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DIGGING HINTS & TIPS

Posted By KIMBO 8/5/2009 1:57:38 PM
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 Posted 8/5/2009 1:57:38 PM
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I was sitting and thinking last night & thought of an idea for a thread that would be of benefit to seasoned diggers as well as newbies - it's often the little idea's and brainwaves that make a hobby more enjoyable :) So here's a couple to start - (this is an idea I pinched from Cherrytoothpaste-Don when we last dug at Tilbury) in the hot weather, put 3 or 4 wet face flannels into a large freezer bag, put the bag into fridge overnight and take digging next day, you would not believe how refreshing they are on your face :) - buy some cheap tea towels from the pound shop, these make excellent protective coverings (better than newspaper) for your precious finds - they are also recycleable to be used time and time again. :)

 

 

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 Posted 8/5/2009 7:05:23 PM
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Don`t know if this is common knowledge or not but when you are throwing out a shovel full of ash let the shaft slide through your hand as you reach the end of your swing (keep hold of the handle end!), the ash will go much further for the same amount of effort.





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 Posted 8/5/2009 9:57:12 PM
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Might seem a bit obvious to some - but - fill your holes in and if necessary replace the turf - less likely to cause trouble with folk & it'll keep the dig going longer. Another one - place 'new' rubbish, like discarded drink bottles / cans, plastic bags, used batteries, old gloves, etc - immediately beneath the turf so that it quickly becomes obvious to future diggers (maybe even you :) ) that that bits already been dug ;)

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 Posted 8/6/2009 12:35:47 AM
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NEVER rub ash into a cobalt bottle as soon as it's out of the ground... it seems to scratch some and that shows forever.

Always wrap yer sarnies in tin foil individually... it makes eating them with mucky hands a doddle.

When digging a series of holes always sling a recognisable broken bottle as far forward under the face as it will go, it'll act as a marker when digging next day.

DON'T take plenty of newspaper etc to wrap your finds... it's a guaranteed way of making sure you find nothing (in my experience...)

Always take a good bottle of beer each for a dig... (Timothy Taylor's, Black Sheep or Bateman's recommended).... after 8 hours you have dug 14ft down, twice, and rescued some Victorian glass from eternal loss, and earned a tenth of what you would have got if you'd been at work... you have deserved that bottle of beer! :D

Oh and make sure you soak all your bottles in a dustbin full of washing soda for 24 hours before you wash them... it makes the job sooooo much easier.

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 Posted 8/6/2009 1:08:00 AM
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I can say this from bitter experience - one of the first "patent" codds I ever found (a Beavis) - DO NOT clean it in hot soapy water as soon as you get it home !!!!!!!!!! Give it time to acclimatize to not being in the ground for a day or two before giving it a good clean !!!

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 Posted 8/6/2009 9:44:44 AM
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When on a site where you have to backfill (Lincs diggers take note! :D ) dig a trench rather than a hole. Throw your first spoil ahead and to the side of the start of your trench. Then, as you trench along, throw your spoil behind you into your trench, thus backfilling as you go. :D

When at the end, you first spoil will be by the side (where you first threw it) thus making backfilling the last bit easy.

Oh, and put the spoil on a tarpauline, makes backfilling quicker...:D

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 Posted 8/6/2009 12:38:04 PM
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Some excellent hints and tips there, very informative - here's another - before you start to dig your hole, especially on a dusty tip, judge which way the wind is blowing otherwise if you chuck out spoil into the wind it will come straight back into your face. :D:)

 

 

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Always on the look out for anything, especially postcards, relating to Tilbury, Essex :)

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 Posted 8/6/2009 7:17:40 PM
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Take a bread bag, then when you gash your hand open you can put the bag over your hand and put your glove back on! only bother with the hospital and tetanus jab when you get home and had some tea (can vouch for it from personal experience :D ).




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 Posted 8/6/2009 8:27:40 PM
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At the risk of sounding a bit of a wuss... use barrier cream on your hands and rub into nails before putting digging gloves on. It makes washing your hands so much easier afterwards!

I agree the comments about not washing finds straight away and soak bottles in cold water and soda for a few days before a proper clean.

Finally, dont rub a glove across the face of a pot lid until you know what it is... many a gold rim has been removed this way!

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As well as posting the DO NOT CLEAN for a few days (before) - I posted another many moons ago .. OK to the hardened diggers amongst us it should go without saying.....

Over 30 years ago now I was with my Dad & his mate digging - I was so keen to get in the hole they'd dug & have a mooch about ... I got the nod & in I jumped - my left foot landed on a broken piece of glass & made its way straight through my wellie boot - Dad had to take me to A&E - I remember this for another reason because when I was sorted we called back at the tip & his mate had found the only pontiled Daffy's I have ever seen dug ........

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