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The Glossary of Construction Terms:
A Guide to Understanding Home Construction.

 
Aerator
A small, removable extension at the tip of a sink faucet that mixes streaming water with air to reduce splashing and conserve water.
 
Air hammer
A banging noise in plumbing pipes caused by air infiltration.
 
Airway
The space between roof insulation and roof boards which allows for movement of air.
 
Alkali
A soluble mineral salt or mixture of salts capable of neutralizing acids.
 
Anchor bolts
Bolts that secure a wooden sill plate to a concrete or masonry floor or wall.
 
Asphalt
A residue from evaporated petroleum, insoluble in water but soluble in gasoline.  Melts when heated.
 
Attic ventilators
Screened openings provided to ventilate an attic space.
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