Before You Build Your Garden Shed: 5 Terms You'd Want to Know

Particularly if you’re a first-time builder, you might find a bunch of unfamiliar words in the instruction manual that goes with the kit of our Garden Sheds. While all our products are made to be easy and convenient for any consumer, there are just some words that manufacturers need to use to give instructions in building a shed.

To further help make your shed project simpler, we’re giving some light on five terms you’ll encounter in the manuals.

Pop rivets

pop rivets

The term “POP rivets” is actually a brand. But these days, it’s used to refer to any kind of blind metal rivets, each consisting of a long pin on one end and a rivet on the other.

In our sheds, they're used to fasten hinges of doors.They serve as an alternative to nuts and bolts.

Chamfer

chamfer

To chamfer means to cut the material at a specified angle. 

You’ll learn how to do this when putting up the foundation for your shed. In particular, when you lay the concrete slab on which you’ll anchor your shed, you’d need to chamfer the slab’s edges downwards. By how much? It generally depends on the dimensions of the shed itself.

Flange

flange

It’s “a ridge or pair of ridges projecting from the edge of a rolled metal shape generally at right angles, in order to strengthen or stiffen it.” (Dictionary.com)

Mullion

mullion

A mullion is “a slender vertical member that forms a division between units of a window, door, or screen or is used decoratively.” (Merriam-Webster.com)

Swarf

swarf

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This refers to the small steel particles (debris) left from cutting, drilling and other construction work. It can also happen after contact with chemicals and corrosive substances.

Why do you need to know this? Unfortunately, it’s because shed warranties mention that they usually don’t cover damages or other shed problems caused by swarf.

If you’ve got other questions about installing your shed, please don’t hesitate to contact us at customerservice@simplysheds.com.au or 1300 66 77 48.