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Definition of Baseboard

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Baseboard

Any board or molding found at the bottom of an interior wall.



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Area Walls

Corrugated metal or concrete barrier walls installed around a basement window to hold back the earth.


Balloon Framed Wall

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.


Barge Board

A decorative board covering the projecting rafter (fly rafter) of the gable end. At the cornice, this member is a fascia board.


Basement Foundation

A basement is a usable foundation that typically has ceiling heights of 8' and is often finished off as living or storage space.


Board Foot

Measurement of lumber that is the equivalent of 144 cubic inches.



Bottom Plate

The lowest horizontal member of a wall which rests on the rough floor, to which the studding is nailed.


Bull Nose Drywall

Rounded drywall corners.


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Crawlspace Foundation

The space between the ground and the first floor of a home, usually no higher than four feet.


Crown Molding

A molding used on cornice or wherever an interior angle is to be covered, especially at the roof and wall corner.


Gable End Wall

The triangular end of an exterior wall above the eaves formed under a gable roof.


Interior Finish



aterial used to cover the interior framed areas of walls and ceilings



Knee Wall

A wall-like structure that supports roof rafters.


Load-Bearing Wall

Includes all exterior walls and Any interior wall that is aligned above a support beam or girder. Normally, Any wall that has a double horizontal top plate.


Nonbearing Wall

A wall supporting no load other than its own weight.


Particle Board

Plywood substitute made of course sawdust that is mixed with resin and pressed into sheets. Used for closet shelving, floor underlayment, stair treads, etc.


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Ridge Board

A horizontal board that serves as the apex of the roof structure.


Slab Foundation

For a slab foundation, the site is leveled off, and a trench is dug around the perimeter of the home site. Gravel is then spread across the site, and concrete is poured approximately four inches thick over wire mesh and a moisture barrier. In areas of load bearing walls, trenches need to be dug to allow for additional thickness at this location. Slab foundations have no piers or floor joists, and the concrete slab is the floor system.



Trombe Wall

A passive solar wall, usually masonry or concrete, used for passing heat from one room (like a sun room or solar garden room) to another.


Wafer Board

A manufactured wood panel made out of 1"- 2" wood chips and glue. Often used as a substitute for plywood in the exterior wall and roof sheathing.


Wall Out

When a painter spray paints the interior of a home.



 

 

 

 

 

 

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