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Friday, November 12, 2010

FILIPINO CONSTRUCTION VERNACULAR TERMS

Let’s put this straight. Did you ever experience conversing to a carpenter or a handy man that turned to a guessing game? Well, it goes like this. I have a problem with my ceiling. During the discussion I will point the ceiling to the guy who will do the work. But after saying the magic word he immediately reacts in split seconds by saying the vernacular term of what I pointed out. Sounds good but, heck never to me.    

I have a defective ceiling.(kisame ser, - the guy) yah! Kisame. The ceiling joist ha. (kostilyahe) what the hell is that? Kostilyahe ser. Ceiling joist? No, ser kostilyahe”

For those who experience these and for those who does not want to look lousy to the work man rather to effectively communicate here are the list of building parts and its Filipino vernacular term.

ENGLISH  -- TAGALOG

POST  -  halige / poste
GIRDER  -  gililan
JOIST  -  soleras
FLOORING – sahig/suwelo
GIRT  - sepo

BEAM – biga
TRUSS – kilo
BOTTOM CHORD – barakilan
TOP CHORD – tahilan
PURLINS  - reostra

COLAR PLATE  - sinturon
FASCIA BOARD – senepa
EXTERNAL SIDING – tabike
VERTICAL STUD – pilarete
HORIZONTAL STUD – pabalagbag

CEILING JOIST – kostilyahe
WINDOW SILL – pasamano
WINDOW HEAD – sombrero
WINDOW OR DOOR JAMB – hamba
OPEN STRINGER -  hardinera

CLOSED STRINGER – madre de eskalera
TREAD – baytang
RISER – takip silipan
HANDRAIL – gabay
MOLDING – muldora

EAVE – sibe
PROJECTION – bolada
FRAMEWORK – balangkas
GUTTER – kanal
CONDUCTOR – alulod

WROUGHT IRON STRAP – plantsuwela
BOLT – pierno
SCAFFOLDING – plantsa
STAKE – staka
PLASTERED COURSE – kusturada

STUCCO or PLASTER  - palitada
SCRATCH COAT  - rebokada
PICHWORK on MASONRY – piketa
VARNISH FINISH – monyeka
SPACING or GAP – biyento

CONCRETE SLAB – larga masa
ALIGNMENT  - asintada
PLUMB LINE  -  hulog
CEMENT TILES – baldosa
CEMENT BRICK – ladrilyo
DOOR FILLET – batidora
GROOVE – kanal
WOOD GRAIN – haspe
PATTERN or SCHEDULE  - plantilya
HINGE – bisagra

PANELED DOOR – de bandeha
EARTHFILL  - eskumbro
MASONRY FILL – lastilyas
ADOBE ANCHOR – liyabe
SOLDER – hinang

SOLDERING LEAD – estanyo