The Irony of Pipe Tally Books

Those in the oil well drilling business use tally books continually every day. They

Oilfield Tally Books 3400CR4
Oilfield Tally Books 3400CR4

keep a close record of when they attach a new section of pipe, and how long it is, and what time it is. The books are just the right size to fit into a pocket, so the books are kept right where they are needed. So tally books are a necessity in the oil drilling business.

To protect the book from weather and abrasion, the cover is made of vinyl. That’s where the irony hits. Vinyl is a man-made fabric made from OIL!

How do they make vinyl?

It was developed only in 1920 as an inexpensive durable fabric that is easy to make. It is made out of oil and salt, and its real name in poly vinyl chloride.

Here are the details for you scientists:

They break down petroleum using high pressure and temperature. This is called cracking. The results are ethylene, butadiene, propylene, and a few other things. They combine salt (a source of chlorine) with the ethylene using “electrolytic disassociation”. They add a few other compounds and end up with poly vinyl chloride (vinyl).

As you know, vinyl is ubiquitous, and very inexpensive. However, it looks expensive, similar to leather.

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.

The Biggest Problems with Tally Books, and Solutions

Tally Book Problems (and solutions)
Tally Book Problems (and Solutions)

Tally Books are a necessity for field workers who need to make frequent notes. Usually these books are well suited for the job, but here are some problems that can occur, with solutions.

  1. The book is too big, or too small. They come in 2 sizes. 8 5/16″ x 3 3/8″ closed, and 6″ x 3 3/8″ closed. Those 2 sizes should accommodate everyone’s needs.
  2. The book doesn’t lay flat. It wants to close when I am writing in it. Try the spiral

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    bound version. This one will lay flat when open.

  3. I can’t always find my pen. You can order your books with a pen loop, so your pen is always handy.
  4. My book gets water-logged when it rains. The vinyl cover prevents most of that. You might try keeping it in a zip lock freezer bag. Or try the new “stone pad”, which is water resistant.
  5. I lost my tally book. Sorry, we can’t help on that problem. Your data is irreplaceable, so we feel bad for your loss.
  6. I don’t like the color of the vinyl cover. The vinyl comes in many colors. Next time, you can order a different color.

We Heart These Tally Books (And So Will Your Valentine)

Tally Books for #ValentinesDay2021
Tally Books for #ValentinesDay2021

This Valentine’s Day many people will go the easy route: flowers, candy, chocolates, a thoughtful card. Don’t get me wrong, those are all sweet and will be appreciated by your loved one.

But… what if they actually want one of these tally books? They’ll feel truly loved if you add one to their gift bag today-

Tally Book Junior Steno Style
Tally Book Junior Steno Style
Tru Tree Tally Book
Tru Tree Tally Book
Flexible Tally Book with Sewn Pad
Flexible Tally Book with Sewn Pad


Why Tally Books Are Actually Your Secret To A Perfect Thanksgiving

Tally Books for Writing Your Lists
Tally Books for Writing Your Lists

Tally books often get labeled as the #1 must-have item for on-the-job recordkeeping. But they actually have a secret skill- to make your Thanksgiving easy peasy.

You can write up your Thanksgiving shopping list in tally books so that you can cook the most epic Thanksgiving meal ever next week.

While you’re at it, start writing up your Christmas list too!

Happy Holidays!

Flexible Tally Book 3308
Flexible Tally Book 3308
American Flag Tally Book
American Flag Tally Book

How to Supercharge Your Tally Books

Workers and inspectors in the oilfields and gas fields all use tally books to keep track of data. What kind of data?

  • Diameter size of pipe

    Tally Books in the Field
    Tally Books in the Field
  • Length of pipe
  • Time of installation of a pipe
  • Voltage levels of wind turbines
  • Speed of the wind turbines
  • Amount of fuel and lubricants at different times throughout the day
  • Unusual drilling actions to report
  • Pressure of different gauges

To supercharge your tally books, here are some cool ideas:

  1. Put your full color company logo on the outside front vinyl cover.
  2. List important phone numbers on the back cover.
  3. Print a conversion table inside.
  4. Install a pen loop on the side.
  5. Instead of getting a 200 sheet paper pad, get a 100 sheet “stone pad”, which is waterproof and tear proof.
  6. Add a clear vinyl insert so a worker can place business cards and important notes.

How to Make Your Tally Books More Useful

Oilfield and gas field workers use Tally Books every hour of the day. They keep

How to Build a Better Pipe Tally Book
How to Build a Better Pipe Tally Book

track of when tasks are done, the size and length of the pipes they install, and gauge readings. How can you make their pipe tally books more useful to them?

  1. Add a vinyl pen loop, so the workers won’t loose their pen or pencil.
  2. Design the book with spiral binding instead of stitched binding, so the book will lay flat.
  3. Make the color of the vinyl cover bright, so it can be found easily in a pile of other items.
  4. Print valuable information on the back cover, or on the inside of the cover. This can be phone numbers, conversion tables, decimal equivalents, etc.
  5. Order a 3 page clear vinyl insert, so you can store business cards, printed material, and other important info.
  6. Order a water-resistant stone pad for more durability. These amazing pads look like paper pads, but you can’t tear them, and they resist water damage.

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How To Choose The Right Tally Books For Your Workforce

Pipe Tally Books for Gas and Oil Workers
Pipe Tally Books for Gas and Oilfield Workers

Gas and oilfield workers are the most prominent users of pipe tally books. They need to write in them every time they add another pipe to the drilling rig. These hard working people keep track of pressure readings and inventory in their critical jobs 24 hours a day. How do you choose which tally books you buy for them?

The books should be:

  • Durable (vinyl is great for this purpose)
  • Weather resistant
  • Small enough to fit in a pocket
  • Colorful enough so they won’t get lost in a pile of stuff
  • The right color to show off your corporate logo on the front vinyl cover
  • Able to hold a removable water-resistant “stone” paper pad, which is “un-rippable”
  • Designed with an integral pen loop

When you equip your men with the right products, they can focus on their work.


3400.jpg Pipe Tally Books 3400 (Top Seller)


5 Misunderstood Facts About Tally Books

Pipe Tally Books are normally used by workers in oilfields. They keep track of the

Tally Books in the Field
Using Tally Books in the Field

exact time that a section of pipe is attached to the drilling rig. Also they record the length and diameter of the pipe. These drilling workers need a heavy duty book that can easily fit into their pocket. That’s a short history of tally books. But here are some things you might not have known about these special books:

  1. Anyone who works outdoors and needs to keep records, can use a tally book. Other users are foresters, wind energy inspectors, handymen, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and waterworks people.
  2. The pages are sewn in, for durability. A little ring binder wouldn’t be as durable.
  3. A new option for the pages is the sewn water-resistant Stone Pad. If you try to tear a sheet, it just stretches a little. You can’t tear it.
  4. The cover is made of high grade vinyl, which comes in colors to coordinate with your company logo. This gives the book a high resistance to rain and abrasion.
  5. Got a favorite pen or pencil? Since these books are custom made, they can have a pen loop built into them.