Glossary of Construction Terms

Do you ever feel as if your contractor is selling you polyisocyanurate foam when what you really needed was a setback thermostat? Here is a handy guide to common (and not so common) construction terms. Scroll through the glossary below or sort by the letter that starts the word you're looking for. For example, to find polyisocyanurate foam, select P and click Submit.

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Fuse

A device often found in older homes designed to prevent overloads in electrical lines. See, "circuit breakers."

See also: Topics: Electrical Systems, Q&A: Electrical

Fungal Wood Rot

A common wood destroying organism which develops when wood containing material is exposed to moisture and poor air circulation for a longer (6 month +) period of time. Often and incorrectly referred to as "dry rot."

See also: Q&A: Pest, Wood Rod, Mold and Fungus

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