Glossary of Terms
Words beginning with K, L
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KDAT: Kiln dried after treatment. Lumber that has been kiln dried to 19% or less moisture content after being pressure treated.
KILN: A room, building or chamber where temperature, relative humidity, and air circulation is controlled to dry wood.
KILN DRIED: Lumber that has been seasoned in a kiln to a calculated moisture content reducing shrinkage, twisting, splitting and strengthening the finished product
KNOT: The portion of a branch of a tree that appears on the edge or face of a piece of lumber. Usually a circular mark on a board or piece of lumber showing where the branch was.
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LATCH: The locking device on a door or window.
LATH: A narrow thin strip of wood. Laths are the vertical and horizontal or diagonal strips of wood used in latticework Also wood strips used as backing for plaster.
LATTICE: Framework consisting of an ornamental design made of strips of wood or metal. A framework of crossed wood or metal strips.
LINEAL: In a straight unbroken line
LINEAR FOOT: A measurement of the length of a board. Linear: Having only one dimension which is length. Long and narrow with parallel sides.
LF: Lineal (running) foot. A measurement of the length of a board.
LM: Lineal (running) meter. A measurement of the length of a board.
LINTEL: Header; A beam placed perpendicular to wall studs above doors, windows or other openings to carry the weight of structural loads.
LONGITUDINAL: Running the length of the building.
LUMBER: Any of the framing wood. Logs which have been sawn, or sawn and planed, and cut to length.