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BUILDING PERMIT  look up translate image
Authorization to build or modify a structure.
DEMOLITION PERMIT  look up translate image
Authorization to tear down and remove an existing structure.
ELECTRICAL PERMIT  look up translate image
A separate permit required for most electrical work.
GENERAL CONTRACTOR  look up translate image
responsible for the execution, supervision and overall coordination of a project and may also perform some of the individual construction tasks. Most general contractors are not licensed to perform all specialty trades and must hire specialty contractors for such tasks, e.g. electrical, plumbing.
GRADING PERMIT  look up translate image
Authorization to change the contour of the land.
PLUMBING PERMIT  look up translate image
A separate permit required for new plumbing and larger modifications of existing plumbing systems.
REMODELING CONTRACTOR  look up translate image
a general contractor who specializes in remodeling work.
SEPTIC PERMIT  look up translate image
A health department authorization to build or modify a septic system.
SPECIALTY CONTRACTOR  look up translate image
licensed to perform a specialty task e.g. electrical, side sewer, asbestos abatement.
SUB CONTRACTOR  look up translate image
a general or specialty contractor who works for another general contractor.
ZONINGUSE PERMIT  look up translate image
Authorization to use a property for a specific use e.g. a garage, a single family residence etc.
A/C  look up translate image
An abbreviation for air conditioner or air conditioning.
A/C CONDENSER  look up translate image
The outside fan unit of the Air Conditioning system. It removes the heat from the freon gas and "turns" the gas back into a liquid and pumps the liquid back to the coil in the furnace.
A/C DISCONNECT  look up translate image
The main electrical ON-OFF switch near the A/C Condenser.
AERATOR  look up translate image
The round screened screw-on tip of a sink spout. It mixes water and air for a smooth flow.
AGGREGATE  look up translate image
A mixture of sand and stone and a major component of concrete.
AIR SPACE  look up translate image
The area between insulation facing and interior of exterior wall coverings. Normally a 1" air gap.
ALLOWANCE(S)  look up translate image
A sum of money set aside in the construction contract for items which have not been selected and specified in the construction contract. For example, selection of tile as a flooring may require an allowance for an underlayment material, or an electrical allowance which sets aside an amount of money to be spent on electrical fixtures.
AMORTIZATION  look up translate image
A payment plan by which a loan is reduced through monthly payments of principal and interest.
ANCHOR BOLTS  look up translate image
Bolts to secure a wooden sill plate to concrete , or masonry floor or wall.
ANNUAL PERCENTAGE RATE (APR)  look up translate image
Annual cost of credit over the life of a loan, including interest, service charges, points, loan fees, mortgage insurance, and other items.Appraisal An expert valuation of property.
APRON  look up translate image
A trim board that is installed beneath a window sill
ARCHITECT  look up translate image
One who has completed a course of study in building and design, and is licensed by the state as an architect. One who draws up plans.
AREA WELLS  look up translate image
Corrugated metal or concrete barrier walls installed around a basement window to hold back the earth
ASSESSMENT  look up translate image
A tax levied on a property, or a value placed on the worth of a property.
ASSUMPTION  look up translate image
Allows a buyer to assume responsibility for an existing loan instead of getting a new loan.
ASTRAGAL  look up translate image
A molding, attached to one of a pair of swinging double doors, against which the other door strikes.
ATTIC ACCESS  look up translate image
An opening that is placed in the drywalled ceiling of a home providing access to the attic.
ATTIC VENTILATORS  look up translate image
In houses, screened openings provided to ventilate an attic space.Backfill Back to Top
BACK CHARGE  look up translate image
Billings for work performed or costs incurred by one party that, in accordance with the agreement, should have been performed or incurred by the party to whom billed. Owners bill back charges to general contractors, and general contractors bill back charges to subcontractors. Examples of back charges include charges for cleanup work or to repair something damaged by another subcontractor, such as a tub chip or broken window.
BACKFILL  look up translate image
The replacement of excavated earth into a trench around or against a basement /crawl space foundationwall.
BACKING  look up translate image
Frame lumber installed between the wall studs to give additional support for drywall or an interior trim related item, such as handrail brackets, cabinets, and towel bars. In this way, items are screwed and mounted into solid wood rather than weak drywall that may allow the item to break loose from the wall. Carpet backing holds the pile fabric in place.
BACKOUT  look up translate image
Work the framing contractor does after the mechanical subcontractors (Heating-Plumbing-Electrical) finish their phase of work at the Rough (before insulation) stage to get the home ready for a municipal frame inspection. Generally, the framing contractor repairs anything disturbed by others and completes all framing necessary to pass a Rough Frame Inspection.
BALLAST  look up translate image
A transformer that steps up the voltage in a florescent lamp.
BALLOON  look up translate image
A loan that has a series of monthly payments with the remaining balance due in a large lump sum payment at the end.
BALLOON FRAMED WALL  look up translate image
Framed walls (generally over 10' tall) that run the entire vertical length from the floor sill plate to the roof. This is done to eliminate the need for a gable end truss.
BALUSTERS  look up translate image
Vertical members in a railing used between a top rail and bottom rail or the stair treads. Sometimes referred to as 'pickets' or 'spindles'.
BALUSTRADE  look up translate image
The rail, posts and vertical balusters along the edge of a stairway or elevated walkway.
BARGE  look up translate image
Horizontal beam rafter that supports shorter rafters.
BARGE BOARD  look up translate image
A decorative board covering the projecting rafter (fly rafter) of the gable end. At the cornice, this member is a fascia board.
BASE OR BASEBOARD  look up translate image
A trim board placed against the wall around the room next to the floor.
BASE SHOE  look up translate image
Molding used next to the floor on interior base board. Sometimes called a carpet strip.
BASEMENT WINDOW INSERTS  look up translate image
The window frame and glass unit that is installed in the window buck.
BAT  look up translate image
A half-brick.
BATT  look up translate image
A section of fiber-glass or rock-wool insulation measuring 15 or 23 inches wide by four to eight feet long and various thickness'. Sometimes "faced" (meaning to have a paper covering on one side) or "unfaced" (without paper).
BATTEN  look up translate image
Narrow strips of wood used to cover joints or as decorative vertical members over plywood or wide boards.
BAY WINDOW  look up translate image
Any window space projecting outward from the walls of a building, either square or polygonal in plan.
BEAM  look up translate image
A structural member transversely supporting a load. A structural member carrying building loads (weight) from one support to another. Sometimes called a "girder".
BEARING HEADER  look up translate image
(a) A beam placed perpendicular to joists and to which joists are nailed in framing for a chimney, stairway, or other opening. (b) A wood lintel. (c) The horizontal structural member over an opening (for example over a door or window).
BEARING PARTITION  look up translate image
A partition that supports any vertical load in addition to its own weight.
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