Volume 46, Issue 5 - June 2007

Window Guy
A dealer’s perspective
by R. Mark Reasbeck, owner of Coyote Springs Window and Door of Las Vegas. Mr. Reasbeck’s comments are solely his own and not necessarily those of this magazine.

Term Limits
A Humorous Look at Door and Window Words

Have you ever been involved in a conversation with someone who is constantly using trade-specific acronyms or buzz words unique to their industry? Real estate and mortgage people are great at this. “Yes sir, according to your FICO score, you qualify for an FHA-approved loan in a non-SID community with CC&R’s that allow you to avoid MIP and have an option for an ARM or LEG loan.” Of course your pride kicks in like a can of Red Bull, and you shake your head in agreement so you don’t appear “term limited.”

Maybe you are new to the door and window industry and have had those conversations where you wish you had a source at your fingertips that would give you that edge of eloquence. Today is your lucky day. I recommend that you hold on to this issue, so that you have this column at your fingertips. Having a reference to building industry-specific terms could come in handy at conventions, with clients and definitely with your peers. But mainly, these definitions are a good source of humor, and I believe will make you smile.

Terms of Endearment
Astragal- one of the 12 Zodiac signs.
Back Bedding- the worst rooms at a motel.
Bottom rail- location after drinking for four hours.
Calipers- Los Angeles basketball team.
Chalking- police procedure with homicide victims.
Cohesive failure- see divorce attorney.
Countersink- location of all kitchen sinks.
Debridge- structure built over de river.
Durometer- instrument used to measure “Duro’s.”
Fixed- see card games.
Fixed jamb- getting caught cheating in a card game.
Fixed window- what you are thrown through after caught cheating.
Gusset- exotic fruit; a hybrid of a guava and a Russet potato.
Keeper- a 1956 Chevy.
Leaded glass- some states require “unleaded glass.”
Level- tool unknown to most framers.
Low-E glass- glass with self-esteem problems.
Mull- adult mull.
Mullion- young mull.
NFRC- slang at singles bar for “Not Finding Right Chick.”
Replacement unit- see “trophy wife” (probably edited out).
Roller- gambler.
Sidelite- small dinner salad.
Thermal break- getting out of Vegas in the summer.
Thermal pane- sunburn.
Thumbturn- see “Cohesive failure.”
Transom window- window without a home.
U value- worth more than “T,” but less than “V.”
Visible light- see oxymoron.
Weep hole- a great name for a bar for window guys.

There you have it. You too can now speak with confidence and authority. After impressing your boss, go ahead, ask for that raise and be sure to let me know how that worked out for you.

Unfinished Business
Last month, I tackled the sensitive subject of safety screens. It was “screened” and edited due to limited space and content. If you would like to know my “unscreened” thoughts on this, e-mail me at mark@coyotespringsnv.com for a copy. 

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