Glossary Of Shed Terms

This glossary of shed terms was started at the suggestion of a reader of this site (thanks Caroline). I have tried to make everything on the site as jargon free as possible, but occasionally some words need further explanation.

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Beveled.A beveled edge on a timber board means that the edge is not at 90 degrees to the face of the board. This is used when constructing the ledges for shed doors. The beveled edge does not allow water to accumulate and initiate rotting of the timber.
Chamfered.A chamfered edge is when the edge of a timber board is removed at 45 degrees by hand plane or router to 'soften' the appearance.
Gambrel roof.A symetrical two-sided roof with two slopes on each side. The upper slope is positioned at a shallow angle while the lower slope is quite steep. This design provides the advantages of a sloped roof while maximizing head space on the building's upper level. Often referred to as a 'barn roof'.
Hand tamper.A tool used for the compaction of crushed stone for a shed base by hand. The commercial version is a tubular steel handle with a steel plate on the end (total weight about 10kg) this is raised and dropped on the stone to compact it. A home-made version can be made with a 100x100mm timber post with a 150mm length of 150x50mm timber fixed to the end.

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Oriented strand board (O. S. B.)An engineered wood product formed by layering chips of wood in specific orientations and bonding them under high temperature and pressure in a press to form a structural board with similar properties to plywood. In appearance it has a rough and variegated surface with the individual strips (around 2.5 by 15 cm (approx. 1 in by 6 in) each) lying unevenly across each other.
Tamped finish.A tamped finish on the surface of a concrete shed base is produced by raising and lowering a compacting beam in its final pass to produce a surface with ridges at a fairly regular spacing of 20 to 30mm and up to 5mm high. Generally the grooves should be in the direction of drainage falls. On ramps the groves should follow a chevron pattern to allow water to drain and also to give grip to vehicles going up the slope. If the tamped finish is too heavy and the grooves too deep, it will impede drainage and lead to contaminants being trapped in the bottom of the grooves.
Vibrating plate.A piece of machinery used for compacting crushed stone. The machine is a steel plate with a petrol motor on top. The motor is connected to an eccentric weight which causes it to strongly vibrate. The vibration of the heavy-weight causes the stone to compact. This piece of machinery is often to assist in the construction of shed bases.

If there are any words or concepts that you would like added to this glossary of shed terms, please Contact me. I look forward to your e-mail.

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