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Old 06-07-2015, 07:44 PM
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Learned this with a "y" of live apple as a kid. Sucker twisted even if you didn't want it to. Can't explain it.
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Old 06-07-2015, 09:01 PM
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I'm a plumber. Yes it works. I find sewer pipes. Water lines all the time. People look at me like I'm nuts when I do it,
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Old 06-07-2015, 10:40 PM
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It's another one of those things you'll never change anyone's mind on if they really believe it. I'd say it falls right in line behind the power of prayer.

Most studies have found it works no better than chance.

http://www.skepdic.com/dowsing.html
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Old 06-08-2015, 02:24 AM
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The result of most studies is predetermined by the party that commissioned it... Dowsing works. I've seen it and done it many times. It isn't perfect but when the rods swing there's something there. It just isn't always what you were looking for.
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Old 06-08-2015, 02:43 AM
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It doesn't work, it is a myth.
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Originally Posted by Frma2z View Post
The rods don't locate pipe or wires they locate the ditch line where the magnetic field was broken due to trenching. Before I fire my excavators I'll walk the property Only takes one rod but keep in mind it's not a failsafe way of line locating
This is how it works.
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I find it works best while riding my unicorn.
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Originally Posted by ovrrdrive View Post
The result of most studies is predetermined by the party that commissioned it... Dowsing works. I've seen it and done it many times. It isn't perfect but when the rods swing there's something there. It just isn't always what you were looking for.

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Old 06-08-2015, 04:10 AM
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I had an old time excavator show me. I use coat hangers. It is interesting that some people who use them the metal rods will cross over each other while others (me) the rods go parallel to the trench. I can find dog legs and other turns in lines. It really is an amazing thing to watch and it does impress skeptics once you mark, the line and proceed to dig it up.

I have seen some guys take a wooden dowel and drill an over size hole in it to place the end of the wire in. This does seem to take out some of the friction.

For you guys that the rods cross over one another, try switching them in your hands and see what happens. Every once in a while that will happen to me and this seems to get them so they will run parallel to the line or old trench I'm looking for.
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I just watched the old episode of "In search of" with Leonard Nimoy on Dowsing. That brought back memories.

They seemed to conclude that any object in the ground blocks the natural radiation emanating from deep below creating a shadow on the surface. The rods move as the person walks into this shadow area created by the object blocking the radiation.

Anyway, it works well for me and I'm glad I tried it. It will be a great skill to have when a friend wants to add some sprinklers to an existing line or find buried electric wires for a project.

My friend who helped me with the blindfold test is sure a believer after watching me find the hose.
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Had an old timer use a peach tree "Y" branch about 35-40 years ago to find and mark where my Dad should drill two seperate water wells. Struck water both times. Still using those wells today!

He just walked around until the branch bent straight downward. He let me try it and I tell you the downward pull on the branch was definately strong!
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My dad used a peach tree Y to find the spot for our well. I saw the bark crack as he tried to hold the limb from going down over the spot. Well Never ran low in 50 years of use. Lots of thing I learned from him. Wish that had been one of them.
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Two types of people in this thread... Those that have done it and say it works, and those that just say it doesn't work. Just sayin'... lol
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Originally Posted by ovrrdrive View Post
Two types of people in this thread... Those that say they have done it and say it works, and those that just say it doesn't work. Just sayin'... lol
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Lets see those videos.
No way I'm walking around my yard looking for water with a stick in my hand...
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Originally Posted by Barnacled View Post
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Lets see those videos.
No way I'm walking around my yard looking for water with a stick in my hand...
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You should open your mind and quit being so intolerant.

I don't know about finding water with a stick, but finding pipes, wires, conduits underground is pretty easy. In practical form, it's good for finding objects.

I have another little test in mind that's a shell game. Three five gallon buckets will be upside down on the shop floor. One of them will have a few five pound lead dive weights under it. I will not know which one, but I will find it with two welding rods.

Should I bother videotaping it? Or will you simply tell me its rigged or lead is somehow magnetic?
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I believe that you believers believe that it works but my logic tells me it can't work. I actually found "official" dowsing rods on Amazon and I have an Amazon gift card I've had for a long time so I ordered them. I'm going to try it to prove or disprove it works.

I really hope it works because I would like to find the clay tile that drains my side yard into the field behind the house. It quit draining the yard a few years ago so it must have collapsed or is plugged.
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I believe that you believers believe that it works but my logic tells me it can't work. I actually found "official" dowsing rods on Amazon and I have an Amazon gift card I've had for a long time so I ordered them. I'm going to try it to prove or disprove it works.

I really hope it works because I would like to find the clay tile that drains my side yard into the field behind the house. It quit draining the yard a few years ago so it must have collapsed or is plugged.
Two days ago if someone had mentioned this to me, I would have told them to put the bong down and do something constructive, but then I tried it. Not the bong, the dowsing part.

I'm not exactly sure what your looking for, but if pipes leave your house to some sort of clay drain field, you will find it no problem.
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Old 06-08-2015, 02:34 PM
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I believe that you believers believe that it works but my logic tells me it can't work.
I'd be interested in your detailed logical thought process whereby you conclude it can't work. You know, starting assumptions, followed by a logically coherent train of reasoning.

Or, is it in fact your assumption that it can't work. There's a difference:
"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." -- Lord Kelvin, President, Royal Society, 1895
FWIW, I've used the bent wire method for many years, ever since a guy on a construction site (who I didn't believe) showed me how.

Many years ago, I had to locate about 700 feet of water main so that the power company could install underground power. As soon as I pulled out the rods, the lineman crew foreman fired up his mouth.

I didn't say a word, just located the main, and probed the spot. The probe hit the main. Foreman called it a lucky shot.

Having fun, I agreed with him. "I know, this is BS, but I've found it saves so much time. There's no way it can work, though."

Walked down a hundred feet, divined the main, probed. Again, hit the main. I laid it on thick, told the guy of course he was right, complete BS, just a lucky shot. By now, the rest of his crew's starting to get a laugh at his expense, and I'm in full dickhead mode, agreeing with the guy about how it's just superstition.

Seven locates total, hit 5 of 7 dead on the pipe, and missed two by less than a foot. (Quickly found by probing next to my initial "hit"). About a half hour overall, when I left, the poor guy's crew was wearing him out. He was still maintaining that "that stuff doesn't work".
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I'd be interested in your detailed logical thought process whereby you conclude it can't work. You know, starting assumptions, followed by a logically coherent train of reasoning.
It just doesn't make sense to me that it can actually work. There is no identifiable power coming from a water line so I don't logically understand how the dowsing rods can react to basically nothing. I understand that saying there is "basically nothing" for the rods to react to means I could be wrong. I'm going to give it a try and if it works for me the theory will be proven if it can be repeated.

I hope I'm wrong and it truly works. I have been proven wrong in the past, I try not to cry when it happens.
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Old 06-08-2015, 03:38 PM
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There are a lot of things that happen that there really is no good scientific explanation for.
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