forenz?


Hello all,
I'm wondering how to properly write a word sounding like "forenz".
A forenz is a building implement used in masonry and facade building. It is generally installed at corners exterior walls of a house, and is used for spacing apart the courses of brick/stone/masonry block being laid adjacenty to the wall to form the house faces. It also serves to attach aluminum slats used to form exterior house facades, in spaced-apart fashion from the underlying wall.
any thoughts? some construction dude i've been talking to has been calling it a "forenz". i don't know if its slang, or if it's a french quebecker (i'm from montreal) term or if it's a plain english term that i'm just not spelling properly, but i get no relevant hits on google.
thanks a lot
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