- J ChannelMetal edging used on drywall to give the edge a better finished appearance when a wall is not "wrapped" Generally, basement stairway walls have drywall only on the stair side. J Channel is used on the vertical edge of the last drywall sheet
- Jack-and-Jill BathroomA bathroom with entrance doors on each end from two different rooms.
- Jack PostAn adjustable metal replacement for an old supporting post typically used in basements to support sinking first floors.
- Jack RafterA rafter that spans the distance from the wall plate to a hip, or from a valley to a ridge.
- JambThe wood pieces that line the side posts or surface of a door or window.
- JetA feature of a toilet that is designed to start the siphoning action quickly by directing water into the trap way. Jets are also used in bathtubs to create a whirlpool type effect.
- Jib DoorA door that is made flush with the wall or wainscoting, which creates a hidden-room effect.
- JointThe location between the touching surfaces of two members or components joined and held together by nails, glue, cement, mortar, or other means.
- Joint CementA powder that is usually mixed with water and used for joint treatment in gypsum-wallboard finish. Often called "spackle" or drywall mud.
- Joint CompoundA powder that is usually mixed with water and used for joint treatment in gypsum-wallboard finish. Often called "spackle" or drywall mud.
- Joint LiabilityLiability shared among two or more people, each of whom is liable for the full debt.
- Joint OwnershipWhen a property is registered in the name of more than one individual, the property is deemed to be under joint ownership. There is no difference between joint ownership and co-ownership of property: the two terms can be used synonymously.
- Co-OwnershipWhen a property is registered in the name of more than one individual, the property is deemed to be under joint ownership. There is no difference between joint ownership and co-ownership of property: the two terms can be used synonymously.
- Joint TapeA special type paper tape or paper-faced cotton; used over joints between wallboard applied as a surface. Helping to conceal the joints and provide a smooth surface for finishing (painting, texturing, etc.).
- Joint TenancyTwo or more persons who hold title to real estate jointly, with equal rights to share in its enjoyment during their respective lives with the provision that upon the death of a joint tenant, his share in the property passes to the surviving tenants, and so on, until the full title is vested in the last survivor. A joint tenant cannot legally sell or encumber his interest without the consent or joinder of all of the other joint tenants.
- Joint TrenchWhen the electric company and telephone company dig one trench and "drop" both of their service lines in.
- JoistHorizontal planks of lumber that are put in place to support a floor or ceiling, and typically rest on bearing walls, girders, or other large beams.
- Joist HangerA U-shaped piece of metal that is used to anchor things such as decking, floors, and ceiling.
- JudgmentA conclusion or determination by a court of law usually awarding the payment of money or relief of some kind to one of the parties to a lawsuit.
- Judgment LienA lien on the property of a debtor resulting from the decree of a court.
- Jumbo LoanA loan that exceeds the mortgage amount eligible for purchase by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.
- Nonconforming LoanA loan that exceeds the mortgage amount eligible for purchase by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.
- JumpersWater pipe installed in a water meter pit (before the water meter is installed), or electric wire that is installed in the electric house panel meter socket before the meter is installed. This is sometimes illegal.
- Junior MortgageA loan that is subordinate to the primary loan or first lien mortgage loan, such as a second or third mortgage.
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