using rare earth magnet to locate property pins?

Old 08-30-20, 09:40 AM
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using rare earth magnet to locate property pins?

I am trying to locate the pins on the corners of my lot in prep for fence installation. I have found the 3 across the back and need to find the front 2 corners now. I am trying to use a metal detector and having some luck. I am close to one but haven't found it just yet.

I am wondering if a rare earth magnet on the end of a string would work since it is a metal stake that is used for the pins?

Any thoughts on this?

Old 08-30-20, 10:19 AM
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Depending on how deep the pin is below ground it may work but it will be clumsy swinging around on the end of a string.

I've always used a metal detector to find ones I'm looking for.
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Magnets range is so short it would be almost useless locating a surveying stake. A metal detector is a much better tool for the job. If you can't find the stake it is possible that it is no longer in the ground.

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