Terminology Tuesday: Contractor Buzz Words
You want what?
Years ago, (can’t reveal how long ago, but it has been quite a while) when I was in sales, I would get some of the most interesting requests from contractors. Apparently, there is a different language one learns in the contracting business. So my goal today is to “reveal” what’s behind curtain number one, and interpret (to the best of my ability) just a few of the terms contractors use, along with what they are really asking for.
|When a contractor asks for this:||They are looking for:|
|M&M’s (I promised I would reveal this in last weeks post)||3M UR / UY / UG splice connectors|
|Biscuit||Surface mount phone or data box|
|Banana or Sniffer||Tone & Probe testers|
|Speed Bumps||Flexiduct cord protectors|
|Coffins||Single gang back boxes|
|Beenies||Dolphin wire splices|
|Dome||Used to be a PTZ camera, but I’m told now it’s a mini-dome|
|Mud Ring||Box eliminator|
|Beaver||Fiber optic cleaver|
|Top hat||Speaker mounting hardware|
|Icky-pic cable||Gel filled cable for outdoor use|
|Batwings||Ceiling wire attachment fitting|
|Fishing pole||Wire & cable pulling tool|
|Mushroom||Wire distribution spool|
|Bridge clip||66 block connector|
|Chinese fingers||Cable pulling grip / strain relief|
|No-Niks||Wire & Fiber stripper|
|Spudger||Probe pic tool (removes wire insulation)|
|Figure 8||Self-supporting aerial cable|
|Trunk cable||Factory built pre-terminated copper or fiber cable assembly|
So, this is my short list. I admit, I did get some help building it from some of the CSC sales team (thanks to all who threw me some slang!) Along with it, I was told a fun story about why we call a telephone test set a “Butt Set”. Since contractors wear this tester hanging from their belt, it fell along their back hanging at their “Butt”. I always use the term, but never knew the reason.
Okay, now it is YOUR TURN!
If you know a term that I left off the list – here is your chance to SHOUT IT OUT- just write the slang term in the comments below, along with the actual product.
Keep in mind, this is a corporate blog, so if you know the term for a “firestop putty stick” (or similar term, if you know what I mean), please refrain from placing it here