Construction Terms K speaks to construction terminology K and is construction phrases.
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.
Keenes Cement A proprietary, dense crack resistant gypsum plaster formulation.
Keeper The metal latch plate in a door frame into which a doorknob plunger latches.
Key Slot formed into a concrete surface for the purpose of interlocking with a subsequent pour of concrete; a slot at the edge of a precast member into which grout will be poured to lock it to an adjacent member; a mechanical interlocking of plaster with lath.
Keyless A plastic or porcelain light fixture that operates by a pull string. Generally found in the basement, crawl space , and attic areas.
Keyway A slot formed and poured on a footer or in a foundation wall when another wall will be installed at the slot location. This gives additional strength to the joint/meeting point.
Kiln A furnace for firing clay or glass products; a heated chamber for seasoning wood; a furnace for manufacturing quicklime, gypsum hemihydrates or Portland cement.
Kilowatt (kw) One thousand watts. A kilowatt hour is the base unit used in measuring electrical consumption. Also see watt.
King Stud The vertical "2 X's" frame lumber (left and right) of a window or door opening, and runs continuously from the bottom sole plate to the top plate.
Knee Wall A short wall under the slope of a roof.
Knot In lumber, the portion of a branch or limb of a tree that appears on the edge or face of the piece.
Kpa Kilopascal, a unit pressure equal to 1 kilonewton per square meter.