The Wisconsin engineer Volume 69 - Various Witching Methods - Other methods
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Smith, Robert (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer Volume 69, Number 1 (October 1964)
VARIOUS WITCHING METHODS – Other methods
Many other methods are used. In fact, anything that can be held so that it will move or change movement in a diviner's grip can be, and probably has been, used as a divining rod. Some of the more exotic items found are horse-whips, shovels, pitchforks, welding rods, baling wire, and swivelling rods. Apparently swiveling rods are commonly used throughout the country for finding underground pipes or leaks in buried pipes.
Some people profess to be able to find water by using their hands only. It is also thought to be possible to transfer the power of dowsing from a dowser to a non-dowser simply by making physical contact between the two people.
There is wide use of the "like attracts like" principle. If a pendulum is used, it consists of a string and a jar, the jar containing the item being searched for. If the rod is used, the tip is first dipped into the substance to be searched for.