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questions about what a term means, or about what the best term is for an object or situation

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Flexible palm disc sander: Are there any other names?

I came across a hand tool in a This Old House/Nick Offerman video that is some sort of flexible pam disc sander. How it's used: I think the user can simply velcro on a hook-and-loop sanding pad (...
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What's the term for a hole with a screw thread?

I'm replicating a drawer handle that fits on an M4 screw. If you'd look inside the plastic hole, you can see a gold-colored metal tube that has screw threads. That's what the screw screws into. My ...
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What is the name of a “headless” bolt

Wasn't sure whether to post this on ELU or here, but thought I would have better luck here. Anyway Merriam Webster defines a Stud Bolt as a bolt with threads on both ends designed to be screwed ...
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What is a 'Yoke' in NEC / electrician parlance?

NEC rules sometimes refer to "the yoke". For example: 1999 NEC § 210-4(b): Dwelling Units. In dwelling units, a multiwire branch circuit supplying more than one device or equipment on the same ...
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Terminology for the sidewall of a mezzanine floor

For a mezzanine, stage or other flooring with an exposed sidewall, what is the proper construction or architectural term for that sidewall? For example, here we see a mezzanine: The red circle shows ...
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What is the technical term for a non slip-on/slip fit bath spout that installs through the wall?

I ordered a shower kit online that included a wall mounted tub spout. When I went to install the tub spout I discovered that it had a very large male thread, some kind of nut, and an adapter (looked ...
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What is the name of this metal bar with holes at the ends?

I need to find a metal part that looks a bit like this: hole for bolt strong metal | | ___|____________________________v_______ / v ...
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What do you call a power splitter without a cable? [closed]

...No, this is not a setup for a joke. In Israel we have gadgets like this one: It's basically like a power strip, except it doesn't have a cable. You plug it into a lone power socket and now you ...
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In layman's terms, what is reverse osmosis filtration?

The water filter installed in the kitchen advertises to work by the method of "reverse osmosis". Can someone explain this concept without using technical terms or marketing mumbo jumbo?
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What do you call conventional wood staining that doesn't result in a glazed effect?

I am shopping around for a new kitchen, which I want to have finished in stained wood. What seems to be quite popular these days is "glazing" which seems intended to highlight any texture, relief, ...
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Inflating wheelchair tires to 90 PSI

I'm looking for a way to easily fill my wheelchair tires to 90 psi. I understand that I don't understand all the technical stuff I should consider when buying a small compressor or a tire inflator, ...
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What is the proper name for a solid French Door?

I was looking to get some interior doors installed in my home. What I would have called "French Doors", i.e. two doors the swing open from the middle of the frame. However, as I was talking to my ...
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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 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 stretch ...
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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 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 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 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 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'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 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 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 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 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 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 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?