Homemade Dowsing Rods

How to make your own dowsing rods

Many ghost hunters use dowsing rods to identify things — like underground streams and electrical wiring — that can create false positives in ghost research.

Others use dowsing rods for a second purpose: To identify areas of high paranormal activity or vulnerability.

Whether or not you believe that dowsing rods work, they’re easy to make and fun to experiment with.

You’ll need:

  • Two wire coat hangers.
  • A very strong wire cutter, heavy tin snips, or a similar cutting tool.

(Some dowsers use just one rod, but it’s best to start with two until you’re accustomed to how the rods respond.)

How to make a dowsing rod from a coathanger.

Here’s all you need to do to make your dowsing rods:

  1. Cut each coat hanger at the X marks, and discard the right (twisted and hooked) section.
  2. Straighten the wires enough so that the bend in each forms a right angle (90 degree bend) like the letter L.

That’s it.  You now have a set of dowsing rods.

Here’s a video I recorded in 2018. It’s more complete, with additional options you might like.

If you're sharing that video with others, here's the YouTube URL: https://youtu.be/OLYp7xyHv9c

How to use your homemade dowsing rods

Hold one L-shaped wire in each hand, and grip each one gently, forming each hand into a loose fist.

Each thumb should rest at (but not over) the bend in the wire. The rods should point away from you, straight ahead, and swing easily from side to side when you tilt your hands.

There are other ways to hold the rods. Some grip the rods loosely with the index, middle and ring fingers, and then prop the little finger on the other side of the rod to steady it. The thumb is held away from the rod.

Some create handles from the cardboard tubes from coat hangers that are used for hanging up slacks. Cut one tube in half and rest the handle of one rod in each tube. Hold each tube so that the rod swings freely inside it.

Now, tilt the rods down very slightly.  The idea is to give gravity a chance to pull on them slightly, so the rods aren’t swinging randomly and by chance.  However, don’t point the rods down so much that the rods can’t move on their own.

Now, walk around your home or yard to see what happens. Generally, the two rods will cross in front of you when you are near water pipes.

Some genealogists report similar results in cemeteries, helping them find graves (sometimes hidden in shrubs or tall grass).

Some ghost hunters use dowsing rods to detect areas of paranormal energy.

Once you become comfortable with your new dowsing rods, you can try asking questions. That’s another way ghost hunters (especially psychics) use dowsing rods.

  • Start with questions you know the answer to.  Each should be a yes/no question, like “Is my name Fred?” or “Is my age 102?”  This will establish what movement you’ll see for the answer, “yes,” and which will indicate a “no.”

Scientists can’t explain why dowsing rods work. Some speculate that the rods react to elevated EMF levels and that electro magnetic energy pulls on the rods.

I thought dowsing rods were a lot of nonsense until I tried them.  I’ve had equally good results — in different locations — with the dowsing rods from Dowsers.com and my own, homemade dowsing rods made from coat hangers.

Also, here’s a hastily recorded video about using dowsing rods for ghost hunting. I recorded it early in 2018, before taking the time to put together a dowsing rod course for Hallowfields.com.

Here's the YouTube URL for that video: https://youtu.be/H4OCvwPBL2A

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9 thoughts on “Homemade Dowsing Rods”

  1. I made a set of dowsing rods years ago, in the 1990’s, out of a pair of old coat hangers. They worked very well, and the more I worked with them, they more accurate they were. I used them to measure auras and find blockages in the chakra systems, and to demonstrate energy transference between people and objects, people and people, people and animals….the possibilities are pretty much only bound to your imagination on how to use them, but I discourage using them as a form of ouija, asking yes and no questions to ghosts, its no different than a ouija.

    1. Charles, thanks for asking. Personally, I’ve heard too many horror stories about people opening unintended doors with Ouija boards. So, I don’t recommend them. However, if you’re already comfortable with Ouija boards, I don’t see any reason you couldn’t mix them with dowsing rods, pendulums, and so on.

    1. Garg, I haven’t a clue. “Ghosts” are just a label we use to describe some spiritual phenomena. How you define it, as an individual, could be different to how I do. So, you’ll need to sort that first… and then decide which phenomena fit that profile.

  2. If you want to really find out if spirits and or ghosts exsit, try making dowsing rods out of copper wire. If you take a magnet to a coat hanger wire, you will notice that a magnet will stick to it. So if you go out on a investigation, and there are strong magnetic fields from power lines or transformers, you will get a false reading from a dowsing rod. Since copper doesn’t artact to a magnet at all, you might try to make a set of dowsing rod out of # 10awg or #8 awg solid copper wire. Spirit energy is not DC magnetic in nature, it is more in the AC electrical magnetic type of energy. The energy is pulssating. AC magnetic sources will not cause the copper wire to energize iron to stick to other iron metal, like a DC source would.
    Keep in mind electro magnets usually are hundreds of turns of copper enameled wire on a iron bar. They are 99% DC voltage operated, and only stick to another iron or steel type metal. Copper and aluminum will not stick. Copper wire is a little expensive, but you should get equally good results.

    1. Great suggestion, Stephen! The huge dowsing rods I let people borrow, if they say, “Dowing rods never work for me,” are copper rods with brass handles. I never considered that the metal might make a difference. I thought it was just the size of the rods and their dramatic swing. Now… yes, I’d believe that the metal makes a difference. I’ll field test this to be sure, but your insights make sense. Thank you!

    1. Hi, Michelle! I can’t think of any reason to dip the dowsing rods – even the ends – in melted wax. On the other hand, I can’t think of any reason not to. It shouldn’t affect them at all.

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