector, or if you have rented one and failed to find your lost ring, contact us.