Glossary of Terms


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BASE PLATE

A device used to distribute leg or post load over a larger area.

BATTEN (BATTEN STRIP)

A narrow strip of wood placed over the vertical joint of sheathing or panelling to seal or reinforce.

BATTER

Inclination from the vertical.

BATTER BOARDS

Pairs of horizontal boards nailed to wood stakes adjoining an excavation, used as a guide to elevations and to outline the building.

BATTER WALL

Wall with one or both faces slanting from the vertical, usually creating a wall thicker at its base than at its top.

BAY

Space between the center lines of two adjacent vertical supports.

BAY LENGTH

The distance between the centers of two adjacent standards, measured horizontally.

BEAM

A narrow horizontal structural load bearing member.

BEAM CLAMP

A device used to fasten a scaffold member to a beam flange.

BEAM CLAMP (SHORING/SUSPENDED)

A device used to fasten two I-beam members at their flanges when one I-beam is resting across the other I-beam flange.


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