Loc: Petaluma, CA
After building a home deep within a valley, my Step-Father hired a "Dowser" for $1000, to find water for a well on the property. Not once, but 3 times. They found nothing. Convinced there was no water to be found, he set up an elaborate pumping system to syphon water from a year-round creek, to fill the 3 water tanks on the hill. Very creative, inventive, and a pain in the tush. After he sold the property, the new owners hired a geologist, andů Found water on the first try. I wish eBay was around back then. I could have saved him a lot of money!
My old man was named "Jim" ..but like me was a Jack-Of-All-Trades one of many being Plumber/Pipefitter.
Tickled me as a kid watching him bend 2 coat hangers into Right Angles that he set into a short piece of tubbing to be held (one in each hand) that allowed the wires to swing back & forth freely:
Grasping one device in each hand, I watched as he walked across our property until the wires, that had been perpendicular suddenly crossed... in that spot he drove a stake into the ground, driving another stake whenever the make-shift dowsing rods crossed.
Thus he'd marked off where the city water-line crossed our property, and by the following day with the use of mattock, shovel, & some copper pipe he installed a proper drinking fountain in the middle of our extensive side yard where we played with the kids next door to keep us from tromping thru the house, or drinking from a hose.
This was one of the first inquiries I made of my geology professor in college back in 64. What his take on water witching as we called it then. He chuckled and sai that any time any witcher claimed to find water he would ask them to find a place that didn't have water and that he would dig. No one , said, had taken him up that there is water most places if you go deep enough.
I think one just needs to think a bit on how those willow limbs or copper tubes would find electricity or a water or what not, combined with the procedure of those wires being so easily manipulated.
If we don't count our blessings We are just wasting our time
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