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You Know The Drill, part four

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A chilling cold floated in the all but still air as it found its way between the foothills and spilled onto the flat. Tall grass still held dew in droplets at the end of each blade, some green, some already brown in anticipation of a long summer. A white rabbit, looking more like a stuffed toy than something created by God, nibbled first one blade of grass and then another hopping from place to place in defiance of a harsh reality. Hopping, a happy mode of movement, an almost silly way to get from there to here, the rabbit nibbled only enough of a green blade to provide the energy needed to move to another and sample it.

Okay, enough of that! Next step. The top of the Kelly bar when placed into drilling position will be the end that while lying in the driveway has a one inch thick length of round steel sticking out of the eight by eight steel plate. Thread this one-inch round steel with about two inches of course thread. Purchase a swivel (less than three-inches wide, the thinner the better as long as it’s strong) with the same coarse thread at the bottom and an eyelet at the top and screw it into place at the top of the Kelly bar, this will keep our cable from getting twisted every time the bucket goes around. Now back the drilling rig up to the top of the Kelly Bar and raise the mast. A heavy cable should run from a wench on the drill rig, up through a pulley at the top of the mast and back down the length of the mast. (If the cable is not there and within easy reach you should have made this arrangement before the mast was raised.) Allow the wench to release enough cable to reach the swivel on the ground. Run the cable through the eyelet provided and fold the cable back onto itself. Fasten the cable securely with at least two cable clamps.   The next step should be fun, providing no one gets killed.   Shift to lift on the wench and pull the Kelly and yoke up. The bottom end will slide across the driveway leaving a deep scratch in the cement (it is very heavy). Be especially careful when the bottom edge leaves the ground, as the Kelly will be able to swing freely at this point. Stop lifting when the end is about three feet above the ground and not yet above the drilling table.   This next part is hard, be careful! Roll the bucket to a place near the bottom of the Kelly, which is leaning against the drilling table now. (The top of the Kelly is four of five feet from the top of the mast.) Stand the bucket so the cutting edges are at the bottom and the short square of four-inch steel is at the top. Stand back and visualize just where the bottom of the Kelley will need to be in order to drop onto the four-inch square box that will link the two pieces together.   Tie a rope around what we have been calling the yoke. Pull on the yoke while a friend moves the Kelly up with the wench enough to be above the bucket. Move the Kelly by pulling on the rope until it lines up with the receiver on top of the bucket. Have your friend lower the Kelly very slowly until it covers the four inch by four inch square at the top of the bucket, continue to lower the Kelly slowly until the holes we drilled at the bottom of the Kelly and the top of the bucket line up and slip a bolt through all four holes. (If they never line up it may be necessary to turn the bucket a quarter turn and try again.) The Kelly and the bucket are now linked together! Shut off the motor to the wench, wash your hands and we’ll get a sandwich, everything should be fine as long as no one comes by and pulls the handle that releases the wench (more about that later).


Author: assumptionisfaith

david blankenship is the author of three books "Randolph W. Owens, missing on Bright Island" (a science fiction novel), "Herb" (a children's book), "Jack's second Life" (contemporary fiction) and several short stories. The books are for sale on Amazon's Kindle and published in paperback by Create Space.

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