How to Make a Divining Rod Out of Coat Hangers

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Divining rods are used by a dowser to locate underground water. Dowsing has been used for thousands of years by cultures all around the world. The forces at work are not fully understood, but the results are undeniable. Dowsers have accurately identified the location of underground water consistently from the time of Moses to the modern day. Making a set of divining rods is a simple process. However, learning to use them correctly to find water may require some study and practice.

Cut the Coat Hangers

    Cut the hanger just to the left of the hanger hook.

    Run your finger from the point of the first cut to the first bend in the coat hanger and along the entire length of the long wire section to just before the second bend in the hanger. Make your second cut here.

    Discard the part of the hanger with the hook. The remaining piece is the base of your divining rod. It should be a long wire leading to a 45-degree bend leading to a shorter wire.

    Adjust the bend in the wire to form a 90-degree angle. Repeat steps one through three with the second coat hanger.

    Pull the ball point, ink reservoir and end cap off of each of your ball point pens. You should be left with two empty plastic tubes.

    Slide the first plastic tube onto the short wire of your diving rod and bend the wire that protrudes past the plastic tube to hold it in place. Repeat the process for the second divining rod.

    You now have a set of completed diving rods. The plastic tubes are the handles and will allow the divining rods to swing freely in reaction to underground water as you are dowsing.

    Things You'll Need

    • Two wire coat hangers
    • Wire cutters
    • Two ball point pens with straight plastic bodies


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