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What does “architectural” really mean when used to describe building products?

Various types of building-related materials and products are often described as being "architectural". I have seen windows, doors, roofing tiles, etc. all described this way. Example 1 Example 2 ...
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What is “pipe dope”?

People often refer to "pipe dope" when talking about sealing threads of pipe fittings, but when I go to Home Depot or Lowes or whatever, I've never seen anything on the shelf labeled "Pipe Dope". ...
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What is the name of the pump that goes in the drain between a washing machine and the sewer?

My washing machine drains to a pump that then goes to the sewer. What is the name of that type of pump?
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What is this kind of rubber band with low elasticity called?

I am looking for rubber bands that are not too elastic. I remember with LEGO there were rubber bands used as a belt between rotating pieces: They weren't the usual rubber bands that you can ...
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What sort of store does one go to to buy stair parts?

What sort of store does one go to to buy stair parts? I want to buy treads, risers, newels, balusters, but Home Depot and Lowe's don't have much of a selection. Are there better types of stores that ...
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What is the proper term for a latch that uses a loop and lever to draw things together?

In this answer I advised the OP to use what I called a 'toggle latch' or 'draw latch'. Do these things have a proper name?
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What is the name of the device that allows switching between two power sources?

What is the component called that allows switching between two power sources so that only one of them can be used at a time?
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What's the difference between Casing and Trim?

I was recently told that the previous owners of our house used casing instead of the trim throughout the house. What is the difference between window casing and trim? Are there are got-yas that I need ...
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What is the junction that connects conduit to a structure called?

Drawing plans and writing a BOM and looking for what that part is called. I brought pictures! I don't know the proper term for that part.
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What is a “rigid surface”?

Can someone explain as detailed as possible what, exactly, a rigid surface is? The context in which I am inquiring is in regards to Green Glue. It requires application between two rigid surfaces. I ...
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What is a split bus panel, and how do I recognize it in the field?

I'm having trouble identifying a split bus panel. I design and install Solar systems, and lately (after Mr Wiley gave a few seminars to local inspectors) the local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) ...
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What kind of store sells wood that isn't pine or MDF?

In Australia, there are 2-3 major hardware stores (Bunnings, Masters, Mitre 10), all of which sell pretty much the same Pine wood/MDF/particle board from the same suppliers. I'd like to work with ...
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What is the bedroom section of a master bedroom with foyer called?

Is there a particular term used for the section of a master bedroom that has the bed, if there is an adjoining foyer that is also part of the master bedroom? (Master bedroom) +---------------+ | ...
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What is the name of ducting I am looking for if they even make it?

I am looking for something like this but with an additional hole. Do they make this part, and if so what would it be called?
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What is the technical term for this corner cupboard?

I am trying to learn what this small blue cupboard on the left side of the table is called? It's a corner cupboard but I am not sure what the technical term is:
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What does the 16“ in ”16-Inch Full Ext Drawer" refer to?

I'm building a project that involves sliding drawers. I'm shopping for drawer slides and I'm not sure what the 16" in the title below refers to? Does it mean the drawer hardware is 16 inches closed? ...
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What is this small L shaped bracket thing called?

I have a drawer that broke because the screw which held this little plastic piece was tightened too far and cracked it. Could someone help me identify it so that I can order another one?