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#5508 - 11/22/01 08:49 PM same thing different name  
fedup  Offline
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alabama
we have a lot of items in this trade that have different names in different parts of the country.

f-clip=madison clip
standoff or hanger=mineralac
flex=greenfield
unistrut=kindorf
kleenex=facial tissue
bandaid=adhesive strip
buddy=client who pays on time
***hole=client that gripes+doesn't pay on time
anyone else have some more?
but we all need to remember if we do our job well our grandchildren can enjoy the end product of our labor (almost a timeless legacy)


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#5509 - 11/23/01 01:23 PM Re: same thing different name  
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Straughn, IN 47387
I've heard F-clips called Battleships, Madisons,and Hold-its. I've heard anti-oxident called Kool-Aid, Noalox, Contax, Duck poop and Goose grease. Some of these names are brand names, I'm sure, and some are just what they look like.


#5510 - 11/23/01 05:27 PM Re: same thing different name  
electure  Offline


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Posts: 4,259
Fullerton, CA USA
What the heck are you talking about??
F-Clip=Battleship.
What does this thingamabobbamawhatchamacallit do?
(is this a Caddy?) [Linked Image]


#5511 - 11/23/01 07:25 PM Re: same thing different name  
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Bucks County PA
It seems that if you hold madison bars (metal ould work box supports) on their side, they resemble a battle ship, hold them upright, they look like the letter F.


#5512 - 11/27/01 10:46 PM Re: same thing different name  
WireWrestler  Offline
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Northern IL
How about these:
split bolts=gurneys
pulling elbows=jakes
NM=romex=string=rope
or "one bolts" a type of wire connector= I don't even know the proper name for them.
Does anyone have more?


#5513 - 12/08/01 01:42 AM Re: same thing different name  
Steve T  Offline
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Oak Park, IL, USA
I learned mini's as an apprentice, the first time someone asked me for a minerlac, I was confused.

And split bolts are called Burndys because thats a manuf. name.

Manuf. names are how most things get different names.

Anyone know what a Garvin cover is?


#5514 - 12/08/01 07:30 AM Re: same thing different name  
pauluk  Offline
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Norfolk, England
Trade names have slipped into common use more than many people realize. For example, how many people have forgotten that "aspirin" started as a trade name?

Here in England "Hoover" is commonly used as a generic name for any type of vacuum cleaner, and a type of heavy-duty double-pole junction box used for splitting a service to two or more main panels is often called a "Henley box."

Steve:
What IS a minerlac or mini? I have no idea!


#5515 - 12/08/01 09:30 AM Re: same thing different name  
Joe Tedesco  Offline
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Boston, Massachusetts USA
Look here for some slang terms.

http://www.electricianeducation.com/free/alltecha.htm

What is a dead man?
What is Loom?
What is a Kearney?
What is a neutral?


Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant

#5516 - 12/08/01 11:04 AM Re: same thing different name  
Bill Addiss  Offline
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#5517 - 12/08/01 11:55 AM Re: same thing different name  
The_Lightman  Offline
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Orlando, Fl, USA
Hey Steve T,
Anyone know what a Garvin cover is?
An RS ( Raised Steel ) cover.


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