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.

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Ventilating exhaust fan, with a metal canopy, used to collect, trap and pass along heat and fumes.

Roughly resembling the letter U, with one longer leg and with a way to attach it to a lifting cable, this curved end member of a crane or hoist connects to the load with rigging.

Often used for gates, this hinge consists of a strap-like fastener around the gatepost and a strap-like fastener attached to the gate, and fastened together with a pin.

Exposed surface mounted pinned-type door hinge.

Closing for the open part of a hook to prevent a load from becoming unhooked.

Ruler made with a small overhanging piece on one end so that it can be hooked onto the item to be measured, making more accurate measurement possible because the ruler does not move as easily.

Pole that has a hook on the end to turn on or off an overhead switch that is not easily reached.

Also called a lift, it refers to the maximum vertical travel distance of a crane hook.

A circular band or ring for holding together or strengthening the staves of a barrel, cask, etc.

Window containing a single sash, which is hinged on the bottom and that tilts inward at the top.

Parallel to the plane of the horizon of the earth. Not vertical.

Wallboard installation done placing the long side parallel to the floor and perpendicular to the framing piece.

Lateral drain pipes which run from the plumbing fixtures to the waste stack in a building or into the soil.

Position when welding, where the welding is being done on the top surface of the work, which is held horizontally.

Body of law relating directly to condominiums and cooperative developments. Most property law provides vertical ownership of property in the sense that property owners own mineral rights as well as air rights to property. Horizontal property laws state that property owners own only the confines of the apartment unit within a condominium or cooperative building complex. Thus, horizontal property laws do not allow property owners to own the land on which their apartment unit is located.

The flat plane of area covered by a roof when the slopes are not added.

Fence of horizontally installed slats between posts.

Window that has sashes which slide horizontally in its tracks.

Horizontally connected water supply line to a boiler.

One of the types of metal shaping turret lathes, the horizontal turret lathe holds several different tools to make changing the cutting tool easy but the horizontal lathe holds smaller pieces of work than the vertical turret lathe. A large camping device on the end (chuck) holds and turns the work while a mechanism feeds the tool into the turret along with the work to shape it or to bore holes in it.

Toilet opening where waste is discharged.

Pieces that are made from the existing roof tabs that are clipped off and nailed in places to fill-in wherever needed to make the surface flat for a new roof. Horsepower-rated Switch Electric switch for small motor loads.

Threaded faucet connection for connecting a hose or for devices such as a washing machine.

Used when determining the worth of an annuity that reinvests the amount of recaptured investment (capital) at a risk-free interest rate.

Latch that uses push-pull levers to retract the bolt.

The material being galvanized is dipped in molten zinc.

Glue sticks which are fed through an electrically heated nozzle to melt and direct it to the needed place, where it cools rapidly.

Welding with heat and pressure, either with a shielding of inert gas or in a vacuum.

Painting by spraying heated paint for a smoother application or for better adherence to the surface.

Hot Bitumen.

Plastered wall, which has a large amount of free lime. Oil based paint does not work well with this.

High voltage electrical conductor that is in an electrical circuit. The wire that carries the current into the piece of equipment.

Measuring of the resistance change of a heated wire. Resistance changes with temperature and the temperature changes with air flow velocity by use of this device.

Electric arc welding, using resistance heated filler metal, which happens when electric current is passed through a conductor having a high resistance to the flow of current, which converts the electrical energy to heat.

Paint that is used on exterior surfaces.

Purchasing a more expensive house than a buyer can afford based on his/her income.

Anchor for the drop where the electrical wires of the utility are run to the building, it is also called a service insulator.

Rules regarding day-to-day use of the premises.

Polyethylene barrier wrapped around a house to save energy.

Sheltered or stored.

Grooves cut on the inside of stair stringers so that tread and risers can be fastened into them, with wedges and glue holding them in place.

Group of people residing in one home, usually a family.

Shelter or lodging. A shelter.

Federal, state or local government ordinance that sets minimum standards of safety and sanitation for existing residential buildings, as opposed to building codes, which govern new construction.

Illegal practice of denying the right to buy or rent a home to an individual based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability or family status.

Estimate of the number of dwelling units on which construction has begun during a stated period.

Percentage of gross monthly income devoted to housing costs.

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