Cable- Insulated conductors that are wrapped in either plastic or metal sheathing.Two or more must be together to be considered a cable.
Cam Lock and Keeper-The device that is responsible for pulling the sash together when the window is in a locked position.
Cantilever- A beam used for support.
Capital- The head of a column.
Carpenter's Square- A metaltool that is used for right angles.
Casing- The Framing around a door or window.
Casement Windows- A type of window that swings outward when a lever or crank is turned.The hinge is on one side of the sash, and are used most often in high areas of heat and humidity.
Cats Paw- Smalltool used in tight spaces.
Caulk- A material used to seal joints and seams.
Caulk gun- A tool used to apply adhesive to a surface.
Cellulose- A form of insulation made from waste paper.
Cement- The binding agent in mortar and concrete.
Certificate of Insurance- Document that each contractor should show you before work is done on your home.This will show what coverage of insurance there is in case of a loss.
Certificate of Occupancy-Legal documentation used to show that your home is fit for living in.
Cfm- Cubic feet per minute.
Chair Rail- Molding that is the height of the waist that protects the surface of the wall.
Chamfer- An edge with a bevel in it.
Channel- The place where soffit panelsor siding is placed.
Chase- A ceiling or wall channel that allows wiring, plumbing, or vents to pass.
Chimney Pots- A decorative flute that is placed on top of the chimney.
Chip brush- A small paintbrush for tight spaces.
Chuck- The jaws on drill that grip the bit.
Circuit breaker-A switch that will allow one to safely shut off the electrical current so a circuit overload does not happen.
Clapboard- A narrow board that has an end that is thicker than one side. Used for siding.
Clamp- A tool used to hold two pieces of material together.
Classical- A building style derived from Greek or Roman buildings.
Color Temperature- Also referred to as CCT.Color objects that arecast out when heated to a certain point on the Kelvin scale.
Complimentary color scheme- Colors that are on the opposite end of the color wheel.
Compound Miter- A saw used to cut wood that is in a box. Used often for cutting trim and paneling, as well as molding.
Compressor-Part on a heating or cooling unit that absorbs heat through a refrigerant gas.
Condensing Unit- The part of an air conditioning unit that is placed outside.
Conduit- Metal pipes placed over electrical wire for protection.
Cookie Cutter- A tool shaped like a cookie cutter, used in carpentry.
Coping- A cap that goes on top of a wall so water will run off.The cap is rounded or beveled.
Cornice Molding- Framework that has been installed horizontally.The wall will meet the ceiling.
Coupling- A piece used to connect two pieces of pipe to make one continuous piece.
Courses- Material that is placed in a parallel layer.
Cripple- The stud that is above a door or window opening.Can also be below it.The stud is a short one.
Crown-The decorative molding installed at the top of a wall most of the time.It is contoured.