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  1. #16

    Jul 2005
    Iowa
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    I have used the surveyor flags on my grid pattern for many years. I cut the wire to 6" and have a place in my belt bag to carry a hand full of them.
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  2. #17
    us
    Jul 2006
    Jefferson, Ga
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterbug View Post
    I have used the surveyor flags on my grid pattern for many years. I cut the wire to 6" and have a place in my belt bag to carry a hand full of them.
    Sounds like a winner.
    Marvin
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  3. #18
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    Been there...Dug that

    Mar 2015
    Northern Illinois
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterbug View Post
    I have used the surveyor flags on my grid pattern for many years. I cut the wire to 6" and have a place in my belt bag to carry a hand full of them.
    Exactly what I do when gridding. Just keep hopscotching the back pair of flags. 😁
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  4. #19
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    Sep 2012
    D'Iberville MS
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    I either use small flags like they use to mark buried phone and electrical lines or I use landmarks and focus on a spot each pass. I did a 60 acre soccer park one time and it took me 2 months to grid hunt it. One that site I used about 10 flags and moved one every pass.

    I like the tennis ball idea and may try that.
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    I don't detect for the stuff I find, I detect for the stuff I haven't found.

    If I didn't find it I hope you did.


  5. #20
    us
    Jun 2012
    MA
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    And go slowly. Also keep in mind that after rain or winter frost heaves targets my now be within your detectors depth range.
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    Jun 2006
    Out in the hills near wherendaheckarwe
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loco-Digger View Post
    The tennis ball work great in an area where there aren't any mower tracks. Space them out it a line and when you come up to one use your coil to sweep it over to the end of your sweep and continue to the next tennis ball.
    Have you thought of those day glow golf balls? I've made up 11 (used to be 12) with SS welding rod (4"long) in a drilled hole with a drop of superglue. Those lil boogers are handy as heck! They don't roll, good markers, and great for holding the tip of your long tape measure. Made a few for a friend that was tying surveyors tape on everything in sight except his legs. Only time I found they didn't work was with my labby. She kept bringing em to me. How do you explain to a dog, no I meant to leave it there.... sheeze......
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    I know it's here, just need a bigger coil!

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    "Hold my beer and watch this!"

  7. #22
    us
    Aug 2007
    Western New York
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    I'm very interested in gridding and I plan on doing it a lot next year when I'm retired. I plan on using plastic fluorescent yellow tent stakes and fluorescent yellow string. Going to measure my swing for the width of the string -6 inches for overlap. Then set the length for whatever the site is I'm at. I have a couple ideas how to grid but this one seems the best to try first.
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  8. #23
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    Kace

    Aug 2017
    MOx2--KS
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    I use construction flag markers for detecting, mushroom and ginseng hunting.

    Kace
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  9. #24
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    Don

    Feb 2016
    Missouri
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ammoman View Post
    I do search my permissions in a grid pattern but I don't mark them off with rope or balls or anything. I follow the landscape and use trees and bushes and other things to mark where I am going. I can also look back in grassy areas and see where I have been by looking at the footprints I have created while taking short steps. Those footprints become my line to follow. I grid as I go so valuable swing time is not wasted.
    This is much the same as I do. Four or five inch tall grass reveals my shuffle marks nicely. Also have a few of the orange construction flags in my beater, detecting truck.
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  10. #25
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    May 2011
    tujunga ca
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    i just use plastic bottle caps or sticks that i find out there.i only carry what fits it my pockets.
    good luck brad
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  11. #26
    us
    Jul 2006
    Jefferson, Ga
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    I have seen some folks doing this type of detecting. Just ramble around in no discernible pattern..
    Marvin
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    The last person to see you Naked.
    Beep, Beep.

  12. #27
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    Tommy

    Dec 2015
    Ann Arbor
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    Its about having fun if you grid you still need to come from different directions sounds like a good plan
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  13. #28
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    Bill Jones

    May 2007
    Lewiston, Idaho
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    You've got the right mind set. Covering a small area well, will often pay off better than going over a larger area in a sloppy fashion.
    As to dumb questions, I generally stumble over questions about whether a particular site is worth detecting or not. If it's handy to you, the only way to really know is to get moving and give it a good hunt. Sometimes great finds show up in the strangest places. I found a presidential campaign token from the 1860 Lincoln/Douglas election under the basement stairway in an old house with a dirt floor one time. Thought it was a quarter until I got it cleaned up a bit.
    luvsdux

  14. #29
    us
    Jul 2017
    The Old North State
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    This is an interesting resurrection of an older thread especially in light of a site that I am working these days. The site is what I refer to as my "learning permission" because I am still fairly new to serious MD work, the site is old enough to be interesting (100 years old or so), it is close enough to the house that it takes little time to get there, and the owners are good friends.

    I started out working the site willy-nilly then went to a grid system. I was still working around the edge of the house looking for coin spills and stuff thrown from the house. On my most recent trip, I did less detecting and more exploring/research. I had talked with the owner - who lived in the house as a child in the late 1940's and early 1950's. She pointed out areas where her grandfather's outbuildings had been.

    I spent most of my last visit stomping around the property and found (and documented using the Spyglass app) several interesting places. For example, I found foundation stones that suggest the location of the old shop/storage building as well as two or three slight depressions in the earth that suggest dump sites.

    I'll be working those sites pretty heavily on my next few trips.
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