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modular

Describing a system composed of standardized units or sections used for simplified construction or flexibility.

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leader

A vertical pipe used to conduct roof water to the ground. Also called a downspout.

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alkyd

A synthetic resin used as a vehicle for paint.

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brass

An alloy of copper and zinc that is corrosion-resistant and very workable.

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roping

The arrangement of cables used to hoist an electric elevator.

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cold-rolled steel

Sheet steel that has been formed using heavy rollers at room temperature, to improve it's surface finish, hardness, and strength.

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tier

An individual vertical tier of masonry in a cavity wall. Also called a wythe.

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bush-hammered finish

An exposed aggregate concrete finish obtained by roughening the surface with a power-operated bush hammer, which has a serrated face.

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nosing

The projection of a tread beyond the riser below.

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flitch

A large timber from which veneers are cut.

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elastomer

A material having the qualities of rubber.

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lamella

A roof structure comprising a series of parallel arches, skewed to the axes of the building, which are intersected by another series of skewed arches, so that they interact with each other.

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decibel (dB)

A logarithmic measure of sound intensity, expressing the ratio between a given sound being measured and a reference level. The reference level generally corresponds to the faintest audible sound.

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course

A continuous horizontal layer of masonry work.

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jamb

Either of the vertical members forming the sides of a door or window opening.

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coefficient of thermal expansion

The ratio of unit strain to temperature change, which is constant for a given material.

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oil canning

The wavy distortions of glass or metal panels, often seen in curtain wall construction.

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impervious tile

Ceramic tile which has been made completely resistant to penetration by water as a result of vitrification.

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fill

A manmade deposit of soil.

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casing bead

A fabricated metal strip applied at the edge of a plastered surface to provide a stop, protection of the edge, or a separation between two dissimilar materials.

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bed joint

The horizontal mortar joint in masonry work.

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expansive soil

A fine-grained cohesive soil that undergoes large volume changes with changes in moisture content.

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air entrapment

The incorporation of tiny air bubbles into concrete to improve it's workability and resistance to frost.

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architectural bronze

An alloy of copper, zinc, lead, and tin used for moldings and forgings.

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lockset

A complete fastening system including lock, knob, escutcheon, and so on.

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mandrel

A solid core used in driving a shell pile into the ground. When the driving is complete, it is removed and the shell is filled with concrete.

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buck

A door frame of wood or metal to which the finished frame is attached.