Shoddy Hardware (Was: Re: WW fixtures (was Re: "New" PDP-8))

From: Lawrence Walker <>
Date: Mon Apr 8 13:40:22 2002

 Yeah it could be dangerous. I had a friend who had a hand lopped off
between 2 pipe strings when running in. 3 lengths of 33' steel drill-pipe is
heavy. Can't remember any threads getting munged tho. Has to be incredibly
hardened steel.


> On Sun, 7 Apr 2002, Lawrence Walker wrote:
> > The trick is when you learn to use it one-handedly. Also the drill-pipe
> > slips.
> > The difference between a real roughneck and an oil-rig worker.
> You mean slips got more than one handle? :)
> That is true fact, though. And the difference between a real
> roughneck and a "hand" is when you've done it one-handedbecause the
> other is in a sling....
> Slips, BTW, for the more sane list-members, are linked wedges that
> anchor the top of the drill-string in the drill-floor rotary table,
> keeping it from falling through. Typically weighing about 175-225lb,
> you never drop them into place, you throw them. You don't pull them
> loose when the string is coming up, you jerk them. Mostly two men
> together, but often by yourself.
> It was a very _manly_ occupation. The epitome of peer-pressurized
> behavior.
> Doc
Received on Mon Apr 08 2002 - 13:40:22 BST

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