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A line along the sidewall formed by the intersection of the inside faces or planes of the roof and the sidewall panels.

Eave Gutter

Gutter at the eave of a building.

Eave Height

The vertical dimension from the finished floor level to the top of the eave strut.

Eave Strut

A structural member, located at the eave, used for supporting the roof panels and the wall panels.

Eave Strut Clip

A clip used to support the eave strut.

Eave Trim/Flashing

A sheet metal closure whose function is primarily to provide weather-tightness at the eave between the eave gutter and the wall panels.

Edge Distance

The perpendicular distance between the plate edge and the center of the bolthole.


(a) Distance above or below a prescribed datum or reference. (b) Engineering term referring to any wall view of a structure.

End Bay

The first or last bay in the building, as opposed to interior bay. It is the spacing between the outside face of the outer flange of the endwall columns and the centerline of the first interior column.

End Lap

A term used to describe the lap at a purlin location where the end of one panel overlaps the end of the panel below it.

End Lap Mastic

Sealant, in extruded bead form, used to seal end laps of roof panels for weather-tightness. Also called Bead Mastic.

End Plate

A plate welded at the end of a member.


A term used to describe the entire composition of a building end. See Post & Beam Endwall or Rigid Frame Endwall.

End Framing

Framing located at the endwall of a building, which supports the loads acting on a portion of the end bay.

Endwall Post/Column

A vertical member located at the endwall, which supports the girts and endwall rafter.

Endwall Rafter

Normally a cold-formed "C" section supported by end posts of post-and-beam endwalls. Endwall rafters can also be built-up or hot rolled sections if required by design loads

Endwall Roof Extension

Roof cantilevered beyond the endwall.


The on site assembling of pre-fabricated components to form the complete structure.

Erection Drawings

Drawings and erection instructions, which identify all the individual components in sufficient detail to permit the proper assembly of, all parts of the metal building system furnished by the seller.

Expansion Joint

A weather-tight joint across the width of the building allowing for expansion and contraction.

Exterior Mounted

A girt system where the girts are mounted outside the columns and are attached directly to the outside column flange. Also called By-pass Mounted.

Eye Bolt

Used in conjunction with a hillside washer for tensioning cable braces.

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