Homeowners need to keep at least a handful of tools on hand for minor repairs and maintenance. From the day you move into your new home, a utility knife will come in handy opening and unpacking boxes.
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Unencumbered – The state of having no mortgages, liens, or other claims against a property. A property that is unencumbered is said to be ‘free and clear’.
Unfaced Insulation – Insulation with no attached vapor barrier.
Ultraviolet Light – Ultraviolet (UV) light is part of the light spectrum. UV light wavelengths cannot be seen by the human eye.
Underlayment – Layer of material usually installed on or over a subfloor that provides a surface suitable to receive a new floor covering.
Unglazed Tile – Ceramic tile (quarry tile, porcelain or terra cotta) with no surface glaze.
Urethane – A urethane surface that keeps its like new look far longer than vinyl no-wax surfaces, without waxing, buffing, or polishing. Resists household stains like mustard, shoe polish and lipstick. Resists foot traffic stains like tracked in asphalt driveway sealer.
Utility Knife – Tool containing a blade and used to cut vinyl sheet and vinyl tile during installation.