Glossary of Terms
A roof with two pitches, designed to provide more space on upper floors. The roof is steeper on its lower slope and flatter toward the ridge.
|Ganged wood truss||
A truss designed to be installed as an assembly of two or more individual light wood trusses fastened together to act as one.
A large, generally horizontal, beam. Commonly used in post-frame buildings to support trusses whose bearing points do not coincide with a post. Frequently function as headers over large door and window openings.
Truss designed to carry heavy loads from other structural members framing into it. Frequently a ganged wood truss.
A member attached (typically at a right angle) to posts. Girts laterally support posts and transfer loads between any attached wall sheathing and the posts.
On-center vertical spacing of girts.
Fitting glass into windows or doors.
|Glued-laminated post (or glulam post)||
Post consisting of suitably selected sawn lumber laminations joined with a structural adhesive.
A corrosion and decay resistant beam located on the soil surface. Also a long, thickened, and more heavily-reinforced portion of a slab-on-grade foundation.
A bottom girt located at grade. May also function as a splash plank.
|Grade line (grade level)||
The line of intersection between the building exterior and the finished ground surface and/or top of the pavement in contact with the building exterior.
Lumber which has been inadequately dried and which tends to warp or "bleed" resin.
A brace or bracket used to strengthen a structure.
A channel at the eaves for conveying away rain water.