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Started by Galen Cox. Last reply by Benny Hardridge Jul 25, 2011.

a few jokes and poems page....... 110 Replies

A FEW OILFIELD JOKESA man retires after 50 years in the oilfield. He is hanging around the house and gets bored, so he goes down to the nieghborhood bar.He's having a couple of beers and starts a…Continue

Started by Junk Basket. Last reply by Randy Gaspar Sep 10, 2012.

"Quote for the Day" 93 Replies

Every morning I get up and look through the Forbes list of the most successful people in the world. If I'm not there, I go to work.

Started by Michael A. Ware. Last reply by Shawn Kern May 6, 2011.

what you think it means to be "Old School" 88 Replies

This Question was brought up by Darrell B Marsh...I've copied and pasted it for your comments:"I have read a lot of the comments here and now I would like to participate, so here goes. Help me out…Continue

Started by Junk Basket. Last reply by Clyde Burns on Monday.

What's wrong with this picture? 72 Replies

Hello Old SchoolGot any photos of something that made you say "Oh s***!"? I bet you do. Add it to this discussion and let the guys try to guess what the heck happened there! Here is mine. Whats wrong…Continue

Started by Darrell B Marsh. Last reply by Donny Green Sep 3, 2013.


This is a word spoken quite freely amongst ourselves. It would be best if it were only spoken amongst us. I can respect the word only as it means that we are a fraternity of brothers….and you have to…Continue

Started by Junk Basket. Last reply by Rick Mast Jun 8, 2011.


Stories of bad roads and the old rig cars that got you there.

Started by Galen Cox. Last reply by Frank Dec 21, 2014.

Oilfield Pranks 35 Replies

This kinda goes along with Oilfield Superstitions.......these are all outlawed these days.......But remember holding a sack of Gel over your head to show you were a hand? then the derrickman behind…Continue

Started by Junk Basket. Last reply by Pat Cuthbert May 1, 2012.

My shallow well of record...or....."That would just be excessive..... 26 Replies

Back @ 1983 I was elected to supervise the drilling of a +/- 930' deep gas well for my employer, Texas Oil and Gas.  Well was a few miles up the Guadalupe River from Victoria, TX. Met the contractor…Continue

Started by DeeperCheaper. Last reply by Frank J. Shattuck Jan 4, 2011.

How do we make people understand fracking? 25 Replies

I have twenty years as a roughneck, frac hand, service hand, driller, workover rig operator & winch truck driver.  I have drilled and fraced all over Pennsylvania ( that is the state I am from) I…Continue

Tags: wells, gas, oil, fracking

Started by stuart n frantz. Last reply by Chris Keilberg Feb 22, 2012.

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Comment by Michael Taylor on February 27, 2015 at 7:03am

I knew a hand once....back in the day called CATFISH....

Comment by Michael Taylor on February 27, 2015 at 7:03am

O.K. Any of you old school hands ever work for BUTLER DIRLLING? Or Westen Drilling?

Comment by AJ "CATFISH" Cafarelli on February 26, 2015 at 10:47pm

I think back to what it meant to be old school..? well I broke out in 1975 on a nice jackknife double in South, AR and let me tell y'all everyone on the rig was either related or grew up with each other.. I was the only outsider per say but my best friend daddy was our driller & his uncle was our tool pusher.. but let me tell y'all those old boy's taught me so much from working the worm corner to throwing the spinning chain and yes we rode the block up to the monkey board and how we would see how fast we could round trip 7,000' of 4 1/2" damn those were the day's.. I can still hear Uncle Sonny telling me to make'em bite.. and how smooth that old man was on the brake handle.. I could write a book on what he and the other old timers had taught me.. and I'm not ashamed to say I love those tough old hands.. and the day Uncle Sonny & big Sam he called me into the dog house and said CATFISH your one of us your "OFT" now get ready to run casing we did that too back then..!! well I can go on & on you tough old boy's who broke out before me and during the 70's & 80's remember what it was like to old school..!! these new rigs and all that automatic equipment do have a clue on what OLD SCHOOL really was.. as for me I've worked on small doubles to big triples.. MURCO RIG 58 & RIG 14 big diesel electrics & PENROD RIGS 6 & 7 along with EXETER DRLG/GLOBAL MARINE/LOFFLAND BROTHERS/NOBLE/KERN DRLG.. I still have my fist hard hat.."METAL LID" so to all y'all how broke out long before my wormy a** stepped into my first dog house.. I tip my hat to y'all and accepting me into your club as an old school "OFT".. y'all remember breaking out from under the surface and fast holing.. Kelly's down and your making a connection about every 3 minutes.. you never leave the rig floor during your 8 hour tour.. we would eat our lunch on the way home..!! yes sir those were the day's..!!

Comment by Benny Hardridge on November 30, 2014 at 9:33pm

I can tell I getting old when I can remember and miss seeing when cabletool rigs were running around the clock. Mostly Bucyrus Erie and a few Walker-Neer. It was always a treat for me to see the lights from rigs at night. In the late 60s 70s and very early 80s is when I remember this.

Comment by Thomas Potts on October 14, 2014 at 7:05pm
Man I have seen it slow and fast,but it is like it has come to a screechen hault for me.
Comment by Dean p Davis on October 5, 2014 at 10:51pm
I am old school. I worked the patch in the mid 70s. We drilled in an area of texas called the Ft Worth Basin. We predominantly drilled with air. I started in the ofield with a company called MND Drilling
Comment by T. Lynn Sargent on November 27, 2013 at 5:00pm

Wishing everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!!!

Comment by Darryl L. Hubbard on February 25, 2013 at 2:37pm

Guys I need to ask. Has anyone heard anything about Shelf Drilling.I'm one of the people that will be employed by them and we haven't gotten any information. I was just wondering if y'all heard rumors foating around the feild. thanks ahead of time. Darryl

Comment by Michael Taylor on December 2, 2012 at 3:50pm

Anyone here or know of anyone who worked for Butler Drilling or International Western back in the day?

Comment by James L Henson on November 25, 2012 at 9:47am

Well i guess i am old and from old school rigs .I really miss  the chain hand job,, yet all ways was a derrick man. dont miss being knee deep in mud & water in the seller nippling up & down in 20ty degrees or colder. Or running pipe from the derrick in rain or sown & sleet   


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