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Pyoung1s
7th August 2011, 11:05 AM
TP0629 (http://www.trigpointinguk.com/trigs/trig-details.php?t=629)

Go get it while it's fresh!

agentmancuso
8th August 2011, 11:20 AM
Well done! It's always a good feeling to find one after so many DNF logs. :cheers:

ted
8th August 2011, 06:17 PM
Well done on finding this one! Would be interested to know what tools or
particular techniques you used... I see from the photos that you had a
long-bladed screwdriver for probing the ground; was it just a matter of
using this with dogged persistence? :ohmy:

I've sometimes wondered if a metal detector would help with some
of the more elusive surface blocks - anyone ever tried this? ... or maybe
a JCB :blink:

Regards
Ted

agentmancuso
8th August 2011, 06:54 PM
... I see from the photos that you had a
long-bladed screwdriver for probing the ground...

I use a 10" cabinet maker's screwdriver too.

Pyoung1s
10th August 2011, 09:22 PM
Quite right Ted, the screwdriver is my dibber! However I first go in with a GPS. I use either my Oregon 550T or Dakota 20. Allowing for OS conversion and reception errors I'll investigate a reasonable area around ground zero and in the case of TP0629 the Berntsen was only 1 metre off as dibbing picked it out in no time! You'll have noticed the find was at night and I have some pretty good lights at my disposal, best of which is my Led Lenser T7.

If I've got OS diagrams I've been known to break out the tape measure. A hi-vis jacket and a cheery smile followed by a sincere thank you and I've never had a problem from a delayed motorist encountering my tape measure extended across the road!

I've got a security wand as part of my arsenal of equipment which has shown its effectiveness in the past. That reminds me I must get it back from my son who borrowed it to check a wall prior to putting up shelves!

I use my GPS to guide me onto all my TP finds (up 'til the point when I can see it, in the case of pillars!) then with the more difficult to find TPs it's down to perseverance with a touch of luck! My success rate is improving. I guess Iím getting better at interpreting what the dibber is telling me!

ted
12th August 2011, 08:33 AM
> I've got a security wand as part of my arsenal of equipment which has shown its
> effectiveness in the past

Thats a possibility that hadn't occurred to me. How close would you need to
get to, say, a 1" dia bolt in a concrete block just below the ground before getting
s signal?

FWIW my surface block kit comprises print-outs of the OS sketch, TP:UK photos/
descriptions if available, tape measure, long-bladed screwdriver and a trowel.
Depending on expected conditions I might also take secateurs, gardening gloves,
sometimes a GPS although the OS sketch is usually a better starting point.