Test your builder jargon knowledge!

Are you tired of not understanding what your builder means with their ‘builder banter’ and technical terms?

With Easter Weekend approaching, a popular time for moving home or DIY projects, NHBC, has created this handy list to help you better understand and translate builder’s jargon whether you’re visiting a show home or appointing a builder.

Chippy: Not the local fish and chip shop, but a slang term used for anyone who works with wood, such as a joiner or a carpenter.
Closer:  A brick that been cut in half lengthways.

Dot and Dab: A term used for dry lining (gluing plaster boards to masonry walls).

First fix:  If your builder talks about the first fix, they mean everything undertaken before plastering walls and ceiling, such as installation of wires, pipes etc.
Flashing: A metal sheet that waterproofs junctions, such as between a wall and a roof.

Gable: This translates into the triangular upper part of a wall that supports a pitched roof.

Herringbone: It’s that zigzag pattern of brickwork that is popular for driveways and patios.

Jamb: Proper word for the side of an opening in a wall that is for a door or a window.
Joist: The right terminology to describe a beam (a long, sturdy piece of squared timber or metal) supporting a floor or ceiling.

Make good: Simply means to repair the plaster and paintwork after some form of interior construction work.
Muck: Slang term used for sand and cement mortar.

Party wall: A wall that separates properties, such as in terraced houses.
Purlin:  A horizontal timber or steel beam halfway up a roof that gives extra support.

Reveal: Refers to the vertical side of a window or door.

Screed: Is the correct term to describe a layer of sand/cement that provides a smooth finish to the floor.
Second fix:  All the jobs completed after plastering is finished.
Skim:  The last coat of plaster.
Sparky:  Term to describe an electrician.
Stack:  Means the vertical waste pipe from sinks and toilets.

TRV: Otherwise known as the thermostatic radiator valve.