Trade Language/Jargon

Driveways Trade Language/Jargon

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Block paving: Also known as brick paving, block paving uses bricks to create a driveway or area of hardstanding.

Block Splitter: Also known as Block Cutters or Guillotines, a tool that allows bricks to be cut along straight lines to shape them for use in block paving.

Brick Saw: A power tool used for cutting concrete, bricks and other materials. More often referred to as a grinder by tradespeople.

Brush-in: A paving technique where a tradesman/helper literally brushes a dry, powdered mortar into the joints of paving.

Coping: A flat stone used as a cap on walls or around the perimeter of patios, pools and ponds etc.

Crazy Paving: Paving made of irregular pieces of flat stone.

Edge Course: The bricks or paving blocks used at the edge of a pavement, driveway or other area.

Gravel: A loose mix of small, smooth stones.

Hardcore: A mix of stones, broken bricks, rubble and other material used as a filling in foundations or under hardstanding.

Imprinted Concrete: Concrete that is pressed to take on a pattern.

Permeable Paving: Paving made up materials that allows water to soak through.

Sub-base: The load-bearing layer of pavement or hardstanding, made from crushed stone.

Sub-grade: The existing ground underneath a planned area of hardstanding, cleared of any obstacles.

Tarmac: Material used for surfacing roads or other outdoor areas, consisting of broken stone mixed with tar. Tarmac, is a proper name, and should be properly referred to as bituminous macadam or “Bitmac”.

Wacker Plate: Also known as a plate compactor, a piece of construction equipment used to smooth and level the earth.

Wash-in: Technique that brushes in a wet mortar into the joint of paving.


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