Terms of the Trade

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Terms of the Trade: What is a Miter Box?

They help guide saws to cut materials at precise angles.

Terms of the Trade: What is Shiplap Lumber?

These interlocking boards are cheap and popular.

Terms of the Trade - What is a Deep Freezer?

Chest freezers are a hot item these days.

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Terms of the Trade: What is Beadboard?

This wall siding looks like rows of skinny, vertical boards.

Terms of the Trade: What Is A Mortise?

It's the hole for a classic woodworking joint.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Stripped Screw?

These fasteners have had the shapes on their head damaged.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Reciprocating Saw?

Its blade moves back and forth, facilitating curved cuts.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Bottom Chord?

This supportive element is also called a scissors truss.

Terms of the Trade: What Is Pressure Treated Wood?

This lumber stands the test of time.

Terms of the Trade: What Is an Abutment?

An abutment is a joint between two surfaces, and is usually used in roofing terminology to describe a joint between a roof and a wall.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a PEB?

Prefabricated buildings are increasingly common.

Terms of the Trade: What are Dead Loads and Live Loads?

Structural loads are measured in several different ways.

Terms of the Trade: What Is On-Center Spacing?

OC spacing refers to the centers of construction elements.

Terms of the Trade: Diatomaceous Earth

This versatile substance comes from tiny algae fossils.

Terms of the Trade: What is an Easement?

It's a rule governing the use of a property by a non-owner.

Terms of the Trade: What is Jury Rigging?

This little phrase comes up surprisingly often.

Terms of the Trade: What is an Evaporative Cooler?

They transfer heat from air to water vapor.

Terms of the Trade: What is Thermal Inertia?

In a nutshell, it's how fast an object or space will cool.

Terms of the Trade: What is Batt Insulation?

It's among the cheapest and most common types of insulation.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Bull Float?

A bull float is a device used to smooth the surface of newly poured concrete.

Terms of the Trade: What Is PVC?

PVC pipe is low-cost & easy to joint.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Dormer Window?

A dormer window is a window that sticks out of a sloped roof.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Miter Saw?

This saw likes to do things at an angle.

Terms of the Trade: What Is Weatherstripping?

Keep the cold air out and the warm air in (or vice versa).

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Multimeter?

Use this handheld device to troubleshoot electrical problems.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Halogen Bulb?

Halogen bulbs last 4 times as long as a standard bulb.

Terms of the Trade: What Is an Incandescent Bulb?

Incandescent light bulbs are cheap to manufacture and purchase. However, 95 percent of their energy is converted to heat as opposed to visible light, and they give off less lumens per watt than their halogen counterparts.

Terms of the Trade: What Does "Plumb" Mean?

The term "plumb" refers to when an edge or surface is vertically oriented.

Terms of the Trade: What Is Green Board?

Green board is used in the place of regular drywall to control moisture absorption in bathrooms.

Terms of the Trade: What Is Semi-Gloss Paint?

Semi-gloss paint washes easily, making it great for kitchens and bathrooms.

Terms of the Trade: What Is Thread Seal Tape?

Thread seal tape, or plumber's tape, is used to ease the tightening and sealing of joints in plumbing applications.

Terms of the Trade: What Is the Frost Line?

Don't think winter will have an affect on your construction project? Think again and know your area's frost line.

Terms of the Trade: What Is an Egress Window?

Egress windows offer a means of escape in the event of a fire or other disaster.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a 110 Line?

Most circuits in a home have a 110 volt amperage.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Trowel?

A trowel is a tool used to spread and smooth plaster.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Tee Valve?

This pipe joint gets its name from its name from its shape.

Terms of the Trade: What is an Earth Ground?

It helps protect devices and users from electrical shock.

Terms of the Trade: What is Absorption Cooling?

Counterintuitively, this cooling method uses heat.

Terms of the Trade: What is a Countersink?

It's a conical hole, often drilled to sink a fastener.

Terms of the Trade: What is Composite Honeycomb?

These strong, light structures are based on honeybee wax.

Terms of the Trade: What is a Light Ballast?

They control the current running through a bulb.

Terms of the Trade: What Is Plaster?

This classic material has been in use for millennia.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Fraise?

This specialized tool creates precision cuts in metal.