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    Construction Definitions, Terms, and Acronyms:
  • Hardware - All of the metal fittings that go into the home when it is near completion. For example, door knobs, towel bars, handrail brackets, closet rods, house numbers, door closers, etc.
  • Ridge - The horizontal line at the junction of the top edges of two sloping roof surfaces.
  • Latch - A beveled metal tongue operated by a spring-loaded knob or lever. The tongues bevel lets you close the door and engage the locking mechanism, if any, without using a key. Contrasts with dead bolt.
  • Step flashing - Flashing application method used where a vertical surface meets a sloping roof plane. 6 X 6 galvanized metal bent at a 90 degree angle, and installed beneath siding and over the top of shingles.
  • Masonry - Stone, brick, concrete, hollow-tile, concrete block, or other similar building units or materials. Normally bonded together with mortar to form a wall.

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