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Dowsing (a.k.a. water witching)

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by irrig8r, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,553

    Two interesting articles...




    One more: http://educate-yourself.org/dow/index.shtml

    The three most common dowsing tools are 1) the pendulum, 2) the "L" rod, and 3) the "Y" rod. There are other types of dowsing tools beyond these three, but these three are the ones most often used.

    1) The pendulum is nothing more than some sort of weighted object hung from a thread, a string, a piece of fishing line, or a light chain. You can tie a paper clip to a short length of sewing thread and Voila, you have a pendulum. You could also tie a threaded nut to a length of light monofilament fishing line and you have yourself a dowsing pendulum. Most dowsers like to use something for a pendulum that's more fancy looking like a turned brass bob or a crystal pendant, but it's not necessary. There is nothing magical about the pendulum itself. It's merely an indicator tool, and nothing more. I will add, however, that certain pendulums (made of certain materials) can be more responsive than an ordinary pendulum (and therefore are preferred for that reason), but all pendulums will respond to your questions, regardless of what they are made of.

    2) The "L" rod is usually a length of stiff wire shaped like the letter "L". Usually, we place tubing on the short leg of the "L" so it will rotate freely when we hold the L rod in our lightly clenched hands. The long leg of the "L" is held in a horizontal position out n front of us and it will swing to the left or right in response to the answers we are seeking....

    .....If you contact the American Society of Dowsers (PO Box 24, Danville, VT 05828-0024) web site: http://www.dowsers.org/
    Tel (802) 684-3417; E-Mail: ASD@dowsers.org), they will tell you the location of a Dowsers chapter that is nearest to you.
  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,090

    When I go to the meeting, I'll sit in the back in case I dowse off.
  3. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    gimme a shovel and blindfold. I'll find a buried water line every time. :)
  4. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I just thought ML would find this stuff useful for finding his lost valve....
  5. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,090

    Figured as much, thanks Gregg.:rolleyes:

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    Most dowsers do not consider it important to doubt their dowsing powers or to wonder if they are self-deceived. They never consider doing a controlled scientific test of their powers. They think that the fact that they have been successful over the years at dowsing is proof enough. When dowsers are scientifically tested and fail, they generally react with genuine surprise. Typical is what happened when James Randi tested some dowsers using a protocol they all agreed upon. If they could locate water in underground pipes at an 80% success rate they would get $10,000 (now the prize is over $1,000,000). All the dowsers failed the test, though each claimed to be highly successful in finding water using a variety of non-scientific instruments, including a pendulum. Says Randi, "the sad fact is that dowsers are no better at finding water than anyone else. Drill a well almost anywhere in an area where water is geologically possible, and you will find it."
  7. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,468

    Several years ago we called a plumber and the guy was a jamaican with dreadlocks, He pulled out a long piece of stiff wire and started walking through the yard. This was after hours and I was not amused and was about to send him away. He took a few steps in the middle of the yard and his stick moved and thats were he dug. Sure enough he was right on the water line. Then he did the same thing in the back yard and within seconds located the drain. There were no visible signs of were to look yet he was within inches both times.
  8. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Dude, no no no, I can't take anymore of the common sense. :laugh:
  9. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Randi is an interesting guy. He's appeared on local radio call-in talk shows a lot over the years as a debunker. He's had a long career as a magician and escape artist...he's about 80 y.o. now.


    From Wikipedia:

    During Alice Cooper's 1973-1974 tour, Randi performed as the dentist and executioner on stage.... Also, Randi had designed and built several of the stage props, including the guillotine...... Shortly after, in February 1975, Randi escaped from a straitjacket while suspended upside-down over Niagara Falls in the winter on the Canadian TV program World of Wizards.

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