Funny-Sounding Terms Electricians Use

Funny Terms Indianapolis Electricians use White's Electrical

Imagine you are remodeling your home in Indianapolis, and you need your electrical system rewired. So, you hire an electrician from White’s Electrical. Upon arriving and poking around, the electrician begins talking about the neighborhood bird and how there is a problem with the bank. You might assume he is up to some funny business, but you would be wrong. Electricians use industry language and slang like everyone else. A BURD (not “bird”) is a Buried Urban Residential Distribution. And a “bank” has nothing to do with the financial institution. Rather, it is a group of electrical devices connected in a specific way to increase electrical capacity.

Below is a list of funny-sounding, industry-specific words electricians use that, were you uninformed, you might find confusing.

Dictionary of Funny Words in the Electrical Industry

 

Funny Words Indianapolis Electricians Use - White's Electrical

Alligator

A tool on a hot stick with which utility workers tie a wire or cable into an insulator.


 

Anchor

Holds conductors where they end at a pole or other structure. It is buried in the ground and connects to the pole by a guy-wire.


 

Arc

An electrical discharge through the air.


 

Arrester

Limits surge voltage by diverting it.


 

Baker Board

An insulated platform used when working on a pole.


Ballast

A device that limits the current.


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Bank

Electrical devices that are connected to increase electrical capacity.


Bayonet Cap (BC)

A type of lamp base.


Bonding

Joining metallic parts.


Funny terms Indianapolis Electricians use - Buried Urban Residential Distribution

BURD

Buried Urban Residential Distribution.


Burden

An electrical load on a circuit.


Bus

A conductor, such as a metal bar, that connects one or more circuits to an interface.


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Can

An overhead transformer.


Candlepower

Luminous intensity.


Cold

Circuits, lines, or equipment that does not have electrical power.


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Door

The tube of a fused cutout.


Drop-Out

When a relay moved to a position in which it is no longer electrified.


FAT

Factory Acceptance Test.


 

Fishing

The act of pulling wires through walls when installing the wire.


Flower Pot

Slang for Universal Bushing Well.


Gut

Slang for “Line Hose.”


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Hand Bender

A tool used to bend metal tubing and conduit.


Hertz

Unit of frequency.


Home Run

The main line from a service panel to the first device in the circuit.


Hot

A line or device that has electricity running through it.


ILL

Initial Lamp Lumens.


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IOU

Investor Owned Utility


Keyless

A lighting device made out of porcelain used for temporary lighting or in a storage area.


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Ohm

Unit of electrical resistance.


Pick-up

When a relay switches to an electrified position.


funny terms Indianapolis Electricians Use - White's Electrical

Pig tail

A temporary light.


Pothead

Slang for the device electricians use to move an overhead conductor underground.


funny terms Indianapolis Electricians Use - White's Electrical

Raceway

A channel used for holding conductors, cables, tubing, wire ways, and bus ways.


RPM

Reinforced Polymer Mortar.


Tag Line

A rope used to control things that are being lifted.


Temper

The softness of metal.


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Transformer

A device that changes voltage.


Transmission System

The highest-voltage network an electric utility system uses.


Trunking

A long metal or plastic container that houses cables and wires.


Funny terms Indianapolis Electricians Use - White's Electrical

UPS

Uninterruptable Power Supply.

 

 

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