Hit my first gas line

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by TuffWork, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. TuffWork

    TuffWork LawnSite Senior Member
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    correct me if I'm wrong but aren't the best rods to use 1/8" welding rods?

    If I'm in a bind I'll just use flags with the flag part ripped off. Not terribly accurate but does allow me to have a little more confidence some times.
  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    I never had much truck with witching until a friend called me about a nice piece of property he'd just bought that the drillers said was impossible to get water. I'd heard about some old fart that claimed to be able to find water, we found him, in his eighties, and brought him to the site. He witched it, found some weird artesian anomaly at 60 feet and my buddy had water to kill for.
  3. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    i have no control over what your clients think about you.

    i did spend a day with Argos last year at the fish hatchery where we dead on located a 45 mainline for excavation and tap.

    that was about a year ago if you want to look it up
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  4. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So you can find a 1" main or you cannot? What do you use for your sticks?
  5. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    my buddy doug can witch with the best of them. i'm teaching him to use voodoo sticks and he's teaching me the branch method.

    it's a kick in the butt, but my bad wrist makes holding the branch difficult.

    i guess if it were easy then anybody could do it.
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  6. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    both work but they're far from being the best.

    anyone can dowse but to be above about 60% you have to have the feel (i call it the juice) for the energy.

    more than once i have used a couple of pvc pipes for angles in a pinch and been real close to my target.

    i like the sticks i have now (just right balance and feel) and i am 80 to 90 percent dead on and that's better than most of the dowsers i know personally.

    a guy needs the best sticks he can get but it is not so much the sticks or irons that are used as much as it is being able to feel and interpret the actions of the tools.
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  7. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    Spoke with Jim the other day about locating..again.

    I need me a pair of dowsing rods..
  8. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I agree, that is what I was trying to convey
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  9. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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  10. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i use the 1/8" metal welding rods as stated above. i beleive they may be stainless steel... they havent rusted over the yrs. they come in 30" or so lengths. i bent a 4" or so portion at the end at a 90 degree and just use those for handles. ive never had any issues. i probably started using these back when i got in the biz in the early 90's. i was turned on to this by a local surveyor that taught me how to use them.

    keep in mind this way picks up any obstructions in the earth magnetic field. so be prepared for lots of wasted time digging here and there

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