You may not realize it, but just about every part in your home has a name. Sometimes, a very odd name! Just for fun, here’s a list of some of the more unusual ones, along with where you can find them. (Also, some make really good high-scoring Scrabble words!)
These pieces of lumber run perpendicular to the roof rafters and are used to support the roof framing.
A decorative piece of wood or stone used to support an opening.
Not to be confused with Corbelling, which is the process of laying bricks so they are offset, creating a shaped edge.
Corner block on masonry or stucco houses.
And if your house didn’t come with quoin blocks, you can now use the stick-on version!
The groove into which counter flashing is inserted on a masonry wall.
The space above the furnace through which warm air passes to be distributed to the ductwork.
A short framed wall between the foundation and first floor framing.
The highest point of the bottom of the trap arm (also called the trap weir or the crown weir).
A short length of pipe extending below the natural gas intake on a furnace. Designed to catch dirt or impurities in the gas before they reach the furnace.
A type of grounding system whereby metal rods are incorporated into the footings, rather than having copper pipe or connection to the water supply pipe.