Make your own rod

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Ky gal, Aug 26, 2004.

  1. Ky gal

    Ky gal Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2003
    Cut a metal coat hanger so that you can straighten it. You'll need two metal coat hangers. (each one will make one rod)

    Make each rod about 20 inches or so. On one end, bend about 4inches or so of each rod down at a 90 degree angle to make yourself a handle.

    My first test was to walk over a known water pipe in my yard. It worked the very first time. I still don't understand how it can work.

    To use yours, hold one in each hand with the length of the rod extending straight in front of you, using a delicate touch. Hold them very lightly, don't put any pressure on them. The rod should easly be able to swing back and forth.

    Now, slowly walk toward and overtop a known water line. If your holding the rods properly, they will slowly criss cross overtop each other as you approach.

    Keep doing this until you have found the proper hand holding technique. This will ensure yourself when you go out on your own to witch.

    I learned to make these from my father. It's alot of fun.
  2. thanks for posting this, after reading that thread about dowsing I've been trying to figure out how to do it.

  3. DayBird

    DayBird Big Bird

    Jul 25, 2004
    Pell City, AL
    PawPaw always used a forked stick, about 2 feet long from top to bottom. He said that willow worked the best because it likes water more than other trees. Hold a fork in each hand and point the end straight out. It'd twist down when you go over water. Sometimes, it'd blister his hand from twisting so much.
  4. it wil indicate any large piece of iron or steel doesn't have to be a water line a gas line or anything large and iron will make em cross
  5. Dixie912

    Dixie912 Well-Known Member

    Nov 12, 2003
    Did you know ghost hunters use them too?
  6. HermitJohn

    HermitJohn Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2002
    Guess everybody has their theory. I was surprised when I could feel pull when old dowser showed me. He said some could and some couldnt feel the pull. He used a forked branch off some fruit tree I think. We were at his house and he sort of got me walking in direction of his well. My gosh that was a very strong pull. Said he bought that piece of property just because he found that strong spot. Said it had been heck of a well. Only once have I felt that strong of a pull since and it was on property I looked at here in AR, but didnt buy since some crazy guy with huge number of dogs lived directly across road.

    Anyway metal works better for me. I stripped insulation off some copper electric wire for myself. My theory is that pull is from static electric generated by flowing water. I feel nothing from stagnant water nor from scrap iron/minerals nor pipes unless water is moving in them.