1. vb. [Drilling]
To replace the drilling line wrapped around the crown block and traveling block. As a precaution against drilling line failure due to fatigue, the work done by the drilling line is closely monitored and limited. The work is commonly measured as the cumulative product of the load lifted (in tons) and the distance lifted or lowered (in miles). After a predetermined limit of ton-miles, new line is unspooled from the storage reel and slipped through the crown block and traveling block sheaves and drawworks spool, with the excess on the drawworks spool end cut off and discarded.