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Main water line
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iroley    Posted 06-16-2004 at 11:12:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have taken over payments for a house in Southwestern New Mexico. My question is how do I find the main water line into my house. We can see where it goes into the house and we can see it at the Well. We have dug several holes between the house and the Well and can't find it. We try to water witch it, but we come up with a bunch of garbage (as in cans, glass bottles and ect.)

Chuck    Posted 06-16-2004 at 15:46:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Worked for me when i was trying to find my septic tank, found 4 sides of the tank ,when the backhoe
showed up he hit the lid on his second scoop.Amazed me, I use some # 12 solid electrical
wire stripped to bare copper about the same measurements as posted. I was once told it has to do with "disturbed earth " ie a trench.

Good luck

Coho    Posted 06-16-2004 at 14:20:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Might try digging a hole near the well to see how deep and in what direction the pipe is going in -They may have had an out bldg or other obsticle that is no longer there to go around

ret    Posted 06-16-2004 at 12:09:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
a lot of houses today have plastic hose running from the well. Sure is better than metal. I mean the heavy stiff flexible plastic hose. Mine is about 5 ft down. I sure would like to see dousing done sometime, as I am not a believer in it. I have always heard only a few people can do it, and then only part of the time. If it works for metal pipe, will it work for underground wiring as well?. We got a lot of it on my daughters place RET

Sid    Posted 06-16-2004 at 14:21:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
RET, I have located metal and plastic and copper water lines with it. I have been told that electric lines can be found that way also. The other day I was working for the local phone Co. burying phone cable and I located the water line to show that I could do it. I then walked across the cable we had just buried and located it even though it was not hooked up. I once located a water line about four foot deep in a parking lot with six inches of asphalt. I do not understand it but it comes in handy sometimes. I have tried the willow stick peach limbs and have never been able to find water just buried lines.

dg    Posted 06-16-2004 at 11:41:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
First, why do you need to find it? What type of witching method are you using? As was stated by Pitch it should be in a direct path from the well to the house (maybe) If it's galvenized pipe you should have no problem locating it by witching. Take two metal coat hangers. If they are coated, sand the coating off. Bend a 90* angle in each, leaving one end approximatley 4" and the other approx. 12". Losely holding the 4" end, one in each hand and the 12" ends pointing directly in front of you. Keep your hands approx. 12" apart. Slowly walk across the area where you suspect the water line to be. Well house on the left and living house on the right, or vise versa. When you cross the line (slowly) The two 12" ends will come together. This will work, better on electrical or steel pipe, but also on pvc.

Hey dg...    Posted 06-16-2004 at 11:54:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Isn't that the d@mmdest feeling to have those hangars come alive in your hands?

dg    Posted 06-16-2004 at 11:57:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Idda never belived it! I've done it hundreds of times since then, never fails. Sumptin to do with the magnetic field of the earth they say.

toolman    Posted 06-16-2004 at 12:13:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
i didn,t belive it either , but tried it here when i was putting in my well, the hoe operator was laughing so hard , until he hit a massive underground creek not more than 7 ft. down, i think it works better if the water is moving, got a friend who works for highways says he uses welding rods and has even found gas lines, don,t know but something worked here.

TimV    Posted 06-16-2004 at 12:11:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
It IS strange, but not everybody can do it, and not everybody can do it equally well. I just witched a well for my brother a couple of months ago, and brought along a friend as "backup". We both got water in the same spot, but my brother couldn't do a thing (which is why he had me do it in the first place). Ended up with a nice well at 40', which is within 5' of where my buddy predicted it would be. He's one of the best witchers I know, but his father couldn't witch a swimming pool if he was standing in it.....

Chas in Me    Posted 06-16-2004 at 11:23:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
I found a water line once by using two metal clothes hangars bent into an ell shape. Started with the top of both facing forward and walked across the lawn, with one in each hand. When I got to the water line, the hangars arranged themselves along the length of the line. Wierdest thing I ever had happen to me. If it hadn't happened, I would never have believed it.
Give it a try and see what happens. All I know is that it worked.

dg    Posted 06-16-2004 at 11:43:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
You's too quick fer me!!

Pitch    Posted 06-16-2004 at 11:22:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
It seems as though it would run the shortest path possible. Being as it is southern NM it should'nt be to deep so you could possibly try to rent a metal detector.

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