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Lag screw
A large partially threaded screw with a thick hex head that is tightened into wood or lead anchors with a wrench. Used for heavy construction (such as attaching a deck to a house).

Lamination
The bonding together of thin layers with an adhesive, using heat and pressure.

Lap joint
A joint connecting two boards by means of overlapping rabbets or dadoes.

Latex Paint
Water-thinned paint made with synthetic binders such as polyvinyl acetate or acrylic resins

Lathe
A stationary power tool that turns wood stock held between two spindles. A chisel is held against the wood to carve various shapes.

Ledger board
The board connecting the deck to the house.

Leveling
The ability of a coating to form a smooth film without brush marks appearing.

Lining paper
Plain paper applied to the wall before applying wallpaper.

Long-nose pliers
Small pliers with long, skinny, tapered jaws, used in electrical work.

Lopper
Long-handled pruning shears with short, sharp blades, used for cutting 1- to 2-inch branches.




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