Dowsing

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by bnmb, Sep 6, 2010.


  1. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    Anyone has any experience with it? Is it real? Old folks here even today use those wooden Y rods for searching for water and finding out bad spots in houses, I've seen it work...They say it's been done forever, but I never tried it...
    Anyone ever tried it? BTW...How did the old ones knew where to dig wells?
    If this is real, any tips or tricks?
     
  2. vegasrandall

    vegasrandall Monkey+++

    I've seen people find underground cables that we couldn't locate.
     
  3. Old Sarge

    Old Sarge Old Sarge

    I have done it. It's not that great. I was shown how to do it, then did the same thing. Take two welding rods, about 30 inches long. Bend one end into a 90 degree angle, with about 8 inches from one end, and do the same with the other rod. Now you have two rods with about 22" on one leg, and 8" on the other.
    Take the 8" portion, and hold it loosely in you fist with the longest portion being horizonal to the surface. Do the same with the other. Space your fists in front of you, about a foot apart.
    Now start walking slowly, and where metal is buried, the rods will turn and cross each other.
    Have used this method many times to find property corner markers, that are down a few inches. Works about 90% of the time. Good Luck.
    Note: I want dibs on your gold mine!!!!
     
  4. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    LOL...Sarge, if I ever find gold, we'll split it 50-50, no problem...but I was more interested in finding water, and if you say 90%, that's helluva percentage! I'll have to try that dowsing stuff...
    Cheers!
     
  5. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    I've seen it done, the same way sarge mentioned, we just used two pieces of wire that were laying around. It's been many years since my dad and his cousin dowsed for water. We found 3 wells, all three had water within a few feet of what dowsing "calculated.
    Once the metal rods pointed to each other, there was a way (i don't remember now) to calculate the depth of the water.
     
  6. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    Huh...Now that's interesting! Haven't heard of possibility of depth calculation! I think more research is needed!
     
  7. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    Search on line for a show called "Off the Grid" by Les Stroud (Suvivorman). He dowsed for water on his property using a "y"-shaped stick.
     
  8. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned


    Thanks...Yes, I remember...I have all the episodes, but I don't remember the guy dowsing giving any details...and it was short part...I'll check it again...
     
  9. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    Les is a serious source of skills/gear/survival ideas. I never knew he was a dowser as well!
     
  10. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    No, he isn't. Les used a private dowser to come in and perform the task. It is still an excellent series and worth the watch.
     
  11. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    Yup...Les didn't dowse...He hired some other guy...
     
  12. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    Thanks for the clarification, I have not seen the episode, so I was thinking, among other things, Les was a Dowser. Go figure.
     
  13. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    Not really an "episode", but he did a 1 or 2 hour show called "Off the Grid" which details his building a homestead that is "off the grid". It's an OK, show, but the version that I found in Google Video seems to be an "extended" edition of the show, and there are a number of inconsistencies with it. Oh, well, guess that's for another thread, don't want to hijack this one ;)
     
  14. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

  15. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    Thanks! I will try it next time I'm on camping...
     
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