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Definition of Truss

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Truss

A prefabricated framework of girders, struts and other items used to support a roof or other load-bearing elements.



Related Terms:

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.


Collar Beam

A horizontal tie beam in a roof truss that connects two opposite rafters at a level considerably above the wall plate.


Fascia

Horizontal boards attached to rafter/truss ends at the eaves and along gables. Roof drain gutters are attached to the fascia.


Framer

The carpenter contractor that installs the lumber and erects the frame, flooring system, interior walls, backing, trusses, rafters, decking, installs all beams, stairs, soffits and all work related to the wood structure of the home. The framer builds the home according to the blueprints and must comply with local building codes and regulations.


Area Walls

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



Balloon

A loan that has a series of monthly payments with the remaining balance due in a large lump sum payment at the end.


Bull Nose Drywall

Rounded drywall corners.


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Gable End Wall

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


Glued Laminated Beam (Glulam)

A structural beam composed of wood laminations or lams. The lams are pressure bonded with adhesives to attain a typical thickness of 1 ˝" . (It looks like 5 or more 2 X 4's are glued together).


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.


Post-And-Beam

wall construction in which beams are supported by heavy posts rather than many smaller studs.


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.


Wall Out

When a painter spray paints the interior of a home.



 

 

 

 

 

 

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