Glossary – N
Newel Post: A vertical post that supports the handrail at top or bottom of stairway or at a landing turn; the post around which a circular stairway winds.
No-Cutout Shingles: Shingles consisting of a single, solid tab with no cutouts.
Non-Expansive Soil: A soil which does not contain a significant amount of clay minerals which experience considerable volume changes in response to changes in the moisture content.
Non-Loading Bearing Wall: A wall which supports no load other than its own weight.
Normal: Conforming with an accepted standard or model, corresponding to the median or average for type, appearance or function, i.e., natural standard or regular.
Normal Operating Controls: Homeowner operated devices such as a thermostat, wall switch or safety switch.
Normal Slope Application: Method of installing asphalt shingles on roof slopes between 4 inches and 21 inches per foot.
Nosing: The rounded edge of a stair tread that projects over the riser.
Not Inspected: Not applicable or not inspected due to conditions or circumstances existing at the time of the inspection.