Blind coverings are in the main made from woven acrylic fibre, with an incorporated dirt repellent. This material has the appearance of traditional cotton duck but is more robust. Reinforced PVC blind cloths are also available.
A properly constructed weather box, with a slot at the front for the blind to pass through, usually made from good quality timber.
A steel or aluminium tube with a steel axle on which a helical spring is mounted.
Set-off plates, cup plates, roller brackets
A malleable iron casting in which the roller is suspended.
Front lath or rail
This is the leading edge of the blind and its twin function is to retain the outer edge of the cloth and to form the closure piece to the front slot of the blind box when the blind is not in use.
Cover or cloth
This is the material or fabric which is held in tension between the roller and lath and is the shading component of the blind.
Tacking fillet or tacker
This is the substantial piece of softwood that is secured to the back of the lath. Its function is to have the cover nailed to it so as to hold the cover in position.
Arms and slides
These are made from mild steel and are the means of projecting the blind outwards from the face of the building to which it is attached. The slides are the means of adjustment in height between the required headroom and the position of the bottom of the blind arms when in repose.
Are ordinary arms fitted without slides where there is sufficient height available for the blind arms to be accommodated in the vertical position whilst sufficient headroom is also available below the lowest part of the arm.
Storm chain, supporting chain, safety chain
These suspend the blind in position in case the cloth or cover should come adrift from the lath and also maintain the headway.
These are made from criss-cross scissor-type slats made from mild steel. These arms also have vertical slides.
Long arm or blind pole
A wooden pole with a cast malleable hook for pulling the blind out from the box.
Tops and bottoms or slide castings
The malleable castings that secure the top and bottom of the slide bar in position.
The malleable casting securing the inner end of the blind arm to the pivot bolt on the slide box or shoe.
The casting that runs up and down the slide bar with pivot bolt and arm attached.
The casting forming the fixed pivot point where slides are not used.
The horizontal part of the blind arm, which is secured to the front lath.
The ring attached to the front lath for pulling the blind out with the long arm or blind pole.
Box bend, side bend, set under
These are various purpose-made bends fashioned into the blind arms.
Irons, ordinary arms
Another term for blind arms.
Pins and chains
Cotter pins secured with a small length of chain and used to secure the slide box in its upper position on the slide bar.
Separate detachable sidepieces made from acrylic, canvas or PVC and suspended on poles at right angles to the main blind to give end protection.