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    Gare or Gary

    Dec 2012
    Canton Ohio Area
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    Please be careful when detecting old foundations

    I never used to detect inside old foundations. I have a couple friends That have found all kinds of neat stuff inside old burned out foundations. some have found guns ,coins and such. I always figured out that a lot of junk trash metal would drive me crazy. Yes there probably is a lot of good stuff inside a burned out foundation BUT !! in 2013 i was searching inside one ans stepped on a rusted nail that penetrated into my foot bone. I am type 2 diabetic. When i got home i went to the emergency room and got it cut open and supposedly got it cleaned out. one day later i had a red line starting up my leg. I went immediately to afoot doctor. They had me go right away to the hospital and get admitted. Right after lunch i was in the operating room. 3 and1/2 months later i was healed. Four surgeries a blood cot in and out of the hospital for 3 1/2 months all because i was careless in my search. JUST all going to those places, Yes there can be treasures there but also MANY DANGERS. I enjoy reading all your posts and do not want to lose any of you.

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    That's a good point Gare. and I'm sure many of us have walked into a bottle dump and stepped on huge chunks of broken glass . wear puncture resistant boots while in the woods guys, leave the sneakers for the park. there are lots of nice boots with a composite plate in the sole on line and in the stores.
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    Dec 2017
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    Good reminder Gare. I think we could all be a little more cautious sometimes... I've sliced my fingers open numerous times on glass and sharp pieces of metal while digging, stepped on nails, almost got bit by a copperhead (thankfully avoided that one), etc. I've never had to go to the hospital but it's definitely not fun regardless.
    Last edited by Noah_D; Apr 03, 2021 at 01:16 PM.
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    I always wear boots even beachcombing seen hypo needles and lots of broken glass get well
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    Thanks for that info Gary, glad you recovered! I came onto an abandoned farm once and luckily, noticed someone had moved the concrete well cover off of the open well and left it that way. I moved it back into place and thought if I had fallen in, that would have been a tough situation.

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    Nov 2016
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    I too worry about foundations, but even more then foundations, i worry about falling down a well. It would likely be a death sentence to fall into a well all alone. If theres water in the bottom, it'll be around 48-52 degree water and you'd have only minutes to get out before hypothermia sets in and it's unlikely you could even find the strength or method to scale the walls.
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    Resident De-Bunker. I'm blunt because I don't have time to indulge your fantasies. Treasure is found down here on Earth, not on Google Earth.

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    Relic Recoverist

    Jun 2015
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    I will never forget being a youth and having g a locust tree needle sandwich my foot to my shoe

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    Bill B

    Sep 2010
    Upstate NY
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    Thanks for sharing and glad to hear that you are better

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    Oct 2007
    Summit County, CO
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    My goodness glad you recovered Gare. Get some good boots. And whistler84 is right those honey locust thorns can go right through your boot sole.
    Just like Texas in 1880.

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    Mar 2018
    Todds Point, IL
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    Every detector should also have a current tetanus shot. Tetanus reproduces by spores, and they can be anywhere, but mostly in the soil. Especially where livestock is or was kept. Tetanus shots are usually good for 10 yrs. We have lots of those nasty honey locust trees here as well. Good boots are a must.

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    Glad you’re alright.
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  12. #12
    Thanks for the post Gare. Glad your ok. We can never be to careful, no matter where we detect.

  13. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by whistler84 View Post
    I will never forget being a youth and having g a locust tree needle sandwich my foot to my shoe
    Had that happen to me too,in my youth.



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