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Construction Terms Beginning With Letter: Z

Z-bar flashing– Bent, galvanized metal flashing that’s installed above a horizontal trim board of an exterior window, door, or brick run. It prevents water from getting behind the trim/brick and into the home.

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Construction Terms Beginning With Letter: Y

Y– A “Y” shaped plumbing fitting.

Yard of concrete- One cubic yard of concrete is 3′ X 3′ X 3′ in volume, or 27 cubic feet.  One cubic yard of concrete will pour 80 square feet of 3 ½” sidewalk or basement/garage floor.

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Construction Terms Beginning With Letter: W

Wafer board – A manufactured wood panel made out of 1″- 2″ wood chips and glue. Often used as a substitute for plywood in the exterior wall and roof sheathing.

Walk-Through– A final inspection of a home before “Closing” to look for and document problems that need to be corrected.

Wall out– When a painter pray paints the interior of a home.

Warping– Any distortion in a material.

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Construction Terms Beginning With Letter: V

Valley– The “V” shaped area of a roof where two sloping roofs meet. Water drains off the roof at the valleys.

Valley flashing– Sheet metal that lays in the “V” area of a roof valley.

Valuation– An inspection carried out for the benefit of the mortgage lender to ascertain if a property is a good security for a loan.

Valuation fee– Th fee paid by the prospective borrower for the lender’s inspection of the property. Normally paid upon loan application.

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Construction Terms Beginning With Letter: U

UL (Underwriters’ Laboratories)– An independent testing agency that checks electrical devices and other components for possible safety hazards.

Undercoat– A coating applied prior to the finishing or top coats of a paint job. It may be the first of two or the second of three coats. Sometimes called the Prime coat.

Underground plumbing– The plumbing drain and waste lines that are installed beneath a basement floor.

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