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Construction Terms Sdef speaks to construction terminology Sdef and construction phrases Sdef.

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.

Sealant A rubber like adhesive material usually applied in liquid or tape form used to seal a joint, gap or crack against the passage of air and moisture.

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Sealant Gun A tool for injecting sealant into a joint.

Sealer A finishing material, either clear or pigmented, that is usually applied directly over raw wood for the purpose of sealing the wood surface.

Seasoning Drying and removing moisture from green wood in order to improve its usability.

Seated Connection A connection in which a steel beam rests on top of a steel anfle or tee that is fastened to a column or girder.

Section An architectural drawing representing a vertically cut plane through a whole building, part of a building or detail.

Security Glass A glazing sheet with multiple laminations of glass and plastic designed to stop bullets.

Sedimentary Rock Rock formed from materials deposited as sediments such as sand or sea shells which form sandstone and limestone respectively.

Segregation Separation of the constituents of wet concrete caused by excessive handling or vibration.

Seismic Related to earthquakes.

Seismic Load A force on a structure caused by movement of the earth relative to the structure during an earthquake.

Seismic Separation Joint A building separation joint that allows adjacent building masses to oscillate independently during an earthquake.

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Self Adhered Flashing A flexible, self sticking flashing material usually made of polymer modified asphalt laminated to a plastic backing with preapplied adhesive on one side.

Self Consolidating Concrete (SCC) Concrete formulated so that it is highly flowable and fills formwork completely without needing consolidation.

Self Consolidating Grout Grout formulated so that it is highly flowable.

Self Drilling Drills its own hole.

Self Furring Metal Lath Metal lath with dimples that space the lath away from the sheathing behind to allow plaster the penetrate the lath and key to it.

Self-Sealing Shingles Shingles containing factory-applied strips or spots of self-sealing adhesive.

Self Tapping Creates its own screw threads on the inside of the hole.

Self Weight The weight of a beam or slab.

Semigloss Paint or Enamel A paint or enamel made so that its coating, when dry, has some luster but is not very glossy. Bathrooms and kitchens are normally painted semi-gloss.

Semirigid Connection A partially restrained moment connection.

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Septic Permit
Permit given by the health department that gives an individual permission to install a septic tank. This permit will provide the dimensions and restrictions that must be followed during the installation.
Septic System An on site waste water treatment system. It usually has a septic tank which promotes the biological digestion of the waste, and a drain field which is designed to let the left over liquid soak into the ground. Septic systems and permits are usually sized by the number of bedrooms in a house.

Sequential Construction A method of providing design and construction services in which each major phase of design and construction is completed before the next phase is begun.

Service Entrance Panel Main power cabinet where electricity enters a home wiring system.

Service Equipment Main control gear at the service entrance, such as circuit breakers, switches, and fuses.

Service Lateral Underground power supply line.

Set To cure, to install, to recess the head of nails, a punch for recessing the heads of nails.

Setback Thermostat A thermostat with a clock which can be programmed to come on or go off at various temperatures and at different times of the day/week. Usually used as the heating or cooling system thermostat.

Setting Block A small block of synthetic rubber or lead used to support the weight of a sheet of glass at its lower edge.

Settlement Shifts in a structure, usually caused by freeze-thaw cycles underground.

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Settlement Joint A building separation joint that allows the foundations of adjacent building masses to settle at different rates.

Sewage Ejector A pump used to 'lift' waste water to a gravity sanitary sewer line. Usually used in basements and other locations which are situated bellow the level of the side sewer.

Sewer Lateral The portion of the sanitary sewer which connects the interior waste water lines to the main sewer lines. The side sewer is usually buried in several feet of soil and runs from the house to the sewer line. It is usually 'owned' by the sewer utility, must be maintained by the owner and may only be serviced by utility approved contractors. Sometimes called side sewer.

Sewer Stub The junction at the municipal sewer system where the home's sewer line is connected.

Sewer Tap The physical connection point where the home's sewer line connects to the main municipal sewer line.

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