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Satin paint
A soft finish with washability.

Screw
A metal fastener with a head larger than its threaded shaft, that tapers to a point.

Screwdriver
A metal rod with a grip on one end and a shaped tip on the other, used to manually turn screws.

Screwdriver: Phillips head
Star or cross shape tipped screwdriver.

Screwdriver: Robertson
A screwdriver with a square tip, used on screws with square, recessed heads.

Screwdriver: Slotted
A screwdriver with a tapered, flat tip designed to fit the slot in the head of slotted screws.

Screwdriver: Torx
A screwdriver with a star-shaped tip.

Scrubbable
Washable wallpaper.

Semi-gloss paint
A slightly less reflective paint finish than gloss and highly washable.

Shading
Inconsistency of tonal value on a strip of wallpaper.

Sheet
Manufactured or processed stock bought in large panels.

Shim
Thin wood, shaped in a wedge, used for leveling.

Shovel
A long-handled tool with a round-point blade for basic digging.

Sidewall
A sheet of wallpaper, as opposed to borders or murals.

Silk screen
A method of printing wallpaper whereby a silk screen is used to apply color. This can be done either by hand or by machine.

Sizing
A solution applied to a painted surface which gives better slip and makes installation easier.

Sledgehammer
A large, heavy-headed hammer.

Slip
The characteristic of an adhesive that allows repositioning of the wallcovering while it's being installed.

Slip-joint pliers
Pliers with a slip-hinge to make the jaws adjustable.

Smoothing brush
Used to smooth wrinkles and air from wallpaper during installation.

Socket wrench
A wrench that has a long handle with a square, perpendicular ratcheting drive shaft on one end.

Soffit
The structural part of a wall which extends from the top of the cabinets to the ceiling.

Soldering gun
An electric soldering gun provides heat to solder pieces together.

Solid sheet vinyl
Wallpaper with a solid vinyl surface.

Spattering
Droplets of paint that spin or mist off the roller as paint is being applied.

Speed square
A small triangular square that lets you easily mark materials for 45-degree angle cuts.

Spline
A small piece of wood that fits into matching grooves in two work pieces.

Square
An L-shaped piece of flat steel or aluminum with a long section, called the "blade," and a shorter section, called the "tongue."

Staple gun
A spring-loaded electric or pneumatic device used for driving heavy-duty staples into wood or other relatively soft materials.

Stenciling
A paint technique where paint is applied through cut-out templates.

Stepladder
A ladder with attached legs that can be unfolded from the stepped portion of the ladder.

Stock
Lumber and sheet products, such as plywood.

Stop-block
A clamped-on block that stops material being cut from passing a certain point.

Straight edge
Tool used as a cutting guide when trimming wallpaper.

Straight match
A pattern match from one strip to the other by a direct straight across sequence.

Strippable
Wallpaper manufactured with a special formula which allows for release of the wallpaper from its adhesive when its to be removed from the wall.

Substrate
The portion of the wallpaper that goes against the wall.

Surface
The face of a work piece.

Swatch
A sample piece of wallcovering.




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