Ever been in a situation when you were suddenly caught dumbfounded while talking with your foreman, mason or contractor? When they utter the words masilya, balbon or kapak you are suddenly lost in translation. Here are some Filipino construction vernacular terms to help you understand them.
Or putty. Used for filling holes. Usually applied in wall or ceilings prior to painting. Skimming walls is now a popular method of painting system in achieving flawless and smoothing wall facades, ceilings and walls. Eurotiles Skimcoat Superfine is an innovative thin plastering mortar that covers pinholes and other finishing imperfections of concrete walls, columns, beams and ceilings.
Make sure when you send your mason to buy pang-masilya or skimcoat, choose a brand that features excellent workability, non-cracking, minimal porosity, capable to regulate environmental humidity and its strength of adhesion is above the industry standard.
Or plaster. One of the final steps of finishing and interior or exterior wall. Usually you will hear your mason say "kailangan habulin sa palitada". Plaster is a mixture of cement and water for spreading on walls and other structures to form a smooth hard surface when dried. Wall plasters are generally applied 10-12mm thick Finish coat plasters like skimcoat are applied on top at usually 2mm thick.
No, not "mabuhok". It is a wall defect due to improper or uneven plastering. This defect occurs when the plastering process was done by an inexperienced mason. Balbons or uneven walls should be repaired immediately to avoid further damages on your walls.
For patching of walls you may use Eurotiles Plaster Patch - a fine rendering mortar with 2mm to 10mm thickness used for repairing surface defects on traditional renders or on the concrete panels of walls and ceilings. It has high bonding strength, compatible with decorative wall coverings, easy to use and applicable for interior and exterior concrete surfaces.
The frame surrounding the door or window. Usually made of wood or metal.
Or gutter on the roof. The passageway of rainwater on your roof.
Or galvanized iron (G.I.) sheet. A lightweight roofing material to protect the house from sunlight or rainwater.
G.I. sheets are highly prone to rust which causes some roofs to have holes, making it very hassle to homeowners. You can repair or seal holes on your yero or roof with Eurotiles Seal and Flex - a flexible cementitious waterproofing mortar engineered to provide excellent protection and waterproofing at your home.
Not the musical instrument. It is a covering made out of putty to hide unsightly pipes that appear in areas like the underside of a bathroom or corner of kitchen sink. So the next time you hear your mason tells you "tambulan lang natin yan" it means you will cover an unsightly pipe, not play some drums.
Honeycomb air pockets that form on the concrete if it isn't applied correctly. This happens when tiles are laid incorrectly. Kapak refers to the hollow sound of or defect itself in a surface where the plaster has not bonded well. That means if there's a hollow sound, there are air pockets between the tile and the concrete surface. This will cause your tile to get loose or crack.
It is impractical nowadays not to use tile adhesives in installing tiles. Eurotiles Superior tile adhesive is a tile bonding material engineered for fixing ceramic tiles to rendered concrete walls and floors. Gone are the days of laying tiles with a mixture of cement, sand and water, so go tell your mason to use tile adhesive so your tiles will not ampaw.
Tiktik - removing of existing tiles to clean out its concrete surface for installation of new tiles. Sounds like a difficult job, right? Don't hassle yourself and your mason, some tile adhesives are specialized for tile over tile applications. Eurotiles Heavy Duty is a high quality cement based tile adhesive ideal for fixing various kinds of tiles.
Tibag - to demolish.
So next time if you feel tired of complaining to your mason of sloppy work, be articulate and speak in their tongues by saying "Ang dami nama'ng kapak, ang dami dingding na balbon at kailangan tambulin".
And if you've really exhausted yourself, just say "tibagin mo na lang lahat!"
Previously published on: www.eurotiles.ph