Jonathan Lockamy

 Real Estate Glossary

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

Ca - Cal - Car - Cas - Ce - Cen - Ch - Cho - Cle - Co

Col - Com - Con - Cond - Cont - Coo - Cos - Cr - Cro - Cu

An enclosed part of a machine that houses the operator.

Small, one-story house, simply built possibly of logs.

An enclosure or storage unit. Built-ins can be for kitchen or other use.

Cabinets that are mounted or rest on the floor and which often serve as a countertop. The standard size for base cabinets is 34 ½ inches high and 24 inches deep, excluding the countertop and cabinet door.

Cabinet inserted into a corner with cabinets bordering it on both of the adjacent walls. Since access to a blind cabinet is limited, the installation of a Lazy Susan section, with revolving shelves, improves its usefulness. Some blind cabinets are designed with faces at a 45 degree angle to aid function.

A circular blade used in a power saw to make smooth cuts when ripping and crosscutting wood.

Giving the effect of a single complex molding this elaborate trim molding for doors or windows is constructed of two or more pieces of molding joined together along the length.

Enclosures that are installed against a wall and off of the floor, often in a kitchen or storage area. The standard depth of a wall cabinet is 12 inches deep, with the width and height varying. When used in a kitchen the units are normally installed 18 inches above the base cabinets and either extend to the ceiling or leave some area open. Soffits are often built above the cabinets so that the empty space is filled.

A thick heavy rope that often contains wire strands. Alternately, a bundle of insulated wires through which an electrical current can be passed. Two or more conductors or wires in the same sheath.

Electrical box used to serve as a mounting device for outlets and switches and to protect the wire connections.

Fittings that provide a smooth passage past the edge of the box for electrical cables.

A device with long handles for leverage, whose jaws have curved cutting edges, which, while similar to a bolt cutter, is used for cutting metal rope-type cable.

Drawing made by either an architect or designer of electrical systems, which shows electrical terminations, cable routing and the number of wires for each box to be used by the electrician in wiring a building.

Woven metal sheath, which provides electromagnetic shielding by surrounding one or more insulated electrical wires.

Device which is mounted on the busway and provides a secure entryway for an electrical current to enter the busway by permitting the connection of an electrical cable to an electrical busway, the enclosure for the electrical bus bars or rods.

Designed to support electrical cables where many cables are run side by side, a cable tray is supported by a structure of which it becomes a permanent part. Some cables trays have a solid bottom and side rails with another type having a ladder-type bottom and side rails and are used according to requirements.

Structure that is used to restrain and support cable trays.

Furniture leg style, dating back to the early 18th century, which is often shaped like an animal foot or claw.

Map within a jurisdiction, which shows the boundary lines and ownership of all real estate in the area.

Also called Computer Aided Design and Drafting it is a graphics program used on computers so that drawing can be done in two or three dimensions with the three dimensional designs able to be animated to be viewed from different angles, including from the inside of the drawing. Installation or maintenance can be simulated by the movement of various parts during animation. Animation can be used for simulations, situation re-enactments demonstrations and education. CADD programs can be used to design items, systems and structures of all sizes and complexities and are increasingly used for designing or planning construction sequences and logistics for building projects as well as landscaping designs. Drawn to scale with dimensions shown by computer the measurements can be taken electronically.

Hardware items made of steel are often coated with cadmium to make them rust-resistant. Cadmium is more water-resistant than zinc.

Grouping of vertical metal bars, which surround an area or object; an enclosure of slats or bars. Alternately, a framework of wired rebar.

Framing around protrusions in a wall. Caisson Watertight box which surrounds a foundation, which is being built below water level. Alternately, a recessed ceiling panel.

Caisson pile that provides more surface bearing area by having a 60-degree flare at the bottom.

Caisson pile, with large diameter which is set into a deep hole of 150 feet deep with a 10 foot diameter, which is used to support a foundation of a structure being built on soil which needs reinforcement to support the structure's weight.

Foundation, which is constructed in place by filling holes that, are drilled through to bearing sedimentary rock, with concrete.

Hollow cylinder pile, which is inserted into the soil with jacks, as it is rotated back and forth, thus reducing friction with the soil. The soil in the center of the cylinder is removed, once the cylinder is in place, and is replaced with concrete to for strengthened structural ability.

Large piling used to support a building or bridge by being sunk into the ground or the body of a bed of water. Caissons are constructed of a cast-in place concrete, which is poured into a hollow cylinder, which has been inserted into the ground with a pile driver. Drilled-in caissons have the ends reinforced with a steel shoe welded to the bottom of the cylinder.

Caisson pile created by a rectangular-shaped vertical pit being dug and filled with concrete while a cured concrete slurry keeps the excavation walls held firm.

Paint pigment solidified at the bottom of the can.

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

Jonathan Lockamy
Real Estate Agent
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