Finding a property line marker with your metal detector is not difficult if you are determined. After all, detecting a buried object often relies on the amount of sediment it has collected. It will be easier to find the property line markers if they have been buried for a long period of time. Most property lines are marked with a post and string as a boundary. Metal detectors (and other electronics) can pick up on these metal objects, usually metal pipes or rebar. One of the best ways to find property line markers is to cover as much of the area as possible by searching front yards and following curbside walks.
Ways to Find Property Line Markers With Metal Detectors
1. Coil covers
Property line markers and pipes are typically buried about six inches underground. Your coil covers can help you find these objects by alerting you when they are within range. Digging in the spot where your coil cover beeps will probably reveal the pipe or post.
2. Ground balance
The ground balance setting on your metal detector is essential for finding one of these objects because it will not cause the detector to beep continuously, which can be difficult to determine if there are a lot of other metal items in a small area.
3. Searching Curbsides
You can use a metal detector on the curbside. You can also dig up the grass off the sidewalk and search about six inches in front of your ankles if you are wearing shoes. Another tip is to search around the roots and dense brush in a wooded area for buried objects.
4. Search Front Yards
The majority of property lines are hidden in front yards. If no information is available about where the property line is, you can use your metal detector to find the boundary line. Just walk along a sidewalk and take several paces outward from the curb of the street.
5. Plugging in
If you don’t find anything within an area of about six to ten feet, plug your metal detector into the computer and see what it detects. Unfortunately, most property lines are on private land and not on public streets; this can result in incorrect information. However, you can plug your metal detector into a GPS unit to get more accurate information.
6. Soil Disturbance
This method involves looking for areas of the yard that have a different texture than the rest. It can be a patch of dirt out of place or a large area of dried-up, dead grass. In most cases, soil disturbances are caused by buried metal objects.
7. Dig A Hole
This will only work if you find a large object, such as a water pipe or a sewer pipe. If the thing is small, such as a metal bolt or nail, it will be too small to get to with an average metal detector.
What Are Property Line Markers?
Property line markers were originally marked with posts and string. They were set out by surveyors in the early 1800s. You can usually find property lines that are more than 100 years old. Unfortunately, these types of property lines are not very popular because they are difficult to see from a distance.
Difficulties in Finding Property Line Markers
The property line marker might be underground; it might be under ten feet of dirt or soil, so your search will have to go deeper. Also, if they are buried deep underground, there is a possibility that you will stop seeing the beep signal for the metal detector if your detector is only going up to 20 feet. To ensure that your metal detector is picking up on all signals, try adjusting the sensitivity settings and see if this helps in the search.
Property line markers are most visible when they are around the surface of the ground. Give it a try with your metal detector, and you will find out how easy it is to find buried property line markers.