Term Definition
A gate’s opening3 likes
Gauge
Measurement in accordance with standardized systems
Device for measuring size or quantity
Distance between tufts in the width of tufted and knitted carpets in fractions of an inch
Thickness of sheet metal
A-Frame 5 likes
20 ton A-Frame Industrial Heavy Duty Floor Shop Press
Building structure where the main structure creating the roof and floors are an A-shape
A/C 1 like
GE AJCQ10ACF 10,400 BTU Thru-the-Wall Air Conditioner with 9.8 EER, R-410A Refrigerant, 2.7 Pts/Hr Dehumidification, Energy Saver, Electronic Controls and Remote Control
Abbreviation for air conditioning or an air conditioner
A/C Condenser 4 likes
Outside fan unit of the air conditioner that removes the heat from the freon gas and converts the gas to a liquid and pumps the liquid back to the coil in the furnace
A/C Disconnect 4 likes
On-Off primary electrical switch near the A/C Condenser
Abrasive13 likes
abrasive
Substance utilized for wearing, grinding, cleaning, or polishing by rubbing
Abrasive Coatings 20 likes
In closed paper coating, no adhesive is exposed because the paper surface is totally covered with abrasive; in open coating, the backing paper surface is covered with a regulated amount of abrasive that exposes the adhesive
Abrasive Paper19 likes
abrasive paper
Paper with an abrasive surface such as sandpaper, emery paper and garnet paper
Abrasive Surface 12 likes
Rough surface used for safety or warning
Abrasive Surface Tile15 likes
abrasive surface tile
A slip resistant, rough floor tile, the abrasive surfacetile is particularly useful in areas that receive rain and snow.
ABS Pipe24 likes
ABS pipe
Plastic pipe used mainly for drain lines in 10 and 20 feet lengths and various diameters for plumbing stacks and drains
Absorbed Moisture 13 likes
Moisture that has entered a solid material by absorption
Absorbent 8 likes
Can suck up liquid, gas, or heat
Absorber 17 likes
Blackened surface in a solar collector that absorbs solar radiation and transforms it to heat energy
Absorptance 10 likes
Ratio of light absorbed by a material to incident light falling on the material
Absorption Chiller 13 likes
System similar to a vapor compression chiller that doesn’t use a compressor; thermal energy (low pressure steam, hot water, or other hot liquids) produces the cooling effect
Absorption Coefficient 16 likes
Ratio of the sound absorbed to the sound incident on the material or device; the sound absorbed is usually the sound energy incident on the surface minus the sound energy reflected.
Absorption Rate 7 likes
How fast the real estate market absorbs new land or buildings during a specific time
Amount of water absorbed when a brick is partially immersed for one minute
Accelerator14 likes
accelerator
Materials used to speed up the setting of mortar, grout, plaster or concrete
Access Control 20 likes
Computerized security system used to protect against unauthorized entry into buildings or building areas
Access Door8 likes
access door
Door that provides access to concealed equipment
Access Floor 8 likes
Raised floor platform with removable panels that provides access below
Access Panel15 likes
Removable or swinging panel that provides access to concealed equipment or system components for inspection and maintenance
Accordion Folding Door13 likes
Accordion Folding Door
A folding, hinged, or creased door with rollers along a track
Accordion Partition 12 likes
Folded, creased, or hinged dividing interior wall
Accumulator13 likes
accumulator
Storage tank that receives liquid refrigerant from the evaporator and stops it from flowing into the suction line before vaporizing
ACM 12 likes
Asbestos-Containing Material
Acoustical Block13 likes
acoustical block
A masonry block with sound-absorbing qualities, the acoustic block is often used in residential, industrial and commercial construction
Acoustical Materials8 likes
acoustical materials
Materials that absorb sound waves
Acoustical Plaster and Plastic 9 likes
Sound absorbing finishing materials used to reduce sound reverberation or noise intensity. Acoustical plaster and plastic is usually applied at 1/2 inch minimum thickness and provides a noise reduction coefficient of at least .45 decibels
ACRI 9 likes
Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Institute
Acrylic13 likes
acrylic
Resinous polymers derived from esters, amides or other acrylic aid derivatives
Transparent plastic material in sheet form for window glass and skylights
Addendum (Addenda) 15 likes
Written information that adds to the original bidding documents, that clarifies or changes them. Provided by the owner to the contractor during the bidding process and is part of the final contract documentation
Adhesive Application 11 likes
Means to apply gypsum board using adhesives and additional mechanical fasteners
Adhesive Bond 9 likes
How two materials in contact stick or adhere together by means other than cohesion
Adhesive Failure 7 likes
Adhesive joint failure at the adhesive-adherent interface
Adhesive Spreader9 likes
adhesive spreader
A notched trowel used to apply laminating adhesives
Adhesive Wall Cups 9 likes
Clips and nails with large perforated bases for mastic application to firm surfaces, adhesive wall cups are available in many shapes and sizes
Adhesive, Ceramic9 likes
ceramic adhesive
Used for bonding tile to a surface; Rubber solvents and rubber– and resin-based emulsions are used as adhesives
Adhesive, Pressure-Sensitive14 likes
adhesive, pressure-sensitive
Adhesive that adheres to a surface at room temperature by brief pressure application
Adsorbent 14 likes
Usually solid and able to attract molecules of liquids or gases that adhere to its surface
Adsorption 9 likes
Process of attraction to a surface and attaching foreign molecules on the surface
Aerator14 likes
aerator
Round screened screw-on tip of a sink spout that mixes air and water to create a smooth flow
Agent 6 likes
Person authorized by a client to act in their behalf that has fiduciary responsibility to the client; construction manager at-risk and general contractors have this financial risk.
Aggregate 4 likes
Stone and sand mixture that is a major component of concrete
Agreement 5 likes
An arrangement between various parties usually about a specific end result
Air Compressor7 likes
air compressor
A mechanism that forces air at high pressure into a storage tank from where it is released through a regulator and a hose to power small tools.
Air Conditioner (Portable)7 likes
portable air conditioner
Portable air conditioners offer more flexibility than other window or through-the-wall air conditioners. Each portable air conditioner has wheels and is compact (usually 2′-3′ tall).
Air Jet2 likes
A blast cleaning gun where the abrasive is sent to the gun by a partial vacuum
Air Lock 5 likes
Air trapped in a pipe that limits or blocks the flow of liquid through the pipe
Air Space 4 likes
One inch air gap (usually) between insulation facing and interior of exterior wall coverings
Allowance(s) 3 likes
Money set aside in a construction contract for items that have not been chosen and specified in the construction contract
Alterations 5 likes
Description of partial construction work performed in an existing structure
Remodel with no addition to the building
Alternate Bid 3 likes
Different bid amount proposed for alternate materials and/or methods of construction
Amortization 6 likes
A payment plan in which a loan is reduced via monthly payments of principal and interest
Amplifier5 likes
Amplifier
An electrical device that amplifies voltage, power, or current
Anchor Bolts4 likes
anchor bolts
Bolts to secure a wood sillplate to concrete, masonry floor, or wall
Annual Percentage Rate (APR) 4 likes
Annual cost of credit during the loan life that includes interest, points, loan fees, service charges, mortgage insurance, and various other items
Anodize 4 likes
Use electrolysis to coat metals, such as aluminum, with a protective oxide layer
Anti-Corrosive Paint4 likes
anti-corrosive paint
Metal paint designed to impede corrosion that is applied on to the metal
Anti-Flooding Agent 4 likes
A synthetic organic product that reduces floating and flooding of iron blues, chrome greens, and carbon blacks
Antioxidant 4 likes
Protective compound placed on the ends of aluminum wires at connections to avert corrosion that could disturb a safe connection
Antiquing 6 likes
Finishing technique for furniture that gives the appearance of age or wear
Application for Payment 2 likes
Contractor‘s written request for payment for completed work and materials delivered, stored and ready for the project
Appraisal 3 likes
An expert’s property valuation
Apprentice 6 likes
A person employed in a trade for an agreed period, earning low wages while learning the trade
Apron 5 likes
A trim board that is beneath a window sill
Architect 4 likes
This person has a degree in building and design, and is licensed by the state as an architect; an architect draws up plans, designs and supervises the construction of buildings and other structures
Architectural Drawing 4 likes
A line drawing with plan and/or elevation views of the future building to demonstrate the structure and appearance of the building
Area Wells 5 likes
Corrugated metal or concrete barrier walls around a basement window mounted to restrain the earth
Asbestos 6 likes
Silicate materials that were used because they are noncombustible, non-conducting, or chemically resistant; Asbestos is no longer used as it causes a lung cancer known as Asbestosis
Asbestos Removal 5 likes
Removal and disposal of hazardous asbestos
Asphalt Demolition 5 likes
Destruction of asphalt roads using machinery that breaks the old asphalt into manageable pieces for easy removal
Asphalt Roof 2 likes
A roof system that utilizes asphalt as a cover
Assessment 2 likes
A tax levied on a property, or a value describing the worth of a property
Assumption 5 likes
Allows a buyer to take responsibility for a current loan rather than obtain a new loan
Astragal3 likes
astragal
A molding appended to one of a pair of two swinging double doors where the other door strikes
Attic Access 9 likes
An opening in the dry walled ceiling of a residence that gives access to the attic
Attic Ventilators5 likes
attic ventilators
Screened openings that ventilate an attic space
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