Glossary – W


Wall Plates: 
The horizontal timber member at the top and bottom of timber framed walls, into which studs may be trenched.

Waffle pod slab:
The term used to describe a method used to construct a concrete slab. This method requires that large polyurethane boxes or pods are placed on the ground and the concrete is poured over and around them.

Weepholes: 
Formed holes or openings placed in the perpend joints of a masonry wall above the level of a flashing or at the bottom of a cavity to permit the drainage of any accumulated water. Weep holes may also be installed in a retaining wall to drain water away from behind the wall relieving hydrostatic pressure.

Wind Load: 
Forces on a building or structure caused by or due to wind pressure, taken into account in the design of the structure.

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