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hemihampton
05-06-2013, 04:50 PM
Does this knocking on doors to ask for permission method really work? If so, whats the Success rate? 50/50? More or less? I ask because I know of a old Neighborhood full of old houses from 1830's to 1900. But, Most houses seem to be well kept & occupied. Should I knock? LEON.

P.S. Below is pic of 1830's house.

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/6941/421A691F15454CC48A520E81675FDA95.jpg

hemihampton
05-06-2013, 04:51 PM
Heres a Pic of 1900 house. Has the Date right on it. Does not look that old does it? LEON.

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/6941/AB4CDDA50D9A44648335B867077A7101.jpg

RICKJJ59W
05-06-2013, 05:23 PM
95% of the bottles on my site are from permissions. Sometimes it works and sometimes it don't. That is the best I can tell ya. [:D] But if you don't try, you wont be digging any privy's unless you got to the big city's and raid construction lots. I have been slacking on going out and pounding on doors,I got a lot of crap going on in life.Hopefully the crap will be on my pants soon from a privy[8D] knock and don't worry about the success rate just do it.

Rockhounder55
05-06-2013, 11:43 PM
Rick, wasn't it you that made up a flyer of sorts that you gave the homeowner when you asked for permission to dig on their property? I think I saved it somewhere, but perhaps you could repost it. ~Mike

RICKJJ59W
05-07-2013, 06:53 AM
ORIGINAL: Rockhounder55

Rick, wasn't it you that made up a flyer of sorts that you gave the homeowner when you asked for permission to dig on their property? I think I saved it somewhere, but perhaps you could repost it. ~Mike


That wasn't was me Mike.I remember it being posted though. I just bring my bottle pix and my story's to doors.

DIGS CHESCO
05-07-2013, 10:24 AM
It's a numbers game, the more doors you knock on the closer you get to your goal. Don't over think it or try to second guess what people will say or what they are thinking. You might be surprised as to how receptive and friendly some property owners are.

Good luck.

Tom

buzzkutt033
05-07-2013, 11:01 AM
photos from former digs are a big help. especially before and after photos.

patience and persistence are key...


jim

this place (1852 map ) had five pits in a row. they all had one thing in common.
nothing in them of value..... this is the after photo

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/8925/EADD669CE7C24E34A1F2A9B97FEE69AB.jpg

mtfdfire22
05-07-2013, 12:55 PM
Hey Leon.
that looks an awful lot like Milford. If it is, good luck. Milford has been dug and dug again for the historical home tour they have. We dig there for the home tour. The town is not completely dug out, but, most of the people who want their yard dug have it done during the home tour. We talk to a-lot of people about privy digging and show them how to probe. Everyone is very inviting and interested.

hemihampton
05-07-2013, 01:32 PM
Hi Nic, No it's not Milford. I don't think anyboody has dug in this town yet. LEON.

RICKJJ59W
05-07-2013, 06:45 PM
ORIGINAL: hemihampton

Hi Nic, No it's not Milford. I don't think anyboody has dug in this town yet. LEON.


Oh i'm sure someone has

llafoe
05-07-2013, 10:20 PM
ORIGINAL: RICKJJ59W



ORIGINAL: hemihampton

Hi Nic, No it's not Milford. I don't think anyboody has dug in this town yet. LEON.


Oh i'm sure someone has


http://loudounscene.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/dog-digging-hole-in-yard-1-300x299.jpg

CazDigger
05-07-2013, 11:25 PM
I find it works best if you can catch people outside working on their lawn, grilling, etc. as opposed to knocking on doors. If you knock, you seem like a salesman trying to sell them something and they can get defensive.

hemihampton
05-07-2013, 11:58 PM
Yeah, I've seen them outdoors working in Yard & thought of that. Might try that. LEON.

cacarpetbagger
05-08-2013, 02:50 AM
Knocking on doors can work. Dig pictures with before and after shots are good to take with you. I usually start with I am in the area doing amateur archeology digs. Takes away the I am selling something factor right away. Then just a matter of explaining the a little more of the what, diggings privies, the why to recover artifacts and the where, back property lines etc. and the how with shovels and probes. The who is amateur archeologists I also tell the owners that anything we find is theirs and we want a share, take it from there while digging. Hit one town in a eastern state and after giving our line to the first door we knocked on the gentleman said boys I am going to have to see some ID's. He got three out of state ID's promptly ran them and let us dig. Turned out to be a local sheriff and map collector and made a copy of an early map to the town and gave it to us along with his card in case we had any problems. Wait it gets better, eventually dug the Mayors house and would start dig days having coffee on his porch as he would call people and make introductions for us. One day I was approached by a lady who asked if I was on of the bottle diggers and when I replied yes she asked how she could get an appointment with her to dig her yard I kid you not. Had a great time there and in 40 years that was the best permission town I was in. Now I have had problems and had a friend punched in the mouth by a 350 lb Jamaican woman. You never know can't hurt to ask.

RICKJJ59W
05-08-2013, 06:54 AM
Score!

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/7728/5028673A5FFF472DA952F795B0F16473.jpg

RICKJJ59W
05-08-2013, 06:55 AM
ORIGINAL: CazDigger

I find it works best if you can catch people outside working on their lawn, grilling, etc. as opposed to knocking on doors. If you knock, you seem like a salesman trying to sell them something and they can get defensive.


yeah I agree but they are not always outside. It does work best though