TheUnionBootPro SLANG


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Over the past eight years
we have collected over 800 job site
slang terms from our customers.
Here they are! Enjoy!

"Get jiggie with it"
to get some ass into what you are doing
"Get My Money!"
quit/drag Up
"How's the pressure"
code for checking out that hot chick on jobsite
"It is what it is."
no use complaining, just get it done
"The Eagle Lands"
payday
Bobs Your Uncle
everything will be okay
Skids
work boots
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[Re]pprentice
one knowledgeable in too many trades to know the difference in trades lingo; mixes them up; forgets that they know...can't remember what color hard hat to where to the job.
13" Bolt
good looking woman in area
1900 Box
4" square box
2 and a blue
lay off slip (blue) and final two paychecks
2 County Boomer
traveler who only travels to the two locals adjacent to his home local
2 Streeter
useless electrician who knows somebody
20' Daredevil
telephone/cable worker
26 Weeker
journeyman from the union hall on a 26 week work ticket
4-O
4 inch octagon box
411
4 11/16" square box
5 Wood or 3 Wood
mason term for either a 3 peice or 5 piece crick level
5" Box
4 11/16" metal box
90 Day Wonder
apprentice carpenter ("don't know shit!")
A A A
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A.W.O.S.
A Waist Of Skin (heard by miners and ironworkers)
Adaired
when your ajoining signal maintainer steals your overtime
Aimer
truck driver
Alarmist
when a worker makes a huge deal out of nothing
Alcohol Stick
6 or 8 inch level
Anal Ease
anti seeze
Anal Glacoma
when you just can't see your ass getting to work
Anti-dog
leveling device used while bending offsets in conduit on a large table or cyclone type bender
Apprenticeaurus
grey haired apprentice
Arc-starter
imaginary aerosol can that you send greenhands after
Ass Gasket
toilet seat cover
Assface
term used for unindentured (helper) whose name you don't remember
Asshole
loop in the wire your trying to pull
Asshole
piece of wood with a hole on top of a solid piece to keep scaffold from scratching the floor
Asshole Grips
what tinknockers call c clamps
Assholes
anti shorts for mc cable
Attic Rat
HVAC/R's
Aunt Claddy
gossip
B B B
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Babe #1
spart-bart
Back Door Bandit
person didn't do an apprenticeship
Back Door Mutt
non union labor that does what every the boss tell him to do = a company man
Back-booking
working out of town while continuing to resign at your own local
Badges
hard hat stickers
Bakers Rack
shelving used to store fasteners/consumables
Balsagna
a meal or platter served to a suckass, usually from the foreman
Bam-Bam
1-1/2 drive impact gun used by millwrights
Band Aid
temporary pipe coupling
Bats
Brothers Against Travelling Suckasses
BDMF
back door mother f**ker - one who bought their card without serving an apprenticeship
Beamer
tie-off point that is portable and affixes to a steel beam
Bear Shit
roofing mastic
Beater
electrician's flat screw driver that is used for everything (chisel, pry bar, etc.)
Beater
4-8-or 20lbs. sledge hammer
Belly Up
broke, busted, no money until next paycheck
BFH
big f-ing Hammer
BFHD
big f-ing hammer drill
BFR
big f***ing rock
Big Hole
conductor/trainman who opens the angle cock between the cars too quickly causing the locomotive to go in to an emergency brake application.
Big Jigger
sawzall
Bird Dog
a foreman (or higher up) who stands around or tries to hide and watches you work
Birds Nest
tangle of tie wire, usually an attempt at an awkward tie by an apprentice
Blister
someone that shows up when all the hard work is done
Block
chain block aka chain fall
Blocked
when the load lifting block in your rigging or your crane is as high or as far as it can travel together
Blue Lagoon
porta-potty, honey bucket, shitter
Blue Monday
20# beater
Blue Room
portapotty
Boa
brother of apprenticeship
Bob Marley
badly done cable fitting leaving wire braid hanging out bottom of fitting
Bogart
to borrow someone else's tools
BOHICA
"Bend Over...Here It Comes Again!"(When the company screws you or when the union comes back from the bargaining table with a shitty contract.)
Boiler Dog
someone who works during spring & fall outages in the powerhouse boilers
Boiler God
prima-donna; a boiler dog who wants preferential treatment
Bolthead
ironworker
Bone Pile
conduit that has been wasted
Book Buyer
someone who doesn't go through an apprenticeship
Boom Out
work out of town
Boomer
traveler
Boomhand
sideboom operator
Boot
shitty bricklayer
Booty
$$ from scrapped copper
Bore Whore
person who travels with directional drilling crews
Bosshole
foreman
Bottle Flu
when someone misses work because of a hangover
Bow Wow
dog leg in conduit offset
Boy Butter
lubricant for grooved pipe fittings and gaskets
Boy Butter
never-seez tread lube
Bra
reflective safety vest
Brain Bucket
hard hat
Brain Condom
hardhat
Brain Saver
hard hat
Brickie
bricklayer
Bridge Hat
brown wide brim hardhat
Brother F*#ker
shoppie/foreman that does not stand for the CBA
Bubble
torpedo level
Bubble In Your Ass
bulldozer operator's ability to run grade
Bubble Stick
any type of level (usually a torpedo level)
Bubble-o-meter
torpedo level or other larger levels
Bucket Dumper
front endloader operator
Bucket of Ohms
something to tell your apprentice to get you (WARNING: smart ones just might come back with a 5 gallon mud bucket filled with 2 hole conduit straps! LOL)
Bug
IBEW logo
Bull Prick
spud wrench
Bulldogs
tinsnips for cutting heavy guage metal
Bullets
screws
Bunny
scrap copper
Bunny Gun
one handed cable cutters
Busted Out
failed a job site weld test
Buster Brown
UPS driver
Button Punch
used by tinners to fasten standing seam roof panels
Buy-In
someone who did not go through the apprenticeship and bought their union book
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C**t Hair
tiny bit off its mark
Cacasucka
truck that sucks shit out of the portopotty
Caker
another name for sheetrock tapers
Canadian Plywood
drywall
Capitan America
useless guy who thinks he knows it all and is the best
Captain
railroad conductor
Captain Cord Cap
safety professional
Carpenturd
carpenter
Carpitrician
carpenter trying to do electrical work
Cat's Ass
something extremely good
Cat's Paw
small nail puller
Cedar Monkey
Lineman
Cedar Tick
lineman
Cementos
concrete workers aka alcoholics
Channies
channel lock pliers
Charlie Card
someone who bought their card and did not serve an apprenticeship-usually a hack and always a suckass
Chasing the Mason
electrician installing conduit in block wall
Cheater
clear, magnified welding lense (for old farts)
Cheater
large pipe slipped over the handle of a wrench used for leverage on a stubborn pipe or bolt.
Cheese Eater
aka rat
Cheeze Wench
wife smiling at you on payday
Chicken Band
zip tie
Chicken Chaser
v-shaped hand dolly for moving pipe
Chicken Dick
pickle fork shaped pry bar used to hold rebar in place until tied
Chicken Head
scaffold connector, system to tube
Chimes of Ignorance
clanging of spud wrenches when an ironhead walks
Chinamart
Walmart
Chinese Sparkler
6010 welding rod
clowns
group of workers who don't do much of anything at work, leave early, talk all day.
Cocknil
master electrician who works on a job that doesn't recognize/pay extra for the credentials
Come Spring
when the next job starts
Concreton
concrete worker/ finisher
Coolers
a type of nail
Corn Dog
small pneumatic chisel
Corndog
dude who looks bad ass but inside he's just a weiner
Counterfitter
that there ain't no pipefitter, he a counterfitter!
Cowboys
adjustable, quick release C-clamps, usually means a pair
Crane Greaser
hot chick that works in the trades - gets the crane to move
Crapper
general contractor's trailer/office
Crescent Hammer
crescent wrench being used as a hammer
Crescent Wrench
term for worker that slips off every time you try to get him to work
CUB
new apprentice "Completely Useless Bastard"
Curved Washer
good looking woman hanging around
Cushioning
throwing ass gaskets, toilet paper and other debris into the shitter to avoid smurf kisses
Cuz
Brother Ironworker
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Dart
cigarette
Data Dawg
installer of network cabling
Dead
not energized, no electricity flowing
Dead-nuts
achieving a high level of accuracy in measurement
Deck Butts
when your pack of cigarettes get smashed
Dick Greaser
a equipment greaser
Dick Scratcher
Dispatcher
Dickin' the Dog
slow walking your foreman
Dikes
diagonal cutting pliers
DILLIGAF
"Do I look like I give a f**k?"
Dime Piece
woman that's a "10"
Dinner Bucket
lunch pail
Dirt Dog
excavator, usually the stick holder
Dirt Wrench
a broom
Ditch Banger
pipeline worker
Ditch Witch
mechanical trench digger
Dog Dick
glob of metal hanging of a pipeweld
Dog Guard
toilet paper put down on front of toilet seat so your junk dont touch anything nasty
Dog Lag
turn to the left or right in an offset in electrical conduit
Dog Leg
when one of the two bends in an offset are not in line with each other
Dogs (1)
hand made brackets tacked to pipe to align a joint to be welded
Dogs (2)
channel locks
Donkey Dick
scaffold frame connector
Dookie
lunch bucket
Double Booker
a person who works in someone else's local, but is still on another local's books.
Double Jack
sledge hammer with a cut down handle usually used for laying rail In a tunnel
Drag
quitting a union job
Drag Bag
bag of personal tools to take home when quitting
Drag up
quit or ask to get closer to home or a better job
Drag Up Dust
the first snow of the year
Drag-up Drops
sweat
Dragin Fever
wanting to quit a job.
Drawings
blueprints
Dress
reflective safety vest
Drippy
so young you barely made it out of the old mans loins..
Drop a Deuce
Take a crap
Duct monkey
HVAC duct installer
Dug Grant
wormy worker who chastises others for standing up to the man
Dummy Leg
open ended pipe welded to a piping system solely as a support
Dunage
blocks of wood
Dutchman
temporary support
Dutchman
a single tube repair in a boiler
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Eagle Shits Today
payday
Eighty Eight
what you yell out when the safety man is approaching
Extensher
cheater pipe
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Fart Skin
anti short bushing used in installation of flexible metal conduit.
Fart-fan
bathroom exhaust fan
Felcher
kisser of the bosses ass
Fergie
scrap copper
Fergie
scrape material $$$
Fiber Jockey
telecom tech
Finch
one foot extention cord
Fire Wrench
oxy-acetylene torch
First Year J-man
second most dangerous person on a job next to a first year appretice thinks he/she knows EVERYTHING
Fitsalls
channel lock pliers - tongue and groove pliers
Fitwright
millwright doing fitters work
Flabster
operator who trys doing finisher laborer and teamster work
Flaggers
work boots made in USA showing the American flag on them
Flange-head
steamfitter
Flat Head
lineman electrician
Flea
worker who intentionally slows a job down in order to increase job duration and overtime
Flex Bender
imaginary object, flex doesn't need a bender, thus the name flex
Flip Flop
hypocrite journeyman who acts like one of the guys until he makes foreman than he's a company man
Float
flatbed trailer
FLUBS
f*#ing lazy union bastards
FM
f*#ing Magic (when you fixed an electrical problem but you don't know what you did or how you did it!)
FNG
the f-ing new guy
FNG
F**king New Guy
Fools Blood
sweat
Foreman Kit
knee pads
Foreman-itis
condition of acting like a boss when you are not
Foremans Helper
two door front opening job box
Foreskin
foreman
Foreskin
foreman
Forks
another word for grad-all
FOT
f-ing out of towners
FOT
found on train
Foursquare
common 4" x 4" junction box
Fox and Hound
electrical toner
French Broom
sheetrock square
French Fry
apprentice electrician who forgets to ground himself first day
Frog
f-ing ratty organized guy
Frog
formerly a rat organized guy
Frog Eyes
two light emergency pack
From-To
any type of adapter to connect two different items together.
FTD
f***king the dog - screwing over the boss
Fubar
"when something can't be fixed its F-ed Up Beyond All Repair"
Fujay
f**kin' junior journeyman
Funny Papers
blueprints or a resemblance to some sort of plan
FYI
f*#k you idiot
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Gaffer
job foreman
Gaggin Wagon
lunch truck
Gang Box
lockable box used to store company and/or personal tools
Gang Box Baby
worm that has worked for only one contractor ever
Gang box Lawyer
union member who rants on-and-on about union politics and rules
Garbage Truck
the roach coach
Gas Axe
cutting torch
Gear Jammer
truck driver
Gem Box
2 x 3 device box
Get-er-done
watch while I f#*k this up!
Getting Popped
failing drug test
GF
usually means general foreman; in this case it means general f#%k stick
Glass Stomach
so you can see when you have your head up your ass
Glorified Fence Builder
Lineman
Go Arounder
screw gun
Golden Arm
welder who thinks he is the best
Golden Arm
premadonna welder; usually a pipefitter
Golden Arm
usually a pipefitter - 'cause they're that good
Goon Spoon
shovel
Gopher
no good for anything but fetching
Gowies
channel locks
Grab Iron
rungs of a ladder on the side of a freight car or locomotive.
Grand Pappy Cable
larger multi conductor feeder cable
Grease Monkey
mechanic only good at greasing shit
Greek Tragedy
when nothing on a job seems to go right
Green
early for lunch, knocking off
Green (Horn)
person that is inexperienced
Grip
what railroad conductors and engineers call their luggage/equipment bags
Ground Pounder
railroad conductor
Grunt
line groundsman
Gunner
short piece of pipe used for measuring
Gut Truck
food truck
Gut Wagon
food truck guy that comes at break and lunch
Guzinta
pipe trade term for the measurement of how far a pipe penetrates the fitting "Are you sure you added the guzinta when calling out that measurement?"
Gypsy
non-union travelling tradesmen
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Hack
some one who thinks he's good at his trade, but IS NOT
Hacksaw
way of pointing out a good looking woman without being obvious
Hag
foreman that's always on your case - for no reason
Half-a-Fitter
HVAC technician
Half-watt
low voltage/communications technician
Hall Dog
slow, no skills, off the list worker; usually rides the list until big jobs come up
Hall Rats
workers who work exclusively out of the union hall
Hall Trash
good union member (opposite of a shoppie)
Hammer Mechanic
sheetmetal worker with no finesse
Hand Shoes
leather gloves
Hand Socks
gloves
Hard Ass
tough, mean, hard to get along with
Hard Head
lag bolt
Hardware Store
bar
Hatchet Knot
poorly tied knot that can only be untied using a hatchet
Hatepaign
A campaign of hate against a small crew with perks
Haybag
woman you're shacking up with
Headache Box
type of gang box with an upper door that is supported above your head
Heat Wrench
blow torch
Heat's in the tools
when someone is bitchin about the cold and needs to start working with the tools
Heated Up
energizing equipment
Height Adjuster
step ladder/extension ladder
Hell Dog
large pneumatic chisel
Henway
imaginary tool you send your greenhand after
Hershey Factory
job johnnie
Hickey
hand tool for bending conduit
Hit it like you live!
hitting a wedge or bull pin hard and fast
Hit it with your purse!
yelled at someone who is love tapping a wedge or bull pin/drift pin, when they should be hitting it with all they've got.
Hoe Hand
overweight operator
Hoehand
excavator operator
Hog In The Corn
boss in area
Hoghead
locomotive engineer
Holiday
pipeline payday
Honey Bucket
porta potty
Honey Sucker
person who cleans port-a-potties
Hoopie
southern boomer
Hootnanie
flyable porta potty
HorseCock
water tight conduit
Hot Box (1)
PVC conduit bender
Hot Box (2)
box built with lightbulbs used to heat meals over several hours
Hot Rail
warns track workers that a train is coming
House Roper
electrician who is only good at residential work
Hub Cap
someone that is always talking to the big bosses
Hurdy Gurdy
pipe cutting/beveling tool
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ID-10T Rod
ID IOT (test to see if your foreman knows what he's doing)
Idiot Stick
non-contact voltage tester
Indiana Round Ladder
a bucket
Instant Ticket Winner
journeyman that did not go through the apprentice program
Iron Hump
ironworker; a term normally used by tinknockers
Iron Nikes
8" Thorogood soft toe wedge style work boots
Irondog
rodbuster
Ironhead
ironworker
Irontermite
carpenter wannabe ironworker
Itchy
insulator
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J J
junior journeyman ...someone with less than three years in the field as a journeyman
Jackpot
trouble on a job that is gonna seriously screw up the progress
JAFA
Just A F**king Apprentice
JAFA
just another fing apprentice
Jag
undefined amount or quantity that everyone knows how much it is
Jaggoff
idiot
Jedi-Apprenti
apprentice in training
Jeep
just enough experience to pass
Jesus Slippers
knee pads
Jitter Bug
needle gun
Joe
village (jobsite) idiot
Joed Up
to screw up something or somthing being fabricated wrong
Johnson Bar
used for leverage to lift and move heavy equipment
Juice
electrical current
Juice Rig
hydraulic crane
Jumping the Book
someone who bypasses the referral system and goes in front of other members
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Kid
apprentice
Kitten
woman on the jobsite
Klein's
rodbuster pliers and dikes
Klien's
lineman's pliers
Knock Knock
impact drill
Knock Wrench
wrench made to be hit with a hammer
Knot Wrench
knife
L.R.T.
little red thing (anti-short) for mc cable
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Laborator
laborer that's related to the company that just drives around the yard all day while we're all in the ditch
Laborer
person who thinks he is an electrician, carpenter, plumber, iron worker or tin knocker
Labrador
laborer
Ladyfitter
refrigeration technician
Lagger
insulator
Lagger
sheetmetal worker who covers large storage tanks
Last Supper
when the boss/shop buys lunch for the crew = layoff's are coming.
Lay Off Dust
Chico sealing compound
Leaveitright
"It's all good!" (Leave it right where it is.)
Left-handed Pipewrench
worthless apprentice
Legacy
second plus generation union member
Lemon
railroad worker term who is a useless worker
Lerp
useless worker
Lever B
heavy equipment operator advice to other trades trying to run equipment
Lever Puller
heavy equipment operator
Liberal Scumbag
union organizer (ouch!)
Light Guage Ironworker
sheet metal worker
Linesmans
9" side cutting pliers
Liquid Wheels
Sent an apprentice to get a bucket of liquid wheels while your in the middle of moving switch gear
Little Jigger
jig saw
Living the Dream
exaggerated term for when your on the road working and hating it
Load
lazy, worthless individual
Loafer
person who does nothing all day
Long Weight
what you send your apprentice to grab - it can take a very long time
Low Hy
7018 welding wire (low hydrogen)
Lucky
electrician
Lum
person that is useless and lazy on a project.
Lum Foot
your partners foot when used to hold something down or in place until you can tie it or weld it.
Lumberg
guy that walks around with a cup of coffee and does nothing all day
Lung Condom
Respirator
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M-Dog
back door electrician that did not go through the apprenticeship
Magnetass
railroad worker term of a worker who sits on their ass
Manual Backhoe
shovel
Marsupial Boots
metatarsal boots
Martini
newbie ironworker's first on-the-job balancing act; looks drunk
Matterdaddy
tell your greenhorn apprentice to get one. He'll say "what's a matterdaddy?" Nothin sonny.
Meat
name for person whose real name you've forgotten
Meat Mallets
using your hands to beat on something rather than a hammer
Millbilly
millwright
Millrats
many millwrights
Millwrong
unskilled millwright
Misfitters
pipefitter service guys
Molten Metal Mechanic
welder
Monday Morning Screwdriver
common head screwdriver used to hold a screw firmly to the tip
Money Makers
linemans Hooks
Money Rock
millwright's honing stone
Mongo
scrap copper
Monkey on a stick
a friction jack used in fencing and in the automotive collision repair trade
Monkey S**t
pipe Dope
Monkey Shit (1)
liquid nails adhesive
Monkey Shit (2)
putty used to seal electrical pipe/fittings
Mother's Day
payday: gotta pay this mother f**ker and that mother f**ker
Motion Lotion
grease or lubricating oil
Muck-box
train car designated for removing muck, or earth from a mine or tunnel
Muck-stick
shovel
Muckers
laborers on a concrete crew
Mucket
pipefitter fab bench
Mud Puppies
carpenters and laborers on a footing crew
Mud Wrench
shovel
Multiplier
cheater pipe
Mutt
man with no backbone, does whatever the company wants; company man
Muttflex
flexible non metallic tubing
Muttmaster
foreman that came in backdoor
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N.O.B.
Newly organized brother
N.O.W.
Newly organized worm
Nagger
jobsite security metal detector
Nail Bender
carpenter; a term normally used by ironworkers
Narrowback
inside wireman
Needle Scaler
needle gun
Never Sneeze
Anti-Sieze
New York
to overtighten bolts, able clamps, screws, etc.
NFG
no f**king good
Nice Weld
what you say to pipefitter with an IQ of 60
Nipple
short piece of conduit (24" or less)
No Dog
a small level device used by electricians to bend offsets correctly
Non-skid
toilette paper
Noon Balloon
leaving early; catching a ride on the "noon balloon".
Nooner (1)
to get paid double time to work through lunch
Nooner (2)
going out for lunch and not coming back
Nose
the end of a wire pushed through conduit
Nose Bag
lunch box
Nuclear Hold
an all stop condition at a nuclear power plant when plans change or project put on hold
Nuclear Nomad
nuke plant outage worker
Numbnuts
ironworker
Nutsy
jobsite goofball
OO O
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ODB
Old Dirty Basterd
OE
operating engineer
Old-Timer
grey haired and outta their time since way-back-when
One Shot
large hydraulic conduit bender
One Way
only thinks of himself
Opie
operating engineer (newbie)
OTM
"On The Money" measurement; perfect
Out of your time
finished your apprenticeship
Outage
when a power plant goes out of service for maintenance, or(nuke)refueling
P P P
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Pack Sand
shutup and stick it up your butt and pack sand around it
PacPac
cordeless impact driver
Panther Piss
Pb blaster
Peanut Butter
grooved pipe lube
Pecker Tong Protectors
leather gloves
Pecker-head
junction box on a motor where the leads are
Personal Drainer
plumber
Persuader
hammer
Peter Length
6-12 inches away "we are just a peter length short"
PFM
pure f**king magic
PH Operator
pine-handle operator
Phase Conductor
something you send your first year apprentice to look for - knowing it will never be found
Phone Booth
port-o-potty on a no-phone allowed job
Phone Booth
porta potty
Pickle Swinger
on-site suck up
Pickpocket
the guy who always borrows money for the lunch truck
Pie Knife
large gauge wire cutter or lopper
Pigeon on a Stick
teriyaki chicken stick off the roach coach
Pile Butt
pile driver
Pimp
person who gets misc. for welders
Pineapple
well-meaning but useless co-worker
Pink Ticket
SMWIA union dues receipt
Pipe Dope
thread lube/sealing compound (Gasoila)
Pipe Liar
bad pipelayer
Pipe Soap
lubricant used to pulled wire through conduit
Pipe Stretcher
imaginary object that you make the 1st year appr. spend 8 hours looking for on his first day on the job.
Pipefighter
pipefitter
Pipestein
pipefitter know it all
Pipestein
know it all pipefitter
Piss Ditch
the invert or bottom of the tunnel
Piss Pot
brown wide brim hard hat (a 'bridge' hat)
Piss Test
drug test
Pita
pain in the ass
Plablem
problems on a PLA (project labor agreement) job
Plitter
plumber that comes a jobsite to do fitter work
Plumb Stick
level
Plumb Stick
torpedo level
Plumbed Up
set straight in his thinking, in tune with reality
Plunger
plumber
Pocket Rocket
pocket level/torpedo level
Pogo Stick
jack hammer
Polish a turd
make shitty work look good
Pookey
duct sealant
Potato Wrench
spud wrench
Pressure Check
callout for everyone to check out the hot chick on job
Promoted to Customer
getingt fired
Promotion Pads
knee pads
Puddlers
laborers shoveling/moving concrete
Pull The Pin
quit/drag Up
Pull the Pin
retire
Pumfakma
pucker up mother f**ker and kiss my ass
Pump Pliers
channellock pliers - 440s 460s 480s, etc.
Punk
apprentice ironworker
Punk
apprentice
Punkin
new apprentice
Pup (1)
young apprentice
Pup (2)
short piece of pipe
Puppy Dick
medium voltage cable insulation
Purple Wire Nuts
management or safety people
Purse
hammer
Pusher
acts like a foreman to keep guys working, also a suckass
Pusher
foreman (responsible for pushing the men to get the work done)
Pylon
worker who stands around doing nothing
Q Q Q
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Quarter Labor
worthless labor that's only a quarter of a good one
Queen
someone left in charge when the Foreman has to leave early or is going to take a few days off
R R R
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Rabbit
scrap copper wire
Rabbit Gun
large gauge wire cutters/loppers
Ram-rod
1) n: same as pusher 2) v: to forcibly push a job forward, often wrecklessly
Rammy
to be in a hurry and rush things, which usually leads to errors and mistakes
Ranger
shop rocket/suck pump
Rat
non-union on union jobsite
Rat Shop
non-union contractor
Rat-mart
another name for wal-mart
Ratbastard
Ironworkers
Ratchet Jaw
someone who wont shut up
Rattle Gun
impact wrench
Ratty
work that's done shitty; looks like crap; no craftsmanship, as if a non union RAT did it
Reach Around
a wrap for large pipe
Red Rodding
downhilling a pipe weld with 5P welding rod
Redass
someone angered to the point that production is severely slowed
Reds
a pair of Red Wing boots
Referdick
refrigeration mechanic
Rembrandt
painter
Rights and Lefts
separate tinsnips - one cuts to the right and the other to the left
Ringer
working a full week.
River Bend
messed up bend on a piece of tubing that gets thrown in the river to hide the evidence
Roach Coach
coffee/lunch truck
Roach Coach
food truck
Road Trash
working out of town in another local, or a traveler
Rob Roy (1)
type of feeder cable, typically used in industrial applications
Rob Roy (2)
PVC coated rigid conduit
Rock Smoother
cement mason
Rocker
drywall installer
ROD
retired on duty
Rod God
experienced ironworker or rodbuster foreman
Rod Ranger
welder that insists on saving half used welding rods
Rod Wrench
pliers to tie rebar
Rodburner
someone who is trying to weld but it aint happening
Rodbuster
ironworker who works in the rebar trade
Roll of Screws
HVAC installer term for duct tape
Roll Up
time to go, end of work for the day
ROMF
"run off mother f**ker"
Root Ranger
weld inspector
Rope
romex
Rug
residential upgrade
Rug Burner
new guy who kisses up to foreman/contractor
Run
to operate heavy equipment proficently, safely and productively
Runner
person who rushes through a job right for the unemployment line/union hall. ("No running allowed"-is my motto)
S S S
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Sac Tick
apprentice
Safety Snitch
plant safety man that is just a wholeless suckhole
SAG
stumble around guy [they dont accomplish anything]
Sally
crybaby apprentice
San Francisco Slippers
knee pads
Sand Hog
tunnel worker
Sara Lee
person who loafs around for full 8 hour shift
Sarsy
hangover shits
Sawzmuch
sawzall
Scab (1)
union worker who crosses a picket line
Scab (2)
non-union worker on a union job
Scaff Dawg
acomplished scaffold erector
Scaffoleer
Carpenter
Scarlet Rectumitis
a case of the red ass
Schwenked
getting laid off out of turn (usually after calling out a shoppie or a suckass for being a worm)
Scissordicks
communications worker (aka sparky)
Scumbags
what all trades call carpenters
Scumbuckets
what all carpenters call all the other trades
Security Guard
worker that stands around with his/her arms crossed looking at everybody else working
Serve
when someone attaches cables to rope to be pulled in conduit
Shanty
where we eat lunch and get dressed
Shinning A Turd
taper that makes carpenters shitty drywall look perfect
Shit box
porta-potty
Shit Chaser
Plumber
Shit Fitter
plumber
Shit Pit
another term for the sewage ejector in a building
Shit Sauna
porta potty in the summer sun
Shit The Bed
when a device or other object has stopped working
Shit Tickets
toilet paper
Shitbag
apprentice
Shitrocker
painters who hang sheetrock.
Shitshow
job gone bad
Sho-Fly
pipeline access road
Shoe Shine Boy
person who sucks up to the Man
Shooter
ramset gun
Shop Cat
a steady Eddie, the guy whos been with the shop so long hes never seen the hall
Shop Flop
someone who works in the fab shop that could make it in the field
Shop Rocket
a person who busts there ass for the shop and gets jobs done quickly (a hero more or less)
Shop Rockets
person who tries to make the contractor money so they continue to get work
Shop Stupid
shop steward
Shoppie
union worker who works for the same contractor all the time
Shoppie Shoes
knee pads
Side Cutters
lineman's pliers
Sidewinder
type of electronically controlled conduit bender
Single Jack
8 lb sledge hammer
SIWAC
"say it with a check!"
Six Inch Reach-around
imaginary tools that you send a first year looking for
Skid
equipment that comes as a package on a metal frame
Skid Lid
hard hat
Skillethead
ironworker
Skull Bucket
hardhat
Sky hook
imaginary tool used to hang pipe (you send your apprentice to look for)
Sky Hook
same thing as a pipe stretcher
Slam Artist
electrician who does quality work, but its not pleasing to the eye
Sledge
ironworker's tape measure
Sliver Picker
carpenter
Slug
slow/useless worker
Slug Buster
knock out set
Slug Tit
worthless worker who happens to have man boobs
Sluggo
short handled 10 lb sledgehammer
Slurpee
useless apprentice
Slurtule
someone who is faster then a snail and slower then a turtle
Smoke Test
first time new equipment is heated up
Smoke Wrench
cutting torch
Smoking Lounge
porta potty
Smurf Kiss
when the blue water in the porta-potty splashes your ass
SNAFU
situation normal all f**cked up
Sofa King
so f@#king good at what you do
Sooner
plan on leaving at lunch/noon or sooner usually day before a holiday weekend
Sorepeter
another name for a torpedo level
Spanky
electrician
Sparkfitter
electrician running conduit
Sparkler
welder
Sparky
electrician
Splittail Sparky
woman electrical apprentice
Spook the Book
hang up on a call in to take a new call
Squaw Piss
Canadian version of WD-40
Steady
Union worker who works for the same contractor all the time
Steel Monkey
ironworker - usually connector
Steering Wheel Holder
stupid truck driver
Stemwacker
greenhorn firefighter who when told to "hit the hydrant" jumps out of the truck and literally starts hitting the hydrant
Step Overs
C clamp vise grips
Stew
shop steward
Stew Magoo
shop steward that doesn't see anything wrong
Stick
Carpenter
Stick Holder
operating engineer
Stinger
electrode holder
Stir The Pot
to instigate
Stool Pigeon
kiss-ass who lets the boss know who is taking too long of a break
Store Bought
organized member who didn't serve apprenticeship
Story Pole
a piece of pipe, wood, or conduit with markings on it used when making the same measurement over and over ex. Laying out hangers
Straw Boss
wanna-a-be foreman; someone working with their tools who thinks they are the boss
Straw Boss
person pretending to be a foreman but isn't
Stump Jumper
lineman
Stupidvisor
derogatory term used when boss says or does something arbitrary to mess up your workplace
Suck Ass
union worker who never turns down overtime
Suck Pump
shop rocket
Suggestion Sheet
blueprint (usually followed by FUBAR)
Super Tramp
wireman that travels his entire career
Swag Method
Scientific Wild Ass Guess
Swamp Ass
when your sweat/juice all runs down into your pants and underwear...that's having swamp ass
Swamper
pipeline laborer
Swingin Dick
project manager or general contractor (a suit)
T T T
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Tampon
plug used to prevent apprentices from dropping shit down boiler tubes being prepped
Tank Shoe
metatarsal boots
Taper
the person taping sheetrock joints
Taponya
"Do you have any tape on you?"
Tardis
porta-potty (UK version of blue lagoon)
Tarpenters
carpenters doing weather protection
Tele Tubby
tele/data technician
Teletubby
telecommunictions/data worker
Tennessee Tennis Shoes
shmuck who shows up for work without the proper gear on
Termite
carpenter
Testicle Breath
apprentice
The Skipper
job foreman
Thingem
anything that you don't know the name for
Three Wire Monkey
lineman on a pole
Throttle Jockey
locomotive engineer
Throttle Jockey
Locomotive Engineer
Tic Tracer
voltage tester
Ticket Jammer
a person who's a traveller, trying to become a book-one member in a local that is not his home local
Tickle Tester
rookie electrician getting zapped multiple times
Tiger
women foreman on the jobsite
TILAM
"Take It Like A Man!" (Used after getting screwed by the company or the union.)
Time
overtime
Time Machine
porta potty
Tin Basher
sheetmetal worker
Tin Ferries
what Ironworkers call tinners
Tin Fitter
HVAC/R service guy
Tinknocker
sheetmetal worker
Tinners
sheet metal workers
Tinologist
sheet metal worker general foreman
Tinsulator
sheet metal worker who insulates duct when work is slow
Toad
trade member that does the work of another trade and doesn't care
Token
The only Mexican that can speak English that works as a translator for the jobsite.
Tonka Jock
crane operator
Tool Bag
what you say to your tool buddy when your guys are jaggin with each other or worthless person
Top Commie
union president
Topped Out
finished your apprenticeship
Topper
top floor ironworker (anything over 20 floors)
Topping Out
when the ironworkers connect the last beam of a building
Topping-out Party
finishing a brick/block wall
Touchin' Cotton
gotta take a dump as soon as possible
Touching Cloth
I just shit on myself
Track Donkey
railroad track department employee
Tractor Ass
laborer who won't leave the lull
Trailer
an exstension cord
Travel Trash
out of town workers - "travelers"
Triple Nickel
Greenlee 555 conduit bender
Trophy Rack
junk pile of trashed conduit that was bent wrong
Tug-boats
madison hangers
Tulsa Cutter
Mathey Dearman hand crank pipe beveler
Turd Chaser
plumber/pipefitter
Turd Herder
plumber
Turd Puncher
pipefitter/plumber
Turtle
trade newbie
Turtle
mobile cart used to pull spools of BX from
Turtle F**k
when two hardhats clunk together
Two Blocked
no head room when lifting load
Two-Way Shit Strainer
union draftsman/planner
U U U
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U-hoss
hand truck
Up and Down Wrench
hammer
V V V
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V-Back
lineman (all muscle, nothin' on top)
Van Dude
HVAC/R service fitter
Van Jag
pipefitter with service van
Vermetti
jack for hoisting large ductwork
W W W
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Walk of Shame
when company fires a manager and escorts him to the parking lot
Wannabe
tele/data tech term for inside wireman
WASP
Welders Against Stupid Pipefitters
Waterteamster
barge pilot
Weasel Piss
WD 40
Weed Weasel
railroad official
West Pointer
electrician that has gone through the apprenticeship
Westcott
adjustable wrench
Whip
welding term for the electrode holder
Whiskey Stick
4' level
Whistle Bit
to loose track of time and work into or through break or quitting time
Whistle Dick
WD-40
White Leg
carpenter
White Paper
tradesman working for a union shop who is not a union member
White paper
non-union worker paying dues to work on union job
Whitney
hand held punch used by sheetmetal workers
Whiz Quiz
drug test
Whores Antler
the horizontal pieces in a curtain wall frame
Widow Maker
no contact voltage tester (tic tracer)
Wiggly
flex (flexible metal conduit)
Wiggy
voltage tester
Windshield
safety glasses
Windsock
useless worker, stands around staring at other guys working
Wing Nut
jobsite foreman
Wingnut
goofy or not very smart tradesman
Wire Extender
look in your toolbox
Wire Nut
electrician
Wire Puller
electrician
Wire Shinner
electrician
Wire Tree
upright cart used to hold wire reels in place while pulling the wire off of them
Wire Twister
Inside Wireman
Wobble
to cause enough of the workforce to quit the job bringing the project to a standstill
Wobblelater
impact universal joint
Wobbler
universal impact attachment
Wood Butcher
carpenter
Wood Tick
carpenter
Wood Welder
carpenter
Woodcarver
residential electrician
Woodpecker
carpenter
Woodpussies
what ironworkers call carpenters
Woodrat
Carpenter
Worm
someone who doesn't stand up for themselves
Worm
union worker who breaks down the conditions agreed to in the CBA
Worm
person who breaks rules of the union agreement for the contractor
worm
suck ass or someone who kisses up to the big boss
Worm Bag
Tool box/bag
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Yagoff
tradesman who is constantly screwing around and doesn't know what he is doing
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