Bits ‘n Pieces – The Driller’s Blog

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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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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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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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

Handy Survival Skills Everyone Should Know

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jul 17, 2017 11:00:00 AM

In the northern hemisphere, summer has arrived and that means a lot of people will be heading to the great outdoors, and most drillers I know love the great outdoors. Over the last few months we have published blogs with top skills diamond drillers should have mastered - skills that were not drilling related but covered a lot of ground, including some outdoor skills. We are now following up with a list of skills that focus more on wilderness and survival skills (and some that are just plain handy) in the hope that when you’re spending time in nature, you’ll be confident and safe.

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Geocaching: Cool Activity for Diamond Drillers

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jun 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

All work and no play is no fun for anyone, including diamond drillers. With warm weather arriving (at least in the norther hemisphere), I thought we’d look at activities that drillers who like the outdoors might enjoy and geocaching is gaining popularity.

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8 Tips to Grilling the Perfect Hamburger

Posted by Rod McCoremick on May 22, 2017 10:00:00 AM

With the warm weather approaching, it will soon be the time to fire up the BBQ and start cooking outdoors. There’s nothing like manning the fire with a beer in on hand and a spatula in the other, cooking a beloved favourite like hamburgers. There is also something about roasting raw meat over a flame, with the scent wafting up your nose that just can’t be beat.

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NEXT Top 10 Non-Drilling Related Skills for Diamond Drillers

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Apr 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM

A few weeks ago we published list of the top 10 skills diamond drillers should have mastered - skills that were not drilling related. The list we had come up with was too long to publish in one blog, so we published the first 10.  Here now is the follow up to that blog – the next top 10 skills that you may want to master in order to be a competent man in today’s world. 

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Top 10 Skills for Diamond Drillers - Not Drilling Related

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Mar 14, 2017 9:08:11 AM

 Part of being a good diamond driller is learning and mastering certain skills, like how to fix a deviated bore hole or how to sharpen a polished core bit. Beyond those skills, there are other basic skills that every guy should know in order to be capable and effective in the world in general, so we thought about what those skills should be. 

We came up with a long list – too long for one blog post so we’ll do a few installments in the weeks to come. For now, here are 10 skills you should master.

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5 New Fitness Trends for 2017

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Feb 6, 2017 10:30:00 AM


So the holidays have been over for at over a month now but the gyms are still packed with people trying to work off the extra holiday pounds. We all know drilling is hard work so many drillers like to hit the gym or get outdoors to exercise. If the same old routine is getting boring, here are 6 of the newest fitness trends to check out in 2017.

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