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by Judee Shipman
QUADRANGLE: A four-sided enclosure surrounded by buildings. In home building, this design is often seen in apartment complexes. It is also suitable for college campuses. A quadrangle is more commonly known as a quad.
Shown below, the quad at the University of Sydney.
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QUADRANT: A piece of hardware used for joining the upper and lower leaves of a Dutch door.
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QUADRIPORTICUS: A large, rectangular area surrounded on all four sides by colonnades. A home building design from Hellenistic times.
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QUARREL: A piece of glass set diagonally.
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QUARRY TILE: Unglazed clay tile used for finishing floors and walls.
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QUARTER BEND: A pipe fitting that forms a 90-degree angle.
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QUARTER ROUND: Trim molding with a quarter circle cross section.
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QUAY: A platform that lines a water bank or projects out over water.
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QUEEN CLOSER: A brick cut in half, lengthwise.
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QUEENSLANDER: An Australian architectural style characterized by stump foundations that create a ventilated open space underneath the house.
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QUEEN ANNE: A type of Victorian revival architecture. The home building style is characterized by turrets, porticos, broad front porches, and decorative exterior design elements.
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QUENCHING: The rapid cooling of heated steel in order to increase its hardness.
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QUICKSAND: Any soil that is too weak to support significant weight, which makes home building impossible.
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QUILL FEED HANDLE: Part of a drill press.
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QUOIN: The cornerstones on a masonry wall.
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QUONSET HUT: A prefab metal building with a semi-cylindrical roof.
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