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Glossary of Terms

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Glossary of Terms

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Words beginning with F, G

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FASCIA: Exterior horizontal visible flat front trim board that caps the rafter tail ends. FALL: Of roof; Pitch; The incline angle of a roof surface.

FBM: Of roof; Feet, Board, Measure.

FJ: Of roof; Finger jointed.

FLASHING: Any piece of material, usually metal or plastic, installed to prevent water from penetrating the structure.

FLUSH: Being even with.

FOOTING: A base (in or on the ground) that will support the structure.

FULL SAWN: Lumber cut, in the rough, to its full nominal size.

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GABLE: The roof ends and walls that form an inverted V.

GALVANIZED: Covered with a protective coating of zinc.

GARAGE: A building or enclosure primarily designed to house motor vehicles. It can be either attached to the main house or detached and surrounded by open space.


GAZEBO: A freestanding, roofed, usually open-sided structure which provides a shady resting place. Usually square, hexagonal or octagonal shaped. If on the roof of a house, it is called a belvedere

GL: Green Lumber. Freshly cut lumber that has not had time to dry. Moisture content in excess of 19%.

GREENHOUSE: Structure used for growing plants. Natural sunlight comes in through glass or plastic panels and the temperature and humidity is controlled to provide ideal growing conditions. A building made with translucent (light transparent, usually glass or fiberglass) walls conducive to plant growth

GREEN LUMBER: Freshly cut lumber that has not had time to dry. Wood that is not fully dried or has been recently cut. Has not been seasoned or kiln dried.