Even if you don’t know how to fix a leaky pipe or build a house, it helps to understand the lingo. You may find yourself dealing with a contractor one day, and you’ll sound a lot more knowledgeable if you know some of the common building terms and what they mean.
Take this little quiz and see if you know the difference between a soldering iron and angle iron.
Choose A, B, or C and view your answers below.
1. A narrow, vertical member in a railing is a:
2. The temperature surrounding an object.
3. A non load-bearing wall separating two areas.
4. A rectangular, groove cut in the corner edge of a board or plank.
a) Dove tail
5. The vertical portion of the frame on which a door is hung.
6. A stud less than a full story high, similar to that found over or under a window.
7. The projecting decorative moldings under the bottom edge of a roof or ceiling.
8. The sawdust-like substance created by boring insects like carpenter ants.
9. The vertical trim running along the edge of the roof to which the gutters are commonly attached.
10. A horizontal structural beam that supports the load over an opening such as a door or window.
11. The space or passage in a chimney through which smoke, gas, or fumes are ventilated through
12. A shallow channel or conduit of metal or wood set below and along the eaves of a house to catch and carry off rainwater from the roof.
13. A post to which the end of a stair railing or balustrade is fastened.
c) Butt Joint
14. A strip of formed sheet metal, sometimes combined with a thin strip of metal lath, placed on corners before plastering for reinforcement. Also, a strip of wood finish three-quarters-round or angular placed over a plastered corner for protection.
a) Corner Bead
b) Corner Braces
c) Cove Molding
15. An opening in a sloping roof, the framing of which projects out to form a vertical wall suitable for windows or other openings. This is commonly seen in Cape Cod style homes.