Not gaffer tape, fibretape

Back in the days

of my oilpatch career

Mudlogging anyway

No such thing as send back things to get fixed, or permanent fixes of things to things, I mean, there were rig moves…

If a water line or a cable was to be strung between the mobile monitoring and analysis laboratory, henceforth either The Logging Shack or logging-unit, it was attached in a style reminiscent of— “that’ll have to do mate”. A casual cable tie or a few wraps of fibre-glass reinforced tape to secure things to the rig structure was the rule of the day. Maybe gaffer tape was not as cheap back then- but it was not on the ordering list as far as I can remember, just the sticky and duct and fibre tape rolls.

Of course, these bundles of cables and hoses were strung out from the shack to the drilling derrick, like a New Delhi telephone distribution network, and snaked to all the important points where trouble could start on a rig, but we could “tell” the driller if trouble was brewing before we ran away. Nah, never did that! Sorry to say- we never allowed too much trouble! Sometimes work was like the tale of the Little Boy Who Cried Wolf, but, if we were not up to it, GOM-2010 disaster like things could happen.

Stuff was repaired as best as possible with the fibre-tape, boxes sealed and sent of with it, core-tubes sealed with it and then waxed, on and on and…

But the point of the post is– I have not seen the old fibre-tape used for years, and because my mum loves me, I used her Xrysdmuz present asap, and unwrapping it-


the lid and stuff being held in place by Fibre-tape:

BTW, Thanks Mum and Dad. My new Aldi sourced espresso machine makes a great cuppa mate!


About tone

Widowed exRigPigGeo 50yr old dad of 4 'teens', is doin' job raisin' kids, misses a lot of things. Family (close and extended) and Friends - an important part in our of life. Likes gadgets, speedsailing, reading (SF), geology/archeology, maps. Coffee monster- burnt out one espresso maker too many. Have to have plenty spare "moccona" in cupboard. Things I miss- Tarn. The rig life and income. A lot of sailing. Tarn.
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