View Full Version : What are those concrete things called?

02-20-2001, 10:23 AM
Is there a name for those long skinny concrete slabs at the front of parking spaces, cunningly designed to rip your front bumper off? There's got to be a name, but none of my coworkers can think of it. Help, Teeming Millions!

02-20-2001, 10:40 AM
"Wheel stops" or "curb blocks." Cite. (http://chamberlaincontractors.com/curb_blocks.htm) I want you to know that it took me far too long to figure this out, and you are naughty for asking such a question when there is Science waiting to be done. :)

02-21-2001, 08:09 AM
A quick google search also revealed, 'concrete bumpers', 'concrete wheel bumpers' and 'parking bumpers'. I always called them 'berms' but that seems to refer to a mound of earth.

As far as mundane questions go, this isn't even top 100 :)

When you microwave something small, where on the carousel should you place it? (http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/showthread.php?threadid=60788

What is this hairstyle called? (http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/showthread.php?threadid=60804)

Do vegans swallow? (http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/showthread.php?threadid=60647):D
(I like this one)

And thats just on page one today.

02-21-2001, 12:23 PM
Huh. While I certainly appreciate the answers, I feel like there's a certain...elegance that's lacking by the phrase "curb blocks". I was hoping for a single word that, when spoken, would immediately bring to mind the object. Still, it's nobody's fault. Sometimes English just lets us down. Thanks, all!

02-28-2001, 04:09 PM
But here's my city's standard design for parking lot bumper curbs. (http://issweb.ci.austin.tx.us:5151/~aeservices/spec_detail/stdfiles/sd/439-1.jpg)

Don't ask, I just ran across it.

02-28-2001, 04:14 PM
jersy barriers


02-28-2001, 04:22 PM
I prefer "parking curbs". A friend of mine always calls them "Sure Stops", but I believe that's a brand name.

Those curbs don't rip off my front bumper, but sometimes a part of the undercarriage of my car can get hooked on one of them and I hear a weird noise when I back out.

02-28-2001, 04:34 PM
Ian't the "Jersey barrier" the taller formed-in-place concrete barrier used on freeways to divide the different directions of traffic? Although there are portable prefab versions used around construction areas, now that I think of it.

I always just called those concrete parking-lot things "bumpers".

02-28-2001, 09:27 PM
BTW, the concrete base you often see on light poles in shopping mall parking lots are called "sonotubes."

I have to know that -- I'm rewriting a zoning code.

02-28-2001, 11:30 PM
elmwood, I think your misapplying the term "sonotube."

A sonotube is the thick (approx .25 inches) cardboard cylinder-shaped form (they look like the Jolly Green Giant's toilet paper tube) that they use to cast concrete pilings, pillars and, yes, lampost bases.

BTW, I believe "sonotube" is a brand name.

Best Topics: put dishes away longest held note asshole girls v6 vs i4 frozen bra familyvideo.com reviews dynamite detonator box pocketbook vs purse alaska initials wild hare expression change email timestamp mafia mobs herbs for soup star washer purpose raised tank toilet bollocks slang monica or rachel popeyes elbow 800 junk cost incarnate construct pronounce corps swordfish movie car pronounce qing learning devanagari nose tingling craigslist message board brake hp ice cubes beer gargoyle name generator promethazine dm high lifestyle poly utopia etymology walmart basket define sexually active cartman jewish mechiah yiddish jaws meteor difference between brazing and soldering why are puerto rican so loud drywall sanding sponge home depot why is alaska not part of canada why does vomit smell headache after being in sun why did latin die out usps registered mail tracking not updating dog congestive heart failure death how to take off the back of a watch what size propane tank for 20 kw generator heavy whipping cream for coffee living in office space funny side effects list red eyes after wearing contacts my turn signals stopped working are jos a bank suits any good funny names for characters why is conway twitty on family guy woody somebody poisoned the waterhole how much was the 30 pieces of silver worth how long is jury duty if not picked why are there no direct flights in the southern hemisphere what is a confirmed kill fucking in a library where to buy a key fob battery alcohol or hydrogen peroxide how to copy a do not copy key taking nitroglycerin when not needed how many lanes on a track what was the wicked witch of the west name