In a previous article we talked about metal detectors being used in construction and in developments for the purpose of laying the correct amount of wall on the building, and ensuring all parts of it are covered. In this article, we will talk about the use of metal detectors, when it comes to demolition sites. Not so much in regards to the actually demolition process (when the excavators go in and tear down the building) but at the land cleaning and debris cleaning process.
Depending on the building and whether that is a commercial or a residential structure, you can get some very healthy amounts of metals. If you recall, the main metal used in tall commercial buildings (especially sky scrappers) is steel. So when a demolition takes place, that means that many many pieces of metal are being scattered all over the place and shattered to the ground. The demolition contractors need to make sure that everything is clear on the site, and there are not extra pieces of metal laying around. During the debris cleanup it’s important to try and use the technology you got available to try and pick up as much of the metal materials you possibly can. Especially when an explosion takes place (as part of the demolition) a lot of different materials (including metals can be spread all over the property.) And it’s not a big deal to have metal sitting on the property. However if the owner is thinking of rebuilding something and would need to dig out new foundations, the last thing he needs to do is deal with all the metal that is left.
Many times people will ask me if it’s worth while for someone to just try and make a living off metal detecting. It is actually something that has crossed my mind also and the truth is very harsh for a random user to handle. The truth is, there will be times (certain days) that they amount of gold you dig up, will just put a big smile on your face and pump up your enthusiasm greatly. However, that isn’t reality.
Unless you are living in a tent, ride a horse and smoke grass, you really can’t make a decent living recovering what other people have lost. Unfortunately, people don’t lose that many things, and the toughest part is getting cash for the valuable you hold. That diamond ring may be worth a few thousand dollars, but it is only worth that much if you get a buyer. In other words, if someone is not interested in purchasing it from you, then you just have a ring and no money. So you need to be good at both:
- Finding the valuables
- Collecting money on the valuables
I know that when most of us think of metal detectors, we imagine that long tube that is attached to the metal detecting device. However, there are a lot of non traditional metal detectors that are used primarily in construction. Let’s say you want to poke a hole in the wall, but are not sure what’s behind there. You can easily use the metal detector and figure out if you got metal behind there that will make it difficult for you to drill a hole.
Other areas of construction where metal detectors are used are when digging the foundation for a building. You want to be sure that there is no metal lying around there that will cause a problem over time to the foundation. Also, many times people will search for low quality and unhealthy metals that may have been dumped in a those places. Some times, people will dump all their junk in places they shouldn’t polluting the underground water, the soil and as an extension us humans. So you want to use all the technology you got available, to ensure you are building a structure on a very safe environment. Also, since you yourself will probably be using a lot of steel, you want to make sure that once everything is done, you have picked up and dug up most pieces. Imagine someone walking into your property, and stepping onto a piece of metal or you try some point in the future to plant let’s say some trees in the ground, but you keep on finding metal. That would be a disaster.
How many times have you gone for a swim in the ocean or laid around on the beach, and noticed someone swinging a metal detector in the air trying to find something valuable? You will see them being obsessed with finding something great (that is how you look by the way too) and many times they may even ask you to get off your beach towel to look under there for something from the ages of the civil war.
It can be annoying, because who wants to get off their beach towel for some moron to search for metal? Well, if that was the only annoying part, then everything would be good. The annoying part is that you got a competitor on a beach that is more likely to be the one you prefer searching for metal too. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
Well, if there wasn’t a single soul out there still looking to dig up that lost diamond ring, or that valuable coin that would mean that either you were the inventor of the metal detector (and thus hadn’t gone commercial yet) or there is simply nothing out there worth spending time for. Whenever you see competition (as in anything in life) it means that it’s something valuable. Competition is your friend. Think of a group of piranhas eating up a sheep that fell into the water: if only one is eating that sheep the piranha could be chewing on a piece of wood. But if hundreds of them are eating up that sheep, you can be sure it’s some animal and not a fake. Same thing in metal detecting: if you see that people are still spending their valuable time looking for metal, it means there are still a lot of things to be found…enough to make his time worth it.
So I keep getting this question over and over again, from people that I guess are too bored in their lives. So bored, that they bother and ask me “how can I spend my time looking for valuable things.” What they don’t get, that the answer to the question, really is based on that part of the question that refers to the “value.” You see, when you are able, just by the sound of a beeping machine to find something that was buried hundreds of years ago, it can be an experience that is both exciting and rewarding.
Although your common metal detecting geek won’t dig up chests of gold, there have been some situations were small fortunes have been found. Nothing special considering of course the number of years of metal detecting…but once in a while you do get something that ignites that spark again inside of you for the search of something valuable. It’s not really about that trophy and what you get, but rather the path to getting there that is fun. As with everything, the prize isn’t really the whole goal – it’s simply what keeps you motivated and on your feet (or on your belly hear, since you may be swimming in the water with the metal detector.)
Also, when you want to address the question “why waste time with metal detecting” you need to really specify what kind of metal detecting you are talking about: is that in your back yard where you are hoping to find something that belonged to the native American tribes? Are you at the ocean hoping to find that golden tooth that fell off a shark, or are you near a beach bar when you can rest assured you’ll bump into all the beer caps that exist on that beach?
This is really the official #1 post that is being publishes so I’m kind of pumped up right now. The topic we are going to discuss today, is the difference between performing metal detecting in a sea or in a river. Some people are fanatic about one or the other, and I just want to be able to create a balance between these two so that you can make your own informative and wise selection.
Let’s break these down a little bit…
When you decide to do sea detecting, that covers a large range of land you need to look at. Would you be looking for metal under the sand in the ocean, out on shore or somewhere in between? Depending on what you choose, you will need to approach everything a little bit differently. For example if you decide to look for valuable lost items in the ocean, you will need to get a special tool that will allow you to pick up sand from the bottom and the release it as you bring it to the surface (allowing the metal piece to appear.) If you are looking to perform metal detecting on shore, then you basically need a shovel and digging skills. Once you get a good pile of dirt dug out, then you need to break up that dirt to find (with your metal detector) what will most likely be a beer cap.
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For now I just want to welcome you all, and make sure you are all feeling comfortable and very nice about what’s about to go down in the upcoming weeks. If we see we grow such a great audience and you enjoy our spots, I will be doing some giveaways on a live Instagram feed so that you can all have the chance to win something from our great generosity.
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