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NAIL: A long, slender metal fastener with a point at one end and a head at the other end, designed to be hammered into hard materials such as wood.
Nails are used for all types of construction tasks, as well as many kinds of home interior design projects.
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NAOS: The inner chamber of a temple. Also see Cella.
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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE RUSTIC: Originating in the United States and also known as "parkitecture," this architectural style attempts to harmonize built structures with their natural environments.
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NATURAL BUILDING: A building style that emphasizes sustainability by using renewable, recycled, and minimally processed building materials.
This style became popular around the turn of the new millennium. Sustainable architecture features many fun and unique structural designs, such as the ones shown below.
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NATURAL FINISH: A transparent finish that preserves and displays the natural grain and color of wood.
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NEEDLE NOSE PLIERS: General purpose pliers used for cutting and gripping. Also called long nose, snipe nose, and pinch nose pliers.
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NEO CLASSICAL: An architectural style with elements derived from Classical Greek and Italian architecture.
Probably the most famous example of Neo Classical architecture in America is the US Capitol, more commonly known as the White House.
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NEO ECLECTIC: A house constructed with design elements borrowed from several Neo Classical architectural styles. Two examples are shown below.
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NEO GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE: A Medieval-inspired architectural style that started in England during the late 18th century. Also see Gothic Revival.
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NEO GREC: An architectural style of the mid to late 19th century, which drew inspiration from excavations that took place in Pompeii.
The style is similar to the Neo Classical designs that preceded it.
Shown below, the Bibliothéque Sainte Genevieve (1843-1850) is a classic example of the Neo Grec style.
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NEOLITHIC ARCHITECTURE: Among the first manmade "permanent" structures were large stones carefully arranged. Neolithic architecture was developed between 10,000 and 3000 BC, a time frame known as the Neolithic period.
Shown below, careful excavation reveals the remains of a Neolithic village. Further below, Stonehenge is a popular example of Neolithic architecture.
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NEO ROMANESQUE: An architectural style characterized by arches and narrow vertical windows. Examples of Neo Romanesque architecture include the Smithsonian building in Washington DC, the City Hall in Rochester New York, and the Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon, among others.
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NEUTRAL WIRE: A color coded (white) wire that carries electricity from an outlet back to the service panel. Also see Ground and Hot Wire.
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NEWEL POST: The large starting post at the beginning of a staircase.
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NEW OLD HOUSE: Newly constructed houses that replicate historic architectural styles.
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NICHE: A recessed space in a wall, typically used for sculptural display.
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NICKEL: A metallic chemical element whose symbol on the Periodic Table is Ni.
Nickel is a commonly used pure metal. Being highly corrosion-resistant, nickel is often used as a protective coating for other metals.
Fun Fact: The 5-cent coin we call a nickel is actually 75% copper and only 25% nickel.
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NIPPERS: A tool used for removing small pieces of material. There are many different types of nippers.
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NON BEARING WALL: A wall that does not support weight. The non load bearing wall is a common feature of home interior design.
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NONFERROUS: Refers to any metal that does not contain iron, such a copper or aluminum. Nonferrous metals are integral parts of both home interior and exterior designs.
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NORMAN ARCHITECTURE: An style of Romanesque architecture developed by the Normans, popular from around 1074 to 1250.
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NOSING: A projecting horizontal edge, such as at the front of a stair or the edge of a table. A common feature of home interior design.
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NOTCH JOINT: Two pieces joined by way of a notch (groove).
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NOZZLE: The part of a heating system that supplies fuel to the combustion chamber.
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NUT: A hexagon-shaped, "female" piece of metal hardware, designed to be used with a bolt.
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NUT DRIVER: A rotating tool that turns a nut, in the same way that a screwdriver turns a screw.
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