If I said to you, ” Send out a pebble puppy and a thief to the rig and drill a rat hole,” would you know what the heck I was talking about?
Early drilling spawned a language all its own. I thought that I’d toss out a few beginning terms and definitions before we journey into the drilling process. This way you’ll have an understanding of what I’m talking about.
1.Rig – Includes the engine, pumps, draw works used in drilling, particularly in rotary drilling.
2.Rock Hound – A geologist.
3.Pebble puppy – a fresh from college geologist.
4.Roustabout: Laborer on an oil lease.
5.Roughneck – Laborer on a rotary rig.
6.Platform – the base on which an off shore rig is erected.
7.Pulled – removing casing or pipe from a well
8.Punching Holes: to drill for oil, as in, “He’s out punching holes in the ground.”
9.Rat Hole: A slant hole into which the grief stem is lowered while adding drill pipe to the drill string.
10. Scientist – Anyone – whether a roustabout or an engineer with college training.
*The “thief” will be defined in the next segment.