Terms of the Trade

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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: What Is a PEB?

Prefabricated buildings are increasingly common.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Circ Pump?

A circ pump (short for “circulating” or “circulator”) is a machine that keeps liquids or gasses moving in a sealed system.

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 Downspout Extension?

Many times a downspout ends with just an elbow.

Terms of the Trade: What Is an Impact Driver?

Use an impact driver for quick drilling.

Terms of the Trade: What Is Cutting In?

Get into those tight spaces with this technique.

Terms of the Trade: What is Jury Rigging?

This little phrase comes up surprisingly often.

Terms of the Trade: Diatomaceous Earth

This versatile substance comes from tiny algae fossils.

Terms of the Trade: Hot Ground Reverse

Don't let this uncommon reading spook you.

Terms of the Trade: What Do Sandpaper Grit Numbers Mean?

The higher the grade, the finer the sandpaper.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Storm Sash?

A storm sash can be handy to keep out the weather, but they can be difficult to remove.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Brake Caliper Tool?

Use a brake caliper tool when changing brake pads on your car.

Terms of the Trade: What Is an Air Hammer?

Air hammers use highly pressurized air to strike the desired object.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Spotted Spurge Weed?

Spotted spurge is a rogue lawn weed that can become a serious nuisance in your lawn or flowerbeds.

Terms of the Trade: What Is Spray Insulation?

Insulation can lower a home's heat loss by up to 75 percent!

Terms of the Trade: Beadboard Ceiling

Here are some pros and cons to installing a beadboard ceiling.

Copper vs Plastic Plumbing Pipe

Many homeowners opt for plastic for various reasons.

Terms of the Trade: Hand Plane Versus Power Planer Tools

Both hand planes and power planes can be used to complete many carpentry projects.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Gambrel Roof?

A gambrel roof consists of two slopes with a gabled structure at both ends.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Wood Turning Parting Tool?

A wood turning parting tool is a small chisel used to cut grooves into wood while it's turning.

Terms of the Trade: Power Tool Grinder

A power tool grinder is one of several power tools used to smooth and polish different kinds of surfaces.

Terms of the Trade: What Is Membrane Roofing?

Membrane roofing is placed on flat roof surfaces to protect against ultraviolet rays and weathering.

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 a French Drain System?

A French drain system is essentially a ditch filled with gravel to protect foundations from runoff.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Rim Joist?

This piece of lumber is an important part of flooring or decking.

Terms of the Trade: What Does Antique Mean?

Vintage and antique are two words you hear a lot when discussing DIY projects.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Torpedo Level?

A torpedo level is generally a 6 to 12 inch-long level in the shape of a torpedo.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Stick-built Home?

A stick-built home is a home built on-site instead of in a factory.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Camshaft?

A camshaft is part of a vehicle's engine. It is used to open and close engine valves.

Terms of the Trade: What Are Chair Rails?

Chair rails are moldings applied on the wall a few feet from the ground.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Plumb Bob?

A plumb bob is used to make sure something is plumb, or vertical.

Terms of the Trade: What Is an Alternator?

An alternator is an electric generator.

Terms of the Trade: What Is an Ohmmeter?

An ohmmeter measures electrical resistance.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Hardscape?

A hardscape is a rocky landscape.

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 Gasket?

A gasket is a seal which fills the space between surfaces.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Faceplate?

A faceplate is commonly used to describe light switches and sockets.

Terms of the Trade: What is Emulsion?

Emulsion is a water-based paint.

Terms of the Trade: What Is Top Dressing?

Top dressing is putting a compost, sand, or soil mix on the surface of a lawn.

Top 10 DIY Terms Explained

Learn what the top 10 DIY terms mean, and you’ll learn lots more about DIY.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Newel?

A newel is a supporting pillar, or column, on a staircase.

Terms of the Trade: What Are Companion Plants?

Companion plants are plants that grow better when planted together.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Bastard File?

A bastard file is a file with coarseness between “coarse” and “second cut.”

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Hawk?

A hawk is a square board with a handle in the middle.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Scrub Plane?

A scrub plane is used to remove wood from lumber.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Billhook?

A billhook is a cutting tool generally used for cutting wood, pruning, and chopping branches.