How to make L rods

Written by Nigel Percy

How to make L-rods

First, the reason they are called L-rods is from the shape of them. L-rods can come in all sizes and can be made out of a variety of materials. It's up to you to decide whether you want heavy or light rods, or long or short rods. There are some very tiny rods available which are used for dowsing over maps. There are others which are much longer than your average forearm. The choice is yours. Of course, you can have as many types as you like, as you're going to be making them!

Although L-rods are always sold in pairs, you don't actually need two rods, except on very rare occasions. So you can begin with just the one. It won't matter at all.

The idea behind all L-rods is that they should be able to held comfortably and to swing easily. Some people prefer to have rods with sleeves to hold, while others don't care. I don't have sleeves on my rods, but Maggie does. It's just a matter of choice.

Simple rods can be made from lengths of brazing rod, for example, These are cheap and come in a variety of thicknesses. You can find one which is the right weight for you easily enough. To make it, you need to hold one end of it and mark slightly above that as the place to make the bend. Make sure that, when you hold it, there is enough length for it to feel comfortable.

You can also make rods from copper wire, but be aware that these types can be more easily bent in day-to-day use. Also, copper can be expensive, which might be another consideration. You can also use lengths of steel. Those are really hard to damage! My rods, for example, are made from plain steel. There's nothing fancy about them at all. I often jam one of them into the ground as a marker when I'm working. You can't do that with copper rods.

Another way to make an L-rod is to take a wire coat-hanger and snip it below the hook and again half-way along the bottom part. Then it's a simple matter of bending the resulting part into an L shape. Again, very cheap and easy, but liable to get bent through use. But they are good ones to learn with.

As for sleeves, as I said earlier, it depends on how comfortable or not you are using them. Maggie jokingly calls her rods, ‘girly' rods, because they are so sensitive. I can't use them, because they swing so much when I hold them.

The easiest way of making sleeves is by slipping a straw over where you hold it and then bending the bottom part up to keep the straw from falling off. You can substitute the barrel of a ball-point pen for the straw for greater durability.

The point you must keep in mind, no matter what type of rod you make, is that as long as it is responsive when you hold it, that is all that matters. Nothing else!

Watch our video on Dowsing with L rods for pointers about technique.

Happy Dowsing!

Let us know your thoughts on L-rods in the comments section below. Do you have a favorite one? Or do you also use them as a pair? What are they made of? Do let us know!


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