Thursday, June 20, 2013

Making Connection



This picture shows oilfield roughnecks making a connection, or connecting a new piece of drill stem into the top of the long string of drill stem. The tongs seen in the picture are like huge pipe wrenches to tighten the two pieces of drill stem together. I find it amazing that the one guy is actually smoking a pipe while doing this job. I can think of lots of ways that could not end well.

6 comments:

  1. Does anyone know where the term "roughnecks" originated?

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    1. Roughnecks.

      Originally the term was used in the traveling carnivals of 19th century America, almost interchangeably with roustabout. By the 1930s the terms had transferred to the oil drilling industry. Wiki

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  2. I'm out of the loop.
    How do they drill these days??

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    1. Hydraulic fracturing----fracking

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    2. Still the basically the same in most areas, but fracking is used in those areas best suited for it, just as it has beenfor the last 40 years.

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  3. At least the hats are back.

    Wouldn't OSHA have a jolly good time with these fellows!

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