Terms of the Trade: What Is a Batten? Terms of the Trade: What Is a Batten?

You may be familiar with the phrase "batten down the hatches" in reference to securing something on a ship during stormy weather. It's a direct reference to using a batten, which is a long flat piece of wood (or sometimes metal) to hold something secure. In construction, a batten is usually holding something up against a ceiling or wall.

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