While working in the US, I applied for a driving license and took the
test. The written (computerised multiple choice) was easy but the
practical nearly got off to a bad start when the tester asked me to
pull onto the pavement. I quickly realised that he meant the paved
highway aka road and not the sidewalk aka pavement!
As for my smoking colleague who, early on, walked out of a lab
saying that he really needed to have a fag...
Guy Dawson I.T. Manager Crossflight Ltd
I am reminded of a true story regarding Madame & Charles De Gaulle (Premier
of France, which with due deference to American readers is somewhat South of
England) at a very formal diplomatic dinner.
Madame was asked 'What gave her the most satisfaction?'
After some thought, and with complete attention of everyone at the table.
She said 'a penis'
The table was stunned for a second, or two.
Chas De Gaulle leant over and said 'Happiness ...happiness'
Actually cinder blocks and concrete blocks were and still are made from two
different materials. Cinder blocks used "clinkers" from coal fired
locomotives and industrial steam boilers, mixed with portland cement and
sand to form a lightweight version of concrete. Lightweight blocks are still
manufacturered for internal firewalls and such, using steel mill slag and
other lightweight agegates. They were never intended for outdoor use or
inground use. Concrete blocks used the standard sand, gravel and portland
cement for high strength and weather resistance.
Used to be called Rawlplug in North America when they were made of a
fiberous material. My experience has shown that plastic plugs don't hold
much at all, they are just too slippery to form a solid anchor. If you have
solid timbers in the wall use longer screws. If you have masonry building
units in the wall get some Tapcon screws or the equivelent in a length that
will solidly hold in the masonry.
Pollyfilla, still made in North America, they make floor leveling, wall
patching, spackles and other plaster type supplies. My local big box store
Similar to cinder block. A soft grey building block, about 12" x 8", mainly
used for interior walls. We also have a similar product called "Thermalite"
Generally, they are all known as breeze blocks.
I've seen similar blocks in the USA (I'm sad enough to visit DIY stores like
"Home Depot" on holiday!!!
A plastic plug you use to fix to a masonry wall. You drill an oversize hole,
fit a rawlplug, then screw into the rawlplug which expands to grip the hole.
Rawlplug is a trade name for the (at one time) most famous brand. These
days there are many makes. You need special types for use in breeze blocks.
>What is polyfilla?
Another trade name for a general purpose, plaster based, filler. I think
you call it "spackle" ?
Breeze block is concrete building blocks, an alternative to clay bricks
). A Rawlplug is a
plastic plug for insertion into a hole drilled in masonry to take screws
that form their own thread in the plastic
). Polyfilla is a
powder that is mixed with water to fill holes and cracks in wood, plaster
etcetera, also comes as a ready mixed paste in a tub or tube. Can be sanded
smooth when dry, then painted.
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