CPS Houston owners, Ray & Kyle Yarbrough, have family roots dating back to the earliest oilfields in Texas. They have worked to preserve a number of oilfield relics including a number of pump jacks, early drilling rigs and a 95' tall Lee C. Moore Type B derrick from Talco, Texas. Erected in 1940, the derrick stood undisturbed for more than 75 years until purchased and disassembled by the Yarbroughs in 2015.
More than 1/3 of all connection plates required replacement due to heavy crevice corrosion. All structural steel was blasted and galvanized. Moderate pitting is visible on the main legs and structural members as well as patches of crevice corrosion near connection points.
Kyle Yarbrough remarked, "the galvanizing now serves as a time capsule displaying the derrick in its weathered state just prior to preservation. We were thrilled to be able to save this iconic structure before it was lost forever to corrosion. We are confident in the galvanized coating"
Our customer came to us with a unique opportunity. A chance to preserve and save a piece of Texas history. As stated the Yarbroughs have a rich family history in the oil field that dates back nearly 100 years. When they found this 75 year old derrick they felt a moral obligation to preserve this beautiful structure.
The customer chose hot dipped galvanizing over paint and powder coating due to their previous experiences. Cost, longevity and durability were their primary focus. We faced a number of challenges on the project, mainly the fact that this structure had been exposed to the harsh elements of north east Texas for the better part of 7 decades. There was heavy visible pitting throughout the structure. Nearly all the structure was saved with a delicate sandblast and but a few small pieces were required to be remade.
Hot-dip galvanizing helped save a piece of history, the Yarbroughs now proudly display this 95' tall icon in front of their business for all to see. Generations to come can now pass by a structure that helped lay the foundation of a booming industry in this great state. Galvanizing does more than just provide corrosion resistance....it helps preserve our past, for the benefit of our future.
Baytown, TX United States
Aesthetics, Coating Durability, Corrosion Performance, Ease of Specifying, Initial Cost, Life-Cycle Cost, Prior HDG Experience, Quality of HDG, Sustainability, Turnaround Time
The entire structure was hot dipped. Including angles, channel, plate and platforms
AZZ Galvanizing - Houston
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