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Glossary group: N

Newel post

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The large starting post to which the end of a stair guard railing or balustrade is fastened.

Neutral wire

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Usually color-coded white, this carries electricity from an outlet back to the service panel. Also see hot wire and ground.

NEC (National Electrical Code)

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A set of rules governing safe wiring methods. Local codes—which are backed by law—may differ from the NEC in some ways.

Natural finish

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A transparent finish which does not seriously alter the original color or grain of the natural wood. Natural finishes are usually provided by sealers, oils, varnishes, water repellent preservatives, and other similar materials

Nail inspection

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An inspection made by a municipal building inspector after the drywall material is hung with nails and screws (and before taping).

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