Use this FREE full color guide to make better decisions when you Buy Homes.
This image-packed glossary introduces the equipment, tools, tips, techniques, structural components, and design elements involved in architecture, landscaping, home improvements, and interior design.
View a diverse selection of stunning architectural forms and elegant interiors.
Dream up your own home building ideas from this carefully curated collection of images with concise, instructional definitions.
This guide will help you make all the right choices when you buy homes or remodel the home you already own.
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by Judee Shipman
RABBET: A rectangular groove cut into the corner edge of a board. People who buy homes or build furniture often see this type of joinery.
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RABBETING BIT: A kind of drill bit used with a router to cut rabbet grooves.
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RABBET JOINT: The joining of two pieces of rabbeted wood. Shown below, a dovetail rabbet joint.
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RADIAL ARM SAW: A circular saw mounted onto a sliding attachment.
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RADIANT HEATING: A method of heating where a hot surface warms the objects surrounding it. Shown below, a worker installs a radiant floor heating system.
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RADON: A naturally occurring radioactive gas common in many parts of the United States. Radon is kept out of buildings by way of proper, well working ventilation systems or vapor barriers.
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RADON SYSTEM: A ventilation system installed beneath a structural wood floor, designed to fan radon gas to the outside of a building.
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RAFTER: A piece of lumber that supports the weight of a roof. People who buy homes will surely notice the roof rafters.
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RAFTER ANGLE SQUARE: A tool used for precise structural framing. Also called a Speed Square.
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RAFTER BLOCKING: A technique used in roof construction where short two-by-fours are added to the rafters for additional support.
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RAIL: 1) A cross beam on a window sash. 2) Any relatively lightweight horizontal piece, such as in fencing. 3) A balustrade placed at the edge of a staircase or other elevated surface, to prevent people from falling off.
People who buy homes will most likely find a rail somewhere on the property.
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RAIL JOINT: The type of joint used for connecting rails on railroad tracks.
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RAILROAD TIE: Heavy wood timber, originally used to hold railroad tracks in place. Now used for building retaining walls.
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RAKE: 1) A gardening tool designed to gather light pieces such as fallen leaves. 2) An angle of slope.
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RAKE FASCIA: A band running horizontally along a roof eave.
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RAKE SIDING: Diagonally installed lap siding.
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RAMMED EARTH: An architectural style in which walls are made of condensed earth. Also see Earth Ship and Sod House.
Shown below, a rammed earth luxury home.
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RAMP: A sloped board used for wheeling heavy objects, or leading up to an elevated platform. Different types of ramps serve different purposes.
Shown below, a bedside dog ramp.
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RANCH: A flat, single-story house, most commonly built from the 1940s through the 1970s. Ranch homes are especially appropriate for families and elderly people who buy homes.
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