posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 09:38 PM
Well... wether you believe it or not, dowsing works. Cut a Y shaped young and thin branch from a fruit tree or even say a young maple...grap the Y
end like handle bars with the sigle point end straight out. Walk north south as most underground streams run east-west. Go back and forth marking each
time the front point is drawn down, After a few crossinga and marked spots... connect the dots and there is your underground stream. Then dowse along
that line and find the strongest pulling point and dig there.Use common sense... if you are up on a hill...you will geenerally have to dig deeper than
on low ground.
As for springs... find areas in the woods that show signs of water flow or trickles of water, Look for willows or an abundance of rocks and moss.
There will usually be a small or even large ravine.Generally, if it is a good spring... there will be some water flow already.. which kind of negates
your inquiry. A spring that is not flowing is not constant and is not a good source of water on a consistant basis.
Also, look for old home places... old cabins, delapidated barns... old fences and horse paths or chimneys and ruins... usually an unusual pile of
symetrical and cut stones.... look for unusual or unnatural rectangular patterns undergrowth or moss and square depressions in the ground.
Somewhere near by, there will be an old well. Old homesteads usually had a kitchen seperate from the main house to keep down heat in summer and
prevent the loss of the house in case of fire. Somewhere within a few yards will be the well... Be Careful... it was usually hand dug and lined with
rock. The well was covered or surrounded by a wood box which has by now rotted leaving a 30-50 foot shaft. However, it is a well that had water and
probably after cleaning it out, still does. Look for a square shelter or the fallen remains of one... usually about 8'x8'... or even some boards
laid across in a heap. There is your well....
Plus, homesteads had a few fruit trees... apple, peach, pear... and grape vines...
Another good source of water is old mine shafts... Be Careful...ground water usually back fills old vertical shafts, so a map of your area is
essential...Del Lorme puts out a Map Gazzette that is awesome showing topographical and physical landmark features and every dirt road you can
imagine. It is also good to learn the history of your area and county. By knowing where the old roads are, you will find the old homesites... and
where even whole communities used to exist but died out....there's your wells... old spring houses they used for refridgeration... and even in some
cases, actual springs that were commercial ventures in the 19th and early 20th centuries.