Glossary

Acrylic

A water-based paint which can be used on internal walls and ceilings.

Adhesives

Any product used to bond materials together. 

Airbrick

Perforated bricks built into a wall to aid ventilation.

Anchor Bolt

A heavy-duty bolt which is set in concrete and then used to support structural elements…

Architrave

The moulded wood surrounding doors and windows.

Baluster

The vertical posts of a stair handrail.

Beading

Thin wood or plastic mouldings used as decoration.

Bolster

Wide bladed cold chisel designed for cutting bricks or blocks.

Bond

The way in which bricks are laid so the joints do not line up. Used…

Casement

Windows that are hinged on one vertical edge.

Ceiling joists

The horizontal wooden beams used to suspend the ceiling.

Cavity walls

Wall which have an air space in the middle to aid ventilation.

Chipboard

Board made from small softwood chips. Can be bought in several grades.

Chisel

Sharp bladed tool, used for cutting and shaping wood, brick or stone.

Circuit

The generic name for a complete pass of wiring.

Conductor

Single wire or group of wires in continuous contact with each other.

Countersink

A fitting for a power drill. Cuts a shallow angled recess for the screw head…

Coving

Shaped wood, plaster or polystyrene cornice to fit in the angle between the wall and…

Cylinder

Another name for a Hot Water Tank.