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Keene's Cement
A white finish plaster that produces an extremely durable wall. Because of its density, it excels for use in bathrooms and kitchens and is also used extensively for the finish coat in auditoriums, public buildings, and other places where walls may be subjected to unusually hard wear or abuse.

Kelvin
Thermometer scale on which a unit of measurement equals the Celsius degree.

Kick Hole
A defect frequently found in perimeter flashings arising from being stepped on or kicked. A small fracture of the base flashing in the area of the cant.

Kiln Dried Lumber
Lumber that has been kiln dried often to a moisture content of 6 to 12 percent. Common varieties of softwood lumber, such as framing lumber are dried to a somewhat higher moisture content.

Kip
(slang) (1) A unit of weight equal to 1,000 pounds. (2) Slang term for a bunkhouse on a construction site.

Kirking
(slang) Boasting or grandstanding. See also: Tell 'em Jim.

Knife Consistency
Compound formulated in a degree of firmness suitable for application with a putty knife such as used for face glazing and other sealant applications.

Knot
In lumber, the portion of a branch or limb of a tree that appears on the edge or face of the piece.

Kraft
A heavy, water resistant paper.

Kynar Coating
Architectural coating that is UV stable and suitable for exterior use on aluminum and other metal surfaces.