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Rod McCoremick

Rod is a drilling guru with umpteen years of experience in both mineral exploration and geotechnical drilling. He has worked on almost every continent and when he is not sharing his know-how by blog, you can find him hanging out with the R&D gang or the tech crew.

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Tips for Diamond Drilling in Permafrost

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jan 15, 2018 10:30:00 AM

At least up here in the Northern hemisphere, winter has arrived in full force. In many regions, the coldest temperatures over consecutive days were recorded, breaking many previous records. The experts say that extreme temperatures are likely to continue.

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Topics: Tips on common drilling issues, Basic drilling information

Tips for High Altitude Diamond Drilling

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jan 8, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Sometimes in diamond drilling the drilling operation takes you to far away lands that are high up…really high up. Drilling that is performed at altitudes that are higher than 15,000 feet is considered high altitude drilling. The problem with high altitude drilling is the adverse conditions that drillers will encounter. These adverse conditions will affect the health of drillers and how drilling equipment performs. When you start getting higher than 10,000 feet, getting enough oxygen becomes a challenge not just for drillers but for your engine and hydraulics as well.

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Topics: Drill Site Security, Basic drilling information

6 Great Places in the World to Go Salmon Fishing

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jan 2, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Diamond drillers are often outdoorsy guys and so we often like to write about hobbies and pastimes that you can enjoy when you are not drilling. A while ago we wrote a blog on tips for salmon fishing. Salmon is a popular game fish and also a popular choice for eating, either fresh or smoked. The best destinations will depend on what time of the year you are planning your trip. When choosing a spot, one consideration should be how far are the fishing grounds? And you should always get a knowledgeable guide.

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Topics: Beyond drilling - other topics of interest

8 Best Cocktails for Diamond Drillers

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Dec 26, 2017 2:00:00 PM

When the holidays arrive, we drillers, like everyone else are happy to have some time to unwind and not have to think about hole deviations, having to go fishing for rods or rates of penetration. It’s a great time to kick back with friends and family and indulge in a cocktail.

So with the holiday spirit in mind, let’s take a look at the 8 best cocktails for diamond drillers to enjoy or offer their friends.

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Topics: Beyond drilling - other topics of interest

Who is Mohs and Why Did He Make a Scale?

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Dec 19, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Any diamond driller worth his weight knows about Mohs scale of hardness. It is used to determine the hardness of rock. Knowing the hardness of the ground you will be drilling is really important so you can choose the right bit. There are several ways to determine the hardness and using a hardness kit or scratch test is a good option. See how to use perform a scratch test here.

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Topics: Beyond drilling - other topics of interest

Why Not All Drilling Grease Is the Same

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Dec 12, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Any diamond driller reading this blog regularly knows how often we discuss the importance of using drilling lubricants, grease and thread compounds. These products help preserve and extend the life of your drilling equipment. But not all products are the same and we like to recommend products that we know are high quality and will make a difference in either efficiency or cost savings.

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Topics: Basic drilling information, How to choose equipment

More to Learn about Drilling Deep Holes

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Dec 4, 2017 10:30:00 AM

When we wrote our blog on how to drill really deep holes, we try to include the most important information and tips. Sometimes however, there is too much to cover in one single blog. We want our blogs to be easy to read and not take you too long to get through. The subject of drilling deep holes is an important one and there was information that was not covered in the blog.

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Topics: Tips on common drilling issues, Basic drilling information

Watch and Learn How Not to Ruin Your Core Bit

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Nov 27, 2017 10:30:00 AM

The saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words. If that is true, then a video should be worth a million. Everyone I know prefers to watch a video so I’m always happy when we can offer our customers a video to help explain drilling procedures. Many people in mineral exploration industry are technical and very visual so an animated video is one of the best ways to illustrate how things work.

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Topics: Tips on common drilling issues, Basic drilling information

Why You Need a Water Heater in Diamond Drilling

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Nov 20, 2017 10:30:00 AM

It doesn’t really matter where you are performing diamond drilling, when winter hits, drilling can become problematic because of the cold. You don’t have to wait until you hit the middle of winter to start thinking about how you will deal with freezing temperatures. If you are in the northern hemisphere, it is right around now that you should be thinking about getting a water heater if you don’t already have one.

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Topics: Basic drilling information, How to choose equipment

12 Terms in Diamond Drilling Terms You Should Know

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Nov 13, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Not too long ago, I wrote a post about acronyms in the diamond drilling world. When I was compiling that list, I came across terms and jargon that were not acronyms but were still parts of the everyday language of a diamond driller. This blog includes a list of these terms that newcomers may not know but should know.

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Topics: Basic drilling information



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