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foundation • square up • shingled
install • mixed
  1. We are going to a jacuzzi in the upstairs bathroom.
  2. Do you want to get a plate of appetizers so you can try different things?
  3. They started building the of the house yesterday.
  4. The builders will the window frames and then put in the glass.
  5. The roof had to be again after the big storm.
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154 Handy Man
Rob talks about his construction job and building homes.

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We start from the foundation.

The "foundation" of something is a strong base or support that is used so the building will not move.  Notice the following:

  1. The earthquake broke the foundation of the building.
  2. The construction workers dug a big hole on the property for the foundation.

square up

Square everything up.

To "square something up" is to make it straight and in order, the way that it should be.  Not to one side or the other.  Notice the following:

  1. The addition was built very well, with everything squared up.
  2. Make sure to square the building up or the door won't open easily.


We shingle the roof.

A "shingle" is a thin piece of strong material that is used with many other shingles to cover and protect a house.  Shingle can also be used as a verb.  Notice the following:

  1. Many people put new shingles on their houses in the summer.
  2. The rain storm was so strong that it caused big problems for the shingles on the roof.


We install the windows and the doors.

To "install" something is to put it in place so that it works properly.  We use this for things are parts that are not moved from the place they are originally put.  Notice the following:

  1. The mechanic is installing an new windshield in my car.
  2. The bathroom is almost finished.  They just need to install the toilet and the sink.


The crew was quite mixed, people from Canada, Australia.

A "mixed" group is a combination of people from many different countries.  Mixed is a combination of many different things.  Notice the following:

  1. My friend made me a mixed CD.  It had songs by many different musicians.
  2. The university had a very mixed population.