Term Definition
H Clip 1 like
Small metal H clips that fit at the joints of two plywood sheets to reinforce the joint on roof sheeting
Hack 0 likes
Cut with variable or unskilled blows
Cut back; coarsen a surface
Hacking 1 like
Positioning masonry units so the bottom edge is set back from the plane wall surface
Hacksaw1 like
hacksaw
Small toothed handsaw used to saw metals
Hair Trap2 likes
hair trap
A device to trap and keep the hair content of waste water and sewage; used in a shower, bath tub, or beauty salon
Hairline Cracking 1 like
Tiny cracks in a surface
Little random cracks in a concrete surface
Very thin cracks in a paint surface or varnish film
Hairpin Bars 2 likes
Small hair pin shaped bars used as short hooked spacer bars in columns and walls and for distinctive dowels
Half and Half 0 likes
A dry or moistened mixture of one part Portland cement and one part extra-fine sand; employed as filler in the joints of mounted ceramic mosaic tiles to keep them properly spaced throughout installation
Half Bath 3 likes
A room with a toilet and a lavatory
Half Block 0 likes
Concrete masonry unit half the length of a standard unit
Half Round Gutter 1 like
A narrow round channel from a metal piece, like a pipe cut longitudinally or along its length, employed as a gutter
Half Round Molding 0 likes
An ornamental strip with one flat side and one round side
Half-Timber 1 like
Construction of timber framing where spaces are filled in with brick or plaster
Halide Fixture1 like
halide fixture
Lighting fixture with a Halide Light
Halide Light1 like
halide light
An electric-discharge lamp that creates light from metal vapor such as sodium or mercury
Halide Refrigerants 0 likes
Refrigerants containing halogen chemicals
Halide Torch 1 like
Torch employed to safely detect halogen refrigerant leaks
Hall 0 likes
Lobby, entrance area, hallway or corridor
University building for a special purpose
Hallway 1 like
A corridor or hall
Halogens 0 likes
Poisonous non-metallic elements (fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine, and astatine) that form halides by union with a metal
Halon System 1 like
A system that employs halon gas for protecting water sensitive equipment against fire
Hammer3 likes
hammer
Hand implement with a solid head set crosswise on a handle; used for pounding
Hammer Fracture 0 likes
Tear in the gypsum board face and core due to inappropriate banging or drive of the nail; also called Nail Fracture
Hammer Loss 1 like
Test to clarify the impact resistance of gypsum board
Hammered Effect Finish 1 like
Resembles hammered metal; produced by including an aluminum powder in a vehicle that controls a leafing effect to create unique designs
Hand 0 likes
The feel of a carpet in the hand determined by factors such as pile height, quality of the fibers, construction, stability, and backing
Hand Buggy 1 like
A two or four wheeled cart, may be pushed or pulled; employed to transport small quantities of concrete or material
Hand Dryer3 likes
hand dryer
A mechanical/electrical apparatus that blows hot air above wet hands to dry them
Hand Excavation 1 like
Digging out earth using hand tools
Hand Level1 like
hand level
Hand-held viewing tube with a spirit level to determine a level line of sight
Hand of a Lock or Door 2 likes
Direction of swing or motion and/or locking security side of a door; defined as left hand, left hand reverse, right hand, or right hand reverse
Hand Prints 1 like
Wallpapers printed by hand, most often with the silk- screen process
Hand Seeding 2 likes
Planting seed by hand
Handed Locks 0 likes
Locks for use on the same handed door; not reversible locks
Handhole 0 likes
Access hole employed for repair and cleaning
An enclosure installed in the ground, deck, building floor, or another location as a pull or junction box for underground electrical or communication conductors; has a removable cover so the conductors may be pulled, spliced, or handled without a person entering it
Handicapped Parking 0 likes
A parking space reserved for the vehicles of disabled people
Handicapped Partition 1 like
Dividing wall that creates a toilet cubicle area accessible to the disabled; typically bigger than a standard cubicle and able to accommodate a wheelchair
Handicapped Plumbing 0 likes
Plumbing devices and layouts for disabled individuals
Handicapped Symbol 1 like
Wheelchair and occupant graphic on a sign to denote access for disabled persons
Handling, Air 1 like
See Air Handling System
Handling, Rubbish 1 like
See Rubbish Handling
Handling, Trash 0 likes
See Trash Handling
Handling, Waste 1 like
See Waste Handling
Handrail3 likes
handrail
Component grasped by hand for support at stairways, in showers, and other places for the safety of pedestrians, the handicapped and the elderly
Handrail Bracket0 likes
handrail bracket
Handrail support
Handrail, Pipe0 likes
pipe handrail
See Pipe Handrail
Handsaw1 like
handsaw
A wood saw powered by hand, commonly called a Carpenters Saw or Wood Saw
Handsplit Shingle 2 likes
A cedar or redwood shingle made by splitting a block of wood along its grain creating a shingle for roofing or siding; also called Shakes or Shake Shingles
Handsplit Shingles 0 likes
See Cedar Shake
Hang 2 likes
To mount certain materials such as gypsum lath, gypsum wallboard, or wallpaper
Hangar 1 like
A shelter for storing, maintaining and repairing aircraft
Hanger 0 likes
A tradesman who works with gypsum board products
Vertical tension component supporting a load
Device secured to walls or other structure to support pipe lines
Hanger Rod2 likes
hanger rod
A rod that connects pipe, gutters, or ceiling framework to a support
Hanger Wire 1 like
Malleable wire that hangs ceilings and equipment from the structure located above
Hanger, Door Rail2 likes
hanger, door rail
See Door Rail Hanger
Hanger, Joist 1 like
See Joist Hanger
Hangers Bench 0 likes
See Bench
Hangers Tee 0 likes
See Tee Square
Hansa Yellow 0 likes
Organic yellow pigments
Hard Edge 0 likes
Employed along the paperbound edges to increase resistance to damage while handling and applying of gypsum board
Hard Money 1 like
Actual cash paid to a seller
Hard Oil Finish 0 likes
A varnish creating a rubbed-in oil finish effect while producing a hard surface; any interior architectural varnish with a reasonable luster
Hard Tile3 likes
hard tile
Tiles such as ceramic, glass mosaic, or marble tile as compared to resilient tile
Hard Water 1 like
Water containing too many minerals
Hardboard 1 like
Dense panel usually with at least one smooth face, made of highly compressed wood fibers; strengthened under heat and pressure, with a density factor of around 50 to 80 pounds per cubic foot
Hardboard Door 1 like
Door made of compressed wood fibers
Hardboard Panel 1 like
Flat sheet fibrous material consolidated under heat and pressure in a hot press
Hardboard Panel Siding 1 like
Panel siding made of hardboard
Hardboard Soffit 2 likes
Hardboard finishing material covering the underside of a part or component
Hardboard Underlayment 0 likes
Flat sheet hardboard material positioned above subflooring to provide a smooth even surface for the finish floor covering
Hardener 1 like
Curing agent; promoter; and catalyst employed in preparing and finishing concrete
Hardening 2 likes
Strengthening of plaster, mortar, or concrete after setting; see Set
Hardhat3 likes
hardhat
A metal or plastic safety helmet worn by construction workers on a job site
Construction worker who wears this hat
Hardness 0 likes
Characteristic of a material that resists indentation
Quantity of dissolved minerals, such as calcium and magnesium compounds in water
Hardpan 1 like
Hard, tight soil; a hard layer that may form just beneath plow depth on cultivated land
Hardscape 0 likes
Artificial parts of landscape development, such as walls, paving, lighting, and fences
Hardstand 0 likes
A hard surfaced area for storing or parking an airplane
Hardwall 1 like
Base coat plaster
May refer to sanded plaster or to neat according to the region
Hardware2 likes
hardware
Metal or plastic fittings installed in a building just prior to completion such as door knobs, towel bars, handrail brackets, closet rods, door closers, and house numbers; The Interior Trim Carpenter installs the hardware
Hardware Cloth2 likes
hardware cloth
Generally galvanized steel wire mesh, typically 1/8 inch, ¼ inch, or ½ inch mesh
Hardwood Dimension Lumber 0 likes
See Dimension Stock
Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association (HPVA) 1 like
1825 Michael Faraday Drive, Reston, Virginia 20190, Tel: (703) 435-2900, URL: www.hpva.org
Hardwood Plywood Manufacturers Association (HPMA) 0 likes
P. O. Box 2789, Reston, Virginia 22090, Tel: (703) 435-2900, URL: www.hpva.org
Hardwood Plywood Panel 1 like
Plywood with face plies produced from hardwood species such as cherry, oak, ash, walnut, maple, gum, mahogany, teak, or birch
Hardwoods 0 likes
Derived from botanical trees that have broad leaves rather than the conifers or softwoods; the term does not refer to the hardness of the wood
Hardy Cross Method 0 likes
See Moment Distribution
Harmon Hinge 0 likes
Hinge that swings a door into a pocket perpendicular with the frame
Harsh Mortar 2 likes
A masonry mortar that is difficult to spread under the trowel, usually because of a small proportion of cement paste in the aggregates
Hasp Assembly 2 likes
Fastener used for a door or lid; a hinged metal strap that fits above a loop secured by a pin or padlock
Hatch 1 like
A hinged or removable cover in a floor or roof which permits ventilation, transport of people and objects
Hatch, Roof1 like
hatch, roof
See Roof Hatch
Hatchet1 like
hatchet
Short handled hand tool with a head suitable for interchangeable use as a hammer or axe; the convex head dimples the nail, while the hatchet blade cleaves and adjusts framing and wallboard edges to fit; also a jacking wedge
Hatchway 0 likes
An opening providing access to a lower area such as a cellar, usually with a ladder
Haul Resistance 2 likes
The distance measured along the most practical direct route between the centers of mass of excavation and the fill when finally positioned; the distance material is moved
Haul, Station Yards of 1 like
Station Yards of Haul
Haunch 2 likes
Extension, knee like projection of the foundation wall that a concrete porch or patio rests on for support
Hawk 0 likes
A metal square with a wooden handle at the center to temporarily hold mortar or plaster; usually, a rubber pad fits over the handle and covers the part of the metal hawk in contact with the hand
Hazard Insurance 0 likes
Protection against damage caused by fire, windstorms, floods or other common hazards; many lenders require borrowers to carry an amount equal or more than the mortgage
Hazardous Waste 0 likes
A substance characterized by a susceptibility to poor healthy, toxicity, or danger
Hazardous Wiring 1 like
Wiring that does not conform to the applicable laws in effect at the time of installation, maintained in good condition and employed in a safe manner
HB 0 likes
Hose Bibb
Head 0 likes
Functional part of a tool
Flat part of a nail
The top part of a column or pillar
Upper horizontal part of a door, window, or another opening
Pressure resulting from the difference in elevation of two points in a body of fluid
Head Flashing 1 like
Exterior flashing mounted at the head of a door, window, or another opening
Head Friction 0 likes
Head to overcome friction from a conductor’s interior surface and between fluid particles in motion
Head Joint 2 likes
See Butt Joint
Head Pressure 0 likes
Pressure in a refrigerator’s condensing side
Head Pressure Control 0 likes
Pressure-operated control that opens an electrical circuit when high-side pressure is too high
Head Velocity 1 like
Fluid height equal to its velocity pressure in a flowing fluid
Head, Pop-Up 0 likes
See Pop-Up Head
Head, Service 1 like
See Service Head
Head, Static 0 likes
See Static Head
Head, Total Static 0 likes
See Total Static Head
Header 1 like
Beam positioned perpendicular to joists and where joists are nailed in framing for a chimney, stairway, or another opening
Wood lintel
The horizontal structural member above an opening such as a door or window
Header Bond 1 like
Brick bond that displays only headers on the face or surface of a wall; each header is divided evenly above the header beneath it
Header Course 0 likes
Brick bond where a course is made up of solely of headers
Header High 2 likes
The height up to the top of the brick course directly below a header course
Header, Ceiling 1 like
A perpendicular joist that supports ceiling joists
Headroom 0 likes
Clear area between the floor and ceiling, such as in a stairway
Headwall 0 likes
A wall, usually concrete or masonry positioned at the inlet side of a drain or culvert to protect fill from scouring, undermining, or to sidetrack flow
Headwall, Removal 0 likes
Demolishing and removing a headwall
Healing Power 1 like
Ability of a glaze to heal surface flaws during firing
Hearing 1 like
A proceeding led by a judge or arbitrator who hears evidence about a dispute
Hearsay 0 likes
Information that is heard from other people
Heart Rot 0 likes
Rot restricted to the heartwood; typically comes from a live tree
Hearth 0 likes
Fireproof masonry area directly in front of a fireplace; interior or exterior floor of a fireplace, most often made of brick, tile, or stone
Heartwood 1 like
Wood spanning from the pith to the sapwood; may include phenolic compounds, gums, resins, and other materials that darken it and make it more decay resistant than sapwood
Heat 2 likes
Hot
Energy from the random motion of the molecules of bodies that may be transferred by conduction, convection, or radiation
Heat Exchanger 1 like
A device that transfers heat from one medium to another
Heat Intensity 0 likes
Heat concentration in a substance determined by the temperature of the substance with a thermometer
Heat Lag 0 likes
The time it takes for heat to move through a substance when heated on one side
Heat Leakage 3 likes
Flow of heat through a substance
Heat Load 0 likes
Amount of heat removed during a period of 24 hours, measured in BTUs or watts
Heat Loss 0 likes
Heat lost from a structure via conduction, convection, radiation and through air infiltration and ventilation systems
Heat Meter 1 like
Electrical municipal inspection of the electric meter breaker panel box
Heat of Compression 0 likes
Mechanical energy of pressure transformed into heat energy
Heat of Fusion 0 likes
Heat released from a substance to modify it from a liquid to a solid; the heat of fusion of ice is 144 BTUs per pound (151.9 joules)
Heat of Hydration 2 likes
The thermal energy emitted by concrete, masonry, or gypsum as it cures
Heat of Repression 0 likes
Assimilating oxygen and carbohydrates by a substance
When carbon dioxide and water are emitted by a substance
Heat Pipe 0 likes
Heat recovery from exhaust air where a coil has a partition wall separating the coil face into two sections; no moving parts are involved, recovery relies on the slope of the coil from the cold end down to the hot end
Heat Pump1 like
heat pump
A combination heating and cooling device; in cold weather, it extracts heat from air as cold as 20 degrees, and in warm weather it operates in the opposite way and becomes an air conditioner.
Heat Pump (Ductless Ceiling) 0 likes
A ductless heat pump is a new option for home heating that offers many benefits, including: substantial cost savings on energy bills, quiet operation both indoors and out, easy installation and provides both heating AND cooling.
Heat Recovery 0 likes
Extraction of heat from a source not designed to produce heat
Heat Rough 0 likes
Work performed by the Heating Contractor after the stairs and interior walls are built including installation of all duct work and flue pipes; occasionally, the furnace and fireplaces are installed at this construction stage
Heat Sensor1 like
heat sensor
Device that emits a loud noise or flashes a light when high air temperature is detected; substitutes as a smoke detector in locations where there is ambient smoke, such as in kitchens
Heat Sink3 likes
heat sink
A device for the absorption, dissipation or retrieval of heat connected with a passive solar heating system
Heat Storage 0 likes
A device or substance that absorbs solar heat and stores it for colder weather
Heat Strengthened Glass 0 likes
Glass strengthened by heat treatment, but not as strong as tempered glass
Heat Time 0 likes
In multiple-impulse welding or seam welding, the time the current flows during an impulse
Heat Transfer 0 likes
Movement of heat from a body or substance to another; heat may be transferred by radiation, conduction, convection, or a combination of these methods
Heat Trim 0 likes
Work accomplished by the Heating Contractor to ready the home for the municipal Final Heat Inspection; includes venting the hot water heater, installing all vent grills, registers, air conditioning services, starting the furnace, installing thermostats, venting ranges and hoods, and all heat related work
Heat Wheel 0 likes
Heat recovery from exhaust air where the intake and exhaust ducts are connected to the wheel
Heat-Affected Zone 0 likes
The part of the base metal modified by the heat of welding, brazing or cutting
Heat-Set Nylon 0 likes
Nylon fiber heat treated to maintain a specific shape
Heat/Smoke Vent3 likes
heat/smoke vent
A vent or chimney allowing passage of vent gases expelled from gas-burning units to the exterior
Heater2 likes
heater
A heat producing appliance or unit, such as a furnace
Heater Duct2 likes
heater duct
Heating system conduit that transfers warmed air through a building or structure
Heater, Electric2 likes
heater electric
See Electric Heater
Heater, Unit1 like
heater unit
See Unit Heater
Heater, Water1 like
heater water
See Water Heater
Heating Coil1 like
heating coil
An element where heat is transferred to an air stream via steam, hot water, or electrical media
Heating Control1 like
heating control
Device which regulates the temperature of a heat transfer unit
Heating Load 1 like
Amount of heating needed to maintain a building at a specific temperature during the winter, usually 65° F, regardless of the external temperature
Heating Value 2 likes
Amount of heat obtained by burning a fuel; normally expressed in BTUs per pound, BTUs per gallon, or calories per gram
Heavy Bodied Oil 1 like
High viscosity oil
Heavy Centered Pattern 1 like
A heavy centered pattern is a spray pattern with most of the paint in the center, and less at the edges
Heavy Duty Tile1 like
heavy duty tile
Tile suitable for areas where there is heavy pedestrian traffic
Heavy Soil 0 likes
A fine grained soil largely composed of clay or silt
Hectare 1 like
A unit of land area equaling 10,000 square meters or 2.471 acres
Heel 0 likes
The point at the end of a truss at the intersection of the top and bottom chords
See Steel Square
Heel Cut 1 like
A notch cut in the end of a rafter to enable it to fit flat on a wall and on the top, doubled, exterior wall
Heel, Rafter 1 like
The end or foot that rests on the wall plate
Heeling In 1 like
Temporary planting of shrubs and trees
Hegeman Grind Gauge 1 like
Proprietary device to measure smoothness of pigment dispersion in liquid paint
Height 1 like
The dimension measured at right angles to the thickness and length of a masonry unit; the vertical dimension, as used in a wall
Helmet1 like
helmet
A protective head ware employed in arc welding for shielding the face and neck equipped with a filter glass
HEPA 3 likes
High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance; see HEPA Filter
HEPA Filter4 likes
HEPA filter
High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filter; these filters are rated to trap at least 99.9% of all particles 0.3 microns in diameter or larger
Hermetic Compressor1 like
hermetic compressor
Compressor where the driving motor is sealed inside the compressor housing; the motor operates in an atmosphere of the refrigerant
Hermetic Motor 1 like
Compressor drive motor sealed within the same casing as the compressor
Hermetic Seal 0 likes
Airtight seal
Hermetic System 0 likes
Refrigeration system which has a compressor driven by a motor in the compressor dome or housing
Heroic Scale 1 like
A statue of huge size or proportions
Herringbone Blocking 0 likes
Wood blocking between studs at a slight angle in alternate directions in neighboring stud spaces, the angle enabling the blocks to be inserted tightly between studs
Herringbone Bond 4 likes
Bricks laid in a zigzag design in a herringbone pattern
Herringbone Floor 0 likes
A floor covering made up of rows of parallel lines with adjacent rows slanting in opposite directions
Hertz (Hz) 0 likes
Measurement of the frequency of sound vibration in cycles per second; one cycle per second is one Hertz
Hessian 1 like
See Burlap
Heteropolymer 1 like
Outcome of Heteropolymerization
Heteropolymerization 1 like
See Polymerization
Heuristic 0 likes
Occurring by trial and error; by experimentation
Hew 0 likes
Chop, fell, or shape with an axe
Hex 0 likes
Hexagon; hexagonal
Hex Nut2 likes
hex nut
A six-sided, short metal nut with a threaded hole to permit a rod or threaded bolt
Hexagon 1 like
A polygon of six sides
Hg 0 likes
Mercury
HI 0 likes
Hydraulic Institute
Hickey 0 likes
A tool that bends pipe, conduit, and reinforcing bars
Hiding Bond 1 like
Ability of paint to hide the surface where it is utilized; degree of opacity of a pigment or paint
High Boiling Solvent 0 likes
Solvent with an initial boiling point above 302° F (150° C) such as diacetone alcohol or cellosolve acetate
High Build 0 likes
Creating thick dry films per coat
High Calcium Lime 0 likes
Lime containing mainly calcium oxide or hydroxide and not more than 5% magnesium oxide or hydroxide
High Chair Reinforcing 3 likes
A chair-shaped device employed to keep steel reinforcement off the bottom form of a slab during the pouring of concrete
High Early Strength Cement 2 likes
Cement that strengthens quicker than ordinary cement, achieving strength at 3 days and 7 days that standard cement would achieve in 7 days and 28 days; alumina cement
High Flash Naphtha 0 likes
Aromatic solvent having a high flash point, minimum 113° F, 45° C
High Frequency Curing 1 like
See Radio Frequency Curing
High Joint 1 like
See Crown
High Lift Grouting 1 like
When concrete block units are laid on the entire height of the wall before grouting; this construction method requires special inspection
High Magnesium Lime 0 likes
Lime that includes more than 5% magnesium oxide or hydroxide
High Pressure Gauge2 likes
high pressure gauge
Instrument for measuring pressures in the range of 0 psi to 500 psi (0 kg/cm2to 3.52 kg/cm2)
High Pressure Steam Curing 0 likes
See Autoclave Curing
High Rate Sand Filter 1 like
A sand filter for flows of more than five gallons per minute per square foot, but not more than 20 GPM per square foot
High Relief 0 likes
Sculptural relief in which there is a projection of a minimum of half of the circumference of the modeled form
High Side 1 like
Refrigerating system parts under condensing or high-side pressure
High Strength Bolt2 likes
high strength bolt
A bolt designed to connect steel components by clamping them together with enough force so that the load is transferred between them by friction
High Tension 1 like
High Voltage
High Voltage 0 likes
Electrical power more than 600 volts
High Voltage Cable1 like
high voltage cable
Cable manufactured to endure high-voltage
High Voltage Circuit 0 likes
Circuit with a potential difference of more than 600 volts or 750 volts where specified in regulations, between any two conductors of the circuit
High Wall 0 likes
Untouched soil or rock surrounding a cut; a face which is dug up, as distinguished from spoil piles
High-Pressure Boiler 1 like
Boiler yielding steam at pressures of 15 pounds per square inch gauge or higher (1.05 kg/cm2)
High-Pressure Cut-Off 1 like
Electrical control switch operated by the high-side pressure, automatically opening an electrical circuit when the pressure is too high
High-Rise 0 likes
A multi-storied building with elevators and staircases
High-Side Float 0 likes
Refrigerant control mechanism regulating the level of the liquid refrigerant in the mechanism’s high-pressure side
High-Vacuum Pump 0 likes
Mechanism that produces a vacuum in the 1000 to 1 micron range
Highbay Lighting 2 likes
Lighting system found high above work or floor level
Highest and Best Use 2 likes
Use of land to furnish the highest net income
Highlight 1 like
A smooth area, obviously different from the usual area
Highlighting 0 likes
Making specific parts of a project appear lighter than other parts
Highlights 2 likes
A light spot, area, or streak on a painted surface
Highway Demolition 0 likes
Destruction and removal of a public road
Hinge2 likes
hinge
A joint securing the position of the ends of two or more structural parts, but allowing them to rotate
Door hardware that enables a door to open and close by joining the door to the jamb with a flexible device
Hinge Stile 1 like
The door stile where the hinges are installed as compared with the lock stile
Hip 1 like
A roof with four sloping sides; external angle created by two sloping sides of a roof meeting
Hip Rafter 0 likes
A structural part of a roof creating the junction of an angled external roof, or where the planes of a hip roof meet
Hip Roof 2 likes
A roof with four sloping planes that intersect forming a pyramidal or elongated pyramid shape; a roof which slopes up toward the center from every side, making a hip rafter at each corner necessary
Hippodamian Plan 3 likes
Greek plan with grid city blocks, casual organization of public spaces and facilities within the grid matrix; examples are Ionian cities, Ephesus and Miletus, 5th Century BC
Hod 0 likes
Portable trough for moving plaster, mortar, and bricks, fixed crosswise on top of a pole and carried on the shoulder
Hoddability 1 like
Ease with which a plaster mortar is handled with a hod or hawk, depends on flow properties and angle of mortar repose
Hoe1 like
hoe
A long handled tool with a thin flat metal blade for cultivating, mixing, and weeding
Hog Ring 3 likes
Heavy galvanized wire staple applied with a pneumatic gun clinching it as a closed ring around stud, rod, pencil rod or channel
Hoist, Industrial1 like
hoist industrial
See Industrial Hoist
Hoistway 0 likes
Shaftway, hatchway, well hole, or other vertical opening or space where an elevator or dumbwaiter operates
Hold Harmless 0 likes
See Indemnification
Hold Out 2 likes
Ability to end soaking into substrate
Holder, Door3 likes
door holder
See Door Holder
Holding Period 1 like
Period between completing casting and introducing more heat or the steam curing period in the manufacture of concrete products
Holdover Tenant 0 likes
A tenant who does not leave the property when the lease expires
Hole 0 likes
Opening or perforation in a material
Pit in the ground
Holiday 0 likes
Skipped area of liquid applied roofing in roofing
Accidentally missing an area of surface being painted
Hollow Block 0 likes
Concrete blocks that can be packed with insulation, or reinforced and grouted
Hollow Clay Tile 0 likes
Tile building masonry unit in a variety of sizes and forms, used for exterior walls and partitions
Hollow Column 0 likes
A vertical column that has an internal air space
Hollow Concrete Masonry 0 likes
Concrete masonry units with open cores, such as ordinary concrete blocks
Hollow Core Door 1 like
Flush hardwood or plywood door with a void or honeycombed interior glued to a skeletal framework
Hollow Core Slab 0 likes
Precast concrete slab that has internal longitudinal cavities to diminish its weight
Hollow Masonry Unit 2 likes
A masonry unit whose net cross-sectional area in any plane parallel to the bearing surface is less than 75% of its cross-sectional area in the same plane
Hollow Metal Door 0 likes
A hollow core door made of sheet metal that has been channel-reinforced; the core is frequently filled with lightweight material
Hollow Metal Frame 0 likes
A sheet metal door frame reinforced at the hinges and strikes
Hollow Wall 0 likes
A wall constructed of solid masonry units laid in and built to provide an air space within the wall
Hollow-Back 0 likes
Removing part of the wood on the covered face of a wood trim part to better fit any nonconformity in the bearing surface
Hollow-Core Construction 2 likes
Panel construction with faces of hardboard, plywood, or similar material bonded to a framed core assembly of wood lattice, paperboard rings, etc. which reinforce the facing at spaced intervals
Hollow-Tube Gasket 1 like
Sealing device made of rubber or plastic with a tubular cross-section
Home Plan 2 likes
A home plan is composed of drawings or blueprints for the specifications of a home such as dimensions, materials, layouts, installation methods, processes and techniques.
Home Run, Electrical 1 like
Electrical cable that transfers power from the main circuit breaker panel to the first electrical box, plug, or switch in the circuit
Homestead 1 like
Land tract granted by the U.S. on recording, improving, and cultivating the property
A home and adjoining land occupied by a family; can be exempt from judgment up to a certain sum by filing a Declaration of Homestead
A residence
Hone 0 likes
A honing stone
Honey Combs 0 likes
What concrete looks like when rocks are visible and when there are voids in the foundation wall, particularly around concrete foundation windows
Honeycomb 0 likes
Voids in concrete resulting from segregation and poor consolidation when the concrete is placed
Honeycomb Core 1 like
A sandwich core material for doors or building panels, constructed of thin sheet materials or ribbons in honeycomb-like configurations
Honeycombing 0 likes
Checks, usually invisible at the surface, occurring in the inside of a piece of wood, typically along the wood rays
Honing Stone 0 likes
A fine-grit stone to sharpen cutting tools
Hood, Exhaust2 likes
hood exhaust
See Exhaust Hood
Hood, Range2 likes
range hood
See Range Hood
Hook 0 likes
A semicircular bend at the end of a reinforcing bar that enhances the bond and anchorage
Hook Knife 0 likes
A special curved knife employed mainly to cut resilient floor coverings; also called a Linoleum Knife
Hook Stick1 like
hook stick
Implement curved or bent for holding, catching, or pulling
Hook Strip 0 likes
Wood, plastic, or metal strip fastened to a wall surface to facilitate mounting of hooks, such as coat hooks or key hooks
Hook Wire 0 likes
A curved or bent hook implement used for holding, catching, or pulling
Hooke’s Law 0 likes
Stress and strain are proportional up to the material’s elastic limit
Hoop 0 likes
Circular shaped piece of steel reinforcing bar
Hopped-Up Mud 0 likes
Mortar and accelerator mixture
Hopper 0 likes
Deep water basin with all four sides sloping for diving
Hopper Window 2 likes
A window whose sash pivots on an axis along the sill, and opens by tilting toward the building’s interior
Horizon 0 likes
Line where the earth and sky appear to meet
Horizontal 1 like
Parallel to the horizon
Horizontal Angle 0 likes
An angle in a horizontal plane
Horizontal Application 0 likes
The application of gypsum board with the long part at right angles to the framing components; perpendicular
Horizontal Broken Joints 0 likes
Tile laid with each course offset one-half its length; horizontal broken joints are created during positioning of tiles
Horizontal Fixed Position 0 likes
Pipe joint position where the axis of the pipe is roughly horizontal and the pipe is not rotated during welding
Horizontal Forces 0 likes
Any lateral loads imposed on a structure; also those caused by wind or earthquake forces
Horizontal Hardboard Siding 0 likes
Horizontal siding made of hardboard frequently used as clapboards on a home
Horizontal Rolled Position 0 likes
Position of a pipe joint as welding is performed in the flat position by rotating the pipe
Horizontal Shaft Mixer 0 likes
Mixer having a stationary cylindrical mixing compartment, with the axis of the cylinder horizontal, and one or more rotating horizontal shafts secured to mixing blades or paddles
Horizontal Siding 1 like
Linear horizontal material, usually overlapping, employed as an external surface or cladding for an exterior framed wall
Horizontal Wood Siding 0 likes
Linear horizontal wood material, usually overlapping, employed as an external surface or cladding for an exterior framed wall
Horizontally Laminated Wood 0 likes
Laminated wood where the laminations are configured so that the wider part of each lamination is roughly perpendicular to the direction of load
Horizontals 0 likes
Reinforcing bars that span horizontally
Horn 1 like
Stile, jamb or sill extension
Horsepower 1 like
A unit of electrical power equal to 746 watts in the U.S. system
In the English gravitational system, 550 foot-pounds of work per second
Hose Bib 0 likes
An exterior water faucet
Hose Reel1 like
hose reel
A round mechanism where a hose is wound for easy access
Hospital Bed2 likes
hospital bed
Bed located in a hospital where patients recline, lie and sleep
Hospital Cubicle 0 likes
A small partitioned area or sleeping compartment in a hospital
Hospital Divider1 like
hospital divider
A movable partition in a hospital to create privacy
Hospital Equipment 1 like
Apparatus or implements used in hospitals
Hospital Faucet 0 likes
A water faucet controlled by feet to reduce the spread of germs from hands
Hospital Panel 0 likes
A partition in a hospital which divides areas into smaller areas
Hospital Stretcher 0 likes
A narrow, portable bed with collapsible legs and wheels employed to transport patients, often from an ambulance to a hospital
Hospital Wardrobe 1 like
A cabinet installed in a hospital patient room to store the patients’ clothing and accessories
Hot Aggregate Storage Bins 1 like
Bins that store heated and separated aggregates before including their final allocations into the mixer
Hot Gas Bypass 0 likes
Piping system in refrigerating unit which conveys hot refrigerant gas from condenser into the low-pressure side
Hot Gas Defrost 1 like
Defrosting system in which hot refrigerant gas from the high side is directed through evaporator for short duration at predefined intervals to eliminate frost from evaporator
Hot Junction 0 likes
Part of thermoelectric circuit that discharges heat
Hot Lacquer Process 0 likes
Where heat is employed to diminish lacquer consistency; hot lacquer can be applied with a larger percentage of solids than lacquer at room temperature
Hot Mud 0 likes
Mortar blended with an accelerator; also called Hot Stuff
Hot Plate, Laboratory 1 like
See Laboratory Hot Plate
Hot Spray 0 likes
Spraying material heated to diminish viscosity
Hot Stuff 0 likes
Mortar blended with an accelerator; also called Hot Mud
Hot bitumen
Hot Tub 1 like
Wood hydrotherapy unit designed and assembled just like traditional tubs or casks, with sides and the bottom made of separate boards, joined by pressure of the surrounding hoops, bands or rods
Hot Water Circulating Loop System 0 likes
A piping mechanism where hot water is constantly circulated in a loop from which plumbing fixtures are fed
Hot Water Dispenser1 like
hot water dispenser
Device that heats and disperses small amounts of water
Hot Water Heating System 1 like
System in which water is circulated via heating coils
Hot Water Storage Tank 0 likes
A tank that receives heated water and stores it for future dispersion
Hot Wire 1 like
Black wire that carries electrical energy to a receptacle or another device; as opposed to a neutral wire which carries electricity away
Resistance wire in an electrical relay which expands when heated and contracts when cooled
Hot Wire Relay 1 like
See Thermal Relay
Hot-Water Boiler 1 like
A boiler supplying hot water at pressures not more than 30 pounds per square inch gauge (2.12 kg/cm2) or steam at pressures not in excess of 15 pounds per square inch gauge (1.06 kg/cm2)
Hotel 0 likes
A building used as a business that provides temporary lodging and meals
House 0 likes
A building where people live
House Drain 0 likes
Horizontal part of the drainage system that connects the DWV piping within the structure to the sanitary sewer or private sewage treatment equipment
House Drainage System 2 likes
Complete piping system that carries away waste water and sewage; also called Building Drainage System
House Paint, Outside2 likes
house paint, outside
Paint used on the exterior of buildings, fences, and other surfaces subjected to elements of the weather
House Sewer 0 likes
Piping that carries soil and waste water from the building drain to the public sewer or private sewage disposal system; also called Building Sewer
House Trap 1 like
Located at the point where the house drain leaves the building; holds enough water to stop gasses entering the building from the sewer system
Housed Joint 3 likes
A joint where one piece is grooved to receive the other part
Housing 0 likes
A groove cut at any angle with the grain and partially across the piece; employed for framing stair risers and treads
Howe Truss 0 likes
A standard peaked roof truss arrangement where the vertical web components and the bottom chord are tense, while the sloping web members and the top chord are compressed
HP 0 likes
High Pressure
HP Sodium Lamp 0 likes
A high-pressure sodium vapor lamp that emits a wide-spectrum yellow light
HPMA 1 like
Hardwood Plywood Manufacturers Association
HPVA 0 likes
Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association
Hub 0 likes
A surveyor’s bench mark; employed as a starting point for measuring elevations and horizontal distances
Enlarged end of a hub and spigot cast-iron pipe
See Bell
Hub Union 0 likes
A pipe fitting employed to join two pipes without turning the pipes
Hue 1 like
Color
Human Relations 0 likes
Behavioral side of management; dealing with personnel and approaching each problem from the employees’ perspective; business success frequently depends on the relationship between management and the employees
Humidification 0 likes
Adding moisture to air, increasing the latent heat
Humidified Bond 0 likes
Ability of surfacing paper to resist delamination from the core when exposed to extremely high humidity in gypsum wallboard
Humidifier1 like
humidifier
An appliance typically attached to the furnace, or portable unit device that increases the humidity in a room or house by discharging water vapor
Humidistat2 likes
humidistat
Electrical control operated by changing humidity
Humidity 0 likes
Quantity of water vapor in a given volume of air
Humidity Ratio 0 likes
The weight of water vapor per unit weight of dry air; also called Specific Humidity
Hump Joint 0 likes
See Crowned Joint
Humus 0 likes
Decayed organic matter; a dark feathery swamp soil consisting mainly of decayed vegetation; also called peat
Hung Slab 0 likes
Nonstructural concrete slab with no bearing on walls, completely supported from above by an overhead structure
Hurricane 0 likes
A tropical cyclone with winds above 74 miles per hour; usually experienced with rain, thunder, and lightning
Hurricane Clip 0 likes
Metal straps nailed to secure the roof rafters and trusses to the top horizontal wall plate; sometimes called a Teco clip
Hut 0 likes
A small simple construction or temporary dwelling
Hutment 0 likes
Collection of huts
HVAC 0 likes
An abbreviation for Heat, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
HVAC Control 0 likes
An apparatus that regulates a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system
HW 0 likes
Hot Water
Hydrant 0 likes
A discharge pipe with a valve and threaded outlet used to draw water from a water main; a faucet
Fire hydrant; fire plug
Hydrant Removal 0 likes
Removing an old hydrant
Hydrant, Wall 0 likes
See Wall Hydrant
Hydrate 0 likes
Adding water to another substance
Hydrated Lime
Hydrated Lime 0 likes
Calcium hydroxide, a dry powder created by treating quicklime with water; also called Hydrate
Hydration 0 likes
Adding water to a substance
Hydraulic 0 likes
A mechanism operated, moved, or effected by water pressure
Hydraulic Cement 1 like
Portland cement that harden or sets under water
Hydraulic Elevator 0 likes
A lifting device power-driven by pressured fluid
Hydraulic Excavator 0 likes
A digging machine power-driven by pressured fluid
Hydraulic Gradient 0 likes
Surface slope of open or underground water
Hydraulic Institute (HI) 0 likes
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Hydraulic Lift 0 likes
An elevating device power-driven by pressured fluid
Hydraulic Spraying 0 likes
Spraying by hydraulic pressure
Hydraulics 0 likes
The science of the passage of liquids through pipes
Branch of physics pertaining to the mechanical properties of moving water and other liquids in motion
Hydrocarbon 0 likes
Organic compound consisting solely of carbon and hydrogen; fuels including natural gas, gasoline, and coal contain hydrocarbons
Hydrocarbon Resins 0 likes
Attained by catalytic polymerization of petroleum fractions
Hydrochloric Acid 0 likes
Dilute solution of hydrogen chloride, a powerful, corrosive acid, used to remove Portland cement paste from brick or stone work
Hydrofluoric Acid 0 likes
Aqueous hydrogen fluoride solution, a weak poisonous acid, that damages silica and silicates, employed to finish and etch glass
Hydrojet 0 likes
An apparatus that mixes water with air producing a high speed, stormy stream of air augmented water
Hydrojet Booster Pump System 0 likes
A system where one or several hydrojets are set in motion by a pump that is independent of the spa’s filtration and heating systems
Hydrology 0 likes
Science pertaining to the properties of the earth’s water — on the surface, subsurface, and atmosphere — and its motion in relation to land
Hydrometer1 like
hydrometer
A device that measures the density of liquids
Hydronic 0 likes
Heating system circulating a heated fluid, usually water, through baseboard coils via a circulating pump regulated by a thermostat
Hydronic Heating System 0 likes
A system that distributes heated water via convectors to heat a building, structure or room
Hydronics 0 likes
Heating or cooling systems that transfer heat as water or vapor, via a circulating fluid, in a closed pipe system of pipes
Hydrophilic 0 likes
Attracting water; able to bond or dissolve in water
Hydrophobic 0 likes
Repelling water; incapable of uniting or mixing with water
Hydroponics 0 likes
Growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid, and added nutrients, with no soil
Hydrostatic Pressure 0 likes
Pressure experienced by motionless water
Hydrostatic Relief Valve 0 likes
A valve mounted in the main drain of the swimming pool and in other areas; when the pool is full of water, the valve closes; when the pool is empty, it opens to enable ground water to flow into the pool; employed to stop the pool from floating, which happens when ground water pressure builds up
Hydrous 0 likes
Having water
Hygrometer1 like
hygrometer
An instrument that has a dry bulb thermometer and a wet bulb thermometer, measuring the humidity of the atmosphere or a gas; also called a Wet and Dry Bulb Hygrometer or a Psychrometer
Hygroscopic 0 likes
Propensity to absorb water
A synthetic rubber frequently used with neoprene in elastomeric roof coverings; Hypalon is a registered trademarked of E.I. du Pont Co.
Ability of a substance to absorb and release moisture and modify physical dimensions based on its moisture content
Hyperbolic Paraboloid 0 likes
Double curved surface initiated by sliding a straight line along two other lines which are tilted from each other but lie in parallel planes
Hyperbolic Paraboloid Shell 0 likes
Saddle-shaped concrete roof structure
Hypocenter 0 likes
The point below the epicenter where an earthquake is initiated; also called the Focus
Hypotenuse 0 likes
The side of a right-angled triangle which is directly opposite the right angle
Hypothecate 0 likes
To promise property to repay a debt without releasing the title or possession of the property
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