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Stone Glossary

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Term Definition
Wash

A sloped area or the area water will run over.

Water Bar

Typically a strip in the bottom of a door sill serving as a baffle to the entrance of water.

Water Table

A projection of lower masonry on the outside of the wall slightly above the ground. Often a damp course is placed at the level of the water table to prevent upward penetration of ground water.

Waxing

An expression used in the marble finishing trade to indicate the filling of natural voids with color blended material.

Wedging

Splitting of stone by driving wedges into planes of weakness.

Weep Holes

Openings placed in mortar joints of facing material at the level of flashing to permit the escape of moisture.

Wind

(Wined) - A twisting warp from cutting slabs in the gang saws.

Wire Saw

A method of cutting stone by passing a twisted, multi-strand wire across the stone, and immersing the wire in a slurry of abrasive material.

Wythe

The inner or outer part of a cavity wall.

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