Here is a FREE full color guide all about home improvements, home design, and architecture.
This image-packed glossary introduces the equipment, tools, tips, techniques, structural components, and design elements involved in architecture, landscaping, and interior design.
View a diverse selection of stunning architectural forms, exquisite landscape designs, and elegant interiors.
Dream up your own ideas from this carefully curated collection of images with concise, instructional definitions.
Let this guide help you decide which home improvements to make.
Once you are armed with basic knowledge, the home design possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
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by Judee Shipman
RANGE: A stove installed in the kitchen and used for cooking. Typically includes a full sized oven and several heating elements.
In home improvements of today, ranges are losing their usefulness, as most people are quite happy buying the parts separately to save space.
Need advice on home improvements? Save space by purchasing a small convection oven and a plug-in heating element (or two). These will serve about the same purpose as a full sized range.
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RASP: A grooved metal tool with raised teeth, often used in drywalling. A rasp is used like a file, but a file gives a finer finish. Also see Riffler.
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RATCHET WRENCH: A wrench that can be turned back and forth without being removed from the nut or bolt.
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RAW LUMBER: Wood that has been cut, but not yet manufactured for home improvements.
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READY MIXED CONCRETE: Concrete that is premixed at a local plant, then delivered ready to use for all sorts of home improvements and landscaping projects.
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REAMER: A rotary tool used for cutting metal, especially for enlarging holes.
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REBAR: (reinforcement bar) A ribbed steel bar designed to strengthen concrete walls.
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RECEPTACLE: An opening into which a plug can be inserted, and through which electricity comes out. Also see Outlet.
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RECESSED LIGHTING: Light fixtures placed in hollow openings, so they do not protrude from the surfaces to which they are attached.
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RECIPROCATING SAW: A power tool that cuts by way of the back and forth motion of a saw blade. Often used for demolition work.
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REDUCER: An adaptive pipe fitting with the opening at one end smaller than the opening at the other end.
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REDWOOD: A species of tree among which are some of the largest trees in the world.
Redwood is popular for making furniture because of its gorgeous appearance, and also works well for exposed structural beams, patio decks, and other home improvements.
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REFLECTIVE INSULATION: Insulating sheet material covered with aluminum foil.
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REFRIGERANT: A substance that can transfer heat, such as the freon in air conditioning systems.
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REGENCY ARCHITECTURE: Refers to a style of classical buildings constructed in the UK during the early 19th century.
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REGISTER: A grill placed over a heating duct or cold air return.
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REGLAZE: To replace a broken window with a fresh pane of glass.
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REPOBLACIÓN ARCHITECTURE: An architectural style popular in the Christian Kingdoms of Northern Spain between the 9th and 11th centuries.
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RETAINING WALL: A structure that holds back a slope of earth and prevents erosion.
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RETURN: Refers to the depth or thickness of a large board, such as the ping pong tabletop shown below.
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REVERSIBLE SCREWDRIVER: A screwdriver with bits of different sizes on each end of a removable shaft. Also see Screwdriver.
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REVOLVING DOOR: A door that rotates around a central axis.
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RIBBON: A short, horizontal board that supports ceiling joists.
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