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Glossary of American Jobsite Slang
slang    
    meaning
"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    
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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    
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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
J    
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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
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L.R.T.    
little red thing (anti-short) for mc cable
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
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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
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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    
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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    
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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    
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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    
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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    
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U-hoss    
hand truck
Up and Down Wrench    
hammer
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    
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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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