Posted 12 months ago
I was doing a little bottle probing with my probe rod behind an old house the other day, and found this nice little cache of old bottles, nothing special.
Forbes Bros.,T & S. Co.
Horlick's Malted Milk
Castoria, Kent Drug Company
Castor Oil, The Frank Tea & Spice Company
Lange, De Pere, Wisc.
Misc. small vials.
All in all, kind of an interesting day.
I added a pic of the tools I take when I go digging. As you can see, I have made or modified the equipment to suite my needs. The black ball on the ends is foam pipe insulation wrapped in electrical tape. The reason for this is that it gives a cushion on the end, as I do not wear gloves.
You will note various probes and digging tools, all have a purpose. After nearly 40 years of doing this, I have pretty well figured out what I need.
You will note the long probe handle, that is my main probing rod. You can buy them pre-made, however, since we are not all the same height, it is better to make one fitted to you.
I made my probe rod out of a piece of 3/8 spring steel, as this will not bend. It is 46” in length and welded to a 12” handle, made from ¾ steel pipe, wrapped in foam pipe insulation and electrical tape. I do not use Duck Tape because after time, it tends to break down and makes a mess. You need to grind the end to a long taper, and a dull point on the end. A real sharp point tends to shatter glass.
Once you have done it for a while, you will be able to tell the difference in sound between rock, metal, china, glass, etc., as they all have a different sound.
Hope this helps