Carpentry

Cabinet Refacing Materials

Cabinet refacing can be a cheap way to refresh your cabinetry without having to totally replace them. It can be a long project that involves some serious work or it might be as simple as replacing the cabinet hardware. It all depends on how much work is needed to get your cabinets to a satisfactory condition. There is a wide variety of color and finishing options for kitchen cabinet refacing materials.

The quality and cost vary according to the finish material used in refacing the cabinetry. There are three basic materials used in most kitchen refacing projects. These are plastic laminates, wood veneer and rigid thermofoils.

Cedar Lap and Gap Siding

It is not difficult to understand why cedar lap and gap siding is so popular on homes across Canada and North America. Although not a native tree to the North American continent it has been successfully cultivated here, especially in the northwest, for centuries.

Sistering Floor Joists

Are you concerned about the strength or integrity of your floor joists? Do you have bouncy, sagging or otherwise dilapidated floors? Then you may want to consider sistering your floor joists to add the necessary strength to bear the load. Sistering floor joists is necessary when bouncy, saggy and creaking or just plain weak floor structures exist in your home.

You can have a structural engineer come out to tell you what you need to do if you can spare about $500, or you can probably see for yourself what the problem is by the way your floor behaves. If your floor has obvious sag or it creaks, cracks and bounces when you walk on it, chances are you need to remedy the problem before it becomes worse or someone gets hurt.

Carpentry Glossary U-Z

Glossary Index

Understory: the vegetation of a forest below the canopy.

Unicom System: construction system using modules as units of measure that are multiples of a standard size. Term taken from "Uniform Manufacture of Components".

Utility Knife: also know as a boxcutter, razor blade knife, carpet knife or stationery knife. A common tool consisting of a simple and cheap holder, typically flat, approximately one inch (25 mm) wide and three to four inches (75 to 100 mm) long, and typically made of either metal or plastic. Some use standard razor blades, others specialised double-ended blades.

Valley: internal angle formed by two intersecting slopes of a roof.

Carpentry Glossary - T

Glossary Index

Tail Beam: short beam or joist supported by a header on one end and a wall on the other.

Template
: a pattern outline used for guiding cutting of shape or profile of a workpiece. Often used where fabrication of many copies of the same part are needed.

Termite Shield: a shield, typically made from sheet metal, placed on or in a foundation wall, or surrounding pipes to prevent termites from penetrating a structure.

Terra Cotta: hard fired clay, either glazed or unglazed, molded into ornamental elements, wall cladding and roof tiles.