Every industry has it’s own words or phrases that mean something to those in the industry but may me something completely different to “outsiders.” In the construction world, there are so many tools, techniques and isms that can make a non-construction person feel like they’re hearing a whole new language when walking onto a jobsite.
Our superintendents gave us a list of words to help the not-so-construction-savvy individuals feel a bit more in-the-know when visiting a Clark/Sullivan jobsite. The images below show you what you think the words mean, but the definitions may be slightly different…
- Home Run - Conduit run that goes directly back to the panel.
- Christmas Tree - Rigging 4 or 5 pieces of steel at once during steel erection so the crane does not have to move back and forth to the ground, thus speeding up the erection process.
- Funny Papers - Plans or Blueprints
- Cat Head - A large nut at the end of a taper tie.
- Toenails - Nails driven at a 45 degree angle; an angled nail through a board normally used when you can’t face nail the piece together.
- Daisy Chain - When electrical boxes are tied together from one to another.
- Chicken - Similar to “Doohickey” or “Thingamajig”
- Blue Room - Temporary restroom facility.
- Ace - An elite carpenter that can handle any project or task.