Bits ‘n Pieces – The Driller’s Blog

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

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

EXPLO 220 Geotechnical Drill Rig Hits Success in the Big City

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Nov 6, 2017 3:30:00 PM

One of the differences between mineral exploration and geotechnical drilling is the fact that with geotechnical, drilling is often done in urban areas. This type of drilling often involves construction or repair of structures where the ground conditions need to be tested for stability, pollution or other issues.

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Topics: Geotechnical drilling, Basic drilling information, How to choose equipment

Your Glossary of Acronyms in Diamond Drilling

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

As our industry is beginning to rebound from a very long and tough downturn, drilling and mining companies are realizing is hard to find experienced drillers. Employees new to the industry have to learn the ropes quickly.

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Topics: Basic drilling information

Husky Drill Rods Go the Distance Down Under

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Oct 24, 2017 11:28:19 AM

Regular readers of this blog know that I often write about the importance of picking good quality drilling equipment, in particular, core bits and drill rods. Higher quality equipment may cost more, but in the long run it is worth it when you take into account the total cost of ownership. So when one of our customers has great success using our equipment, I like to share it because it’s great learning for everyone.

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Topics: Basic drilling information



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