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CURTAIN WALL

An exterior building wall which carries no roof or floor loads and consists entirely or principally of metal, or a combination of metal, glass and other surfacing materials supported by a metal framework. There are two basic types: Custom – Walls designed specifically for one project, and using parts and details specially made for this […]

CURING TIME

The time required to complete the chemical reaction of a product to reach its final physical form as a result of chemical reaction.

CRF

Condensation Resistance Factor. Gives an indication of a window’s ability to resist condensation. The higher the CRF, the less likely condensation is to occur.

CONVEX BEAD

Bead of compound with convex exposed surface.

CONDUCTION

Process of heat transfer through a material from a warm surface to a cool surface.

CONDENSATION

When water vapor, which is present in all but the driest air, comes in contact with a surface that is below what is called the “dew point temperature,” the vapor becomes liquid and is called condensation. An example is as follows: condensation forms on a glass of ice water since the surface of the glass […]

CONCAVE BEAD

Bead of compound with a concave exposed surface.

COMPRESSION

Pressure exerted on a compound in a joint, as by placing a lite of glass or panel against bedding, or placing a stop in position against a bead of compound.

COHESIVE FAILURE

Failure of a compound when placed under a strain, in which – because of insufficient elasticity and elongation to absorb the strain – the compound splits and opens.

CLEARANCE

The space or distance allowed for anchorage or erection purposes or to accommodate dimensional variations in a building structure.