GLOSSARY

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WIND-DRIVEN

Rain or other water carried by high winds which penetrates areas not normally impacted by moisture.


WITHE, WYTHE

A brick partition separating two flues in a single chimney; a masonry wall with a thickness of one brick.


WITHOUT PREJUDICE

A legal term indicating that a decision or award does not preclude further action. In negotiations, a stipulation that an offer is off the record and cannot be introduced as evidence.


WORK AUTHORIZATION

A document signed by a property owner or agent and delivered to a contractor, requesting that the contractor perform damage repairs and accepting responsibility for paying the contractor for the work.


WORK ORDER

A written communication directing a contractor, subcontractor or employee to perform certain work, often including a starting date or payment details.


WORK SPECIFICATION

A comprehensive listing of work to be performed, including quantities, material specifications and performance details.


WRINKLES

In painting, a wrinkled or gathered film, usually relating to the type of materials or the manner of application; in carpeting, ridges and folds.


YELLOWING

The development of a yellow cast in white, light colour or clear surfaces from aging, sun fading, oxidation, heat or fire residues; may also be caused by improper cleaning procedures.