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    Timothy Gilmore

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    Thanks smokeythecat. I do have a couple of aluminum camping chairs from Amazon that support up to 500 lbs. But now there's all the extra stuff to carry. Currently in my back yard, it's just been the Ace 350, and a screw driver in 1 pocket and pro-pointer in the other. I was carrying the garret ace large bag over my sholders where it had a PVC extension I made for the pro-pointer (good idea) as well a one of those grabbing devices for reaching items on the ground or up high (as seen on tv) as well as my 32" root saw shovel. I know the bag for the aluminum chair would be heavy and they having to get it out of the bag to set up each time...and dropping to the ground everything to unload each time...but your folding stool looks interesting where it could be easily unfolded each time. I'll look into that on Amazon.

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    Hey tdg: It's good to see you check in.

    Should you want to experiment down the road with your Ace....
    I get in the habit of having the 350 set on jewelry mode for general detecting.
    Not to crazy on the sensitivity setting unless signals are far and few between. To much sensitivity can result in fun ,( for the onlookers) as you try to locate an ants pocket watch sized target...
    Iron discriminated out just up into the lowest foil area. As you know , iron can still be observed on your detector when notched out. No bell tone like when it's not notched out. Though it (hitting iron and how the detector responds with iron notched out) can also "null" everything else out until you get away from the iron that triggered it.

    I'll dig bigger foil and pull tabs. Only in hopes of sniffing gold. But if you can live with skipping the odds of gold ,you can reduce tabs.
    Nickles you might want to recover. If you do...Your practice and experience will show by recovering them...

    Your 350 likes bottle caps. Research can help locate some ideas on how to tell on some to most. (I tend to dig them. They sound so nice ,so have forgotten the tips to avoid digging them. Plus...I don't know what's below what I don't dig if they are left.)

    So, if you get bored or experimental try jewelry mode. It's different and for whatever reason coins come better for me deeper. Deeper not meaning your feet sticking out of a hole before you find it , but better tones giving just a couple or more precious inches of clearer sniffing power it seems.

    I'm wondering about a big footed cane for you to try. (See, I'm back to therapy in my mind. And yes ,I've been there) A triangle type foot exists on some models ,and a four footed one too.
    The triangle (blunt edged not pointy) or a square with rounded corners as a "foot" can distribute more weight than a pointy cane tip.
    A wooden cane can often be found on the cheap (and does not excite detecting equipment) .
    Just leaving the foot and it's material strength, and attaching it to foot to consider.
    There are press on kind of tri kind of feet seen in the past.
    If you like to tinker you'll find a way to adapt I;ll bet.

    You could build a foot (With a sheath to cover all edges above it for safety's sake) for the end of your shovel if your shovel is strong enough too maybe.
    Add a t-handle or two ,who knows?

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    I never take a carry bag, just a belt pouch. I use a long handled MD shovel, works as a cane too, I hate to admit that, but it's true. 1 drink, don't overload your stuff. I also take 1 pinpointer. I drag the chair behind me on a rope so don't have to carry it.
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    Hey Tim, it 's good to hear from you! I was beginning to think we scared you off. There's a lot of room in these forums for different individual circumstances. When that changes, I leave.

    One thing that strikes me is that some of us - me, for instance - are retired and have time on our hands. I note that you are a systems engineer and by your stated age I assume that you are still working. Perhaps you haven't had time to get used to this site. Sorry if I began to sound like you weren't real, but those are the (cyber) times we live in.

    My PM and friend request were quite sincere. As for myself, this will be my last response to this message as I believe I've added all the value and encouragement that I can here. I hope that as time permits you will explore and post to other forums. There is a lot of knowledge to be shared and I hope to see you again as you interest, proficiency, and curiosity continue to grow.

    And I hope that is true for everyone else as well!
    Last edited by Trapper John; Jul 05, 2019 at 12:30 PM.
    "There are only three things to do in this part of Oregon. You either work in the woods, collect disability, or grow weed. I don't work in the woods, and I'm not disabled."

    - a casual remark made by a man I met while bushwhacking in rural Oregon.

  5. #35

    Dec 2003
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdg8934 View Post
    I have been practicing in my back yard for a few minutes to a 1/2 hour on the weekend - Garrett Ace 350 / Pro-Pointer. I really enjoy it (except for the bugs-lol). I'm in my mid 50's and about 350lbs and getting up/down to dig my findings has been very hard if not almost impossible at times. I get grief from my wife about me doing this hobby at all - not supportive, and with restrictions in digging and not knowing where to go, I've gotten a bit down on this to the point where I have my detector and pro-pointer for sale on a local neighborhood app. Have others experienced this like I have? Any words of encouragement? I suppose the biggest issue is not being able to easily get back up off the ground (painful a bit on my knees if down too long also). I tried making a pvc pipe extension for my pro-pointer which helps but ultimately I need to get down to dig. I also have a short 36" shovel for metal detecting and digging roots (saw blade on sides) I found on Amazon. But I'm afraid to take it with me for fear of others seeing me digging up the park or wherever. For now in my yard, I have been trying to keep it simple with just my detector, pro-pointer and a screw driver for coin popping - but finding only pennies, dimes and many beer caps.

    Thanks for your help. (Tim)
    Never say Never ! I'm 230 These days a Bit Lighter then you, But I've had my share of Leg pain.

    Most places I've carried this. WILCOX Trawl. 21 Inches Long. I Don't remember original Size, Probably 24.
    I've ground it Down a Few Times Sharpening it. From Kellyco

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    I Hammered the Digging end into a U shape, for more Stability when prying. & Padded the Other end,
    To save my Palm. & mostly Used it as a Push Cane, to Push Myself up onto my Feet.

    Except for Super deep digs, I Don't Dig with it.

    I've never Been Questioned On Digging with It though.



    a weeder is Preferred
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    I Thought I was Done.

    Since I Had Congestive Heart Failure and
    a Quadrupedal Bypass.

    My Legs have Gotten their Muscles Back .
    & My Lungs Have Gotten Much Better.
    I No Longer get Chest Pain.


    & Though I Do get some Back Ache, I Think Just need to Get more Exercise.
    Hard to do with worst Weather in Years But, Again, Never Say Never ! Not Wishing that on You ... But Good Luck, Beats Siting & Vegging

    OH & Knee Pads ! They will do Wonders !
    Last edited by jeff of pa; Jul 05, 2019 at 01:07 PM.

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    Good luck Tim when you go on vacation. I know it will be difficult sometimes but I think you will have a blast.
    Show us your finds when you return.


    We are not what we take, we are what we leave.

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    Good luck Tim!

    This is a great hobby that I use for relaxation when I get a chance. Unfortunately I don't get as much of a chance as I would like.

    Keep at it and hope you find some good stuff, it will motivate you even more.

    Pete
    "Silver Train is coming' think I'm going to get on now, oh yeah" - Jagger/Richards

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    May 2018
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    I never take a carry bag, just a belt pouch. I use a long handled MD shovel, works as a cane too, I hate to admit that, but it's true. 1 drink, don't overload your stuff. I also take 1 pinpointer. I drag the chair behind me on a rope so don't have to carry it.
    I wish I could use a belt pouch - but weight in one just helps pull my pants down. I use a carpenter's nail apron that goes around the neck and ties around the midsection. Not ideal, but it puts the weight on the neck rather than the belt. We must make a sight out there!


    Always do right; this will gratify some and astonish the rest.
    - Mark Twain


  9. #39
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    May 2018
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    Like Jeff, I've used wilcox trowels for a long time, thinking about 40 years. I like the quality of the stainless steel. They are good tools where digging is easy, but in the last decade or so, there have been some amazing digging tools. There are reviews of them on this site.
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    Always do right; this will gratify some and astonish the rest.
    - Mark Twain


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    Hello Timothy,

    Megalodon has some very good points! The most important thing is your health, in time with effort you will be in a better position to detect.

    Good Luck and May God Bless!

    Doc

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    Dec 2003
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    Quote Originally Posted by Megalodon View Post
    I wish I could use a belt pouch - but weight in one just helps pull my pants down. I use a carpenter's nail apron that goes around the neck and ties around the midsection. Not ideal, but it puts the weight on the neck rather than the belt. We must make a sight out there!
    I use a Draw String Sack

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    Came with a set of Headphones.

    Then I Hooked a Clip to the String. Which I hook to one of my Belt Loops.

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    By my Rear Right side Pocket

    I also Broke Down & Started Wearing Suspenders after Buying My Umpteenth Belt,
    & Breaking it within Seconds of Putting it On & Trying to Pull it Tight enough to Work.

    Now I Don't need to buy 6 Belts a Year & My Pants Stay up
    Last edited by jeff of pa; Jul 05, 2019 at 08:08 PM.
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    Suspenders are a great idea! Have you ever seen some with metal detectors on them? I'll also be looking for some with images of fossil shark teeth on them.


    Always do right; this will gratify some and astonish the rest.
    - Mark Twain


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    Dec 2003
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    Quote Originally Posted by Megalodon View Post
    Suspenders are a great idea! Have you ever seen some with metal detectors on them? I'll also be looking for some with images of fossil shark teeth on them.
    LOL no I've Have a Pair of "Real Tree" Suspenders https://www.suspenderstore.com/realt...SABEgJoh_D_BwE from Walmart

    I saw a Pair with Nuts & Bolts online https://www.absoluteties.com/nuts-bo...SABEgKC-vD_BwE

    but I don't think anyone else has thought about Detectors or Teeth.
    Never know though, I Never thought of Nuts & Bolts
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    I like the take a kid detecting idea and have them enjoy digging the targets.
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    Dennis

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    Hang in there bro
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