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(pronounced FIH-leh-gree)

Filigree has come to mean several things. First, it can describe very detailed, elaborate decorative openwork. Second, filigree can mean any design resembling that type of openwork. Lastly, it can be used to describe intricate

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(pronounced FIHL-leht or FIH-lay)

Besides the obvious culinary meaning, this is one of those words that has too many architectural-related meanings for its own good. In fact, it’s quite confusing. We’ll try to sort it

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(pronounced FIH-nee-ehl)

A decorative element or detail that sits atop something, crowning it. In traditional architecture, it’s an ornament on top of a peak of an arch or arched structure – a pinnacle or spire,

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(pronounced FI(ehr) RAY-tehd)

Municipal building codes mandate minimum fire ratings for particular situations, and if these rules are not followed, projects will not pass inspection and/or can cause harm to the structure’s users. The term

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(pronounced FI(ehr) STAH-ping)

Even the smallest of gaps will allow smoke, toxic gas, heat and even flames to pass, and fire stopping — also known as penetration sealing — is the process of making

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(pronounced flaym rih-TAR-dehnt)

As an adjective, flame retardant means that something as been made or treated so as to resist burning. As a noun, a flame retardant is the chemical used to treat products

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(pronounced FLAYM stich)

A type of pattern made either with weaving or printing techniques, a flame stitch consists of intertwining peaks and valleys that end up giving the impression of a flame. Used stylishly

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(pronounced FLA-shing)

You would think that with a name like flashing, the term would refer to something with a little sparkle and pizzazz. Well, we guess sheet metal can put off a little shimmer, and that is

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(pronounced FLOHT)

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(pronounced FLOHT strihp)

When setting tile or stone in beds of mortar, it is common for installers to use strips of material that help them level the hard surfacing material to the desired angle.