A Beginners Guide To Metal Detecting [Part 1]

Before you leave the house with your metal detector, there are a couple of things that you need to do. Firstly you need to check the https://finds.org.uk/ website which will give you all of the information about what you should do if you find treasure, human remains or something of archaeological significance on your search. On the website you will also find a lot of really good advice concerning metal detecting, and you can learn how to log your finds with them. You should also get the contact details of your local Finds Liaison Officer and store the telephone number in case you need to contact them for any reason. You never know what you will find when you are out and about metal detecting, so it is best to be prepared.

Getting Started

Make sure that you have plenty of batteries with you, as then last thing that you want is for your detector to run flat when you are in the middle of a search. Also make sure that the wire is tightly wrapped around the shaft of your machine. The best way to learn about your machine is to study the manual closely in order to understand all of the features that it has. You can also learn lots of useful tips from online forums and groups.

Making a Test Bed

In order to test your machine, dig a few trenches in your garden, or somewhere away from your house. A 3 inch, 6 inch and 9 inch trench should do the trick.

Drop a coin in the first hole and cover it back over again. Then move the machine over the trench and listen to the sound that it makes.

Note the sound and remember it, playing with the settings to see what happens when you turn the sensitivity up and down. Try to be as thorough as possible and investigate as much as you can.

Move on and repeat the procedure with the remaining two trenches.

It is also a good idea to carry out the same experiment with the coin balanced on it’s side in order to note the difference in sound.

You can also try this method with rings or other small objects.

Setting Up

Make sure that the shaft on your detector is long enough that you do not have to lean or stoop in any way, otherwise you will end up getting back problems over a period of time.

Try to keep the detector as low to the ground as possible when you are using it, as this is the way that you will get the best results. Do keep an eye on the coil and make sure that it does not hit the ground as this will scratch it and cause it to make unwanted sounds.

Keep the head parallel at all time and  do not up-turn on the out swings.

Move the device as slowly as possible, because if you move it too fast you are likely to overlook something important. Remember the saying ‘Low and Slow’

Check out part two of our Beginners Guide To Metal Detecting