Am I missing out on something...?

User avatar
HolzHammer
Posts: 2153
Joined: Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:00 pm
Has thanked: 1518 times
Been thanked: 2576 times

Evening All,
Hope all well!
I've been watching more metal detecting videos recently on YouTube... some are really quite fun... some downright awful...
Anyhow as a solo, self-taught detectorist ( not quite the same as being a self taught guitarist or painter but you get my drift) I feel I may have missed out on certain skills and tips you pick up by watching others and mainly taking up my worries at the moment is the habit people have of kneeling by the hole!

This is something i have never done but it seems I am in the minority! i just lower myself on me haunches... easier to keep digging if need to, to grab the detector again, and its much less tiring than getting down on one's knees and then having to haul oneself up again... then there is the problem of wet knees and therefore maybe even more kit you have to think about to combat this ( i detect very lightly i hardly even take a detector!!)

There must be an upside or those who do it wouldn't be doing it... is to already be in a position to give thanks to the Almighty if the need should arise?

I await in anticipation for some answers!
All the Best
Alexander
User avatar
Emily
Posts: 451
Joined: Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:30 pm
Has thanked: 304 times
Been thanked: 361 times

HolzHammer wrote: Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:12 pm Evening All,
Hope all well!
I've been watching more metal detecting videos recently on YouTube... some are really quite fun... some downright awful...
Anyhow as a solo, self-taught detectorist ( not quite the same as being a self taught guitarist or painter but you get my drift) I feel I may have missed out on certain skills and tips you pick up by watching others and mainly taking up my worries at the moment is the habit people have of kneeling by the hole!

This is something i have never done but it seems I am in the minority! i just lower myself on me haunches... easier to keep digging if need to, to grab the detector again, and its much less tiring than getting down on one's knees and then having to haul oneself up again... then there is the problem of wet knees and therefore maybe even more kit you have to think about to combat this ( i detect very lightly i hardly even take a detector!!)

There must be an upside or those who do it wouldn't be doing it... is to already be in a position to give thanks to the Almighty if the need should arise?

I await in anticipation for some answers!
All the Best
Alexander
Most of the time I kneel at the hole. 😲 I know, shocking isn’t it!! I think I find it harder to squat and balance than outright kneel down so you can’t go anywhere. Plus I am only 28 so have young supple knees to get me back up again 😂😂
Live long and prospect
User avatar
HolzHammer
Posts: 2153
Joined: Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:00 pm
Has thanked: 1518 times
Been thanked: 2576 times

Emily wrote: Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:15 pm Most of the time I kneel at the hole. 😲 I know, shocking isn’t it!! I think I find it harder to squat and balance than outright kneel down so you can’t go anywhere. Plus I am only 28 so have young supple knees to get me back up again 😂😂
😂
User avatar
HolzHammer
Posts: 2153
Joined: Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:00 pm
Has thanked: 1518 times
Been thanked: 2576 times

At 49 I’m neither supple nor creaky ...!
User avatar
Oxgirl
Posts: 11864
Joined: Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:21 pm
Location: Oxfordshire
Has thanked: 8785 times
Been thanked: 10134 times

I only kneel where the hole is deeper than normal and the find is by the edge of the wall and hard to get to any other way. But maybe I’m just getting creaky :shock:
Yes I really don’t like Roman coins, I’m not joking
Blackadder43
Posts: 3686
Joined: Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:08 pm
Has thanked: 2580 times
Been thanked: 2190 times

I find squatting ends up strangling things :shock: , so i too kneel and then use my spade to lean on to get my unfit carcass off the ground again
It is a pain in the winter, or when a field has been sprayed though :thumbdown:
User avatar
HolzHammer
Posts: 2153
Joined: Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:00 pm
Has thanked: 1518 times
Been thanked: 2576 times

Oxgirl wrote: Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:23 pm I only kneel where the hole is deeper than normal and the find is by the edge of the wall and hard to get to any other way. But maybe I’m just getting creaky :shock:
I bet you’re not getting creaky! But maybe as Emily says, suppleness is a plus when kneeling as it’s harder to get up and down when creaky or creaking... :D
User avatar
HolzHammer
Posts: 2153
Joined: Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:00 pm
Has thanked: 1518 times
Been thanked: 2576 times

Blackadder43 wrote: Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:26 pm I find squatting ends up strangling things :shock: , so i too kneel and then use my spade to lean on to get my unfit carcass off the ground again
It is a pain in the winter, or when a field has been sprayed though :thumbdown:
... there you go I knew there would be pros and cons.... 🙏
User avatar
TerraBritannia
Posts: 542
Joined: Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:01 pm
Location: North Yorkshire
Has thanked: 917 times
Been thanked: 462 times
Contact:

I find that I tend to kneel down more than I used to, well depending on if the ground is soaked through or not. My day job does invlove a lot of walking and my legs and joints are often tired from the previous day. :)
TerraBritannia [previously known as TerraEnglandia] but Andy is my real name.
https://www.youtube.com/TerraBritannia
Minelab Equinox 800
User avatar
Steve_JT
Posts: 763
Joined: Sun Jul 19, 2020 8:10 am
Location: Salisbury
Has thanked: 587 times
Been thanked: 1045 times

If it’s in the first flip out, one knee, if its more out or it’s in the side and going to take longer two knees. Can’t bend over and reach down, find it uncomfortable
Have got those trousers with internal knee pads so don’t get soggy
I use the spade to help me up too

Regards Steve
A foolish faith in authority, is the worst enemy of truth." Albert Einstein
User avatar
Saki
Posts: 104
Joined: Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:20 am
Has thanked: 140 times
Been thanked: 142 times

I wear one kneepad, and attached to that is my pointer (lanyard).
If the find is still in the hole, i drop my spade, (face down) and kneel in the handle.
So no matter how wet it is, my knee won't get wet. And also, I always have a stable kneeling position.
Rarely will i go down on two. :cry:
User avatar
Easylife
Posts: 8994
Joined: Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:47 am
Location: Valhalla
Has thanked: 9057 times
Been thanked: 7910 times

It's just whatever suits the individual, no right or wrong way. Some retrieve targets fast whilst some others settle down on the ground for some major tactical operation it seems. :roll:
D2 - 13"x11" coil - audio only.
User avatar
Easylife
Posts: 8994
Joined: Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:47 am
Location: Valhalla
Has thanked: 9057 times
Been thanked: 7910 times

Saki wrote: Tue Nov 10, 2020 10:42 pm Rarely will i go down on two. :cry:
Too much information! :rollinglaughing:
D2 - 13"x11" coil - audio only.
muddy mick
Posts: 211
Joined: Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:42 pm
Location: Leeds
Has thanked: 159 times
Been thanked: 213 times

Only last week someone at work asked why im always limping around the kitchen, i said its either hereditary, 48 years of being a chef, or kneeling on the ground for 20 years whilst digging, hell if i tried squatting id never get up, or cack myself :lol: :lol: :lol:
Dave The Slave
Posts: 3298
Joined: Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:36 pm
Has thanked: 10027 times
Been thanked: 3499 times

Tend to kneel on one knee when passing, the extracted soil over the coil.
No problem at all at 55, my job involves shifting heavy crates and kneeling rather than bending is better for the back, let the legs take the strain.
Cheers, :thumbsup:
Dave.
Post Reply