Building Lingo Quiz

What does it all mean?  That is the question.  Photo source:

What does it all mean? That is the question. Photo source: Pinterest (original source not found).

Hands up if you understand every word of your building contract?   Hmmm… I thought so.  What about your house plans?

A recent email from our builders (to explain a change in our retaining wall dimensions) may as well have been written in Dutch.  Like every industry, construction has plenty of jargon.  But when technical language requires my signature at the end of it, I want to know what it all means.  Already, there have been many occasions during our building process that I’ve had to look up word meanings or request more information.

For some serious help with understanding your builders, here are some references:

And for a light-hearted challenge, come this way….

Can you talk the talk?  Test your knowledge on House By The Water’s Building Lingo Quiz.

Click here to take the quiz:  Building Lingo Quiz.

(The link will open up a new tab in your browser.  The quiz should take less than 5 minutes.  Return here with your score.)

 What do your results mean?

80-100%:   You are probably in the trade.  This blog is the place for you.  I need your help.  Stick around and I’ll see what I can do about a slab.

60-79%:  You’ve done this before.  This blog is the place for you.  We’d love to see pictures of your new home and any good tips you might have to share.

40-59%:  You may not speak the language of construction, but at least you know your Australian slang.  This blog is the place for you.  I love a bit of an Aussie yarn.

0-39%:  Room(s) for improvement.  This blog is the place for you.  Stick with me and we’ll learn together.

*  Bonus points will be awarded for adding a comment about a new word you’ve learnt while building a home.



15 thoughts on “Building Lingo Quiz

  1. Very funny.
    I learnt the meaning of the word “plans” during our build. As in, you can have the most thorough plans in the world but it doesn’t mean your builder will follow them!

  2. Miranda says:

    That was very funny. Once you reach the end, I think you’ll be able to sell your services as a building consultant to help people through this process.
    With the benefit of having just finished building, the only one I didn’t know was the spoon drain.
    But I can certainly sympathise with the difficulty of communications with the CLO. Soon after our slab went down, we asked for an estimate of when we’d need to supply our bath and lights, which we needed to order. The reply was that they weren’t needed until “tubing out” and “finals” respectively. We had to write back to say that we had no idea what that meant and that we were looking for an estimated date.

    • I’ve no idea what “tubing out” and “finals” are but I’d better find out since we are also supplying some lights amongst other things. As for being a building consultant – judging by staff turnover, I don’t think it’s the most rewarding job in the world.

  3. Kathryn says:

    Woo hoo!!!. 100%
    I’m ashamed to say that I even knew the builders crack question :-/
    Great quiz to wind down after work 🙂

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