Home Improvement Glossary: H

hacksaw: A hacksaw is a saw consisting of a fine toothed blade in a frame and is used to cut through metal.

half-drop match: Half-drop patterns repeat at the ceiling line on every other strip and the design tends to run diagonally. It requires 3 strips of wallpaper to repeat the vertical design. A half-drop match is a straight match that has been split in half.

header bar: The bar at the top of a set of mini blinds. The header bar contains the mountings for the blinds themselves as well as the mechanical pieces for adjusting the blinds.

heat-activated tape: A kind of tape used in laying carpet. The adhesive is melted into place to create a tight seal.

heel: The banded part of a paintbrush.

High Tech: A decorating style (1980-1990s) that emphasizes exploitation and exposure of elements of science and technology for home use. Shows the construction of the interior. Uses industrial materials for the home. Electronic and space age details important.

high-gloss finish: A paint finish that has a shiny, polished look. It’s also stain resistant and very scrubbable.

Historic: Design styles created before the 1800s.

hole saw: A hole saw is a ring-shaped saw that connects to a drill and is used to create holes.

home insulation: A way of sealing a home's energy envelope to keep the heat and cool inside the house and the elements out.

hopper window: Hopper windows are hinged at the bottom and swing inward.

hot dog roller: A small paint roller roughly the size and shape of a hot dog.

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