Architecture/construction terms that sound dirty


Here's what I've got so far...

Stud Pocket
Screw Spline
Erection Drawings
Rim Joist
Flying Buttress

Jun 19, 06 2:21 pm

I can only think of Carlo Scarpa's "fertile detail", but then, that's not really that dirty is it?

Jun 19, 06 3:02 pm  · 

perhaps more mechanical/structural, but saying "hoop stress" and keeping a straight face is a challenge

Jun 19, 06 3:33 pm  · 

weep hole...thats the best i can do, you kind of have to expound on it

Jun 19, 06 7:16 pm  · 


Jun 19, 06 7:23 pm  · 
The Job Captain

"steel erection"

"erection documents"

Jun 19, 06 7:31 pm  · 
juan moment

jamb extender
cross-grain shrinkage

Jun 19, 06 7:46 pm  · 
Sean Taylor

groin vault
jack stud

Jun 19, 06 8:37 pm  · 

One of my professors said "errection sequence" in a lecture once. Some one was recording that lecture, so we found it afterwards and replayed just about 100 times..

Jun 19, 06 9:01 pm  · 

I was lucky enough to have worked on a Log Lodge in Wyoming with some local craftspeople. The coordination effort was very amusing over the phone:

Butt Swell - When the wide end of a log absorbs too much moisture
Beaver Chew - A style of detailing the ends of Logs into a point, AKA Variegated Beaver Chew
Log Jam - An insulating product stuffed in the gaps between logs

There are more, I just can't remember right now.

Jun 19, 06 10:04 pm  · 

FU (Fixture Unit)

as in . . . How many FU's does that lav get?

Jun 19, 06 10:47 pm  · 

"laying studs" is a common terminology used in the field. my old colleague, his boyfriend, and i were at a bar one night. colleague said he was out in the field laying studs all day. his boyfriend, a novice when it comes to architecture, needed some clarification.

Jun 19, 06 10:52 pm  · 
FOG Lite


or if you'd rather not-

deep dynamic compaction

Jun 19, 06 11:01 pm  · 

i always got a chuckly out of "rising damp"

I still don't quite know why it's dirty, but it

Jun 19, 06 11:14 pm  · 

hmm, i haven't been thinking enough on job sites, but "tongue-and-groove" has some less-than-honorable implications.

because the way they say it here in TX it comes out more "tongueingroove."

Jun 20, 06 12:21 am  · 

today my boss referred to a concrete detail finishing technique called "sack-rubbed". I'm bloody serious here folks...... He told me to write the note:

"Chimney cap shall be of pre-cast concrete, with 'sack-rubbed' finish."

Not cracking up was the hardest thing I did all day.

Jun 20, 06 1:41 am  · 

"male hose end with cap"

"female hose begining"

Jun 20, 06 4:21 am  · 

"shut-off cock"
I saw this on a recent set of Plumbing drawings.

Jun 20, 06 6:53 am  · 


Jun 20, 06 7:14 am  · 

I remember a teacher of mine talking about using a concrete vibrator. Took a good five or six seconds or "did he just say that?" stares but we all cracked up eventually!

Jun 20, 06 7:15 am  · 
Smokety Mc Smoke Smoke

Well, I can't think of any from architecture/construction at the moment, but here's one from law:

piercing the corporate veil

Jun 20, 06 7:39 am  · 
vado retro

bored horney houswife...oh wait nevermind...

Jun 20, 06 8:13 am  · 

The way my construction teacher always said "hole" was quite dirty.

Jun 20, 06 8:20 am  · 

Butt Hole aka Plastering Technique used on the exterior of buildings...which does infact look like a Butt Hole....I'm sure you have seen in on Super 8 Hotels

Jun 20, 06 8:29 am  · 

Butt Hole aka Plastering Technique used on the exterior of buildings...which does infact look like a Butt Hole....I'm sure you have seen in on Super 8 Hotels

Jun 20, 06 8:29 am  · 

Try to keep a straight face during a conversation once a 'member' has been thrown out there.

Jun 20, 06 8:42 am  · 


Jun 20, 06 9:06 am  · 

radius of gyration.

Jun 20, 06 9:15 am  · 
Devil Dog

complete joint penetration (weld)
Nelson stud
king stud
glory hole
pumpable mix

and the number one term that IS dirty in architecture and construction. . .

value engineering

Jun 20, 06 9:55 am  · 

glory hole, are you serious?

what is that?

Jun 20, 06 10:43 am  · 
Devil Dog

it's an opening in a structure that equipment/ materials can be lowered into the building. i've usually only seen this at renovation construction where access is very limited (as in historic buildings) or underground work (such as subway stations or tunnels).

Jun 20, 06 10:56 am  · 

"Fire in the Hole"......often used when putting in Sprinkler Systems in old concrete buildings...where explsive charges are used.

Jun 20, 06 11:42 am  · 
vado retro

the term glory hole came up in a project we were working on. apparently it has something to do with kilns? i only know it in its sleazier connotation...glory(hole)days!

Jun 20, 06 4:51 pm  · 
vado retro

[url=]male screws and female nuts...

Jun 20, 06 10:59 pm  · 
vado retro
male screws and female nuts...
Jun 20, 06 11:00 pm  · 

what about proposal an client?

Jun 20, 06 11:48 pm  · 

"for representational purpose only"

Jun 21, 06 4:50 am  · 
liberty bell

I can't believe as soon as I take some time away I'm missing this discussion, dangit! And now I'm too flustered from laughing to come up with anything better than "plank".

One of the first bamboo flooring companies called their product "Bamplank", as a matter of fact. That's fun.

Jun 22, 06 8:03 am  · 

double hung

Jun 22, 06 8:54 am  · 

brilliant. I'm never going to be able to say that again.

Jun 22, 06 10:19 am  · 

This gives me inspiration for the name of my own firm

"S E X I T E C T U R E "

Jun 22, 06 10:43 am  · 

in the German:

einfahrt (entranceway)

ausfahrt (exit or gateway)

Jun 22, 06 10:53 am  · 

jim corner uses 'envagination' every chance he can.

Landscape has plenty of our own sexy words

Jun 22, 06 12:58 pm  · 

Porno in a HARDWARE store .....

What kind of screw would you like ? Would that be a

or a LAG SCREW perhaps, ... here, let's go for the THUMB SCREW

no, no how about a SLOTTED HEAD SCREW.

... on second thought
that's where we go for our ALLEN HEAD when we cannot get any more PHILLIPS HEAD

Well in order to DRILL that SCREW you'll need to first TAP a PILOT HOLE and then COUNTER SINK the ELEMENT......

This is the part of the nail we like to call the SHANK .... oh those are the FLOORING NAILS ....

Jun 22, 06 3:20 pm  · 
maya mcdifference

i was working on section drawings that needed constant adjustments to the size/opening to accomodate the SHAFT. elevator, that is.

Jun 22, 06 3:38 pm  · 

from a contractor in reference to the concrete walls they completely fucked up: "we'll rub that real good"

Jun 22, 06 5:19 pm  · 

slab penetration

butt joint

packaged unit

Jun 22, 06 7:43 pm  · 

i just realized that was my first post after 2 years of registration here. nice.

Jun 22, 06 7:48 pm  · 

In order;)

Access point
Joint Penetration
Butt plate
Rough Opening
rammed earth
Impact Load
Member Release
Ultimate Load

Jun 22, 06 10:42 pm  · 

yeah, double hung's dirty, but SINGLE hung is funnier!

Jun 22, 06 11:20 pm  · 


Jun 24, 06 5:53 am  · 

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