A place for thought.

You Know The Drill, part six

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“Turn that radio up a little. I like that song!”

“I can’t hear myself think as it is,” I went ahead and nudged the volume up a notch. “You really like this stuff? It carries the definition of music to an extreme.”

“It wakes me up, makes me want to do stuff.”

“Kill and maim?” I laughed at my own joke.

“You’re missing the point. There’s a lot going on. You need to turn it up!”

“I bet the tail lights are buzzing already,” I nudged it up another notch and tried to find the music in all the noise without success.

“Go ahead, bump it way up!” he had a wild look in his eyes. I reached for the control knob and turned the radio off. The silence hit me in the side of the head like a brick.

For an easy first test hole we’re going to drill a quick hole for a permanent dead man. A permanent dead man hole is not a grave! This one will anchor a cable and help hold a oil derrick in place. The hole we drill will get a huge steel eyelet placed into its center and then will be filled with concrete but all we are planning is a hole ten feet deep and thirty-three inches wide, just a quick test of our work. Back the truck up to the white chalk dust “X” on the ground and set all the brakes. Take the bolt holding the bottom of the Kelly bar out and fire up the motor and start raising the mast with the hydraulic ram. We want to take any slack out of the cable to the top of the Kelly bar but just raising the mast will most likely raise the Kelly bar a little, it might even pull it out of the steel cup it is sitting in so watch for that, it may swing out about the time the mast is in place. Set all the mast clamps and stops as soon as the top of the mast is centered over the drilling table. Now slowly lower the Kelly bar into the box made to receive it at the top of the drilling bucket. Put the bolt that ties the bucket to the Kelly bar in. Lift both Kelly and bucket up an inch and pull the round bar out of the holes in the bucket’s side and toss it under the truck, out of the way, we don’t want anyone tripping over it and falling into the hole we drill!   Lower the bucket through the drilling table until it rests lightly on the ground. Start the table turning. As you look into the drilling bucket you will be able to see the dirt pushing up into the bucket. As the blades at the bottom of the bucket need more purchase let out a little cable at a time. You’ll get a feel for how much weight works best – in normal dirt the bucket should fill quickly.   As soon as the bucket fills stop the turning of the table and lift the bucket just above the drilling table. Now most rotary type bucket drills have a hydraulic arm that is used to pull the bucket sideways, we, of course, do not!   Slide a hook connected to a rope through one of the one and a half inch holes in the side of the bucket and pull. As you pull I will climb onto the drilling table. Let the bucket swing back toward me. I’ll help it with a pull in order to get some good pendulum action. Now pull as hard as you can! I’ll push until I’m standing on the opposite edge of the drilling table leaning forward as far as I can. At the point farthest from the drill rig I’ll release the hinged bottom of the bucket and the load of dirt will fall at your feet. We have now drilled a hole thirty-three inches wide and two feet deep. When our action has been repeated four or five times our hole should be complete.


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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