View Full Version : Any nicknames for tools of the trade

04-17-2009, 06:55 PM
what are some funny names you guys/gals use around the country for tools on the truck...We call a capstan a whirly-gig, we call the rubber covers that go over skun transformer taps dog cocks.....grips are porkchops etc.....Give me some other lingo tht is used down south or out west or in another country lol......:D

04-17-2009, 08:45 PM
a few of the top of my head, the attachment you put on the capspan for the spider real is called a donkeys di*k a attachment for the guy is called a moneys face and then for the new apprentices you have your wire streachers and the sky hook. i know there is more i just cant think of them right now

04-17-2009, 10:53 PM
wedge clamps--- chicken catchers
line hoses--- Guts
inhibiter --- Monkey shit
Guy attachment--- Goat Head

04-18-2009, 09:13 AM
LOL! Oh man.

The only time I've heard donkey d*ck is when my MIL referred to baloney as that. And this thread is gonna be full of baloney, eh?

Okaaaay! Okaaaay! I'm outta here! :D

04-18-2009, 09:09 PM
Rope. The stuff you send stuff up a pole with.
Climber thingeys. Put on yu feet to go up pole.
Hat. Put on your hed cause safety man seys you must.
Rubber gluvs. Put on hands to keep electric away.
Copper wire. Stuff you put on belt for nuts an washers. (Swamp tol me this)
Pot. Thingey you put on pole to run electric thru.
Wire holding thingeys. Thingeys to hold wire stupid.
Ware. See wire.
Electric. Stuff that runs thru electric wares. It'll hurt you.
Safety belt. You wear up pole cause safety man seys you must.
Swamprat. Stupid guy thet livs in Floridie and don know shit bout elect work but noes a lot bout politics and economics.
Pole. Thang yu put in ground to hol up elect lines.
Lion truk. Truk whut lionmen ride in.
Polearity. Thang in pot that makes elect go sideways. Ask Swamprat.
Impedunce. Thang in pot that makes elect slow down. Ask Swamprat.
Kilovolts. Hole buncha volts. Ask Swamprat.
Grunt. Sound Swampy makes when bent over in Pike's office.
FU$k yu. Words Swamp says all time. Limited vocabulary, you know.
7200. Volts you touch wit rubbher gluvs while on wud pole. Swamp sed it'd be ok.

04-18-2009, 11:06 PM
guy attachment- rams head
cutout and astr brkt- crows foot
rope sling- snivy
bushing cap-dummie cap
ratching boxend wrench- zippy wrench
canvas tool bag- nose bag
3 lb hammer- BFH
big rock-BFR
non linemans boots- Bob Peters boots
rain gear- wet suit
climbing gear- get your shit on
copper conectors- crimpits
pole positioning strap-scare strap
hard hat- skid lid
down lead support bracket-candle stick
submersable transformer-shit hole
pole- stick
3 phase wire holder for material handler-tree
pole puller- man killer
u/g fault finder-thumper
can't think of any more at the moment

04-19-2009, 07:08 AM

Worst part is it changes from platform to platform what you call a tub I call a can and he calls a pot. Amizing we ever get anything done

04-19-2009, 12:31 PM
climbing gear- get your shit on


guy attachment- frog
hot line clamp- red-head
fiberglass guy rod- celery stick
1/4" rope-pea line
Large lag screw- hard head

04-19-2009, 03:16 PM
grip - come-a-long
od die tool - press wrench, woodhandles, busters, squeeze on tool
catch off - rat trap
line hose - gut
nicropress tool - xpj tool
hoist - webhoist, hot hoist
insulink - end to end
guy attachment - goat head
pole top pin - ridge pin
plain jane rope - straight rope
bolt biters - bites
triplex - tri, tx
sleeve - automatic, pickle
cross arm pin - steel pin
neutral rack - d clevis
copper - cu
insulated #6 copper - neoprene
hotline clamp - hot tap
mechanical - mac
jumper with two hot line clamps - curly Q
5/8 bolt with two 4" washers - band aid
lineman wrench - lowell wrench, round round
recloser - ocr, breaker

Boomer gone soft
04-19-2009, 04:05 PM
Grunt. Sound Swampy makes when bent over in Pike's office. Door, that's funny sh*t! Maybe that's why he said he was a "hot commodity" at Pike.

Box clamp on X laces-Bitch clamp
wire rope thimble-Sheep's c**t
Silicon for elbows-donkey cum
Hard hat-brain bucket
battery powered ratchet-wing winger
metal extension for bells-wife beater
guy attachment-monkey face or roman nose, ram's head if it only accepts preforms.
ratcheting wrench-clicker
rain suit-rat skin
non-climbing boots-loafers
FR clothing-sweat suit
Fiber strain-Fish
bells cut into a line-canadian or split
squirrel-C note or tree rat
rattle gun w/ bit-sawdust pump
too-tight pal nut-f*ck your buddy
loop in wire on ground-asshole or foreman
z's on open wire secondary-24 hour sag
drop it or let it go-let it eat
Hook on belt for misc. objects (usually field fabricated)-sh*t hook

Like everyone else says: there's a lot more, but I can't think of them now.

04-19-2009, 08:14 PM
Vibration dampers on transmission line= Possum cods
Ratchet Bolt cutters= Rabbit gun
Legnth of rope over 20 ft= Shoe string
Brace and bit= wiggle stick

Larry the Lineman
04-21-2009, 08:11 PM
fiberglass line cover- taco shells
line hose- line condom
impact gun- rattle gun
secondary clevis- skate
pole dolly-shin getter
lineman wrench-rodeo
hard hat-sweat cap
bells cut into a line-flying bells
cutout - angel wing
tamp-grunt stick
out rigger pad- skids
out rigger-truck legs
wood saw- gain saw
fiberglass guy rod-fish rod
canvas tool bag-drag bag
bolt covers-gorilla ti ttys
grunt-wine bag
leather gloves-spider catchers
mechanical jumper-macs, shunt
spade,spoon,tamp for hand hole-3 phase kit

Like everyone else says: there's a lot more, but I can't think of them now.

04-21-2009, 10:23 PM
Inbitor: Jelly
Silicone Grease: KY
Hard Hat: Brain Bucket or Turtle F****er
Hydraulic saw: Wizzer
Parallel Groove Clamp: Widgie
Nicopress Tool: JPX
HyPress Tool: Piece of S**T
Monthly Disconnects: Frequent Flyers
Stupidvisor: Self Explanitory

04-24-2009, 04:26 PM
lol good sh*t.............................
Oh ya pole covers are pole condoms,
those old fiberglass crib breaks on open wire secondary-johnnyballs, hobbyknockers,
pigs-big pieces of rubber
ummm what else..... tension splices-automatics, cigars
block and tackle-come alongs, cummies

04-25-2009, 12:31 AM
Leather Goves - Dick beater covers
Extension Bell - Horse C*ck

Highplains Drifter
04-25-2009, 04:44 PM

Beaks (parrot)


Baloney cutters

Pi Knife

Round Cutters


Whiskey Getters

04-26-2009, 04:05 AM
BG6 press- Ned
eye nut- bad girl, has threads, screws
bolt eye- good girl, no threads, doesn't screw
gloves- hand shoes
skanatchy- that thing I need but can't name or describe- just point
hot hoist- cadillac
small set of 4's- slack blocks
hot stick attachments- gator, barking dog, hand, swivel tie, the prong
auger- locator
rain gear- rat skins
linkits- firecrackers
urd secondary bushing covers- dildos
open link fuse holders- grasshoppers, squirrel killers
hot line clamp- seahorse
fiber rod- fish
wrap guys- f$cking crap guys

04-30-2009, 01:09 AM
The hydraulic drill motor in the bucket = Rattle Gun

Dead end bell extension = Donkey dick

Any object that you forgot the name of = Mother ****er As in "Hand me that mother ****er.

Two pound short handle sledge hammer = Single Jack, or smiter.

Engeneer = Pecker neck, Pencil Neck, or Four Eyes.

Brace and Bit = Wiggle stick, or saw dust pump.

The steel spike you drive into the ground to tie a hold out rope on = Bull prick

The backbraid on the end of a rope = Dog dick

A knot you cannot untie = Hatchet knot

And just a thought......Having a new apprentice on the crew = losing a half a Journeyman because he needs so much watching.

04-30-2009, 07:22 PM
the large size fly travelers(46 inch I think) we call arm busters, don't mean crossarms either

04-30-2009, 08:22 PM
Racheting wrench-- Go rounder

Fiberglass guy insulator- -guy fish

guy hook that fits in a strandvise to pull guy wires-- bear claw

cutout fuse tube-- fuse door or a fuse gate

Glass guy wire insulators---johnny balls

Single bolt, guy wire to anchor rod bonding clamp---puppynuts

Automatic guy splice--- donkey d#ck

ACSR splice---bump

MD-6 O-D die crimping tool----wooden handled tool or hand press

parlay attachment to hook secondary wedge grips(chicken catcher)---butterfly

Twisted, Wire deadending hook, for hoist to automatic deadend--- goofy hook

secondary wire sagging strap with the grip and hook---slack strap

Handline schieve hook---meat hook

03-07-2012, 05:37 PM
If a helper had to change crews the first 2 months of his employment withe these guys ................would he quit or just go crazy...................maybe he would think he's being cussed out.................you figure

03-07-2012, 10:05 PM
My Journeyman use to yell for me to get an apprentice rubix cube which would be a 6 ton hoist.

03-07-2012, 10:33 PM
My Journeyman use to yell for me to get an apprentice rubix cube which would be a 6 ton hoist.

Never heard of that one but it is funny..............I guess now you know what he was saying,huh

03-07-2012, 10:42 PM
Primary VoltMeter.............Buck Rodgers

Secondary Hoist Attachment..Auto Deadend.......Button Hook....

Extended Sec Fork.............extended fork............not a tye stick...