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I can do the same job with clothes hangers. Brazing rods work the best...just scrape off the flux. You can also use silver solder rods. The process is called witching. My only problem is that I can pick up everyting in the ground...so testing a line that makes sense is important.
I have only met 2 people over the years that a rod witch would not work. Try it and see what you think. Get 2 pieces brass rod and bend them 90 degrees. so you have a handle and a wand. Go to a point where you know a water line exists. Walk perpendicular over the pipe holding the rods pointing straight forward. Hold them loosely!!!!!!!!! The rods will cross out inline with the pipe when you cross it. For me the cross point tends to be at the heel of my foot when it happens. If it happens for you...it should be within 24" forward or back of you. Practice will tell you where to look.
This is where a known line is useful to practice on.
never seen one, not familiar with a 'dipping needle', but from a quick look at wiki this looks to be more of an iron locator than an aqua-locator...is that what you are after?
Yes, after reading about it that is how I surmise it to work, as a locator of ferrous metal. I was not 'looking' for anything in particular. I just happened upon one at a yard sale so decided that for a buck it was worth picking up and looking into its history and potential use, which is why I asked if anyone here had first-hand experience with one.
Since the website lists a new unit at $278 (including case), I think I got a good deal. First patented in 1954, they are it seems still popular.
Last edited by Bob D.; 06-19-2010, 11:06 AM.
Reason: fixed a typo
"It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006