As far as Bill Sparks is concerned, data doesn’t mean anything if your fastener isn’t field-tested. We met Bill at a trade show some time back, and when we started telling him all about our process and our FELT Test he stopped us in our tracks. “Give me something to put out on my rig. If it works, you’ll hear from me again.” So we did.
Bill works in some tough conditions. His small well in Corpus Christi Bay only sits about 7-10 feet off the water line, so the salt fog and salt spray attacks his well 24/7. In an environment like that, red rust corrosion is inevitable.
Bill outfits his well heads with Grayloc clamps. When surface rust starts to build up on his rig, it makes it difficult to get a wrench on his Doxsteel Fasteners. But when he brushes away the surface corrosion and can get to his bolts, the studs still turn. The Nickel-Cobalt coating maintains the integrity of the threads and he is able to remove them quickly without grinding and cutting the bolt, a dangerous procedure which requires complete shutdown and a coast guard permit for open flame.
Update 2019 message from Bill:
Carlos, my apologies but scheduling boats intersecting with calm winds has been tough.
I replaced these 4 doxsteel stud/nut sets yesterday. They were installed new in October 2016.
The socket fit perfectly and they broke easily. I will get the bolts to you but I am out of town for a few weeks.
Be well, Bill
BTW: no cleaning or washing was ever done other that rain.
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We have been working since 2011 on a real well that is 7 feet above the water, it is a nest to seagulls and waves cover the well many times during the year. Perfect place to test our doxsteel fasteners.
In the picture from 2011, you can see me (NO gray hair)! Jose Hernandez (No Gray Hair), Jim Huguenard (Hair) and Bill Sparks!
FYI: Aged Doxsteel Fasteners with Seagull sh.. smell amazing after a few weeks in Bill’s truck!!
Our bolts DON’T Seize!!!