If you’ve ever wandered a home construction site, you’ve undoubtedly overhead much of the lingo that workers rely on. They connect rafters, raise trusses and curse when they accidentally misalign framing members. Electricians make sure they don’t mix up the hot wires with the grounds. Concrete workers have to pay close attention to slump. Do you think you’d be able to hold a conversation with any of these dedicated construction workers?
It's likely they'd look at you like some goober who bought a tool belt at Home Depot, borrowed a hard hat from one of the Village People and decided to play construction worker for a day. But if you can sling the lingo, you'd have at least a chance of fitting in ... at least until they saw your bean sprout sandwich for lunch.
Without a common vocabulary, construction sites get confusing in a hurry. And they’re already bewildering enough as it is – witness as plumbers and electricians try to explain things like amperage and water main placement to each other, and often arguments and misunderstandings erupt.
Peel of the underlayment of this construction glossary quiz! Maybe you’re an expert with a ball peen hammer, or maybe you should just go back to filing change orders at the office.
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