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

 
Masonry
Stone, brick, concrete, hollow-tile, concrete block, gypsum block or other similar building units or materials or a combination of the same, bonded together with mortar to form a wall, pier, buttress, or similar mass.
 
Mastic
A construction adhesive that is thick and waterproof.  used on roofs.
 
Moldings
Shaped strips of ornamental wood used around doors and windows.  Also used for base molding, tile molding, as chair rails and for exterior area molding.  Moldings finish the junction of different materials or shapes.
 
Nail pops
Nails that come loose from a stud and push joint compound up.  Caused by normal wood shrinkage and home settlement.
 
Pointing
The filling and finishing of broken mortar and stone cement masonry joints.
 
Ponding
The collection of water on driveways, walkways, or lawns.  Ponding for excessive periods of time is indicative of grading problems.
 
Rafter
One of a series of structural members of a roof designed to support roof loads.  The rafters of a flat roof are sometimes called roof joists.
 
Resilient flooring
Vinyl flooring used in areas such as kitchens, halls, bathrooms and laundry rooms.  It is capable of withstanding shock without permanent deformation.
 
Ridge vent
An open vent system located along roof peaks, which in conjunction with soffit vents, creates ventilation through the passage of natural air.
 
Roof sheathing
Boards or sheet material fastened to roof rafters on which the shingles or other roof covering is laid.
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