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Glossary terms starting with the Letter G

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Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae)</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rec
A government-owned corporation within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Created by Congress on September 1, 1968, GNMA performs the same role as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in providing funds to lenders for making home loans. The difference is that Ginnie Mae provides funds for government loans (FHA and VA)

Grant</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=adv
To transfer or convey an interest in real property by means of a written instrument.

Grantee</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=a
The person to whom an interest in real property is conveyed.

Grantor</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=a
The person conveying an interest in real property.

Granting Clause </title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><di
Words in a deed that indicate the grantor’s intent to transfer an interest in property

Gable</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=adv
The triangular wall beneath the end of a gable roof.

Gable roof</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div clas
A roof consisting of two oppositely sloping planes that intersect at a level ridge.

Gable vent</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div clas
A screened, louvered opening in a gable, used for exhausting excess heat and humidity from an attic.

Galling</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=a
Chafing of one material against another under extreme pressure.

Galvanizing</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div cla
The application of a zinc coating to steel as a means of preventing corrosion.

Gambrel</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=a
A roof shape consisting of two superimposed levels of gable roofs with the lower level at a steeper pitch.

Gasket</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=ad
A dry, resilent material used to seal a joint between two rigid assemblies by being compressed between them.

Gauged brick</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div cl
A brick that has been rubbed on an abrasive stone to reduce it to trapezoidal shape for use in an arch.

Gauging plaster</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div
A gypsum plaster formulated for use in combination with finish lime to finish coat plaster.

General contractor</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><
A contractor who has responbility for the overall conduct of a construction project.

Geotextile</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div clas
A synthetic cloth used beneath the surface of the ground to stabilize soil or promote drainage.

GFRC</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=adv5
See glass-fiber-reinforced concrete.

Girder</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=ad
A orizontal beam that supports other beams; a very large beam, especially one that is built up from smaller elements.

Girt</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=adv5
A horizontal beam that supports wall cladding between collumns.

Glass block</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div cla
A hollow masonry unit made of glass.

Glass fiber batt</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><di
A thick, fluffy, nonwoven insulating blanket of filaments spun from glass.

Glass-fiber-reinforced concrete (GFRC)</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,au
Concrete with a strengthening admixture of short alkali-resistant glass fibers.

Glass mullion system</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style
A method of constructing a large glazed area by stiffening the sheets of glass with perpendicular glass ribs.

Glaze</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=adv
A glassy finish on a brick or tile; as a verb, to install glass.

Glazed structural clay facing tile</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,3
A hollow clay block with glazed faces, used for constructing interior partitions.

Glazier</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=a
One who installs glass.

Glazier's points</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><di
Small pieces of metal driven into a wood sash to hold glass in place.

Glazing</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=a
The act of installing glass; installed glass; as an adjective, referring to materials used in installing glass.

Glazing compound</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><di
Any of a number of types of mastic used to bed small lights of glass in a frame.

Glue laminated timber</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</styl
A timber made up of a large number of small strips of wood glued together.

Glulam</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=ad
A short expression for glue laminated timber.

Grade</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=adv
A classification of size or quality for an intended purpose; to classify as to size or quality.

Grade beam</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div clas
A reinforced concrete beam that transmits the load from a bearing wall into spaced foundations such as pile caps or caissons.

Grain</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=adv
In wood, the direction of the longitudinal axes of the wood fibers, or the figure formed by the fibers.

Granite</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=a
Igneous rock with visible crystals of quartz and feldspar.

Groove weld</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div cla
A weld made in a groove created by beveling or milling the edges of the mating pieces of metal.

Ground</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=ad
A strip attached to a wall or ceiling to establish the level to which plaster should be applied.

Grout</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=adv
A high-slump mixture of portland cement, aggregates, and water, which can be poured or pumped into cavities in concrete or masonry for the purpose of embedding reinforcing bars and/or increasing the amount of loadbearing material in a wall; a specially formulated, mortarlike material for filling under steel baseplates and around connections in precast concrete framing; a mortar used to fill joints between ceramic tiles or quarry tiles.

Gunnable sealant</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><di
A sealant material that is extruded in liquid or mastic form from a sealant gun.

Gusset plate</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div cl
A flat steel plate to which the chords are connected at a joint in a truss; a stiffener plate.

Gutter</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=ad
A channel to collect rainwater and snowmelt at the eave of a roof.

Guy derrick</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div cla
A hoisting device consisting of a vertical mast braced with cables (guys), a rotating boom, and a hoisting cable.

Gypsum</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=ad
Hydrous calcium sulfate.

Gypsum backing board</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style
A lower-cost gypsum panel intended for use as an interior layer in multilayer constructions of gypsum board.

Gypsum board</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div cl
An interior facing panel consisting of a gypsum core sandwiched between paper faces. Also called drywall, plasterboard.

Gypsum lath</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div cla
Small sheets of gypsum board manufactured specifically for use as a plaster base.

Gypsum plaster</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div
Plaster whose cementing substance is gypsum.

Gypsum wallboard</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><di
See gypsum board.

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