From searching for coins in your backyard to browsing for buried treasure on the beach, a metal detector will turn your hobby into a profitable thrill. There are lots of metal detectors out there and unless you know how to use one, you may not be effective in your endeavors. Let us look at some important tips on how to correctly use a metal detector for best results.
1. Seek help
There is no shame in admitting you have never used a metal detector before. Before purchasing one, you may want to gather as much information as you possibly can.
2. improve through practice
Only superheroes are instantly good at anything - and they only exist in movies. The rest of us have to practice consistently until we master the skill. Using a metal detector works pretty much the same way. The more you practice, the better you get at it. Do not be discouraged if you do not come back with any helpful finds the first time you try it out. Just keep practicing in the backyard and at the beach until you master the skill.
3. Don't do random searches
lt is more effective to establish a predetermined search pattern and then stick to it as opposed to conducting random searches. Once you have picked an area to perform your search, work in a methodical manner to cover the entire area.
4. Establish the exact location of an item
Before you place your detector down and start digging for an artifact, make sure to fast narrow down the location to an exact match. If you do not do this, you might end up wasting too much time digging. You can use the front-to-back scans coupled with the side-to-side scans to help pinpoint the exact location of an artifact. lf you want to make the search even more accurate, you can acquire a digital metal detector. Digital detectors have a screen that you can use to see exactly where the item is.
5. Do a second sweep
Most investors get too excited at the initial find that they assume they do not need to search the dug area again. But you might be pleasantly surprised to find something else hidden in the rubble of dirt you dug up. Once you have located an item, dig up the grass and dirt and put them in a bucket. After you have retrieved your artifact, place the dirt back in the hole and do a final sweep with your metal detector to find out if you missed anything.
6. Remove target items from the ground
As frustrating as digging up a foil paper or any other unwanted find is, you should not bury it back to the ground. if you put it back, chances are you might come back searching and dig it up again. When you dig up worthless pieces, put them in a trash can or in a designated trash bag but do not bury them back into the ground.
7. Handle the artifacts with care
Most beginners are usually so excited at finding an artifact that they instinctively want to clean it. Experts warn against cleaning your find as this has been known to significantly lower the value of your find. lt is more effective to use a soft brush to brush away sand and dirt from the item. Some artifacts can still be rinsed with cold water but if you are not too sure, you can always leave it as is until a professional looks at it.
8. Calibrate the detector to avoid salt interference
If you will be doing your search down at the beach, you need to be aware of possible salt interferences. To avoid this interference, you may need to calibrate your metal detector until the signal is stabilized. The downside of this is that you will probably lose some search depth but that is better than having to deal with the salt interference which could be very misleading.
9. Do a comprehensive search
Most modern metal detectors have an option that allows you to specify the metal you are searching for. For instance, if you specify that you are searching for coin, the detector will not beep when it finds any other kind of metal. Even though this is an important feature for purposes of efficiency, it could also reduce your chances of find great stuff. For instance, a detector might ignore a pop can which might just be slightly above a valuable gold item. To avoid missing out on any goody, you can use all metal search options available.
10. Use headphones
The beeps from your detector can also be annoying to other people so using headphones also ensures you do not annoy the people that are trying to have a peaceful moment down at the beach.