Conversions trade jargon
Mix of sand and gravel. Usually used to make concrete when mixed with cement.
- Building Act 1984
The overarching act of legislation that covers all building regulations in the UK.
- Building control
A legal requirement that must be obtained before carrying erecting, extending or significantly altering a building. Building control officers (also known as building control surveyors/building inspectors) are usually based within local authority building control departments.
- Cavity wall
Wall made up to two parallel masonry skins, with an air space between them to aid ventilation.
- First fix
Installation work carried out before walls and ceilings are plastered, such as fitting pipes and cables.
Short for Pilkington K Glass, a kind of glass used to reduce heat loss due to a special coating on the inside of the glass.
- Second fix
Items installed after plastering has been completed, such as plug sockets, radiators and doors.
An expression for all the small issues left over at the end of a construction project. Typically a homeowner will identify snags which the tradesman will rectify to complete the job.
A vertical supporting beam, made of steel.
- Stud partition
A non-load bearing dividing wall, made of a timber frame covered in plaster board.
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