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Jeremy 
02/01

Comments:
Tips and tricks


Knet Email
02/21/13

Comments:
Knet Was here..
Greetings from Argentina.. bye


Knet Email
02/21/13

Comments:
Knet Was here..
Greetings from Argentina.. bye


Twitch Email
01/20/13

Drilling Company Trinidad

Position Motors / Derrick

Comments:
For many guys that are starting out on motors on a triple managing steam returns with one boiler seems to be an issue. Its a big system and you should know and understand where your steam is going. Walk your lines until you absolutely know where your steam is going. When starting your shift check and open each valve at your heaters and manifolds to make sure you have good team returns and not water. If you dont need the heater on turn it off, tell your co workers to keep the doors closed. Even in minus 30 there is no need to have all the heaters going in the shacks. Pay close attention to the sub system, thats your biggest and the one that will cause you the most trouble if you dont have it dialed in. The roughneck room heater on the floor dosnt always have to be on either, it will give you better returns when that one heater is shut off. I never let people touch anything to do with my steam or i made sure they tell me if they do, so i could keep a close watch on my returns. One extra steam line going out does take a lot of pressure from your other returns especially in a big system.


joe 
09/14/12

Drilling Company orion

Rig # 13

Position pusher

Comments:

here is the deal. common sense...common sense...to all you juniors out there it would behoove you to listen up. you were given two eyes one mouth so that you can listen more and talk less. first of all quit that bsing while out on location and on tour. second bring 100% of yourself to work. juniors need to breakout with an open minded senior member that is not lazy. thirdly fellas dont be so eager to beat the other tour,crew or hitch. on the long run you all will equally get your fair share. be aware of your surroundings and learn your company's policy...all of them. treat your company man with respect no matter what. and get those third party fellas out of your location as soon as you can...safely. if you have any question and i mean any question you ask. because if i go out there and i see you doing something unsafe and it was because you were too afraid to ask. your driller is gonna hear it from me and it aint gonna be pretty.


Logan Bohannon 
08/07/09

Drilling Company Helmerich & Payne

Rig # 377

Position Floors

Comments:
Well it's time to install your rotating head, you lower it down through the rotary to the stack and your worm says it's off by quite a bit...you've already lined your stack up with your string as much as possible with your turnbuckles and the rotating head isn't even coming close to seating in the stack. So now you COULD use an air hoist or a set of tongs to pull your string over...or the much faster and easier thing to do is have your driller get his tooljoint just below your annular and the close the bags on it, this will center it PERFECTLY and now he just has to slack off a couple of inches and hold it there while the worm puts the clamp on. Just make sure he doesn't close his annular on a tooljoint and then try to lower the pipe!


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06/11/09

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jack baker Email
02/09/09

Drilling Company big giant drilling

Rig # 4

Position toolpusher

Comments:

if you've ever pumped softline to find a hole in the pipe,try using that yellow nylon ski rope instead, it works better most of the time.make your rats nest just like you normally would with softline! also did you know that twice the pump strokes should be almost 4 times the pressure?


Wesley 
01/29/09

Drilling Company Smith Services ( Fishing )

Position Tool Hand

Comments:

while tripping out of horizotal hole i like to talk to the drillers when they are having alot of drag i explain to them it is like driving down a gravel road if you move the pipe a little faster the bumps seem to smooth out and you will not have to work the pipe so much.


Isaac 
01/22/09

Drilling Company Des Caling Drilling (Aus)

Rig # 1

Position Everyman

Comments:
This aint a tip or a trick, its common sense,
The only day that is a good day is one where every one of the boys on crew walk off that rig the same way they walked on at the beginning of the tour and that is un-harmed.
Communicate, Take the time to do it the safe and proper way, Watch out for each other, Don't put yourself in danger by trying to save the day.


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01/12/09

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Old Man 
12/21/08

Drilling Company many

Rig # lots of em

Position all of em

Comments:
When you are stuck, first thing to figger out is whether you are hydrostatic stuck or the hole caved in on you. When you find out you are differential or hydrostatic stuck here is the plan that will work 99 out of 99 times:

Everyone wants to pull like hell on the stuck pipe, which is needed to a certian extent. But the more you pull on hydrostatic stuck the more you are fixin to pull something apart. Jars will sometimes work for most problems but not differential.

have a hand ready to lock the rotary table in after you put about 30-40,000 extra pounds on the bit and rotate it slowly until you think you are going to twist it off then lock the rotary table in! Chain your brake handle down, go get a cup of coffee in the doghouse, before you finish your first sip you will notice a hell of a jolt. Kinda like the jars went off, but what happened was the downward thrust and torque just broke you loose. Now go back to drilling!!


David W Email
11/23/08

Drilling Company KAL Drilling

Rig # 3

Position Driller

Comments:
Is your drilline not spooling up like it should when goin in the hole? 
  Try  holding down the brake when clutching for a sec and slowly make your first layer then floor it.
 Try it, youll see what i mean.


rodney Email
11/20/08

Drilling Company re: KENAI

Rig # 7

Comments:
I SHOT PICS OF THE BUILDING OF KENAI RIG 7.

I also covered its first hole

here is a slideshow of rig 7 rigging up to drill its very first hole,

http://www.badongo.com/vid/726990



thomas dunn Email
06/15/08

Drilling Company kenai

Rig # 7

Position driller

Comments:

 we just built the biggest rig in cali and i tell you what taking a new rig out is not easy if you have ever done it .. you got worms running everywere and so are the drillers.. pretty funny i tell ya some of the things hands do all i can say is work smarter not harder and if you want something dont just runn your mouth and then cant produce when your time comes nobody is better then anyone we all work for a living learn from each other and become a team if someone doesnt want to be apart of it get rid of them they r just a cancer and one can bring a whole crew down then the rig so stay focused and do what we do best cause once a roughneck always a roughneck ........keep it turning to the right ......


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Joe 
04/29/08

Drilling Company Cap Star

Rig # 20

Position Tool pusher

Comments:

Take care of drillers and hands,2 get respect u got 2 give it. If a driller or hand cant cut it, send them on there way and let em know it aint nothin personal strictly business. 2 all the roughnecks out there take care.  


Casey A.K.A PorkChop Email
04/26/08

Drilling Company Nabors Drilling Lp USA

Rig # F23 I34 149 620

Position Derricman/Motorman/Floors/Ad/Driller

Comments:

WHEN STARTING OUT IN THE OILFIELD ALWAYS REMEMBER ONE THING LEARN YOUR POTION FIRST BEFORE YOU TRY TO LEARN OTHERS WHEN YOU ARE READY TO MOVE UP YOUR DRILL WILL MOVE YOU ALSO MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER BEFORE YOU START TO TRIP PIPE ALWAYS GET COLLAR CLAP SLIPS TOOLS EX... READY FOR THE JOB ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR TONG DIES ARE IN GOOD WORKING SHAPE UNLESS YOU HAVE A IRON ROUGHNECK THEN MAKE SURE ITS IN READY SHAPE NEVER STAND BETWEEN STUMP AND PIPE IF YOU ARE NOT SURE ASK AND ALWAYS LOOK AT YOUR JSA"S NEVER START JOB UNTIL YOU ARE 100% READY AND NO YOUR POSTION ALWAYS WEAR SAFTY GLASSES  HARDHAT STEALTOE BOOTS NOTE: YOUR FAMILY NEEDS YOU MORE THAN A CEMATARY DOES WORK SAFE WORK SMART I AM 43 YEARS OLD AND STILL HERE 12 YEARS LATER GOD BLESS ALL OUR ROUGHNECKS AND THE NEW ONES ... PORKCHOP 


rooster Email
02/18/08

Drilling Company pat-447

Position derricks

Comments:
just a couple tips for the new hands.my first pusher always told me"learn everyday,if ya ain't learnin you're leavin"and what i always say"line yourself out so your drill & push don't have to".these are good laws to live by in the oilfield,i know this from experience.i've been in the oilfield 2 yrs & i'm already workin derricks.i may not be a "DERRICKHAND" but my drill & push know i'm a bust ass worker and i'm steadily tryin to learn.if you're workin floors there's at least 3 men on your tour to learn from.come in every tour EXPECTIN to work 12 hours.don't worry bout what your relief is or ain't doin.you're gettin paid for 12,give'em at least 12 hours worth of work.
anyway this cool site.thanx for the tips ya'll put out i'll definitely be back to look for more.


George Bryant Email
02/08/08

Drilling Company nabors

Rig # 130

Position consultant on nabors rig 130

Comments:

WHEN YOU HAVE A MUD MOTOR IN THE HOLE AND YOU APPEAR TO BE STUCK AND CAN NOT GET YOUR BUSHINGS DOWN TO THE FLOOR TO TRY TO WORK WITH IT , BRING YOUR PUMPS UP IF YOUR STRING DOES NOT TRY TO TURN OR YOUR PSI IS OK AND YOU HAVE FLOW TRY TO PULL ABOUT 125,000 OVER AND CHAIN IT DOWN SOMETIMES THE MUD MOTOR WILL SHAKE YOU FREE IT USEALLY DOES NOT TAKE LONG FOR THIS TO WORK MYBE 5 MINS OR SO. IT HAS WORKED FOR ME SEVERAL TIMES IN THE PAST. ALSO YOU CAN SPOT 50 BBL/S WATER WITH ABOUT 5 CANS OF E-Z MUD IN SLUGGING PIT AND SPOT IT AROUND YOUR D.C. IT IS CHEAPIER THAN DIESEL AND PIPE LAX WORKS GOOD ALSO.  ALL YOUR DOING IS LOWERING YOUR HYD STATIC PSI AROUND YOUR D.C. IN CASE YOUR DIFFF. STUCK TO LET MOVE OF THE WALL.  JUST A SUGGESTION TRY IF YOU LIKE IT WORKS. HAS NEVER FELLED ME.


Dustin Roark 
01/20/08

Drilling Company Cactus

Rig # 133

Position Driller

Comments:

If your PDC bit becomes balled up, this only work if you do not have a down hole motor, you can set it on bottom with 15-20,000 on bit, without rotating, and pump 600-700 GPM for aprox. 10-15 minutes.  Best to do during rig service.  This should clean the blades, also helps if furing this time you dump walnut shell or nut plug.


Hippie Email
12/20/07

Drilling Company A big 4 service company

Position frac operator

Comments:
We've all seen these hands that don't quite understand english; you say open a valve, they close it, you say close it and they open it and then give you a stupid look when you get pissed. Hand signals don't work either cause they just shrug their shoulders. So I have a sure fire fix for that. 

During a big frac when you got a few detroits screaming out a few thousand HP and a blender tender who's already maxed out ("I lost a mag dammit!"), put the ginzel on the water tanks. Just keep him away from the valves and away from the pressure iron. You don't want some worm smacking a line with 5000 psi on it with a hammer just like you don't want him to shut a suction valve on your blender when you're doing 70 bpm downhole and on the edge of a screenout. 

If it's his first day, cut him a break. If he's been around more than a month, run him off.


J Breakfield Email
12/15/07

Drilling Company Pride International

Rig # Alaska

Position Driller

Comments:

When POOHing, number the stands both ways. Example with 106 stds in hole: 1st stand racked back=1/106, 2nd = 2/105, and so forth. The added total of these two numbers will always be one digit higher, and if they add up correctly 20-30 stands later when the hole is dragging like a b*tch, you can look at your tally sheet and know where and why possibly-slide, formation change, etc. This is the hardest to explain to the worms that have been flooding us recently. 18 and gung ho but can't add or subtract without a pencil and paper.


Legendary derrickhand 
10/25/07

Comments:

Ok, so you're pulling the Rotating Head, you just pulled the bushings, Picking up on it and the Head is hitting the Master Bushing...instead of snubbing the pipe off and pulling it over with the Air Hoist...just pull the Master Bushing up about a foot or 2 out of the table,then it can move left or right, and pull the Rotating Head through the Rotary and up above the Master Bushing, then set the  Master Bushing back in the table, just takes a sec, cause you alredy have your bushing pullers attached to your Air Hoist......Enjoy!


JBRD 
10/25/07

Position Driller

Comments:

Water can or ice chest gett'n a little funky?  Wash it out with liquid bleach.  You can have carried shrimp in it and after bleach'n it out, you would never have known.


josh Email
10/16/07

Drilling Company nomac

Rig # 104

Position derrickhand

Comments:

if you are close to a bit trip or td and your swivel packing start leaking and it will be quicker to finish than fix the packing, build a sweep of walnut shell and mica and some finely shredded mud sacks. pump it down the hole. most of the time it will stop the leak for a pretty good while


josh Email
10/16/07

Drilling Company nomac

Rig # 104

Position derrickhand

Comments:

if your bit is balled pretty bad and a normal sweep won't unball it, try using bout 30 gallons of freshwater, bag of sapp and bucket of drilling detergent. pumpit down the hole. get the driller to calculate when it hits the bit and get him to pick up on it. ease it back to bottom and set a couple thousand on it and spin the heck out of it. most of the time it works for us. gotta make sure you get it out of the hole before making a connection and i wouldn't reccomend it in in a pay zone. if you are worried bout your waterloss, calculate surface to surface and blind freshwater across shaker.


josh 
09/29/07

Drilling Company nomac

Rig # 104

Position derrickhand

Comments:

if you are drilling in a area that has gumbo bad right below the conductor and flow line stops up. you can put a wiper rubber on and a collar clamp over that. set it down gently ontop of conductor pipe and ease the pumps in for a second and then kick em out. 9 outta 10 times it will unstop instead of coming over the conductor pipe. take off clamp and rubber and go back to drilling


albertapusher Email
09/28/07

Drilling Company Impact drilling

Rig # 106

Position Tool push

Comments:

If you get diffrentialie stuck, you can pull a sucktion valve out of your pump & pump with 1 sucktion valve out, pump at what ever rate that makes your string jack the hardest most of the times 80 spm. some times you can get lucky and jack your self off the side of the hole.


wes  Email
09/24/07

Drilling Company ensign

Rig # 55

Position relief driller

Comments:

ok so your goin through your tri-plex pump and you hate puttin the rods back in cause you gotta roll the pump to get the pony rods clamped right......... wrong what you do is put the heads in the liners put all your valves back together and all your caps on. at this point everything should be together except your rods arent touchin the pony rods therefore they are not clamped now kill your pump motor and then kick it the pump.  the charger pump will push all the rods into place in a second. make sure the pump is kicked out or youll dead head your charge pump


wes Email
09/24/07

Drilling Company ensign us drilling

Rig # 55

Position relief driller

Comments:

ok so say your drilling and your sting weighs 140,000 and your shakin the pipe dry before a connection and your break handle falls to the floor what do you do....... first off you should be usind your hydro or dynomatic if not kick it in fast now most people would say clutch it to slow the string down. this is a no-no you might burn up the clutch and then your screwed. what you do is let it fall into the kelly bushings and as the blocks start to lay over you clutch it. its alot less weight.  then you call a hand to the floor and have him lock the rotory table and then you ingage both rotary and drum clutch it will cause the drawtool to put the weight of the blocks on the rotary lock then you call the boss and tell him you gotta problem


Danny Email
09/19/07

Drilling Company Helmerich & Payne

Rig # 165

Position Roughneck

Comments:
If you are having problems pulling slips out by your self there is an easy way to do it. DO NOT PULL FROM THE TAIL SIDE! Grab both the left and right side handles of the slips and squeeze tightly. As pipe is being hoisted out of mouse or rat hole, keep pinching both side and then push slips off the hoist. It's less back breaking and safer.


Co Wisdom Email
09/19/07

Drilling Company Grey Wolf

Position Motorman

Comments:

Ever have a hand that isn't easily motivated? All he wants to do is find a hiding spot or goof off.....Just leave a rig action slip on the knowledge box and you will see one of the most productive hands on the planet.  I just tried it last hitch & it works, Drill got a good laugh too.


Matthew Dangerfield Email
09/15/07

Drilling Company Inwell International

Rig # D&J Drilling #1

Position Directional Driller

Comments:

The rig I am on uses and old school IDECO 261 B rotory table with foot lock, and a hex kelly. They don't have a pneumatic rotory lock or swivel lock. When orientating tool phase, sometimes I need to go to the left just 5 to 15 degrees, or right 280 degrees. If the driller just slacks off to bottom, the downhole motor torque will rotate drill string and kelly to the left. The easier you set the weight on bottom the easier the torque to the left. Trust me, when you have 1 to 2 turns reactive torque in hole, this method is a lot easier on your foot.


Jaybird 
09/10/07

Position Driller

Comments:

Found a great use for those soap sticks.  Drop 'em in the rod boxes and let them slick up the rod water.  Can't tell if they do good down hole, but work great there.


Legendary Derrickhand Email
08/31/07

Comments:

When changing heads and liners in all the pumps( EG. -starting to slimhole)  Back off jam nuts , remove rod clamps, etc,and have all of them ready to pull at the same moment, but leave the Head and rod in each liner.Pull them each with a nylon strap, and chain using the forklift . When you get them all on the ground, stand the edge of each liner on a couple 4x4s and use the carriage on the forklift to push them through, replace the heads with the new size, stand the replacement liners on a pallet and use the carriage to push the rod/head combos back into the liners. Now set the pallet over by your pump and reinstall the liners using the forklift chain/strap combo, being careful not to pinch a liner gasket!Tighten the jamnuts, then line a charge pump or mud mixer up on some fluid(suction/premix) Close the suction valve to your pump, start the mud mixer/charge pump and with a Hand watching to the side of the pump and out of danger, slowly crack the suction valve to your pump, the gradual pressure will usually seat all 3 rods against the pony rods,  have the hand tell you when they are seated,then you just have to clamp them, no rolling the pump by hand! changing rod liner combos this way will cut your time AND LABOR in half. Dont forget to lock that pump out before work begins!    Stay Safe


josh 
08/30/07

Drilling Company nomac

Rig # 104

Position derrickhand

Comments:

when you are pulling back wet pipe or it is raining, you can put some soda ash on your rope. It allows you to get a better grip. you can also put it on the rig floor and step in winter so you don't slip


Mike Shaw Email
08/29/07

Drilling Company Excell Services

Rig # 2

Position Derrickman

Comments:
You need to put on a wiping rubber but you dont want to pull out those damn rotary table blocks...Here is what you do...Break off your kelly, dope the center of your rubber and set it centered on your stump, lower kelly and stab it through the hole and into the tool joint of your stump, grab the top of your kelly bushing and pull yourself up and wrap your legs aroung the rubber (like you were trying to sit on it) and push it down past the tool face and down the pipe, tighten down kelly (make connection) and rais pipe up a ways, now grab a swamp bar and place it between the elevators and the rubber and slowly and carefuly push the rubber down below the rotary table. (you may have to work it once or twice in different positions around the rubber) Just be careful of your hands and dont drop the swamp bar down the hole!

It may take a few tries to get the hang of it, but once you do it saves a boat load of time!


Legendary Derrickhand Email
08/29/07

Comments:
Ok, I will start this off with a couple tips for new Derrickhands....When the water is dirty in your water box and you think you may have a head leaking, but cant tell which one, have a Hand shut the water to the Liner Washers off while you stand there and  check each Liner/Head combo, The Liner that is leaking will have a little mud coming out  the back with each stroke. Change it now so you wont have to change a Liner later. Be sure and turn the Liner washers back on!

Ok, Ill throw another bone your way....You mixed that dang polymer to fast and now your hopper is stopped up, Been beating a ground rod in it 5 minutes and just packing it tighter, all the while the  Rig Floor is calling wanting a Sweep because of the 200 jillion '/hr ROP they got going on up there. Ok...Heres what ya do...Line your mud mixer centrifigal( or what ever pump your using) on the Mud Hopper, make sure you just have 1 discharge valve open, have hand wearing face protection(Just in case) stand at the Mud House door, Tell him NOT TO BE LOOKING DIRECTLY DOWN THE HOPPER   , Just tell him to yell when you get some mud back up through the Hopper, then , with the pump running, Go quickly close , then open the discharge valve.(Thats right, I said CLOSE it) slam it closed and then open as fast as you can, then, if that does not free the clog close it a split second longer,I have never had to close one for more then a second or 2, and if you do, your gonna have a mess! Do it quickly, and it will free the hopper, without the mud ever leaving the hopper! Now that you got it open, clear the Gel out and go get that Steamer Wand and some face protection and cut that polymer out of the way of your jet, takes 30 seconds and  your back in business.

I have 100 tips and tricks to make your day easier/will share more here soon....Stay Safe

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