Joe_Carrick

Lintel in Chief is a Misnomer

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The Door and Window Dialogs in Chief have a "Lintel" panel.  This is not the correct name - it should be called "Architrave".

  • A Lintel is a Structural Beam above an opening - may also be called a "Header" in wood frame construction.
  • An Architrave is the Decorative Cap - originally at the top of a Column but the term has been extended to cover openings as well.
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1 minute ago, GeneDavis said:

I agree.

 

Now let's talk about rakes and modillions.

....and entablatures... 

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1 minute ago, Kenoeightspot said:

Should be called "Head casing"

Bill,

Are you a "Head Case"? ;)

Yes, "Head Casing" is used sometimes today - but it's not the most common meaning.  "Head Casing" is used much more commonly as the CAP of a Well.

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Thanks for the info Joe.  The devil is in the details.  I seat down with my clients and try to bring them up to speed on how important details are.

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FWIW,  I went back and looked at my Graphic Standards and Time-Saver Standards.  I did not find any instance of the term "Head Casing".  Apparently, this is terminology is akin to the word "ain't" - a construct by those who didn't know the correct name that has become common even though it's inaccurate.  It would be really interesting to know at what point in time it first appeared.
 

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Joe,

I heard the term "Head Casing" in the early seventies.

I am also a contractor so I might have heard the term in the field.

Below are two more website references and photos from four books I have that uses the term.

Two are from Graphic Standards.

 

http://archicad-talk.graphisoft.com/viewtopic.php?t=52358&sid=fe14d9c4aec9661c1b79c2ed59155505

 

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Bill,

My Graphic Standards is the 5th Edition - (1956)  So I would guess the use of the term originated in the field sometime after 1960.

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18 hours ago, Kenoeightspot said:

Joe,

I heard the term "Head Casing" in the early seventies.

I am also a contractor so I might have heard the term in the field.

Below are two more website references and photos from four books I have that uses the term.

Two are from Graphic Standards.

 

You had to say early seventies to date me.  Head casing, and Cross head was how I learned to term it from the old timers training me then.  If I mitered it was head casing, if I returned the trim on itself it was a cross head.  I too have been bothered by the term lentil to substitute the above, because I perceive it to be structural not decorative.

 

I have been quasi-colloquial in how I describe items in plan, for example, when I point to a furr-down I spell it 'fir-down'; because one, locally we pretty much use just doug-fir to frame with.  Second I lose a letter and therefore shortens the text field.  I have since seen it spelled back to me in the same fashion.  

 

I suppose it is these types of simplifies that become part of the local dialect.  Hence, head casing or casing head becomes lintel.

 

 

 

 

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