How to Use Your Tally Books on National Beach Day

A good way to keep records while you are outside is using tally books. They are

Tally book Uses
Tally book Uses

weatherproof, water resistant, and inconspicuous. Here are some tips on using your tally book on National Beach Day at your favorite beach.

  • Make your grocery list during this relaxing time. Since you are sitting in the hot sun, you will probably write a lot of salty, crunchy foods on your list.
  • Keep track of what kind of bathing suit you want to buy for yourself. You should have enough ideas walk by.
  • Write a poem
  • Start a short story about some aspect of your life.
  • Write the lyrics to a song, if you are a musician.

See, tally books have many uses other than keeping track of pipes in an oilfield.

4 Answers to Your Questions about Lufkin Diameter Tape Measures

Here are 4 recent questions about diameter tape measures.

  1. Are the Lufkin diameter tapes in stock?

    Lufkin Pipe Diameter Tape Measures
    Lufkin Pipe Diameter Tape Measure
  2. When do you expect more stock?
  3. What is Lufkin’s problem with production?
  4. Do you have a substitute for the Lufkin diameter tape measure?


Here are my best answers:

  1. Unfortunately, there are none in stock anywhere. Lufkin doesn’t even have any.
  2. They have continually moved back their ship date since January 2022. At this point, I won’t be happy until they tell us that they shipped us some tapes.
  3. I don’t know whether it is a raw material shortage, labor shortage, or otherwise. This problem has existed for 12 months now. I can’t imagine what the problem might be with Lufkin/Apex.
  4. Yes. Definitely. The Pi-Cobra tapes are an excellent substitute. The T217-6654 measures pipe diameters up to 38 inches, in 100ths of an inch. Your imprint can even be put on both sides of the case, at an extra charge. It is also available in metric scale (T217-6657).

5 Ways to Pick a Maglite Engraved With Your Logo

So you want your logo on a Maglite, to give to your customers. How do you

Multiple colors when choosing a Maglite Engraved with your logo
Promotional Maglites® Come In Multiple Colors

choose which Maglite engraved with your logo would be the best choice?

  1. Budget. How much do you want to spend on each customer? Better yet, what is the lifetime value of each customer? Do they spend $1,000 a year? Over 20 years, they would spend $20,000. Would you be willing to spend $50 on an advertising gift for that customer? Remember, this type of gift will last a lifetime.
  2. Size. Maglites come as small as one AAA battery. The largest one uses 4 D batteries. There are many in between those two sizes.
  3. Style. There are rechargeable ones, incandescent ones, and LED ones. Which style is more suited to your client base?
  4. Color. Your corporate logo might be in color, and you may want to continue that color in all your advertising. Maglites come in several colors, depending on the model.
  5. Quantity. Do you want to do this project for all your customers, or just the big spenders? That’s up to you.

Tally Books Aren’t Just For Oilfields Anymore

Tally Book Junior Steno Style
Tally Book Junior Steno Style

Tally Books got their origin as compact, water resistant, pocket sized notebooks that oilfield workers use. They keep constant records of when they add a section of pipe when drilling a well. They also need to record the size of the pipe and other parameters associated with the event.

The water resistant feature, and the compact size, have made tally books great for everyone else that works outdoors, and needs to keep frequent records. Who needs tally books? Here are some ideas, and some of them might be a little far fetched. A little humor never hurts. LOL

  • Arborists
  • Bricklayers
  • Concrete estimators and finishers
  • Driveway contractors
  • Elevator repairmen
  • Fence installers
  • Garage builders
  • Home improvement contractors
  • Insulation installers
  • Janitors
  • Landscapers
  • Mountain climbers
  • New car salesmen
  • Obstetricians
  • Policemen
  • Railway engineers
  • Street maintenance people
  • Tree removal people
  • Underground cable installers
  • Vehicle inspection people
  • Window washers
  • Youth ministers
  • Zombie fighters

Why Are Pipe Diameter Tape Measures So Scarce?

Why Are Pipe Diameter Tape Measures So Scarce?
Why Are Pipe Diameter Tape Measures So Scarce?

In 2021 and still in 2022, there are widespread supply chain issues worldwide. Many products that are made in China have had 2 problems making it to the United States. First of all, is their labor problem. Covid 19 outbreaks have closed down Chinese factories at least twice since 2019. Secondly, transportation issues have been another major issue. The price of shipping has increased drastically, and the port of Los Angeles had a bottleneck issue several months ago.

All these issues have contributed to the dramatic slowdown of raw materials and

Lufkin Pipe Diameter Tape Measure
Lufkin Pipe Diameter Tape Measure

finished products. Pipe diameter tape measures are no exception. Lufkin makes the most popular one, and has shipped only a small amount of inventory in the last 12 months to its distributors. At this point, August 2022, the future of more shipments is uncertain. An alternative diameter tape is made in China, the Pi-Cobra Diameter Tape. Shipments are due in the United States shortly, but maybe not soon enough or big enough to satisfy the need of customers.

A Pipe Diameter Tape Measure is used by oil companies and Water utility companies. The oil companies are doing very well right now, due to the profitability of oil drilling. So their need for these tapes is higher than the supply. This is driving up the price of the Pi-Cobra tapes. Hopefully, this supply chain problem will soon come to an end.