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here are a few industry terms
Deck Building Terms
Here are some of the terms you'll need to know to complete this project:
Beam: A horizontal support member (Also see post.)
Decking: The material installed over the supporting framing members to which the roofing material is applied
Edge: Either of the two longer sides of a board, perpendicular to the face
Face: Either of the two wide surfaces of a board
Footing: The base on which a masonry wall or other support rests. It spreads out the load to prevent settling
Joists: Horizontal framing members that support a floor or ceiling.
Pilot Hole: A small-diameter hole that guides a nail or screw
Post: Any vertical support member
Rim Joist: The outermost joist in a structure's floor framing
Rise: The vertical distance from one point to another above it; a measurement you need in planning a stairway or ramp (Also see run.)
Run: The horizontal distance a ramp or stairway traverses (Also see rise.)
Screed: Leveling concrete, sand or other material by pulling a board pipe or other straightedge across it in a sawing motion
Three-Four-Five Triangle: An easy, mathematical way to check whether a large angle is square. Measure 3 feet along one side, 4 feet along the other. if the corner is square, the diagonal distance between those two points will equal 5 feet.
Toenail: To drive nails at an angle.
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