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Construction Glossary

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Welcome to the Just Ask Dino Jargon Buster/Glossary

JustAskDino.Com has put together this list of confusing slangs, phrases & abbreviations that gets used in the day to day construction life. We hope this helps users to understand and prevent confusion that can lead to disasters from getting ripped off to possibly demolishing your home.


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Term Description
AggregateA mixture of small stones of such as pebbles and gravel, which form the bulk of many concrete mixes. Used in the construction of "soakaways".
Air BrickPerforated brick or metal/plastic grill used for ventilation, especially to floor voids (beneath timber floors) and roof spaces.
Amosite (brown asbestos)Also known as Grunerite, it is a fibrous, mineral ranging from green, brown to dark grey in color with a glassy to pearly tinge. Its fibres are harsh and spiky.
Amps A measure of electrical current.
Arboriculturalist A specialist in all aspects of the growing, maintaining and removing of woody plants for any reason other than as a timber crop.
Architrave Moulded band framing a rectangular opening such as door or window.
Armoured Cable Used for outdoor wiring. Two insulated conductors are surrounded by steel wires which act as the earth conductor. There is an outer sheath of PVC.
ArrisSharp external angle - usually 90 degrees.

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