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Portland cement made from materials which must contain the proper proportions of lime,
silica, alumina and iron components.

Special Cements:
White Portland cement same materials as normal Portland except in color
Masonry Cement designed to produce better mortar than that made with normal
Portland cement or with a lime-cement combination.
Air-entraining Portland cement small amounts of this is added to the clinker and
ground with it to produce air-entraining cements, effective use for resistance to
severe frost.
Oil Well Cement special Portland cement used for sealing oil wells.
Waterproofed Portland cement normally produced by adding a small amount of
stearate, usually calcium or aluminum to the cement clinker during the final

Types of Aggregates Used in Concrete:
Concrete artificial stone made by binding together particles of some inert
material with a paste made of cement and water. These inert materials are the
Aggregate sand, gravel crushed stone, cinder, crushed furnace slag, burned clay,
expanded vermiculite, and perlite.
o Sand found in river bends, free of salt and must be washed.
o Fine aggregate smaller than diameter stones.
o Course aggregate bigger than diameter stones.
Concrete Mixes:
Class AA - 1:1 :3 - concrete under water, retaining walls
Class A - 1:2:4 - footings, columns, beams, RC slabs
Class B - 1:2 :5 - slab on fill, non-bearing walls
Class C - 1:3:6 - concrete plant boxes, etc.

Control of Concrete Mixes:

Slump Test when freshly mixed concrete is checked to ensure that the specified
slump is being attained consistently. A standard slump cone is 12 inches high (0.30)
and 8 inches (0.20) in diameter at the bottom and 4 inches (0.10) on top which is
open on both ends.
Compressive Strength Test common quality-control test of concrete, based on 7
and 28 day curing periods.
Concrete Additives materials often added to the concrete or applied to the
surface of freshly placed concrete to produce some special result.

Accelerators an admixture which is used to speed up the initial set of concrete.
Such a material maybe added to the mix to increase the rate of early-strength
development for several reasons.
Retarders to delay or extend the setting time of the cement paste in concrete.
Air-entraining agents air-entrained concrete contains microscopic bubbles of air
formed with the aid of a group of chemical called surface active agents, materials
that have the property of reducing the surface tension of water intended for use
when better resistance to frost action is concerned.
Concrete Hardeners applied on concrete surface to increase hardiness and

Two Types of Concrete hardeners:
Chemical Hardeners liquids containing silicofluorides or fluosilicates and a
wetting agent which reduces the surface tension of the liquid and allows it to
penetrate the pores of the concrete more easily.
Fine Metallic Aggregate are specially processed and graded iron particles which
are dry-mixed with Portland cement, spread evenly over the surface of freshly
floated concrete, and worked into the surface by floating.

Water Reducing Admixtures material used to reduce the amount of water necessary to
produce a concrete of given consistency or to increase the slump for a given water content.

Damproofers materials used to reduce or stop the penetration of moisture through the
concrete. Reduces permeability.

Bonding Agents:
Paste Slurry often applied to such an old surface immediately prior to pouring
new concrete to increase the amount of paste.

Two Types of Bonding Agents:
Metallic Aggregate iron particle are larger, but with same materials as the
permeability reducer. Bonding takes place through the oxidation and subsequent
expansion of the iron particles.
Synthetic Latex Emulsion consists of highly polymerized synthetic liquid resin
dispersed in water.

Set-Inhibiting Agents prevent the cement paste from bonding to the surface aggregate but
will not interfere with the set throughout the remainder of the pour.

Pozzolanic Admixtures materials sometimes used in structures where it s desirable to avoid
high temperature or in structures exposed to seawater or water containing sulfates.
Pozzolans may be added to concrete mixes-rather than substituting for part of the cement to
improve workability, impermeability, and resistance to chemical attack.

Concrete Products made of lightweight and heavyweight materials for use in exterior and
interior load-bearing walls, firewalls, curtain and panel walls, partitions etc.

Concrete Block:
Hollow load-bearing concrete block an 8 x 8 x 16 will approximately weigh 40
to 50 lb. Made with heavyweight aggregate and 25 to 35 lb. when made with
lightweight aggregate.
Solid load bearing block defines as one having a core area of not more than 25
percent of the gross cross-sectional area.
Hollow; non-load bearing concrete block one in which the core area exceeds 25
percent of the cross-sectional area.
Concrete building tile
Concrete brick

Common Sizes:
4 x 8 x 16 for non-load bearing partitions
6 x 8 x 16 for load bearing walls

Hand made backyard industry
Machine made commonly sold
Steam cured manufactured by big and nationally known factories for load
bearing walls. Usually specified for government and multi-storey buildings.

Cellular Concrete Blocks lightweight block which is outstanding in thermal and sound
insulation qualities. Basic ingredients are cement-made from silica-rich sand and lime-water,
and aluminum powder.


Brick basic ingredient in clay.

Three Principal Forms:
Surface Clay found near the surface of the earth
Shales clay which have been subjected to high pressure until they have become
relatively hard.
Fire Clay found at deeper levels and usually have more uniform physical and
chemical qualities.

Two Classes of Clay:
Calcareous Clays contains about 15 percent calcium carbonate and burn to a
yellowish color.
Non-calcareous Clays composed of silicate of alumina, with feldspar and iron
oxide. These clays burn buff, red or salmon depending on the iron oxide content
which vary from 2 to 10 percent.

Standard Brick Size is 2 x 3 x 8 inches

Structural Clay Tiles are hollow units as opposed to brick which is sold. Tiles are made from
the same material as brick, but all clay tiles are formed by extrusion in the stiff-mud process.

Types of Tiles:
Load bearing wall tile used for bearing walls of light buildings, the height usually
restricted to four stories. Structural load bearing wall tile are made in 4, 6, 8, 10
and 12 in thickness.
Partition tile non-load bearing
Back-up tile intended for use in both bearing and non-bearing walls which will be
faced with brick or facing tile.
Furring tile used on the inside of exterior walls to provide air spaces for insulation
to prevent the passage of moisture and to provide a suitable plastering surface.
Classified as non-load bearing.
Fireproofing tile structural steel must be insulated in fireproof construction. One
method of doing this is to cover it with fire-proofing tile.
Floor tile manufactured in both load-bearing and non-load bearing grades in
standard thickness raging from 3 to 12 inches in standard length and widths of 12
Structural Clay Facing tile unglazed tile and may have either a smooth or a rough
textured finish. They are designed to used as exposed facing material on either
exterior or interior walls and partitions.
Structural Glazed Facing tile produced from high-grade light burning clay which is
suitable for the application of ceramic or salt glaze.

Terra Cotta means fired earth is a clay product which has been used for architectural
decorative purposes, since ancient Greece and Rome. Modern terracotta is machine-
extruded and molded or pressed. The machine-made product is usually referred to as
ceramic veneer, and is a unit with flat face and flat or ribbed back.

Two Types of Ceramic Veneer:
Adhesion Type held to the wall by the bond of the mortar to the ceramic veneer
back and to the backing wall.
Anchor type are held y mortar and by wire tiles between the terracotta and the
wall behind.


Building Stones stones usually blocks or pieces of the basic material rock.

Three general categories:
Igneous formed as a result of the cooling of molten matter.
Sedimentary formed by the action of water either by depositing materials at the
bottom of a water body or depositing them on the earths surface.
Metamorphic rocks changed from their original structure by the action of
extreme pressure, heat, or various combinations of these factors.
Classified according to form:
Rubble includes rough fieldstone which may merely have been broken into
suitable sizes, or it may include irregular pieces of stone that have been roughly cut
to size, usually used for and filling material. (escombro and lastillas)
Dimension (Cut stone) consists of pieces that have been cut or finished according
to a set or drawing. (for facing walls)
Flagstone (Flat slabs) - consists of thin pieces (1/2 in. and up which may or may not
have had their face dimensions cut to some particular size. (for walks and floors)
Crushed rock consisting of pieces varying I size from 3/8 to 6 in. and is used to a
large extent in concreting.

Building Stones:

Argilite one formed d\from clay, commonly dark-blue with faint shades of green,
used for floor tile, stair treads, coping stones, interior wall base, interior window
stools of exterior window sills.
Granite igneous origin and composed of quartz, feldspar, hornblende and mica.
Its generally very hard, strong durable and capable of taking a high polish.
Limestone a sedimentary rock which is either oolitic, or calcite cemented
calcareous stone formed of shells fragments, particularly non-crystalline in nature,
it has no cleavage lines and uniform in structure and composition.
Travertine a sedimentary rock, composed mainly of calcium carbonate. It has
been formed at the earths surface through the evaporation of water from hot
Marble metamorphic rock, one that has been changed from its original structure
in this case, limestone and dolomite have been recrystallized to form marble.
Serpentine igneous rock with the mineral serpentine. The mineral is olive green
to greenish black, but impurities may give the rock other colors.
Sandstone a class of rock composed of cemented silica grains. Colors include
gray, buff, light brown and red.
Slate rock formed by metamorphosis of clays and shales deposited in layers. A
unique characteristic of the rock is the relative ease with which it may be separated
into thin tough sheets, called slates, or more thick.

Stone Construction:

Paneling consists of using slabs of stone cut to dimension and thickness to cover
backup walls and provide a finished exterior.
Ashlar work requires the use of cut stone and includes broken ashlar, irregular
coursed ashlar, regular coursed ashlar.
Rubblework used as random when no attempt is made to produce either
horizontal or vertical course lines. Small spaces are filled with spalls, small stones
and used as course rubble work, horizontal course lines are maintained but no
vertical course lines used.
Trim involves use of stones cut for a specific purpose and include Quoin stones
laid at the intersection of two walls.
As jambs stones which form the sides of window and door openings.
As sills stones which form the bottom of window and door openings
As belts special stone courses which are built into a wall for a particular
purpose. One reason is to provide architectural relief to a large wall of
one material or to provide a break I the vertical plane of the wall, another
reason is to hide a change in the wall thickness.
As copings one which is cut fit on the top of a masonry wall. It prevents
the passage of water into the wall, sheds water to either inside or
outside, and gives a finished appearance to the wall.
As cornices specially cut stones which are built into and project from a
masonry wall near the top to provide the appearance of a cave.
As lintels stones which bridge the top of door and window openings.
As stone steps made to fit over an inclined concrete slab or to cap steps
cast in concrete.
As an arch stone cut to form some particular type of arch over a door or
window opening.
As stone flooring walks and patios, made by covering a base of stone
concrete, brick or tile with flagstones, trimmed flagstone, trimmed
rectangular and square.

Gypsum a soft mineral consisting of a hydrated calcium sulfate from which gypsum plaster
is made (by heating); colorless when pure used as a retarder in Portland cement.


Wood a traditional building material, it is easily worked, has durability and beauty. It has
great ability to absorb shocks from sudden load. In addition, wood has freedom from rust
and corrosion, is comparatively light in weight, and is adaptable to countless variety of

Classification of Trees:
Hardwoods deciduous trees that have broad leaves which are normally shed in
the winter time.
Softwoods conifers trees that have needles rather than leaves and that bear
their seeds in cones.

Moisture Content of Wood expressed as a percentage of the oven-dry weight and can be
determined by the oven-dry method or by an electric-moisture meter method.

Three categories of Lumber:
Yard Lumber used for ordinary light construction and finishing work and consists
of 1 and 2 inches material manufactured into common boards, shiplap, shelving
dimension lumber, center match, flooring, roof plank, siding, v-joint, trim and
molding of all kinds. These are usually found in retail lumberyards.
Shop Lumber usually left in 1 and 2 inches rough thickness often containing knots
or defects not ordinarily permissible in other categories. It is intended for use in
shops or mills making sash, doors and cabinets where it will be cut into relatively
short pieces and the defective material discarded.
Structural Lumber in intended for use in heavy construction for load-bearing
purposes and is cut into timbers of large size than yard lumber, 3 inches or more
thick and 4 inches or more wide. It is made from the heartwood of the log.

Finishes of Wood:
S1S surfacing or planning of one side
S2S two sides planed
S4S four sides planed
Rough as sawn and not planed

Wood Grain:
Edge Grain annual rings run approximately at right angle to the face.
Flat Grain when the annual rings run more or less parallel to the surface.
Angle Grain when the annual rings are at about 45 degrees to the face.

Seasoning of Lumber:
Air-Drying lumber is strip-piled at a slope on a solid foundation. This allows air to
circulate around every piece while the sloping allows water to run off quickly.
Kiln-Drying more expensive lumber which is required for more refined uses so as
wood will not move, such as furniture. Flooring and general interior use.
Pressure treated lumber when lumber is subjected to pressure and injected with
chemicals or salts to insure it from rots.

Specification when buying lumber:
Indicate no. of pieces, thickness, width, length, total bd. Ft. kind of lumber and
Example: 6-2 x 8 x 14-0 = 112 bd. Ft. tanguile S4S

Glue laminated timber term used to describe a wooden member built up of several layers
of wood whose grain directions are all substantially parallel, and held together with glue as
fastening commonly used for beams, girders, posts, columns, arches, arches, bowstring truss
chords, usually softwoods are commonly used because of their low cost, lightness and

Glue use in laminating:
Casein glue satisfactory for use in dry locations not exposed to rain or water.
Urea-formaldehyde-resin cheap and well cure at from 70 degrees Fahrenheit up.
Will withstand soaking in cool water.
Phenol-formaldehyde-resin glues not usually recommended because of the high
temperature needed to cure them. Useful for combining timber and plywood and
are very water-resistant.
Resorcinol-phenol-formaldehyde resin glues are expensive but have excellent
qualities of durability and water resistance.


Building Boards a group of sheets of building materials often faced with paper or vinyl,
suitable for use as a finished surface on walls, ceiling, etc.

Kinds of Building Boards:
Plywood made by bonding together thin layers of wood in a way that the grain of
each layer is at right angles to the grain of each adjacent layer.
Veneer - each layer of plywood
Rotary Cutting a method of cutting wood veneer in which a log is fixed in a lathe and
rotated against a knife so that the veneer is peeled from the log in a continuous sheet.
Hardboard made from processed wood chips.
Three grades of board:
Standard flexible to be quite easily bent
Tempered hardboard made by impregnated standard board with a tempering compound
of oils and resin and baking it to polymerize the tempering material.
Low-density hardboard not as strong and durable as standard hardboard.

Insulating Fiberboard made from three types of fiber wood, sugar cane, and
asbestos, and binder, formed into a board.
Chipboard a large class of building board made from wood and particles and a
binder, often faced with veneer.
Particle Board a hardboard made from relatively small particles.
Gypsum Board a wall board having a gypsum core.
Straw Board a hardboard made of compressed wheat straw, processed at 350 to
400 degree Fahrenheit and covered with a tough kraft paper.
Asbestos-cement Board a dense, rigid board containing a high proportion of
asbestos fibers bonded with Portland cement, resistant to fire, flame, and
weathering, has low resistance to heat flow.
Corkboard from the outer bark of the cork oak tree, cork granules is mixed with
synthetic resin, compressed and formed into sheet from 1 to 6 inches thick and
baked under pressure into rigid boards.
Paperboard made into two different types: a paper pulp pressed into boards
3/16, or in. thick, 4 ft. wide, and 6, 7 or 8 ft. long. Usually one surface is primed
for easier finishing. The other is a layer of stiff paper folded into corrugated from
and faced on both sides with a thick paper backing, cemented to the core.
Mineral Fiber ground thick mats of mineral fibers, usually glass or rock wool are
covered with a backing of stiff paper on one or both sides to form rigid boards,
ranging in thickness from to 2 in. The usual board size is 24 x 48 inches.
Plastic Foam boards polystyrene and polyurethane plastics are formed by a
patented process to about 40 times their original volume. Used for perimeter
insulation for concrete floor slabs, for wall and roof deck insulation, and for roof
decks when properly supported.

Building Papers in building construction, paper is used for sheathing, roofing and
insulation, in making asphalt shingles, laminated and corrugated building products, and
concrete form materials, as a moisture and vapor barrier; as cushioning material; as
wallpaper; as an envelope or sheath for other materials; and as a fireproofing material.

Type of Wood Pulp:
Mechanical Pulp or groundwood, is produced by grinding blocks of wood against
a revolving abrasive stone or by grinding steamed wood chips in a grinding mill.
Chemical Pulp produced by digesting wood chips in various chemicals to free the
cellulose fibers from the liquid binding.
Semi-chemical Pulp wood chips are first subjected to a mild chemical treatment
and then mechanically disintegrated in rotating disk refiners.

Types of Paper:
Sheathing Paper used to provide an airtight barrier over walls, floors, etc.
Roofing Paper A. roofing felts - used in making a built-up roof and are usually
produced in 36 in. wide rolls, in various weights from 3 to 20 lb/square. B. Rolled
roofing a heavy, mineral surfaced paper used as a final roof covering, made 18
and 36 in. wide, in various weights from 45 to 120 lb/square.
Insulating Paper used to secure bulk and entrapped air with as much strength as
possible. Insulating papers are made from both wood-fiber insulating paper and
asbestos fibers.
Cushioning Paper similar to wood-fiber insulating paper, but less attention is paid
to strength. Its chief use is for cushioning under linoleum, carpets, or slate roofing.
Vapor Barrier Paper- intended to prevent the passage of moisture vapor through
walls, ceilings and floors.
Laminating Paper a special, high strength kraft paper made for use in the
production of plastic laminates. The thin, strong paper is impregnated with liquid
plastic resin and several sheet are laminated together under heat and pressure to
form the base for the plastic sheet.
Concrete Form Paper made from strong kraft paper in the form of a spiral tube
and boxlike from made from corrugated container paper.
Wallpaper paper from which decorative wallpaper is made.
Envelope Paper used as an outer covering or envelope for a number of building
materials. One of these is gypsum board, composed of a layer of calcined gypsum
covered in both sides by a sheet of kraft paper.
Fire Proofing Paper made from asbestos fibers, since this is an incombustible
material. This material maybe in the form of matted paper, similar to asbestos
insulating or roofing paper, or it may be in the form of a cloth woven from thread
spun from asbestos fibers.


Bitumen a generic name applied to a semisolid mixture of complex hydrocarbons,
derived from coal or petroleum, as a coal-tar pitch or asphalt.

Tar the resulting condensate when destructive distillation is carried out on such
materials as wood coal, shale, peat or bone.
Pitch a solid or semi-solid residue produced from partial evaporation or fractional
distillation of tar.

Coal-tar Pitch most common material of this kind of pitch.

Asphalts - dark brown or black solids or semi-solids which are found in the natural
state and are also produced by the refining of petroleum.

Liquid Paving Asphalts liquid asphalts used for paving are cutbacks.

Asphalt Paving Cements used as binders for more expensive asphalt pavements.


Ferrous metal in which iron is the principal element
Nonferrous containing no or very little iron.

Ferrous Metal:

Steel a malleable alloy of iron and carbon produced by melting and refining pig
iron and/or scrap steel, graded according to the carbon content.
Pig Iron used to make cast iron which is high in compressive strength but low in
tensile strength, and has little use for construction.
Wrought Iron produced when pig iron is melted in such a way as to remove
nearly all of the carbon and other impurities.
Alloy Steels made by containing other elements with the molten steel. Nickel,
chromium copper and manganese are used.
Nickel Steel stronger than carbon steel and is used to make structural members
for building chromium steel is very hard and corrosion-resistant.
Stainless Steels made with chromium or a combination of nickel and chromium
used in buildings for exterior wall panels, frames for doors, expansion joints,
flashings, copings, fascia and gravel stops.
Copper bearing steel has high resistance to corrosion and is used for making
sheet steel and metal lath.
Manganese Steel offers great resistance to abrasion and finds important use in
the cutting edges of heavy digging tools.
Weathering Steel recently developed grade of steel. It forms its protection
against atmospheric corrosion and thus requires no painting.

Nonferrous Metal:
Aluminum a lustrous, silver-white nonmagnetic, lightweight metal which is very
malleable; has good thermal and electrical conductivity; a good reflector of both
heat and light.

Aluminum Foil used as a vapor barrier on walls and ceilings and as reflective

Copper a lustrous reddish metal, highly ductile and malleable; has high tensile
strength; is an excellent electrical and thermal conductor; is available in a wide
variety of shapes; widely used for downspout, electrical conductors, flashings,
gutter, roofing, etc.

Lead a soft, malleable, heavy metal; has low melting point and a high coefficient
of thermal expansion. Very easy to cut and work, enabling it to be fitted over
uneven surfaces. Used for roofing, flashing and spandrel wall panels.

Tin a lustrous white, soft and malleable metal having a low melting point;
relatively unaffected by exposure to air; used for making alloys and solder and in
coating sheet metal.


Glass a hard, brittle inorganic substance, ordinarily transparent or translucent; produced by
melting a mixture of silica, a flux and a stabilizer.

Types of Glass:
Reflective Glass used to control glare and reduce solar heat. It the product of a
glass-coating process which is carried out in a large, rectangular vacuum chamber.
Manufactured in two types, silver and gold, the glass can be specified in any one of
three nominal light transmittance of 8, 14, or 20 percent.
Rolled and Rough Cast Glass used where clear vision is not required, such as by
factory roofs and walls, windows for halls and staircases, skylights, and partitions in
offices. Cast glass diffuses light, and because of its low reflecting and absorption
index, transmits 90 to 93 percent of light rays striking it.
Cathedral and Figured Glass manufacturing is similar to rolled and rough-cast
glasses. However, they contain a pattern or texture impressed usually on one
surface by a patterned roller.
Wired Glass simply a rolled glass into which wire mesh is inserted during the
process of manufacture.
Heat Absorbing Plate Glass made by adding ingredients to the mix used in
making regular slate glass so that the finished product is pale bluish-green or gray.
Tempered Plate Glass three to five times as strong as regular plate of the same
thickness and area in resisting compressive forces and fracture due to strain or
thermal shock.
Vitreous Colored Plate polished plate glass can be heat-strengthened and coated
on one side with vitreous color which is fire-fused to the surface.
Laminated Safety Glass (Bullet Proofing) widely used in the automotive industry
and transportation, but now finding some uses in the building industry, like glass
that can withstand firearm attack and explosions.
Insulating Glass consists of two sheets of plate or sheet glass, separated by an air
space, and joined around the edges to produce a hermitically sealed unit.

Classification of Sheet Glass:

Window Glass used for glazing windows doors and storm sash in residential
buildings where good light and vision are required at moderate cost.
Heavy Sheet Glass used for glazing windows and doors where greater strength is
required but where slight distortion is not objectionable.
Picture Glass used for covering pictures, photographs, maps, charts projector
slides and instrument dials.

Glass products:

Glass Blocks comparable in many ways to unit masonry but have the added
feature of transmitting light.
Solid Glass Brick also made to admit light into a building, because of its solid
construction, it offers greater protection against vandalism than conventional
window glass or glass blocks. The ability of the brick is to allow undistorted passage
of light.


Plastics a large group of synthetic materials which are made from a number of common
substances such as coal, salt, oil. Natural gas, cotton, wood and water. From these, relatively
simple chemicals known as monomers, which are capable of reacting with one another are
produced. These are then built up into chainlike molecules of high molecular weight called

Two General Classifications:
Thermoplastics become soft when heated and hard when cooled, regardless of
the number of times the process is repeated. Include in the thermoplastics are
acrylic cellulosis, polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) polysterene, polyallomers
polycarbonates, polyimide, polypropylene, polysulfone, phenylene oxide, nylons,
methyl pertenes, ionomer, fluoroplastics, acetal and acryonitrile butadieniene
styrene (ABS).
Thermosetting Plastics set into a permanent shape when heat and pressure are
applied to them during the forming stage. Thermosetting group includes phenolics,
aminos (urea and melamine) epoxies, polyesters, polyurethane, alkyd silicones and
diallyl phthalate (DAP).

Production: Plastics products are formed by a number of methods which include:

Injection Molding Process measured amount of powder or granules is heated
and when flowing forced through the nozzle of the barrel into a shaped cavity,
where it cools of solidities.
Blow-Molding Process an extruder extrudes a hollow tube which is captured
between the two halves of a hollow. As the mold closes, air is blown into the tube
and expand it to fit inside surface of the mold.
Rotational Molding used to form hollow units with complex shapes and heavy
walls, a premeasured amount of powder or liquid resin is placed at the bottom half
of a cold mold which is then closed.
Expandable Bead Molding a process used to produce light weight products of
polystyrene foam, small granules of polystyrene with a small amount of an
expanding agent are placed in a rolling drum and steam heated.
Compression Molding a measured quantity of powder in a heated mold, which is
then closed. Heat and pressure are applied to the powder which melts and flows to
all parts of the mold.
Transfer Molding similar to compression molding except that the powder is
heated and liquefied outside the mold and injected into the mold under heat and
pressure, where the forming and setting takes place.
Foamed Plastics are made by expanding agent with either granules or powder
and then heating. Heat melts the plastic and causes the formation of a gas which
expands the molten material into foamed structure.
Thermoset Foam made by mixing the appropriate resin with a curing agent and
an expanding agent and then heating them in a mold.
Extrusion Forming used for mass-produced materials which have a constant cross
section, and it is done in two ways by forcing of semi-liquid plastic through a die of
the proper size and shape in a manner similar to that used for forming brick by
Thermoforming Process sheet plastic is heated until soft and then forced by air
pressure against a cold and hardens in shape.
Laminating Process consists of impregnating sheets of paper, glass fiber, or cloth
with a thermosetting liquid resin and then applying heat and pressure to a number
of sheets to form a laminated product.
Casting a simple process in which liquid plastics, with their appropriate curing
agent, are poured into molds and set, with or without heat.
Calendaring Process plastic is fed to revolving rollers which turn out a thin sheet
or film the thickness of the product is determined by the roller spacing, and the
surface of the sheet may be smooth or matted, depending on the roller surface.

Plastic Laminates consists of three or more layers of material bonded or laminated
together with plastic adhesive under high pressure.


Cohesiveness the ability of particles of a material to cling tightly to one another.

Adhesiveness the ability of a material to fix itself and cling to an entirely different

Sealers products which are used to seal the surface of various materials against
the penetration of water or other liquids or in some cases to prevent the escape of
water through the surface.


Three ways of heat transfer:

Conduction the inside of a concrete wall which has one side exposed to outside
winter temperatures feels cold to the touch. Heat is being conducted from the side
of higher temperature to that lower temperature.
Radiation from this point, it is transferred to the outside air by radiation.
Convection when air is heated, it expands and begins to circulate, during the
circulation it comes in contact with cooler surface, some of its heat is given up to
them. It is therefore important to try to prevent air currents from being set up in
the walls and ceiling of our buildings.

Kinds of Thermal Insulation:

Loose Fill:
Fibrous type made from mineral woolrock wool, glass wool, or slag wool or vegetable
fiber usually wood fiber.
Granular insulation made from expanded minerals such as perlite and vermaculite or from
ground vegetable matter such as granulated coork.
Fibrous loose fill used to insulate walls of buildings that have been built without insulation.
Granules are graded into four sizes, 1, (3/8 in. to no. 16 sieve) and sizes 2 (no. 4 to no. 30
sieve) used as loose-fill insulation for sidewalls and ceilings over suspended ceilings, between
wood sleepers over a concrete floor slab, as fill for the cores of concrete blocks, and sizes 3
(no. 8 to no. 100 sieve) size 4 (no. 16 to 100 sieve).
Blanket Insulation made from some fibrous materials such as mineral wool, wood fiber,
cotton fiber, or animal hair, manufactured in the form of a mat, 16, 20 or 24 in. width, in 8 ft.
lengths or put up in rolls of from 40 to 100 linear feet, with controlled thickness of 1, , 2, 3
and 4 inches.
Batts similar to blankets but they are restricted to 48 inches in long or less they are always
covered with paper, and made especially for installation between stud spacings.
Structural Insulation Board made from organic fiber-wood, cane, straw or cork. The wood
and cane raw material is first pulped, after which it is treated with water proofing chemicals.
Strawboard made from carefully selected straw, fused under heat and pressure into a
panel 2 inches thick and 4 ft. wide.
Corkboard made from granulated cork mixed with resin and pressed into sheets of several
thickness, depending on the use to which they will be put.
Block or Rigid Slab Insulation type of insulation is so called because the units are relatively
stiff and inelastic. In most cases inorganic materials are used in their manufactures.
Reflective Insulation made from such materials as aluminum or copper foil or sheet metal,
with bright surfaces that reflect heat rather than absorbing it.
Foamed-In-Place Insulation this is polyurethane product made by combining a
polyisocyanate and a polyester resin.
Sprayed-on-Insulations materials used are polyurethane foam asbestos fiber mixed with
inorganic binders, vermiculite aggregate with a binder such as Portland cement or gypsum
and perlite aggregate using gypsum as binders.
Corrugated Insulation usually made from paper foamed into shapes that produce enclosed
air pockets. One type is produced by shaping heavy paper into a series of small regular
semicircular corrugations and covering a both sides with a sheet of flat paper to give strength
and produce the air pockets.


Waterproofing a method of protecting surfaces against the destructive effects of
Damp-Proofing protection from the outside is provided by water repellent
materials which turn water aside and force it to return to the earth.
Soil Poisoning it is important to poison the soil against anay in order to stop the
anay from infesting the main posts, walls and flooring.
Wood Preservative a chemical liquid painted and applied to lumber to preserve it
for years. It protects wood against powder post beatles (buk-bok), powder post
termite (unos), decay causing fungi such as sap stain and dry rot.
Fire- Proofing a clear liquid applied easily on wood, plywood, lumber and other
board that retains the natural beauty, gives added strength and protects materials
against fire, weather, decay, insects and warping.
Ratproofing a method of protecting rooms against the intrusion of rats and other
small destructive animals from gnawing the wooden parts of the house, habitating
on ceilings and floors of houses and buildings.
Rustproofing a method of protecting the ferrous materials like steel, iron from
rusting or corrosion.
Thoroseal a cement-based, heavy-duty, easy to apply, water proof sealant and
coating. Thoroseal is ideal for basement walls.
Vapor barriers are materials which effectively retard or stop the flow of water
vapor and normally are produced in sheets or thin layers.


Paint a mixture consisting of vehicles or binders, with or without coloring pigments,
adjusted and diluted with correct amounts and types of additives and thinners, which when
applied on a surface, forms an adherent continuous film which provides protection,
decoration, sanitation, identification and other functional properties.

Components of an oil base paint are:

body that solid, finely ground material which gives a paint the powder to hide, as
well as color a surface.
vehicle a nonvolatile fluid in which the solid body material is suspended. The
vehicle should consists of from 85 to 90 percent drying oil and the remainder
thinner and drier.
pigment material which give the paint its color
thinners are volatile solvents, materials which have a natural affinity for the
vehicle in the paint. They cause the paint to flow better. Most common thinner is
driers organic salts of various metals such as iron, zinc, cobalt, lead manganese,
and calcium, which are added to the paint to accelerate the oxidation and
hardening of the vehicle.

Varnishes a group pf more-or-less transparent liquids which are used to provide a
protective surface coating, at the same time they allow the original surface to show
but add a lustrous and glossy finish to it.

Enamels when pigment is added to a varnish, the result is enamel.

Shellac the only liquid protective coating containing a resin of animal origin. The
resin is an exudation of the lac insect of India and Southeast Asia, deposited on the
branches of the tree.
Lacquers a new product made from synthetic materials to take the place of
varnish for clear finishes. The ingredients are dissolved in a mixture of volatile
solvents which evaporate, leaving a film to form the protective coating. When
another class of material, pigments are added to clear lacquer, the result is
lacquer enamel, available in wide range of colors.

Stains materials used to apply color to wood surfaces. They are intended to
impart color without concealing or obscuring the grain and not to provide a
protective coating.

Fillers are finishing materials which are used on wood surfaces, particularly those
with open grain, to fill the pores and provide a perfect smooth, uniform surface for
varnish or lacquer. It is also used to impart color to the wood pores and so
emphasize the grain.

Sealers to seal the surface of the wood and prevent the absorption of succeeding
finish coats. It may be applied to bare wood in essentially the same way as paste
filler but has much less filling capacity.

Silicone Water Repellant used on all non-painted concrete, synthetic finishes,
rubble, brick, and wash-out finishes as a protection from absorption of water and
prevent moss, alkali, fungi to destroy the surface.


Hardware metal products used in construction, such as bolts, hinges, locks, tools.
Etc. they are classified as:

Finishing hardware hardware such as hinges, catches, etc. that has a finished
appearance as well as function, especially that used with doors, windows, and
cabinets, maybe considered part of the decorative treatment of a room or building.

Rough hardware in building construction, hardware meant to be concealed, such
as bolts, nails, screws, spikes, rods, and other metal fittings.

Types of Doors:

Flush a smooth surface door having faces which are plane conceal its rails and
stiles or other structure when used inside, it is of hollow core when used for
exterior, it is of solid core.
Panel door a door having stiles, rail and sometimes muntins, which form one or
more frames around recessed thinner panels.
Overhead Swing-up door a rigid overhead door which opens as an entire unit.
Overhead Roll-up garage door - a door which, when open, assumes a horizontal
position above the door opening, made of several leaves.
Roll-up door a door made up of small horizontal interlocking metal slats which
are guided in a track; the configuration coils about an overhead drum which is
housed at the head of the opening, either manual or motor-driven.
Accordion door a hinge door consisting of a system of panels which are hung
from an overhead track.
Bi-fold door one of two or more doors which are hinged together so that they
can open and fold in a confined space.
Revolving door an exterior door consisting of four leaves which pivot about a
common vertical axis within a cylindrically shape vestibule, prevents the direct
passage of air through the vestibule, thereby eliminating drafts from outside.
Sliding door a door mounted on track which slides I a horizontal direction usually
parallel to one wall.
By-passing sliding door a sliding door which slides to cover a fixed door of the
same width or another sliding door.
Sliding pocket door a door which slides inside a hollow of the wall.
Dutch door a hinge door which is divided into two. The upper part can be opened
while the lower portion is closed.

Example of Finishing Hardware:

Hinge - a movable joint used to attach support and turn a door about a pivot,
consists of two plates joined together by a pin which the door and connect it to its
frame, enabling it to swing open or closed.
Butt hinge consists of two rectangular metal plates which are joined with a pin. In
large hinge, the pin is removable, in small hinges, it is fixed.
Fast pin hinge a hinge I which the pin is fastened permanently in place.
Full surface hinge a hinge designed for attachment on the surface of the door
and jamb without mortising.
Loose joint hinge a door hinge having two knuckles, one of which has vertical pin
that fits in a corresponding hole in the other, by lifting the door up, off the vertical
pin, the door maybe removed with unscrewing the hinge.
Loose pin hinge a hinge having a removable pin which permits its two parts to be
Paumelle hinge a type of door hinge having a single joint of the pivot type,
usually of modern design.
Olive knuckle hinge a paumelle hinge with knuckles forming an oval shape.
Spring hinge a hinge containing one or more springs, when a door is opened, the
hinge returns it to the open position automatically, may act in one direction only,
or in both directions.
Vertical spring pivot hinge a spring hinge for a door which is mortised into the
heel of the door, the door is fastened to the floor and door head with pivots.

Example of Rough Hardware:

CW- common wire nails with head and for strength; box nail also used for strength.

FIN finishing nail without head; casing nail also without head.

Screws classified by gauge (diameter), length, head-type, and metallic make-up.

Bolts have threaded shafts that receive nuts. To use them, a hole is drilled,
pushing the bolt through and adding a nut.

Flush bolt a door bolt so designed that when applied it is flush with the face or
edge of the door.

Chain door fastener a device attached to a door and its jamb limits the door
opening to the length of the chain.

Lockset a complete lock system including the basic locking mechanism & all the
accessories, such as knobs, escutcheons, plates, etc.

Latch a simple fastening device having a latch bolt, but not a dead bolt containing
no provisions for locking with a key, usually can be open from both sides.

Lift latch a type of door latch which fastens a door by means of a pivoted bar that
engages a hook on the door jamb, a lever which lifts the pivoted bar used to
unfasten the door.

Button - a small rejecting member used to fasten the frame of a door or window.

Knob a handle, more or less spherical usually for operating a lock.

Escutcheon a protective plate surrounding the keyhole of a door switch or a light

Plates a thin flat sheet of material

Strikes a metal plate or box which is et in a door jamb & is either placed or
recessed to receive the bolt or latch of a lock, fixed on a door.

Lip strike the projection from the side of a strike plate which the bolt of a lock
strikes first, when a door is closed; projects out from the side of the strike plate to
protect the frame.

Hasp a fastening device consisting of a loop or staple and a slotted hinge plate
normally secured with a padlock.

Key-padlock a device which fastens in position maybe operated by a key.

Hasplock a kind of hasp that has a built-in locking device which can be opened
only with a key.

Friction catch any catch which when it engages a strike, is held in the engaged
position by friction.

Magnetic catch a door catch flat that uses a magnet to hold the door in a closed

Bullet catch a fastener which holds a door in place by means of a projecting
spring arctuated steel hall which is depressed when the door is closed.

Hospital arm pull a handle for opening a hospital door without the use of hands,
by hooking an arm over the handle.

Panic exit device fire exit bolt a door locking device used on exit doors; the door
latch releases when a bar, across the inside of the door is pushed.

Eye bolt a bolt having its head in the form of a loop or eye.

Concrete insert a plastic, wood fiber, or metal usually leads plug either built in a
wall or ceiling or inserted by drilling, used as an anchor or support to hold attached

Hook bolt a bolt having one end in the form of a hook.

Door stopper to prevent the door with its lockset from harming the wall or tiles.

SOURCE: Book of Max Fajardo