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It is quite simply a list of common home and commercial building construction terminology used by architects, consultants and contractors of all kinds enabling them to speak the same language.
J Channel- Metal edging used on drywall to give the edge a better finished appearance when a wall is not "wrapped" Generally, basement stairway walls have drywall only on the stair side. J Channel is used on the vertical edge of the last drywall sheet.
Jack A device for exerting a large force over a short distance, usually by means of screw action or hydraulic pressure.
Jack Post- A type of structural support made of metal, which can be raised or lowered through a series of pins and a screw to meet the height required. Basically used as a replacement for an old supporting member in a building. See Monopost.
Jack Rafter- A rafter that spans the distance from the wall plate to a hip, or from a valley to a ridge.
Jack Stud A shortened stud that carriers a header above a wall opening also called a trimmer stud.
Jamb- The side and head lining of a doorway, window, or other opening. Includes studs as well as the frame and trim.
Jet Burner A torch that burns fuel oil and compressed air used in quarrying granite.
Joint- The location between the touching surfaces of two members or components joined and held together by nails, glue, cement, mortar, or other means.
Joint Cement or Joint Compound- A powder that is usually mixed with water and used for joint treatment in gypsum-wallboard finish. Often called "spackle" or drywall mud.
Joint Tenancy- A form of ownership in which the tenants own a property equally. If one dies, the other automatically inherits the entire property.
Joint Trench- When the electric company and telephone company dig one trench and "drop" both of their service lines in.
Joist- Wooden 2 X 8's, 10's, or 12's that run parallel to one another and support a floor or ceiling, and supported in turn by larger beams, girders, or bearing walls.
Joist Band A broad shallow concrete beam that supports one way concrete joists whose depths are identical to its own.
Joist Girder A light steel truss used to support open web steel joists.
Joist Hanger- A metal "U" shaped item used to support the end of a floor joist and attached with hardened nails to another bearing joist or beam.
A loan for more money than the Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation will fund under its mandate
The decision of a court of law. Money judgments, when recorded, become a lien on real property of the defendant.
Jumpers- Water pipe installed in a water meter pit (before the water meter is installed), or electric wire that is installed in the electric house panel meter socket before the meter is installed. This is sometimes illegal.
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