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    Danged if I can think of one

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    I will never forget the time I dug a number of plugs to retrieve targets. I was careful to replace each plug to make the area look untouched. I returned a few days later to search again, but was shocked to find every plug ripped out of the ground by an unsavory critter. I suspect a skunk was looking for grub worms.
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    They way I dig, if I'm using an 8" coil, and after pinpointing (with a locking type detector) the target reads less than 8" depth, I'll cut the plug the size of the coil. If your machine is of the type that you have to pinpoint by finding the center of cross sweeps, dig at least a 12" plug!

    If using a smaller (4x6) coil, I'll still dig about an 8" plug unless the target can be detected with a hand-held pin-pointer at shallow depths.

    I'll also make the cuts of the plug at least 2" deeper than the depth reading, so I don't nick the target while prying the plug out!

    I seldom mar a target digging in dirt, and when I do, it's usually caused by the plug breaking apart as I'm prying it out. Now, scooping underwater or on beaches, That's a crap shoot at avoiding marking the target!
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    Mar 2011
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    Quote Originally Posted by WVPapaw View Post
    I will never forget the time I dug a number of plugs to retrieve targets. I was careful to replace each plug to make the area look untouched. I returned a few days later to search again, but was shocked to find every plug ripped out of the ground by an unsavory critter. I suspect a skunk was looking for grub worms.
    You'll have less of a problem with that if you cut a trap door plug instead of a complete circle. It help the grass recover faster too.
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    Why use plastic? It would never hold up in our hard ground.
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    I have a site where the plastic trowel might work better than my Garrett digger. Our subdivision clubhouse has well irrigated grass around the pool area. Digging down in the moist soil is super easy. Our Coin Club meets at the clubhouse every month. At this month's meeting, the President and I put on a MD demo around the pool and found coins quite frequently. All were modern, but I scratched the heck out of a dime getting it out. We plan to go back and detect it for ourselves anticipating finding some jewelry. The club manager said if we turn the jewelry and nobody claims it, we get to keep it. The plastic digger should work quite well in this venue.

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    Here is a link on digging a plug that might help you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cudamark View Post
    Why use plastic? It would never hold up in our hard ground.
    It holds up pretty good here in Colorado. It is a fiberglass reinforced plastic. It is softer than the coins and has never gouged one. They cost $2 and I have not broken one yet.
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    I carry a bunch of small zip-lock bags and drop the coins I suspect are good right in without brushing off the dirt. I soak the dirt off later at home.

    Though this takes patience, and one that I thought was a large cent turned out to be a red Kennedy Half when cleaned(?)


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    Mar 2011
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_B View Post
    Here is a link on digging a plug that might help you.
    The problem with that method, is that you are going to stand out like a sore thumb carrying that size digging tool. In an urban park or school, that just isn't going to fly with the maintenance crew or patrons of the park/school. Once you learn how to pin point with your machine, a small trap door plug is all you need, and done properly, you rarely will damage the target and won't hurt the sod. With roots uncut and still attached to one side of the plug, the grass will not die and will recover quickly. I'd rather damage a target on occasion than have the place off limits by digging huge full circle plugs using a tool that size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cudamark View Post
    The problem with that method, is that you are going to stand out like a sore thumb carrying that size digging tool. In an urban park or school, that just isn't going to fly with the maintenance crew or patrons of the park/school. Once you learn how to pin point with your machine, a small trap door plug is all you need, and done properly, you rarely will damage the target and won't hurt the sod. With roots uncut and still attached to one side of the plug, the grass will not die and will recover quickly. I'd rather damage a target on occasion than have the place off limits by digging huge full circle plugs using a tool that size.
    It is true this is not the method to use everywhere. He originally asked what method to use to avoid damaging a coin, this seems to fit the bill. He also said that he hunts on a family farm, which seems like a good method to use.

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    I agree, farm land, forest, large fields are a great place to take advantage of a large spade or shovel. His video location didn't seem to be any of those places.
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    Great info pin pointing is alot of it love the replies

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