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This image-packed introductory guide offers a colorful, informative, organized view of the equipment, tools, tips, techniques, structural components, and design elements involved in home building, landscaping, and interior design.
Dream up your own ideas from this carefully crafted collection of images with concise, clear definitions.
Arm yourself with the basic knowledge of construction, home design, and architecture.
You can even use this guide to do some Home Construction of your own, or for any type of home improvement project.
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by Judee Shipman
TREAD: In home construction, a tread is the walking surface on any step of a stairway.
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TREATED LUMBER: A manufactured wood coating designed to reduce the damage caused by rot or by wood eating insects.
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TREE HOUSE: An above-ground house that uses one or more live trees for some or all of its structural components.
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TRIM: The final applications on a structure, such as moldings, doors, paint, and decorative elements.
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TRIMMER: The vertical stud that supports a header at a door, window, or other opening.
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TRIM SAW: A type of circular saw.
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TRIP LEVER MECHANISM: A piece of hardware typically used in bathtubs and toilet tanks.
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TROWEL: A small, shallow, pointed, hand held shovel.
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TRUSS: A roof support beam with zig zag framing components. Similar to a rafter, but with a longer span.
There are quite a few types of trusses used in home construction. They include
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TRYSQUARE: A carpenter's tool with a ruled metal straight edge.
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TUBING: Flexible piping for the transfer of gases and liquids.
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TUDOR: A style of American architecture that was inspired by England's medieval architecture. Tudor-style home construction was most popular in America between 1890 and 1940.
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TUNGSTEN CARBIDE: A metal that is often used as a strong abrasive agent. Shown below, a tungsten carbide grinding wheel.
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TUNING WRENCH: A socket wrench used for tuning musical instruments.
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TURNKEY: A property that is "move-in ready." In other words, a home that is already furnished and decorated, with all the utilities hooked up.
If the turnkey is a commercial business, the inventory and any existing customer base are typically included.
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TURPENTINE: A petroleum oil distilled from pine wood, sometimes used as paint thinner.
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TURRET: A small, rounded tower projecting upward from a corner of a house.
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TWIST BIT: A drill or screwdriver bit with a slanted groove around its shank.
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TYMPANUM: The triangular area inside a pediment, often adorned with intricate carvings or painted murals.
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