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Real Estate Glossary
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- Hard Burned
- Clay masonry, fired at a high temperature to make brick, etc. stronger and more durable.
- Hard Edge
- Section along the paperbound edge of gypsum drywall, which is strengthened to resist damage.
- Hard Hat
- Hard-shelled headgear with a shock-absorbent interior webbing used to cushion head blows.
- Hard Money
- Currency that has wide acceptance, such as the U.S. dollar. Alternately, gold or silver coins, as compared to paper currency.
- Actual cash exchanged in a loan.
- Term sometimes used to describe extremely high interest rate mortgage loans made to desperate borrowers.
- Hard Oil Finish
- High or moderately gloss interior varnish.
- Hard Water
- Hard water that contains a large amount of minerals.
- Material made from wood fibers, compressed under heat and pressure to a density of 31 pounds per cubic foot, which are designed to simulate wood.
- Additive used in concrete or any compound to make it set up harder.
- Hardfacing or Hard Surfacing
- Wear-resistant coating of one metal applied by weld overlay to another softer base metal. Alternately it can be applied by insertion of a section of the hardfacing material into a recess in the softer metal. Hardfacing is often used with devices in a high-pressure steam system.
- Measure of a materials resistance to dents or scratches.
- Wood from broad leaf, deciduous trees such as oak, walnut, ash, maple or birch, which are used commonly as flooring in homes.
- Locking mechanism consisting of a hinged closure with a slot. A U shaped staple is passed through this slot and a lock is attached to that.
- Term which denotes wall paint where some lines appear darker than others, usually cause by use of a roller with a nap that's too thick or by excessive rolling or brushing.
- Removable cover over an opening, that serves as an entry to a space.
- A small ax with a short handle.
- Hand tool with a nail-driving surface on one end of the head and a blade on the other end.
- To transport or move with force.
- An amount gained, earned or won at one time.
- Haul Road
- Road used for access to a work site.
- Either of the sides of an arch from the point of rising to the vertex.
- Thickened section of a structure.
- A small, square board with a handle underneath, which is used to hold mortar or plaster.
- Condition that affects the probability of losses or perils occurring, such as flood damage to a house.
- Hazard Insurance
- Homeowner's insurance or fire insurance, hazard insurance covers physical risks such as those from fire or wind. Usually required by lenders for the full replacement value.
- Hazardous Electrical Location Classifications
- Hazard classifications as established by the National Electrical Code:
Class I - Areas containing flammable gases or explosive/burnable quantities of vapors.
Class II - Areas containing combustible dust.
Class III - Areas containing easily ignited fibers or particles.
- Paint defect, which makes the finish surface cloudy.
- High-density overlay is a type of plywood, which is finished with a resin-impregnated fiber overlay, which gives it a permanent hard finish, because the overlay material is bonded to both sides of the plywood. Used often for exterior work or wherever material takes a lot of wear, such as cabinets, countertops, etc.