A small pin with a plastic moulding used for fixing telephone wiring along skirting.
Plastic gripper strips for tying up cables. Also known as zip-ties.
Lead glazing bars holding panes of glass in place.
A beam or other structural part that is only supported on one side or projects beyond the support.
Plumbing joints where a section of solder is pre-fitted to the pipe, ready to be heated.
Uppermost nut on a compression joint, which tightens the whole joint.
The uppermost stone on a wall protecting the wall from damage and erosion, usually laid flush with the wall.
The turning handle of a rising-spindle tap.
Traditional window which opens out from a hinge.
A flexible compound used to seal cracks and fill holes on a variety of surfaces.
A cavity tray is a waterproof barrier fitted into the cavity of a wall. It is designed to collect moisture that has penetrated the cavity and direct it back outside. Cavity trays should be fitted over any point where the cavity has been bridged above the DPC (damp proof course): for example above an airbrick.
A wall comprised of two leafs or sections tied together with an air space in between to prevent the transfer of moisture and improve insulation.
Cavity wall tie
Fixing used to attach inner and outer leafs of a cavity wall.
The initials “CE” do not stand for any specific words but are a declaration by the manufacturer that his product meets the requirements of the applicable European Directive(s).
Adhesive used to bind ingredients to make concrete.
The central panel in a door into which panels are slotted.
Channel excavated in a wall to house electric cables or pipes.
Valve that allows water to flow in one direction.
A hood or covering fitted to the top of a chimney pot to solve downdraught problems and reduce the entry of rainwater.
Circuit cable / supply cable
The cable connected to the main circuit originating in the consumer unit.
A water storage unit, such as used in a toilet. A supply cistern is sometimes used as a term for a water storage tank.
Covering a surface with wood, plasterboard, stone etc. for protection or decoration.
Lumber with no knots or holes.
A strip of supporting wood, often fastened to a wall to support a shelf or to strengthen a door. Also, a horizontal section of wood fixing rafters together.
A strip of wood fixed between windows to which the sill may be attached.
A thin metal plate fitted onto the underside of the flush outlet of the cistern from a close-coupled toilet. This is the type of toilet where the cistern is seated on the back of the pan.
Used for connecting aerials to TV and radios and transferring high frequency signals.
A pivoted handle on a casement window.
A boiler that heats the central heating system and domestic water supply.
Plastic tubing protecting cables buried in the wall.
This is where the main on/off switch for the building’s electricity supply is located, along with the earthing terminal block for the all the building’s circuits and individual fuses or miniature circuit breakers for each circuit.
Stone or brick placed on top of walls as protection against weather damage, usually positioned so that it overhangs the wall.
A conductor or wire, sheathed in colour-coded insulation to distinguish live and neutral cores.
Decorative plaster or wood moulding in the joint between wall and ceiling.
A layer of battens placed at right-angles on top of an existing layer of battens to allow for ventilation in roofs or walls.
To recess the head of a screw so that it lies just beneath or flush with the surface.
A row of blocks or bricks. See also damp-proof course.
Decorative moulding between the top of the wall and ceiling.
A hinge that allows a door to open to 180 degrees, such as a parliament hinge.
A new timber support placed either side of an opening cut into a timber stud wall.
Papering with lining paper in horizontal strips.
The hardening process that concrete undergoes.
The flow of electric charge around a circuit measured in amps.
Painting technique for producing a neat edge in the joint between walls and ceiling or skirting.