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Filipino / Tagalog Vernacular Construction Terms: Tools & Materials

Are you looking to familiarize yourself with the different terminologies used in building construction in the Philippines? Here's a list of Filipino / Tagalog Vernacular Construction Terms that will make coordinating with your locals easier.


ENGLISH TERM
FILIPINO TERM
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Ball Bearings
De Bulitas

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Barrel Bolt
Trankilya / Pang-trangka

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Bolt
Piyerno

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Brace
Liyabe
Brass
Tumbaga

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Brick
Ladrilyo

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Brick Hammer
Piketa

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Bull-point Chisel
Sinsil

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Cabinet Hinge
Espolon

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Carpet
Alpombra

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Cast Iron
Pundido

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Cement
Semento

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Chain Bolt
Bakal de Kadena

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Chalk Line Reel
Pitik

Clamp
Gato

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Concrete
Buhos

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Copper
Kobre

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Crowbar
Bareta de Kabra

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Doorknob
Busol

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Drill
Barena

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Escutcheon
Eskudo

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Fiber-cement Board
Hardipleks

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Filling Material / Earthfill
Escombro

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Fine Sifted Sand
Bistay

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Flat Bar
Plantsuela

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Float
Rodela

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Floor Tile
Baldosa

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Framing Square
Eskwala

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G.I. Plain Sheet
Liso

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G.I. Strap
Lingueta

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G.I. Wire
Alambre
Gravel
Graba

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Hack Saw
Lagaring Bakal

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Hammer
Martilyo

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Hinge
Bisagra

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Hose Level
Lebel

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Iron
Yero

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Key
Susi

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Laminate
Pormika

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Latch
Aldaba

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Lead
Tingga

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Mallet
Malyete

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Masonry Trowel
Kutsara

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Mortar
Agramasa

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Nail
Pako

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Nailset
Punsol

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Nut
Tuwerka

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Oakum
Estopa

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Padlock
Kandado

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Paintbrush
Pinsel

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Paneled Door
De Bandeha

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Pea Gravel
Grabita

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Pickaxe
Piko

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Planer
Katam

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Plier
Plais

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Plumb bob
Hulog

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Putty blade
Paleta

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Rivet
Rimatse

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Router
Torno

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Sand
Buhangin

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Saw
Lagari

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Screw
Tornilyo

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Screwdriver
Distornilyador

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Shovel
Pala

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Sledgehammer
Maso

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Staple
Pikolete
Steel
Asero

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Stone
Piedra

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Tar
Alkitran

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Tarpaulin
Lona

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Vinyl
Binil

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Wainscoting Tile
Asoleho

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Wall Plug
Tox

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Washer
Pitsa

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Wood
Madera

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Wood Chisel
Pait

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Wool
Lana

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Wrench
Liyabe Katala

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