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Stories about anything that I feel like writing about.

Yard Work & Keys, Not a Good Combination!!

I went out on another search for a ring of keys. John lost them while raking leaves. See the full story here: Leaves

We all do it, put our keys in our pockets or wear jewelry while doing yard work. It’s good for me because I keep getting calls for service. Here is a Public Service Announcement (PSA), leave your keys and valuables in the house while you are working in the yard.

I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Holiday Season.


New Recovery in Medford NJ

My latest recovery has been posted:

Yard work claims another wedding ring in Medford NJ

This is my second wedding ring recovery in Medford this year.

So many rings are lost doing yard work, especially in the fall and spring, when the temperatures are still cool. Your fingers shrink because of the cool air, which makes it easier for rings to come off. As in this story, the ring was nowhere near where he thought that he lost it. He stated that there was no way that it would be in this section of the yard.

I always expand the search area if I don’t find the lost item in the areas that I was directed to. In this case, as many others, expanding the search area paid off.

If you lose a metal item, call a professional to assist in helping you in locating your lost items.


New Recovery in Levittown PA

Went out this morning in the rain, to try to recover a ring that was lost several years ago. I was out there in bright yellow rain gear from head to toe. Trisha contacted me several months ago. Today was the day to make the recovery.

You can read the full story here: Ring Lost Several Years Ago…

If you have lost something, never give up hope. Trisha has been thinking about this ring a lot lately and reached out to see if we could help.

Continue reading New Recovery in Levittown PA


Margate NJ in the Beach Replenishment Zone

Look at these beauties that I found for a desperate woman who lost them 2 days earlier. They were located in the Beach Replenishment Zone in Margate NJ.

After recently having back surgery I wasn’t sure if I was up for a long hunt. My physical therapist just gave me the ok to start swinging a metal detector last week.

It was a 2 hour plus search. To read the full story click here: Margate NJ Lost Rings


My Latest Call For Help…

Art sent me an email asking if I would search his yard in Cherry Hill. He needed his property markers found.

We agreed to meet after work a few days later. I take three different machines with me on each hunt. For this hunt, I chose my Minelab Explorer II. Ran it wide open with no discrimination. The whole search took less than 10 minutes; It took longer to pack my truck than it did for the search.

The markers were buried beneath 1 inch of dirt and grass. Art was a very happy man. He stated that he has been looking for them for a very long time. He didn’t want to have to have his property resurveyed.

Art didn’t want any pictures taken. Continue reading My Latest Call For Help…


Busy Season

This is the busy season for metal detectorists. Many frantic calls from people who have lost items while at the shore or swimming lakes.

What are some of the common denominators?

1st. Sun tan lotion and oils make your hands and fingers very slippery. Then you have a catch, dig a hole or shake off your towel and rings slip right off of your fingers. Other take their rings off before applying sunscreen and think that they put their items in a safe spot, like cup holder on a chair or on their towel. They then forget about it and fold up their chair or shake off their towel. There goes the jewelry.

Continue reading Busy Season


Over the Border. Looking for property lines.

I received a non-jewelry recovery call the other day. I am always up for a new challenge. Kevin asked if I could find his property markers. This is a first for me. I might have to add this to my specialities.

It took a while to find the first one since I had no reference as to what number or tones I was listening for. Once I had that information I found the second one within a minute.

Click here to read the full story:

Over the border



Lost Ring Successfully Recovered

Lost Ring
Picture of the beautiful ring that was tossed after an argument. After a week this lost ring was found by a professional detectorist.

Here is a link to one of my recent recoveries of a lost ring.

Flying Ring in Maple Shade NJ

It started with a little tiff and ended up with a flying ring into the backyard. Two metal detectors bought and several hours spent looking on hands and knees, looking for a lost ring, until they decided to call a metal detecting professional.

The engagement ring was lost for over 1 week. It amazes me at how many rings are tossed because of an argument.

As I always say, if you need help finding a lost metal item, give a professional a call. It takes years to learn how to properly use a metal detector, and know what a detector is trying to tell you.

Let me know how you like the story!



Shout Out


I need to give a shout out to my metal detector dealer. I was on my 2nd day of a 2 week vacation at the beach, when my metal detector decided to break down.

I gave Joe DeMarco, of DeMarco Detector Sales a call and took my broken detector to him. He made sure that I would not miss a day of detecting.

How is that for customer service?

Click here for DeMarco Detectors Great Prices and even BETTER CUSTOMER SERVICE!!


SJ Magazine Article on “Ring Finders”

Back in May I mentioned that I was interviewed for an article that was going to be published in SJ Magazine. Well it has arrived in the September issue.

SJ Magazine “Ring Finders”

Myself & fellow ring finder Jeffrey Lagg are featured in the article. We both are in the Public Service sectors with our jobs. Jeff is a firefighter and I am a paramedic.

The article is well written and portrays metal detecting in a positive light, not your normal hole digging nerds.

Let me know what you think of the article.



I discovered yesterday that there was an issue with my Request Services Page/Form. I received a blank form. I then tried sending myself a new form. Another blank form was sent.

I have corrected the problem. If you filled out a form and haven’t received a response, please complete another form or call my number (707) 706-3626

Sorry for any inconvenience.


Beach Season Is Here!

No jewelry

With beach season comes the increase in calls for my services with my metal detector. I don’t mind, I love any chance I get to get out with my detector to search for jewelry. I have made many recoveries. To see some of them check out my Recoveries Page.

A lot of rings are lost after applying sunscreen, which makes your fingers slippery, then putting your hands in the water, which shrinks your fingers. This allows the rings to fall off. Continue reading Beach Season Is Here!


Local News

I don’t know about you, but I like reading about other metal detectorists who are able to find and return lost items. Or they find historical artifacts.

There was an article in our local paper, this week,  about a woman who lost a ring about 10 years ago. This ring was in the family since 1914. A friend of the family asked the husband if he could search their yard, with his metal detector to look for old items.

Well guess what he found in the back yard? The ring pictured below. I have also included a link to the news paper article. These stories are GREAT exposure for our hobby. It help to break the stereotype mental image of the old guy, on a beach detecting around all of the beach blankets, leaving deep holes everywhere.

Courier Post Newspaper Article: Lost family ring



You Are An IronMan!!!


Well this post doesn’t really have anything to do with metal detecting but I just had to let everyone know that I completed an item on my Bucket List on November 7th.

My wife & I traveled to Panama City Florida, without my metal detector, to compete in my first Full Ironman. This consists of a 2.4 mile swim in the Gulf of Mexico, a 112 mile bike ride, followed by a 26.2 mile run. You have 17 hours to complete the event.

November 7th started out with me as basket case. Nervous was not even close to what I was feeling. The day started off mild, water temp 76.8 degrees. The swim was rough, many people got sea sick, others got stung by jelly fish. I did the 2.4 miles in 2 hours & 15 minutes.

Onto the bike, 112 miles. The was a head wind and then it rained, thus slowing my time. I expected to be off the bike in 6 to 6.5 hours, but it took me 7.5 hours.

Now the run, or should I say walk… It rained during this part too. I was exhausted. My mind putting serious doubt in me finishing in the 17 hours. I pushed through and finished in 16 hours, 43 minutes and 52 seconds!!!

So yes I can call myself an Ironman!!

Next time I will take my metal detector. So many of the 2500 people in the event were wearing jewelry when they entered the water. I am sure that some of it was lost! It would be worth a search of the area!!



My time has been very limited to metal detect the last couple of years. I have been training to compete in an Ironman race. So my find totals have been way down.

Last year I completed a Half Ironman in Princeton NJ. This consisted of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run. It was such an awesome feeling when I crossed the finish line.

This year I am registered to compete in a Full Ironman in Panama City Florida in November. This is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride & a 26 mile run. It has to be completed in 16 hours.

So most of my spare time is dedicated to exercise of some sort. My ultimate goal is to complete the Kona Ironman in Hawaii. This is where it all began.

When you cross the finish line the announcer says your name and says You Are An Ironman! So when he says “Dave Milsted you are an Ironman”, you just might be able to find me with a metal detector as long as you don’t discriminate iron…


Used car lot…

This year my metal detecting activities are down. I have been training for my 1st half marathon run on September 15th. I have put a lot of time and sweat into achieving this goal. I am down 30+ pounds.

Earlier this week I went out for a recovery (see Recoveries…). I was in a bad mood because I couldn’t make the find for Christine. So while alone at home, because my family was in New York City attending the America’s Got Talent Show (sitting in the front row), I decided to try and cheer myself up by heading to the Jersey Shore. I love spending time on the beach alone. I get to spend some quality time with my mom.

I settled on Sea Isle City. I brought my rain gear because the forecast wasn’t good. Heavy cloud clover and dark clouds off in the distance. There were very few people on the beach at 5:30pm. Just the way I like it. Low tide would be around 8:30pm. 

I started searching and I was finding quarters, a very good sign. I worked my way to the wet sand. Very few targets there. The sand was all soft & mushy. Back to the high tide mark. More targets there. 

I got a very large signal & started digging. I thought that it was going to be a soda can. Much to m y surprise it was a 2 foot metal shovel. I guess someone was building a serious sand sculpture when they lost it. 

Then I found my first toy car. I have found close to 200 of these cars. I have been thinking about putting them on eBay in groups of five to see what they will bring me. Plenty of targets still keeping me busy, I moved along.

The surf wan’t very rough, so I kept looking for dolphins. They usually bring me good luck. Tonight there would be no dolphins. I guess too many have died this year. 

It started to drizzle. I kept pushing along. I did see a few other people metal detecting. One father son & daughter team, sharing 2 detectors and 1 shovel in the dry sand. There was another guy a few blocks away searching the wet sand. All were digging making finds.

I ended the night with no jewelry. Oh well you can’t find a ring every time out. I did end up with a used car lot. I ended up finding 9 Match Box cars and a fighter jet toy. I was soaked because it was a warm rain, so I didn’t put on my gear. I would have just been wet with sweat, so I enjoyed the rain.

This week I should get a lot of detecting time in. Lake season opens up and I plan on making a trip or to to the beach. I took some time off from work.

Tomorrow I travel to Pennsylvania to return a anniversary band I found for a woman who lost it in Cape May. I will be posting that story on my website



Lately I have been doing a lot of recoveries for people who have lost metal items, mostly rings. They find me through my website ( I have had pretty good success. I was 5 for 5 until today.

I got a call from a lady who said her husband lost his wedding band while spreading mulch around the yard over the weekend. The area was a small plot of a garden. I thought this would be an short & easy search.

I went to their house today, out in the middle of the woods. She showed me the area of fresh mulch and I began my search. 15 minutes into my search it started to rain. I was using my Minelab CTX-3030 which is waterproof. I searched for a while and no good signals were heard. I even expanded the search outside of the area.

Christine came out of the house and said that there were some guys over yesterday and moved mulch to other places. I searched those areas. Found a shotgun shell. No luck.

Then she came out and said he had cut the back yard grass. I searched there too. Still nothing.

Now she said they are not sure when it was lost. They even when to the husband’s work place and searched. He wears gloves there and even searched them.

After 2.5 hours I gave up. I was soaked and frustrated. I have never hunted an area that didn’t have that few of signals. I hate not finding what I came to find. She was nice and covered my fuel to get there.


A mind is a terrible thing to waste!!

Boy I forgot I had this blog space. I only wrote 2 articles. I will have to get back on the horse and start posting again about my favorite hobby of metal detecting.

I have been having a blast this summer returning lost items to people. To see some of the stories check out

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I just spent the last 2 weeks at the Jersey Shore. During those 2 weeks I went metal detecting just about everyday. All can say is that people are SLOBS!!!

If you people who visit the NJ beaches would like to keep the freedom to bring food & drink to the beach, you NEED to start cleaning up your trash. I am not there to pick up your soda cans, balls of tinfoil or your condom wrappers. The beach cleaning machines don’t pick up all of your other trash either.

The beaches are a mess. Trash is everywhere. Beach tags rates will go up to pay for people to clean up YOUR mess. During the high tide some of your trash makes it into the ocean. Then the sea life attempts to eat it, and eventually dies.

Why can’t people be responsible? You think your smart by burying your trash, well your not. With all of the beach erosion it gets uncovered quickly. People get injured on your sharp bottles & cans.

Please help keep the beaches clean!!! (stepping down off of my soap box)