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mudjacking

mudjacking  n.— «The repairs to Sprigg Street have included removing fill material put in place to raise the roadbed following the Great Flood of 1993, material that had deteriorated badly, Gramling said. “It was just kind of a mud...

skylock

skylock  n.— «After a cursory examination, the chief of the contractor’s crew, which had been repairing the building’s facade, said that a “skylock”—the brake on one of the scaffold’s twin motors—had apparently failed, leading to the one...

tummy rubbing

tummy rubbing  n.— «One top Port of Seattle consultant and construction contractor had their own shorthand—”tummy rubbing”—for informally negotiating how much the port should pay for unexpected work at the airport, a recent...

trunk monkey

trunk monkey  n.—Gloss: a rear gunner in an armed vehicle, caravan, or convoy. Note: Used among military personnel and contractors in Iraq. It’s possible that the term derives from this advertisement from Suburban Auto Group, and others...

deconstruction

deconstruction  n.—Gloss: the re-use of discarded or dismantled building materials in home construction. «Instead of having her 1,300-square-foot house bulldozed, she hired Jon Alexander, a contractor who shared her environmentalism and...

third shift

third shift  n.— «The simplest and most dramatic form of the problem is something that Asia-based investigators jocularly refer to as the “third shift,” the “midnight shift,” or the “ghost shift. Say a U.S...