Bits ‘n Pieces – The Driller’s Blog

How to Grill a Fish: 8 Tips for Diamond Drillers

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Apr 30, 2018 11:10:00 AM

Spring is arriving (at least in the northern hemisphere) and many drillers will soon be dusting off the BBQs, digging them out of the ice, and refilling tanks with propane in preparation for the new BBQ season. In a previous blog, we already covered how to grill the perfect hamburger, and we covered tips on salmon fishing so it only makes sense to look at how to grill a fish like an expert, once you've caught one

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Topics: Beyond drilling - other topics of interest

5 Myths about Diamond Drilling

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Mar 12, 2018 11:30:00 AM

Whether you work in diamond drilling or another industry, we all face some misconceptions about our jobs. For me, it appears that when people ask what I do and I tell them I’m a diamond driller, there are always false assumptions and some confusion. Maybe it’s because it is not a well-known industry in general but I find myself repeating the same corrections. In this week’s blog, I thought it would be interesting to look at the most common myths about diamond drilling.

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Topics: Basic drilling information, Beyond drilling - other topics of interest

9 Best Products for a Driller's Gym Bag

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jan 24, 2018 5:58:42 PM

For us guys who like to go to the gym after finishing a shift of diamond drilling, there’s nothing worse than forgetting some key grooming product that you need. Most guys will remember their towel, gym clothes and exercise stuff, but once you’re done and ready to meet up with friends, you may have forgotten some stuff that you have at home. So here’s a nice of items you should have in your gym bag at all times.

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Topics: Beyond drilling - other topics of interest

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 You Need to Avoid the Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Oct 2, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Not long ago, we had a blog on how to sleep during the day if you were working the nightshift. Regardless of the shift you work, getting a solid 8 hours of sleep is important. I know that for a lot of you, the temptation is there to put off going to bed and spend some time going out, having fun or watching Netflix. The reality is that no matter your age, there are some negative side effects to being sleep deprived. Lack of sleep will do the following:

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Topics: Beyond drilling - other topics of interest

10 Tips to Sleeping Well During the Day

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

Shift work is a fact of life in many industries, not just diamond drilling. Nobody likes it but sometimes you end up having to work a nightshift. When you do, your whole system gets shaken and you can find it difficult to get to sleep. Our circadian rhythm is geared towards being nocturnal. Our brains adjust the circadian rhythm according to how much light is entering our eyes so your body is fighting you if you try to sleep during daylight hours. However, getting enough sleep is really important when you need to be strong and alert, so here are 12 tips to getting a solid 8 hours when you are working the nightshift.

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Topics: Beyond drilling - other topics of interest

10 Tips for Salmon Fishing

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Aug 14, 2017 11:30:00 AM

When drillers need to take a break, many of us like to go out into nature. What better way to relax and enjoy the great outdoors than to do some fishing... salmon fishing in particular. Salmon fishing is the best way to get really fresh salmon that you can eat at home right away or smoke and use later. Salmon thrive in both fresh water and saltwater and can be found on the coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. They are one of the most popular game fish and very popular for eating. So let’s learn more about salmon fishing with tips for both novice and veteran fishermen.

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Topics: Beyond drilling - other topics of interest

Who’s the Best Diamond Driller?

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Aug 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM

It's the beginning of August and an excellent time to announce a contest for Canadian drillers that runs for this entire month. It’s not often we get a contest that challenges our drilling ability but Fordia is launching one in honour of their 40th anniversary. We’re calling it the “Beat the Heat” contest.

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Topics: Beyond drilling - other topics of interest



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