Friday, February 18, 2011

Hey Lally Lally (Plus Closed Monday for Presidents' Day)

They use fun words in the construction biz.  I was describing a problem in our house to a friend and he said, "Yeah, I imagine they'll just put up your lally".  OK.  Turns out your lally would be: "a concrete-filled cylindrical steel structural column".  Huh.  At least there's no gagging.  Other entertaining construction terms:
Astragal- Not a Superhero.  "A molding, attached to one of a pair of swinging double doors, against which the other door strikes."  Astragal would never allow herself to be struck in the manner!
Corbel- Not a misspelled alcoholic beverage.  "The triangular, decorative and supporting member that holds a mantel or horizontal shelf."  Both decorative and supporting.  That's a keeper.
Muntin- Not a resident of Oz.  "A small member which divides the glass or openings of sash or doors."  Actually a Munchkin could be a small member - of the Lollypop Guild!

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