Term Definition
Package Deal 0 likes
An all-inclusive price for architecture work, construction, financing, and, in some cases, land
Package Dyeing 0 likes
The process of putting spun and wound yarn onto large forms with perforations and then pressing the dye onto the yarn through the holes
Package Units 0 likes
Entire refrigerating system in which the compressor, condenser and evaporator are all combined
Packaged Chiller 0 likes
Factory assembled equipment that uses a refrigeration cycle to make chilled water which circulates to the desired location
Packaged Heater 0 likes
A piece of equipment assembled in a factory; provides heat-producing units which circulate to various areas
Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner (PTAC) 0 likes
A self-contained unit that is positioned in the space it serves and uses the direct expansion method
Packing 0 likes
Material employed to surround and protect objects inside a container
Packing House Tile 0 likes
Comparable to quarry tile but generally thicker
Pad Eyes 0 likes
Metal rings that are hung vertically on a plate
Pad out, Pack out 0 likes
To add strips of wood or shim to a ceiling or wall so that the completed ceiling or wall appears flawless
Pad, Bearing 0 likes
See Bearing Pad
Pad, Equipment 0 likes
See Equipment Pad
Pad, Transformer 0 likes
See Transformer Pad
Padding1 like
padding
A material that is laid under carpet to dampen sound and enhance the walking experience; also serves to extend the life of the carpet
Pagoda 0 likes
A multi-story tower with an upward curving roof tapering toward the top that usually serves as a memorial or temple; more commonly found in India and the Far East
Paint 0 likes
A decorative and protective coating made from a mixture of pigments with appropriate thinners or oils; oil-based or latex water based
Paint Brush 0 likes
An instrument consisting of a handle with bristles; used to coat surfaces with paint and or other coatings
Paint Coating 0 likes
Layer of paint that is applied to a surface
Paint Gauge 0 likes
Instrument that measures the density of a given paint coating
Paint Heater 0 likes
Device that heats paint thereby reducing its viscosity
Paint Preparation 0 likes
When the surface of a structure is made ready for a painting project; usually involves scraping, sanding, filling and mixing the paint
Paint Project 0 likes
A paint job
Paint Remover 0 likes
A mix of active solvents; used to take off paint and varnish from a surface
Paint Shop 0 likes
Part of a building where the painter prepares paint, stores it and washes the tools
Paint Spray Booth 0 likes
An enclosed, dust-free area where paint is applied
Paint System 0 likes
The total number and type of coats necessary for a particular paint job; includes preparing the surface, pre-treatments, dry film thickness, and how the paint is applied
Paint, Asphaltic 0 likes
See Asphaltic Paint
Paint, Door 1 like
See Door Paint
Painter 0 likes
An artisan whose job is to cover surfaces with paint
Painting 0 likes
The work that painters do
Painting Preparation 0 likes
Getting a building or other structure ready for painting by scraping off residue, sanding the surface, filling holes, and mixing the paint
Palladian 0 likes
Refers to Andrea Palladio and his neo-classical style
Pallet 0 likes
A moveable platform that is employed to store, move, and control goods and materials; often used in a warehouse or during shipping; forklifts and hand trucks move the pallet from one place to another
Pan 0 likes
Mass-produced metal or plastic unit that is used to create concrete floor joist systems
Pan, Metal Stair 0 likes
See Metal Stair Pan
Pane 0 likes
A sheet of glass
Panel 0 likes
A thin sheet material such as wood or plywood
A well-defined part of a door, wall, cabinet, or ceiling, it is typically rectangular
A thin board whose edges are inserted into the grooves of a thicker material of a surrounding frame
A section of floor, wall, or ceiling, typically large and prefabricated, which is treated as a single unit
A board that contains instruments
An arbitration board
Panel Circuit Directory 0 likes
A structured list of every circuit in a given electric panel
Panel Cladding 0 likes
Metal casing on panels that impacts resistance and makes the panel more durable
Panel Edge Clip 0 likes
H-shaped clip that does not allow plywood roof or floor sheathing to have different deflection capabilities
Panel Hoist 0 likes
An apparatus that elevates sheetrock while it is nailed or screwed into position
Panel Rated Siding 0 likes
Panel siding that consists of proprietary APA siding
Panel Siding1 like
panel siding
Sizeable hardboard or plywood sheets which function as both siding and sheathing
Panel, Acoustical 0 likes
See Acoustical Panel
Panel, Hardboard Siding 0 likes
See Hardboard Panel Siding
Panel, Limestone 0 likes
See Limestone Panel
Panel, Sandwich 1 like
See Sandwich Panel
Panelboard 0 likes
A panel that controls heat, light, or power; positioned in a cabinet on a wall or partition and accessed from the front; also called a Switchboard
Paneling 0 likes
A continuous surface of panels
Embellished wood panels
Panelized Roof 0 likes
Modular roof framing system where the rafters and sheathing are assembled as a single unit so they can be proficiently installed on the beams or purlins
Panic Device 0 likes
A mechanism inside the building that opens a door when pressed; a horizontal bar erected right across a door that functions as a latching system and is operated by pressure on the bar; also called Panic Hardware
Panic Hardware 0 likes
See Panic Device
Pantry 0 likes
A small room in which food is stored
Paper and Wire 0 likes
Paper saturated in asphalt with wire mesh, or metal lath; serves as a backing when installing tile
Paper Backed Insulation 0 likes
Insulation that has paper on one side to hinder vapor
Paper Mounted Mosaics 0 likes
Ceramic mosaic tiles attached to paper on the tile face; sold in 12 by 24 inch sheets
Paper Rollers 0 likes
Paper coils torn from gypsum board surface; typically happens when the board is overly exposed to humidity and when a board slides across another
Paper-Base Laminate 0 likes
See Laminate, Paper-Base
Paper, Building 0 likes
Papers, felts, and similar materials employed in buildings with no reference to their characteristics or functions; typically sold in long rolls
Paper, Building 0 likes
See Building Paper
Paper, Curing 0 likes
See Curing Paper
Paperboard 0 likes
Paperboard refers to over 0.012 inch thickness, heavy, and stiff grades of paper
Papreg 0 likes
Papreg is the result of soaking pieces of especially strong paper in manufactured resin and laminating them to create a product that is dense and moisture-resistant
Para Red 0 likes
Pigment which is made from coal tar; vivid, non-transparent, with a propensity to bleed although non-fading
Parabola 0 likes
A curve that is produced when a cone intersects with a plane that is parallel to its side
Parabolic Troffer 0 likes
Channel enclosure; contains a reflector which regulates the light in a thin beam
Paraffin Oil 0 likes
Light translucent mineral oil which can be employed to lubricate finished wood
Parallel 0 likes
Lines that never meet; they are equidistant and run side by side
Parallel Application 0 likes
The long side of a gypsum board that is secured in the same direction as the other parts of the frame; also called Vertical Application or With Framing
Parallel Bars0 likes
A pair of bars parallel to each other; height and separation can be adjusted; gymnasts use them for various exercises
Parallel Circuit 0 likes
An electrical device arrangement in which the current splits and goes in two or more directions before returning to a shared path
Parallel Rule 0 likes
An instrument that enables a drafter to draw parallel horizontal lines or parallel vertical or sloping lines with triangles; attached to a drawing board
Parapet 0 likes
A wall that is positioned along the edge of a roof so that people will not fall
Parcel 0 likes
A legal description for a tract or plot of land
Parge 0 likes
To cover with decorative plaster or waterproofing plaster
Parget 0 likes
Parge
Pargeting 0 likes
Parging
Parging 0 likes
Decorative plaster; cover with cement plaster to waterproof a building on coarse masonry or the walls of a foundation
Parking Barrier 0 likes
A temporary or permanent structure that is positioned so that vehicles will not intrude on a space
Parking Stall Painting 0 likes
The painting of lines on the ground to delineate parking spaces for vehicles
Parol Evidence Rule 0 likes
Comments that either party to a contract made before the contract was signed do not alter the meaning of that contract
Parquet Floor 0 likes
A geometric floor covering that is made up of numerous small wood pieces
Partial Joint Penetration 0 likes
When a joint penetrates somewhat, but not totally
Partial Pressures 0 likes
Situation wherein two or more gases in a particular space contribute to the total pressure of that space
Particleboard1 like
particleboard
A panel that is made up of resins and small wood particles which have been pressure-bonded; often used in drier environments instead of plywood
Particleboard Underlayment 0 likes
Flat piece of particleboard that is laid over subflooring; creates a smooth surface for the final floor covering
Parting Bead 0 likes
A thin strip that separates the upper and lower sashes in a double-hung window frame; also called a Parting Stop
Parting Compound 0 likes
A substance that prevents concrete from sticking; applied to the formwork
Parting Stop or Strip 0 likes
A small wood piece that separates the upper sash from the lower sash of a double hung window; employed in the side and head jambs
Partisan Arbitrator 0 likes
An arbitrator who is more sympathetic to one of the parties in a dispute; a Party-Appointed Arbitrator
Partition 0 likes
A wall that is erected to split a larger area of a building or room into one or more smaller spaces
Partition Closure 0 likes
Construction method in which openings are closed; durable foam is often used for this job
Partition Door1 like
partition door
Door placed in a Wire Mesh
Partition Fabric 0 likes
The wire mesh fabric that is used in a Wire Mesh Partition
Partition Framing Member 0 likes
Metal frame part for a Wire Mesh Partition
Partition System 0 likes
Materials that are designed to function together as a wall
Partition, Clay Tile 0 likes
See Clay Tile Partition
Partition, Toilet 0 likes
See Toilet Partition
Partition, Wire Mesh 0 likes
See Wire Mesh Partition
Partner 0 likes
A member of a partnership
Partnering 0 likes
Where all parties involved in a construction contract participate in meetings or seminars as a way of discovering what is important to the participants; designed to be an educational exercise and a way of securing each participant’s cooperation and understanding
Partnership 0 likes
Two or more people in a business relationship; their resources and skills are combined, and they share profits and losses; the partnership can be created via a written or oral agreement
Parts Per Million (PPM) 1 like
Unit to measure concentration; used for solutions
Proportion of a chemical or mineral by weight to the amount of water; employed in swimming pools
Party Wall 0 likes
A wall system specifically used to split a larger space into smaller spaces for different purposes; such a system can have fire or sound requirements
A wall that separates two properties belonging to two different tenants; also called Demising Wall
A brick or stone wall that runs between buildings on contiguous properties; the owners of the neighboring buildings share the benefits and rights of the common wall
Party-Appointed Arbitrator 0 likes
An arbitrator that one of the parties engages; See Partisan Arbitrator
Pascal’s Law 0 likes
A theory of hydrostatics that states that pressure exerted anywhere in a confined incompressible fluid is transmitted equally in all directions throughout the fluid such that the pressure variations remain the same
Pass 0 likes
In spray painting, a movement in one direction of the spray gun
When an excavating or grading machine makes a passage
One lengthwise welding progression along a joint or weld deposit producing a weld bead
Pass-Through 0 likes
A space between two rooms or between a room and an external wall through which one can pass objects; employed for serving food or collecting dishes
Passage Door 0 likes
Any door that is not an exit door through which people may pass
Passenger Elevator 0 likes
An elevator that is used to carry people up and down a building
Passivation 0 likes
Process of making something still or unreactive
Passive Pressure 0 likes
The sideways resistance of soil to any force applied to the soil
Passive System 0 likes
A system for solar heating or cooling that works without external mechanized power to transport the accumulated solar heat
Paste Wood Filler1 like
paste wood filler
A stiff paste compound employed to fill the open surface of hardwoods, like oak and walnut
Pastel 0 likes
A lighter, muted shade of a particular color
Pastiche 0 likes
Architectural design that copies prior architectural designs and styles; a mishmash; See Eclectic
Patch 0 likes
A piece of material used to reinforce something or to repair or conceal a hole
Patch, Concrete 0 likes
Material employed to repair small to medium cracks or holes in concrete finishes
Pate Dure 0 likes
A French term that translates as ‘hard paste’, pate dure refers to ceramics that are fired at fairly high temperatures
Pate Tendre 0 likes
A French term that translates as ‘soft paste’, refers to ceramics that are fired at fairly low temperatures
Patent Ambiguity 0 likes
Wording in a document that has more than one meaning
Patent Defect 0 likes
A structural flaw that is evident in any level-headed observation
Patent-Back Carpet 0 likes
Carpet designed so that the edges will not snag or twist when the fabric is cut in any direction; the edges of the carpet are attached by tape and glue rather than being sewed
Path of Travel 0 likes
A passage that allows pedestrians and wheelchair users free access to and from a particular location; examples are sidewalks, ramps, elevators, and corridors
Patina 0 likes
A green layer that forms over a period of time on copper or bronze
Patio 0 likes
A paved area attached to a home, where residents dine outdoors or engage in other types of recreation
An enclosed courtyard that does not have a roof
Patio Block 0 likes
Thin concrete paving slabs that are positioned in light pedestrian traffic areas
Pattern 0 likes
A model or design which is used to make copies
Pattern Length 0 likes
Length of the spray pattern when spray painting
Pattern Width 0 likes
Width of spray pattern at its vertical center in spray painting
Paumelle 0 likes
A type of hinge that has a single pivoting pin, typically with a streamlined even design
Pavement 0 likes
A paved area; or material that is used to pave a given area, such as a street
Pavement Cutting 0 likes
Cutting pavement with a power saw that has a particular blade to ensure penetration
Pavement Marking 0 likes
Painting lines and other instructional signs on the surface of pavements for pedestrians, drivers and bicyclists
Pavement Structure 0 likes
All courses of asphalt-aggregate mixes, or a combination of asphalt and untreated aggregate courses that are positioned above the subgrade
Paver Brick 0 likes
Bricks used in pedestrian areas; these are typically four inches across, with a length of eight inches, and 1-5/8 inches to 2-1/4 inches thick
Paver, Granite 0 likes
See Granite Paver
Paver, Marble 0 likes
See Marble Paver
Paver, Masonry 0 likes
See Masonry Paver
Paver, Paving 0 likes
Typically masonry positioned to make an even, but firm surface
Paver, Stone 0 likes
See Stone Paver
Paving 0 likes
The ground surface of an outdoor space; See Pavement
Paving Finishes 0 likes
The top layers of asphalt, concrete, or bound macadam on sidewalks, streets, and in parking areas
Paving Unit 0 likes
A prefabricated masonry unit, typically 2-1/4 inches thick, which is laid down for stepping stones on patios, veneering, and paving; also called a Cap Block
Paving, Concrete 0 likes
See Concrete Paving
Payment Schedule 0 likes
A predetermined payment program to a contractor which is typically based on work that is completed at various stages; a deposit payment prior to starting work, and a temporary retainer ensuring that anything which has not yet been completed can be fixed may also be included and payable at the conclusion of the contract
Payroll 0 likes
A documentation of all the wages, salaries, and other benefits that an employer pays employees
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