• Picking Up New Pipe & BHA Components

    Visual Inspection

    Visually examine thread protectors for damage such as dents or crushing.  If thread protectors are damaged, the connection itself may be damaged as well. Inspect connection threads as well as primary and secondary shoulders. Also, look for bent pipe or surface damage on inventory.



    Remove Storage Compound

    If joints were shipped to the rig with rust preventive (storage) compound on threads, it must be removed. Use soap and water, steam or a vapor degreasing solvent. It is important that no residue remains on the threads after cleaning. Avoid diesel as it leaves a slippery film that prevents good application of running compound. If the joints were shipped to the rig with thread running compound already applied, it is not necessary to remove it unless there is a suspected problem (dryness, contamination).

    Once the connection is clean and free of storage compound, visually inspect the threads for damage or for foreign material.  Damaged threads or foreign material on the threads can cause galling or prevent proper make-up.




    Thread protectors must be on the connections at all times when the joints are moved or when bringing the tool up to the rig floor. Protectors shall be removed on the rig floor.

    Do not use thread protectors when racking back stands of pipe on the rig floor (dope squeezing). Replace broken protectors to protect connections. Have a stock of spares on the rig.

      When drifting pipe, make sure that you are not breaking pin protectors (especially plastic ones) while throwing the drift or rabbit down.

      We recommend Heavy Duty (HD) plastic protectors.

      Getting up to the floor

      Avoid lifting collars with no protection on the connections. Use protectors or lifting bail protectors.

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