dowsing video

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by 1idejim, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    I made this video the other day to demonstrate the response of a pair of "voodoo sticks" when they are used to locate buried conductors. You will notice that the dowser must interpret the response of the sticks. I hope that someone will benefit from this.

  2. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Silver Member
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    pretty cool.... that's for posting that!
  3. cjohn2000

    cjohn2000 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks, Jim. I was always under the impression that dowsing rods worked because when a trench is dug it disturbs the magnetic wave around it. And I say that since I almost l always use them to find pipes.
  4. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
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    Because the world is round it turns me on
    Because the rope is round it turns my voodoo sticks
    You never give me your money
    You only give me your funny videos

    Ucking Fawesome dude!
    Thanks for posting that! :clapping:
    I will befinint form that! :drinkup::drinkup::drinkup::drinkup::drinkup::drinkup:
  5. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Did you make your dowsing rods out of flags? Also curious, how is the effectiveness of the dowsing impacted with burial depth (i.e. how deep can it detect)? One other thing, does your eye ever fall into your shirt pocket? ;)
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  6. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    Normally i use gas welding rods. I perfer brass but have used flags to PVC pipe to dowse with.
    Depth always plays a major part in accuracy when locating buried objects. I have found that objects nearest the surface will be located more accurately but can also mislead one due to coupling or bleeding
    Of course it has, i have stories of many places that i have lost/found it. Drinking is no longer involved and no animals were ever harmed in the process i might add.
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  7. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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  8. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    that is very interesting. never used them, and not sure if i could accurately. i tend to be magnetic myself, lol
  9. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    With enough perfect practice you should be able to learn what the sticks are telling you and then move on to buried conductors with confidence.

    This is basically how i learn everything. Follow the instructions, set yourself up to succeed at that level and then move on to harder and more complicated jobs.

    In October i located both sides of a 4in main for a tap. I excavated it and prepped the pipe without moving more than a couple of shovels full by hand. It can be done.

    Give her a try G.
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  10. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    i will, at some point. try in myown lawn where i know everything is already eh

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