Out detecting today...found a problem and 15cents..and a marble
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  1. #1
    au
    Sep 2005
    Australia
    Famous-Trails-MD9100 ACE250-PRO
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Out detecting today...found a problem and 15cents..and a marble

    I was out detecting today and besides finding 15cents and a marble - don't ask for a pic I'm to lazy ... just imagine a really dirty 10 cent coin and a dirty 5 cent coin and a nice little marble.

    Anyhows I was detecting my old primary school (seemed a lot bigger back in the day!!) and I got a really good strong silver signal with a squawk of gold... I dug 10inchs and still nothing and a strong signal from the hole.... so I gave up the chase...

    Any tips for situations like these?
    I'm using a treasure wise trowel (thanks Tabfinder!!) and some problem with small stones (which I thought could be hot rocks but none of them made a signal and no false signals all day)... I'm thinking I might need a shovel or a screwdriver...

    “Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates” - Mark Twain 1835-1910

  2. #2
    us
    May 2007
    Trinidad, Colorado
    961
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    Re: Out detecting today...found a problem and 15cents..and a marble

    You've encountered what we Coloradians refer to as the "Phantom Ghost Hole!"
    Sounds come out but nothing's there!

    You may want to look into getting you a good electronic probe.
    KellyCo has the UniProbe (Pulse Induction) for $145!!
    I've never used the UniProbe but many do!

    http://www.kellycodetectors.com/vibra/vibra_570.htm

  3. #3
    us
    Ace250man

    Jul 2004
    Shelbyville or any yard where the owner will let me detect!
    ace 250
    20,044
    185 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Out detecting today...found a problem and 15cents..and a marble

    just keep digging until you find something...it is there...
    i dug down 15 inches in a hole on friday just to find a steel beer can...
    ALLEN

  4. #4
    seger98

    Re: Out detecting today...found a problem and 15cents..and a marble

    Yup just keep diggin' more then likely it's a can. But you'll never know until you find it!

  5. #5
    us
    Dec 2007
    South Central PA
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    Re: Out detecting today...found a problem and 15cents..and a marble

    I'm still new at Metal Detecting but I had this problem a few times an the problem with me was I pinpointed just a hair off so the target was actually still in the wall about an 1/2in to a inch.. Don't know if that is your problem or not... Hope this helps...
    some people call me the creeper ,cuz they don't know my name or face - Alice Cooper

  6. #6
    au
    Sep 2005
    Australia
    Famous-Trails-MD9100 ACE250-PRO
    289
    11 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Out detecting today...found a problem and 15cents..and a marble

    Nah, it was in hard sand, so every time I dug down more I would open the hole up in diameter to avoid that problem... It was a different sound then a can, hmmm I'll just go with phantom hole

    I cracked it a couple of times and covered the whole over walked away... turned around came back.. detected the hole again and started again... I'll get myself one of those military style fold away shovels.

    I'll go back there with the ace and have another go... so that will be in a couple of weeks.
    “Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates” - Mark Twain 1835-1910

  7. #7
    The REAL Diamond Jim

    Mar 2006
    383
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Out detecting today...found a problem and 15cents..and a marble

    had one of those that drove me NUTS. this was an amazing site, I'd found many large cents, early silver...but this one signal drove me crazy everytime I'd go, dig down and nothing. finally took out a shovel one day, determined to get to the bottom of this very strong signal. 3 feet down and still nothing. disgusted I slammed shovel in the wall of by now VERY large hole. CLANG. turned out to be the rim of a wagon wheel...I kept digging down the center and missing the 3 foot wide wheel. the detector was just averaging the signal and pin pointing down the center.

    it happens.

    usually I just cover up strong signals that aren't in the top 10 inches. I'll chase ghosts and faint signals to china if I have too...depends on the machine, the site, etc. I've dug enough enough aluminum cans in the 16-20 inch range to know when it's time to move on to the next hole.
    Check out my youtube hunt videos!  http://www.youtube.com/roadkillscjim

  8. #8
    Felinepeachy

    Re: Out detecting today...found a problem and 15cents..and a marble

    I hate it when that happens.

  9. #9
    au
    Sep 2005
    Australia
    Famous-Trails-MD9100 ACE250-PRO
    289
    11 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Out detecting today...found a problem and 15cents..and a marble

    Thanks for the tips - really good for newbies

    Electronic probe wise - hmm I can't really justify buying one at the moment, maybe one of those cheapie ones from a hardware store then I'll be able to find many of beer can

    P.S: Have you noticed that most bottle tops and pull tabs are normally found very close to one another.... passing observation
    “Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates” - Mark Twain 1835-1910

  10. #10
    us
    Jun 2005
    Chippewa Falls
    Whites Eagle SL II, Whites PRL-1, (3) Whites DFX's, Whites Coinmaster 4G, Whites Silver Eagle, 2010 Whites Coinmaster, Fisher 1212-X, Fisher 1225-X
    588
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Out detecting today...found a problem and 15cents..and a marble

    Keep digging

  11. #11
    Charter Member
    us
    1851 O Half Dime

    May 2007
    Southeast Missouri
    Minelab SE Professional with 6" Coil
    2,240
    29 times

    Re: Out detecting today...found a problem and 15cents..and a marble

    Could be mineralization in the ground or outside interference messing with your detector (like nearby/underground cable). I have also had this happen when there is an itty bitty little piece of something that blends in so darn well you can hardly ever find it. If you have a pinpointer, it will help in such situations. As stated, very deep large objects will read as something more shallow at times. I must admit though, I have given up on these kinda phantom signals before after spending 15 to 30 minutes on a hole. I have noticed sometimes that if the target is in wet material on the edge of the hole, whether inside or out, it sometimes wreaks havoc with targeting the object. Hot Wheels parts that are missing paint are a pot metal color and blend in so darn well in gravelly soil, they are nearly impossible to find, yet they project a great signal. That's my 5 cents....it used to be 2, but with inflation in all.....

    HH
    Baldingboy

  12. #12
    The REAL Diamond Jim

    Mar 2006
    383
    1 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Out detecting today...found a problem and 15cents..and a marble

    Quote Originally Posted by Tommi
    Thanks for the tips - really good for newbies

    Electronic probe wise - hmm I can't really justify buying one at the moment, maybe one of those cheapie ones from a hardware store then I'll be able to find many of beer can

    P.S: Have you noticed that most bottle tops and pull tabs are normally found very close to one another.... passing observation
    if you must use a pin pointer, go to cheap dollar hardware store and buy a stud finder, make sure it has a metal conduit mode. I got mine for $9. It's just a tiny all-metal mode detector, gives about 2 inches depth. Works just fine, though I rarely use it...hate having to lug around extra equipment. I normally hunt in the woods and rough terrrian so less to carry is better and I dig monster holes to avoid damaging potentially valuable coins.
    Check out my youtube hunt videos!  http://www.youtube.com/roadkillscjim

  13. #13

    Dec 2005
    S.W. Tennessee
    Tesoro. Minelab. Fisher.
    505
    6 times

    Re: Out detecting today...found a problem and 15cents..and a marble

    There is probably a large piece of metal deep in the ground.
    A soda pop can or a piece of pipe.
    Use a long, thin, screw driver to feel the shape and depth of the object.
    Good luck.
    To protect our hobby, always fill the holes you dig.

  14. #14
    us
    Sep 2007
    wakeman, ohio
    J.W.FISHERS pulse 8x
    1,666
    50 times
    Shipwrecks

    Re: Out detecting today...found a problem and 15cents..and a marble

    I once dug down 27" to find an old ford truck aluminum hubcap, and 22" to find a 3"x2" tin sheet from an old fridge or something similar. you just never know.
    them that dive will be the lucky ones !!

  15. #15
    au
    Sep 2005
    Australia
    Famous-Trails-MD9100 ACE250-PRO
    289
    11 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Out detecting today...found a problem and 15cents..and a marble

    sorta gave up.... it won the battle not the war
    I was looking for one of those cheap metal stud finders and then I found this ... not sure it would be good enough.. the signal sounded deep

    I'm hoping it's a fridge full of beer
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    “Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates” - Mark Twain 1835-1910

 

 

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