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.

Tally Books Explained in a Few Words

Oilfield workers need a handy way of keeping track of how many lengths of pipe

Custom Full Color Imprint on Tally Books
Custom Full Color Imprint on Tally Books

they have put in the ground. The easiest way to do this is to record each pipe in a small pocket-sized notebook. The exact time of day should also be recorded. The book needs to be rugged and water resistant and the pages need to be lined. This problem has led to the invention of vinyl-covered Pipe Tally Books.


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

The Top 5 Features of The Best-Ever Tally Books

Knowing what tally books are is pretty much on a NTK (need-to-know) basis. If you’re in the oil or gas industries, forestry, contracting, etc. then you definitely know what these trusty little books are for, and how important they are to keeping on-the-job records.

Here are the top 5 features of these small but mighty record-keepers:

  1. Durable vinyl covers
  2. Bindings can be spiral or sewn
  3. Covers come in a variety of colors and stock images
  4. You can imprint your logo on the outside cover and/or inside cover
  5. All have 200 pages for your important data
Oilfield Tally Books 3400CR4
Oilfield Tally Books 3400CR4
Tally Books 3400
Tally Books 3400
Wire Bound Tally Book 3308
Wire Bound Tally Book 3308


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.

The Anatomy of Custom Tally Books

Workers in oilfields and gas fields use

Custom Full Color Imprint on Tally Books
Custom Full Color Imprint on Tally Books

to keep track of their tasks.

  • What time did we add another length of pipe to the drilling rig?
  • What size was the pipe?
  • What was the pressure setting on the drilling rig?
  • How much fuel do we have left?

These workers need a rugged book to record these measurements. Tally books need these features:

  1. A waterproof vinyl cover that is also abrasion resistant
  2. At least 100 pages
  3. A size that can fit in a shirt pocket or back pants pocket
  4. Waterproof paper, called “stone”, is also a good idea. It is also tear-resistant.
  5. Lines on the pages, to keep data in an orderly fashion
  6. A pen loop attached to the vinyl cover, to keep your writing instrument close at hand
  7. An inside vinyl pocket to keep business cards and special notes
  8. Important phone numbers printed on the vinyl cover
  9. Your company logo printed on the front, in full color
  10. Optional clear vinyl sleeves to contain special papers
  11. Important conversion tables printed on the cover (either outside or inside)