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A metal strap or stirrup from which building materials are suspended.


A form of 'Fibreboard', often with one smooth face and one textured face.


Broken up bricks, stone and other aggregates used to give strength and bulk out concrete.


Cement or concrete beside a drain or kerb to hold it in place. Please also see Benching.

Header Brick

A brick laid so that only its end is visible on the surface of a wall.


A decorative diagonal pattern used in building materials, including brickwork, timber flooring and joinery. May also refer to 'Noggins' provided between floor joists; that consist of a pair of timbers fixed in a cross to provide strength and rigidity to a floor.


The upward movement of the ground due to increased moisture content. It is often associated with the removal of trees on clay sub-soils and can cause cracking and movement in buildings.

H.I.P's Home Information Packs

A legally required pack containing various documents relating to a dwelling, which is compiled when a house is placed for sale on the open market.

Hip End

The sloping triangular end to a hipped roof. Each corner is referred to as a Hip. See below.

Hipped Roof

A pitched roof that has four slopes as opposed to the two slopes of a 'Gable' roof.

Honeycomb wall

A wall (usually beneath ground floors) laid with regular gaps to allow for ventilation.


A rectangular shaped funnel that narrows towards its base. Often used to collect rain or waste water.

Hopper Light

An inward sloping bottom-hung window with glazed side panels.