Real Estate Glossary

Our glossary is the largest dictionary of real estate and construction terms on the Internet with almost 10,000 definitions.
Real Estate Glossary
Our glossary is the largest dictionary of real estate and construction terms on the Internet with almost 10,000 definitions.



 
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1. Thick liquid or pasty substance or other material, which is used to lubricate or absorb something.
2. Paint, varnish, dressing, etc. which is used on the fabric of the wings of aircraft as protection.

Lubricant compound used on seal pipe threads prior to making a threaded pipe connection.

The oldest and simples of the five classic architectural orders, originating in the Dorian region of ancient Greece. Ionic, Corinthian, Tuscan and Composite are the other four.

Roofed projection built out from a sloping roof into which a window is set to provide additional interior light and ventilation. The word dormer comes from the word dormitory, which was normally in an attic area.

Horizontal exterior trim on a dormer.

Roof rafters, which frame the dormer roof.

Exterior trim, which is located on the roof slope edge of a dormer.

Window, which is installed in the wall of a dormer.

Sleeping facility for a large number of people, commonly used in colleges.

Small device, which is used to measure the number of roentgens absorbed in a single exposure to radiation.

Moving or performing in two different directions.

Door hinge that allows a door to swing both inward and outward.

Fine-toothed hacksaw blade whose blade has the teeth set, alternately, to the right and then the left.

Masonry brick with measurements of 4 x 5 1/3 x 8 inches.

Installing siding shingles in double layers.

File that has two sets of teeth cut in rows diagonally crossing each other.

Accelerated method in which a fixed percentage factor of two times the straight-line rate is multiplied each year by the declining balance of the fixed asset's book value. To compute the annual depreciation expense, the asset's book value at the beginning of the period is multiplied by the double declining rate. Although salvage value is not included in the initial calculation for depreciation, a fixed asset cannot be depreciated in the last year below its salvage value.

Annual rate of inflation of 10% or higher.

A floor where the binding joists support the common joists above and the ceiling below.

Construction method of using twice the number of framing members to provide additional structural strength.

Double pane window with air space between the panes to provide additional insulation.

Window consisting of two sashes that slide up and down, with each sash closing a different part of the window, for example by sliding the upper or lower cash into position with the other, the window can be opened at the top or the bottom.

Electrical power tools with parts that carry current being insulated from the person using it by internal insulation in addition to a non-conducting outer casing.

Method of nailing where pairs of nails are driven in very close together; often used with wallboard.

Roof design having two different pitches such as a gambrel roof.

Plating Installation of a second structural member on top of the first, to strengthen walls.

Switch which is able to connect or interrupt two electrical conductors simultaneously.

Switching device that uses three switches to permit an outlet to be operated from all three switches. Also called a four-way switch, this electrical switch is used in conjunction with two three-way switches in cases where three points for controlling an electrical circuit are needed.

Electrical switch that connects or disconnects two pairs of terminals.

Wall, whose purpose is basically to isolate sound, is constructed by using a common plate wider than the two rows of offset studs, which are studs that are in a staggered or zigzag pattern, so that each side of the wall is attached to a different set of studs. Since the wallboard walls are not sharing common framing, sound is not directly transmitted from one wall to another. The insulation in the wall cavity, also serves to mute any noise. This type of wall is also referred to as double-stud wall, or offset-stud framing.

Wall, whose purpose is basically to isolate sound, is constructed by using a common plate wider than the two rows of offset studs, which are studs that are in a staggered or zigzag pattern, so that each side of the wall is attached to a different set of studs. Since the wallboard walls are not sharing common framing, sound is not directly transmitted from one wall to another. The insulation in the wall cavity, also serves to mute any noise. This type of wall is also referred to as double wall, or offset-stud framing.

Siding in which sheathing is installed and is then covered by exterior siding.

Joint welded from both sides.

Y-shaped plumbing fitting with two branches, each at an angle to the main run.

Two families living in a residence designed for only one family, which violates single-family residence zoning.

This decay-resistant wood with good bending strength is the most common type of wood used in the making of plywood due the fact that it is hard and stiff with good ability to hold nails.

Woodworking joint whose ends are fanned out like a Dove's tail due to the recessed lots cut into the board, which are called mortises and the projection that fit into the mortises, which are called tenons.

Device, which is also called a dovetail gauge, that hold the board ends that are being joined in a dovetail joint, so that the mortises and tenons are in the correct locations when cut with the proper router bit.

Joints locking together two pieces of wood using meshed teeth shaped projects and cuts called mortises and tenons.

Type of small, handheld backsaw which is used for cutting dovetails, it has a stiff blade and reinforced spine.

1. Short, rounded, flat ended wooden stick, which fastens two members together by fitting into matching holes, which are drilled into each member.
2. Straight, metal bars which are used to connect masonry.

Plug, which marks the position where pieces have to be cut to be joined together evenly. One end is set into an already drilled dowel hole on a board and then the other piece of board to be joined is butted up against the other end of the plug, which marks the position where the hole should go.

Device, which is also called a dovetail jig, that hold the board ends that are being joined in a dovetail joint, so that the mortises and tenons are in the correct locations when cut with the proper router bit.

Joint held together by the short, rounded, and flat ended wooden sticks called dowels.

The legal right of a widow to a portion of her deceased husband's real estate.

The difference between the financed portion of the purchase price and the purchase price. This is normally paid by the purchaser.

Rezoning of land from a higher density use to a lower density use.

Downward current of air.

Drain that is intended to direct water runoff away from roads.

Weld, also called a flat position weld, made on the upper, horizontal surface of the work, which has been laid flat or almost flat.

The pipe or duct used to carry rainwater from a gutter to the ground. Also called a leader, this vertical portion of the gutter system, carries water away from the house, stopping water from causing basement leaks.

Water flowing in the direction of the current.

Lost time when repairs are needed on a job in progress.

Slang for the piece of heavy construction equipment, called a bulldozer. The machine consists of tractor-like machinery, which moves on treads and has an adjustable, front-mounted scraper blade which moves the dirt by pushing it in front of the machine and is used to smooth and level a building site.

Slang for the movement of material by use of a bulldozer or dozer.

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