Terms of the Trade

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Terms of the Trade: What is Plenum Space?

It's empty space for ventilation.

Terms of the Trade: What is a Plastic Turning Lathe?

Like a pottery wheel, it turns items for crafting work.

Terms of the Trade: What is a Bread Machine?

They help save time during the delicate baking process.

Terms of the Trade: What are Ice Axes?

They're useful for hikes and climbs in snowy, icy areas.

Terms of the Trade: What is a Beam Pocket?

It's an indented space to mount structural support.

Terms of the Trade: What is Cottagecore?

This new, old-timey style celebrates rustic simplicity.

Terms of the Trade: What is Resin?

The sap from trees has several crafty applications.

Terms of the Trade: What is Foam Board Adhesive?

It's a key ingredient of insulating with foam sheets.

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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 Tongue and Groove Joint?

Tongue and groove allows for a tight fit on many forms of carpentry, such as cabinets.

Terms of the Trade: Mortar vs Concrete

One is best for bonding applications. The other is best for structural support.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Shank?

A drill bit shank connects to the chuck and can produce varying degrees of torque and accuracy.

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 Bullnose Corner?

This classic adobe look can be adopted to any home's interior for a sophisticated take on walls and archways.

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 a Slotted Screwdriver?

This is the most commonly used screwdriver in the world.

What Is a Supply Line?

Supply lines carry water or gas from the pipes inside your walls to the appliances and fixtures.

Terms of the Trade: Fascia

The fascia protects the soffit and eaves from water damage.

Terms of the Trade: What Is CPVC Pipe?

CPVC pipe can withstand temperatures up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Rotary Saw?

Rotary saws eliminate the need for a pilot hole.

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 a Subfloor?

The subfloor offers support for that fancy ceramic tile.

Terms of the Trade: What Are Slip-Joint Pliers?

These type of pliers are able to grip items of varying thickness.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Drywall Saw?

This handheld saw easily cuts holes in drywall for outlets or windows.

Terms of the Trade: What Is an Allen Wrench?

This small tool often comes with furniture that needs assembly.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Drain Snake?

Try unclogging the drain yourself with this flexible cable.

Terms of the Trade: What Is Satin Paint?

Satin finish paint is smooth and rich in appearance.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Putty Knife?

Have this hand tool at the ready for multiple applications.

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 a Random-Orbit Sander?

Use a random-orbit sander to achieve a seamless finish on your woodworking projects.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Router?

Use this portable power tool to cut details on wood or even make your own molding.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Vapor Barrier?

Use plastic sheeting over fiberglass insulation to prevent moisture from ruining the insulation properties and starting mold growth.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a P-Trap?

The p-trap does more than save your wedding ring.

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 Does "Plumb" Mean?

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

Terms of the Trade: Bearing vs. Nonbearing Walls

Before you start your home remodeling project, consider what kind of load those walls are carrying.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Hacksaw?

When it comes to cutting into materials other than wood, get a hacksaw -- the blade is perfect for slicing into pipe or conduit.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a C-Clamp?

C-clamps offer a second set of hands when you can't juggle it all.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Crowbar?

This tool does more destroying than building.

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 Is a Halogen Bulb?

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

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Level?

As long as the bubble is between the lines, your shelves, art, and woodworking projects will look great.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Mallet?

Use a mallet for softer impact.

Terms of the Trade: What Is Roof Flashing?

Consider this an investment in your home.

Terms of the Trade: What Is a Vise?

This kind of vise actually helps you.