ledger board

noun
1.
a horizontal board, as in a fence.
2.
Carpentry. ribbon ( def 8 ).

Origin:
1905–10

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ledger board
 
n
1.  a timber board forming the top rail of a fence or balustrade
2.  Also called: ribbon strip a timber board fixed horizontally to studding to support floor joists

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Example sentences
Absence of flashing over the ledger board attachment at the house.
The ledger board is not attached to approved material at the existing house
  wall.
The floor joists shall be fastened to the ledger board with galvanized joist
  hangers.
They are usually attached by first installing a ledger board to the side of a
  house.
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