Contractors are always using phrases that sound alien, so we thought you’d like the inside track on what they’re saying…
Chasing In – creating a channel in the wall or floor (if it’s concrete) to house pipework or electrics.
Making Good – reinstating the smooth decorative appearance of a wall or floor after an alteration has been made to it.
Offer Up – checking a position of an object (a lintel, cupboard, shelf, architrave) by raising it to the required site and marking the location before fitting.
Good and True – checking if something is level with a spirit level.
Spess – specification of the job.
Fit-Out – the items being used for the job (the kitchen or bathroom fittings).
The Gear – any materials needed for the job.
Live – a term used to describe plaster if it is no longer firmly attached to the wall.
Pissed – something that is no longer straight and level.
The Trap – the plumbing under a sink.
The String – the side panels of stairs (not all stairs have a string.)