Find a hidden covered and turfed over well

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Find a hidden covered and turfed over well

Post: #272976 neilos
Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:23 am

I have been told that there is a well in my back yard. However it is a very long yard. I have found a few possible shallow spots that I plan to examine. An old relative from the country suggested using diviners to locate the well. Does anyone have advice/experince of this?
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Post: #272988 Mrs Moustoir
Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:27 am

You could try dowsing for the well yourself. Cut up a wire coathanger and away you go!

Lots of information (of variable quality!) on Yootube.

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Post: #272996 oldjerry
Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:34 am

Forget all that mumbo jumbo,send your partner off on a fortnights holiday,then anonmously ring crimestoppers,suggesting you've done away with Him/Her,and with a bit of luck by the time they get back they'll have a nice tan,and you'll have had your garden dug up.

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Post: #272997 Odsox
Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:41 am

SusieGee wrote: Give it a go it works!

Not necessarily for everyone :iconbiggrin:
When we first moved here we contacted the well borer who sent his dad to locate the best place to bore.
He walked up and down and pinpointed the spot where there was plenty of water (so he said). When he had gone I tried it myself and nothing ... tried bent wires, twigs and a pendulum, not a twitch. :(

Needless to say when the boring rig came, they drilled down 60 feet straight into an underground river, but what amazed me was he spent about half an hour manoeuvring the huge rig so that he drilled exactly through the peg his dad had left, not even a couple of inches out.
So yeah, it does work for some people.
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Post: #272998 niknik
Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:41 am

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post: #272999 boboff
Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:04 am

Diving works 100%, how it works and whether you can do it, is another matter altogether.

But Jerry's idea is equally appealing.
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Post: #273000 boboff
Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:04 am

Diving works 100%, how it works and whether you can do it, is another matter altogether.

But Jerry's idea is equally appealing.
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Re: Find a hidden covered and turfed over well

Post: #273002 niknik
Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:25 am

boboff wrote:Diving works 100%, how it works and whether you can do it, is another matter altogether.

But Jerry's idea is equally appealing.



Need to dig the hole first before can dive into it!
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Post: #273004 GeorgeSalt
Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:28 pm

Have a look at your garden on Google Earth. Use the roll-back feature to find an image taken on a dry summer, and look to see if you can make out any parch marks where the turf lies over the cap of the well.

Otherwise, if it's been capped you should be able to probe with a metal rod to try and find the concrete or slab cap.
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Post: #273025 doofaloofa
Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:04 am

Hey boboff you're a div
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Post: #273031 boboff
Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:04 am

Yep!
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Post: #273032 Thurston Garden
Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:32 am

Does Englandceicetsrshire have an equivalent of www.nls.uk? If so, you might well find the well marked on an old map. At least it would give you an indication of where to start dousing.
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Post: #273034 doofaloofa
Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:52 pm

The obvious solution (after old jerry's excelent one) is to randomly dig holes till you find it.

Srsly though the well may have metal fixtures so a metal detector may be of use
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Re: Find a hidden covered and turfed over well

Post: #273078 gregorach
Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:44 am

Odsox wrote:
SusieGee wrote: Give it a go it works!

Not necessarily for everyone :iconbiggrin:
When we first moved here we contacted the well borer who sent his dad to locate the best place to bore.
He walked up and down and pinpointed the spot where there was plenty of water (so he said). When he had gone I tried it myself and nothing ... tried bent wires, twigs and a pendulum, not a twitch. :(

Needless to say when the boring rig came, they drilled down 60 feet straight into an underground river, but what amazed me was he spent about half an hour manoeuvring the huge rig so that he drilled exactly through the peg his dad had left, not even a couple of inches out.
So yeah, it does work for some people.


Chances are that there's a horizontal fissure... Could be that you could sink a well anywhere and hit water. :wink:
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Re: Find a hidden covered and turfed over well

Post: #273079 Odsox
Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:43 am

gregorach wrote:Chances are that there's a horizontal fissure... Could be that you could sink a well anywhere and hit water.

Possibly, but no way of really knowing without drilling 60 foot holes in random places all over my property. :iconbiggrin:

I would point out though that the place the diviner "chose" was just about the worst place on my land to manoeuvre a drilling rig.
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