Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 172
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Midnightchicken For the price you can't beat this product
I bought this shed and the lumber to build a platform on an uneven back yard. I personally found the instructions very easy to follow and was able to assemble by myself in just under 7 hours on a Saturday afternoon. I did read most of the reviews before purchasing and I did plan on using my whole weekend to complete the project and in a way I was bummed it took only a day as my wife put me to work cleaning on the other day ;). I did manage to almost cut a finger off but that was due to an unsteady ladder. It has rained a few times over the last week that it has been standing and no leaks.
So to all the people that gave this a bad review you should have paid more attention to the instructions or not hire shady "contractors" to assemble it for you. :)
May 30, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Al900 buy lots of caulking
Pros: inexpensive, attractive, interior 6ft high at the middle
Cons: my roof leaks
I assembled my shed using the supplied washers on all fasteners. The shed comes with weather stripping tape to seal the roof beam. I probably didn't seal the seam well enough as that part of the build comes towards the end of many long hours of work and I was tired and working stretched out on a ladder. I just sprayed my roof with a hose and the main seam leaks like crazy. I would strongly recommend using a good amount of caulking along the top of the roof seam instead of the tape. I found it difficult to reach far enough in to install and seal the last roof panel (and I'm 6' tall). I suggest using a 2x4 to temporarily brace under the beam to the ground if you need to lean out onto the roof.
May 16, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Franchise2k Tips for building in tight quarters.
I read every review on here before I purchased this shed looking for little hints to assembly this shed in tight confines. Only a couple reviews touched upon it, but since I needed the shed regardless, I bought it and set forth on my journey.
The side of the house that I was building this was barely over 8 foot wide. I mean barely. (see photos) I built the frame from 2x4s and to make it easier on me I had Home Depot cut my lengths to the exact specs I needed. I used 5/8" plywood for the floor. Again, I had HD cut these. (its just so much easier and more precise) If I were to do it over, I would probably have used 3/4" but thats just because I tend to over build for longevity . The 5/8" is fine though, as long as you use braces. If not it will weaken over time.
The trick to get a nice solid floor is to use braces in between the 2x4 lengths. I spaced these about 24" apart and staggered them for more strength. I cut these to size myself. I also used some outdoor house paint I had laying around in the garage and painted the entire frame BEFORE assembly of frame. (including the plywood flooring on both sides) I paint before assembly to make sure the paint covers the ends of all the wood, as moisture will get in there more easily. I am in AZ so we dont get much rain, but again, I wanted a solid base.
Once this is built, it will be impossible to disassemble to make any corrections. (hence the desire for 3/4" floor) I dropped this frame where I wanted it, and used some brick pavers to level the foundation to the slight sloping grade of the ground, back filling with dirt for extra security. I then screwed down the plywood floor. Do NOT use nails on the plywood. Drywall screws work fine. Dont skimp on screws as the weather makes things expand and contract and things will stay in place better
Another tip... pay attention to where the studs are BEFORE you drop down the plywood. That way if you have a loose board later down the road, you will know where the floor bracing and studs are to stick in a couple screws. Mark the plywood with a small line with a Sharpie for future reference. (these are all little tips and not a deal breaker if you dont do some of these things)
Now the fun part. There was NO WAY I was going to be able to get to the screws on the side panels with a drill or a screwdriver. So after studying the display shed at Home Depot for 20 minutes and taking measurements, and reading the assembly instructions thoroughly, I came up with a solution.
This next part DEFINITELY requires TWO people. To solve my clearance problem, I built each wall as a separate entity. In other words, I built the wall independently of the structure. (hence two people) I assembled each wall from the front corner piece to the rear corner piece. One person held the pieces upright while the other person screwed it together. Then we set each wall in place on top of the frame WITHOUT screwing it down to the floor. We then proceeded to assemble the front and rear facing walls and braces to the two side walls that we built. If its windy, forget it! We basically assembled the whole shed (walls, but not doors) on top of the frame, again without screwing it down to the frame.
After everything was screwed together (minus door) we then squared up our structure to the frame and screwed the shed to the 2x4 frame. A word on squaring the shed. It is crucial you get it squared up. That being said, the shed is manufactured in such a way that as long as you keep that in mind as you build it, double checking the alignment, when you're done the shed will be nearly square. Anyone stating in these reviews that the shed was crooked didnt spend enough time when assembling. Do not freak out. about getting it square. Just use common sense when assembling and it will be fine. A square structure all the way along w3ill ensure that the doors close, roof panels line up etc
Also, MAKE SURE you check and double check EACH panel and its number. I assembled one of the wall panels upside down and had to disassemble and start over. There is a reason for each and every hole that is pre-drilled on these pieces. And you will find out when its too late as you get further along attaching other panels. Assemble each piece and make sure you read ahead to whatever is attaching to it so that you can prevent any issues before assemble.
READ AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE INSTRUCTIONS! I cannot stress this enough.
On to the roof panels. I used a very sharp tin snips and trimmed each roof piece to fit the very close confines. This portion took almost as long as the walls because I wanted it precise. I took a little off at a time and custom trimmed the roof panel over hangs to match the wall of the house. (see photos) There was a slight taper to each panel as the brick fence on the other side was off by a few degrees, which made the shed roof panels fit a degree or 2 off of square to the wall. (the shed was square) Take your time and triple and quadruple check the fit of each panel to the wall. I wanted it barely touching the house to give me as much over hang for rain water run off as possible.
I did the same on the fence side roof panels. The brick wall wasnt exactly flat, horizontally, so the front roof panels were not trimmed and gave me a nice over hang to drain water over the fence.. (see left side roof panel photos) I literately have like an inch between the house wall and shed wall, and maybe 2 inches between the fence and shed wall.
FYI on roof panels. This is a 2 man job to secure the screws as someone has to be inside shed while someone is in the backyard (rear shed wall) on a ladder to be able to tighten the screws. (I used some bricks sitting on top of the screw heads to hold it down while I put on the nuts from inside. It worked, but much easier with 2 people)
After the roof panels were on, I took some expanding insulation foam in a can, and squirted anywhere I saw daylight around the roof to wall mating points. This will insure that no rain seeps in on my trimmed roof panels. I had about a 1/2" to 1" of overhang., Plenty for AZ, and plenty to ensure no water leaks. If you live in wet weather, or snow areas, it wouldn't hurt to also do this on the metal frame to floor gaps from the inside, as well.
I assembled the doors and when the shed was complete, I took some chalking and sealed the front door frame. This will insure no water seeps under the frame. I did this because I screwed the shed down flush to the back portion of the frame, and the front of the floor frame extended an inch or two in front of the door frame. This was done on purpose when I built it to eliminate any leaks on the back portion that wont get much attention once built as its on the back side of the house where the pool pump is etc. (essentially dead space)
All in all it was a great accomplishment because I was told I'd never be able to get it to fit on the side of the house. HA! Motivation to prove them wrong ....and a little ingenuity helped
Yes, it probably took me twice as long as most assembles, but when its custom, thats what happens. By the way, once your walls are built and the back wall is attached, your helper can leave. You can trim the roof panels and fit them solo, but later you will need an extra hand for 15 minutes to screw in the top roof screws.
It requires plenty of patience to build it this way. Basically this is an adult erector set. Take your time... measure measure measure when you do the roof panels. Dont overtighten the screws as the plastic washers will squeeze out. There is plenty of hardware and screws for the job, even after dropping dozens of them. I have many many extra screws to add to my collection.
The bricks pavers along the wall will eventually be installed in front of the shed as a parking pad. This is wear I park my motorcycle and the shed was built for a little 'shop' to customize my bike and for miscellaneous stuff that wont fit in the garage with the rest of my vehicles. I ran electrical to it and hung some florescent lights in it. Eventually it will have a canopy to shade me from the AZ sun.
I hope this review helps. I kind of jumped in with both feet and took what came with it. =) All in all, I am extremely happy and satisfied with this shed. You cant go wrong for $218. Keep in mind, the cost of the wood for the frame etc. I think I had almost $100 in it after purchase.
January 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by joevisual The Shed in red
For the price you're not going to find anything close to the value. I feel you need to modify a few things when they don't come together as well as it should. This is a project. If you have built a ikea dresser you will be able to figure this out. I added clear coat of paint to help with rust in the future and added. I just hate that brown color so quick paint job make a big difference. I would probably buy another if I need one in the future. I used the base to sturdy up the walls as seen in the pic. It really helped make the walls really sturdy.
August 4, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ABCOGC Great Purchase
I read all the reviews before deciding which shed to buy. This one had mostly good reviews and it was a very good price so I decided to go ahead with the purchase. Was it easy to assemble? Not really but I wasn't expecting it to be. It does take two people to work on it and MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. If you follow the instructions, it will come out right. The instructions have pictures that if you put your mind to it, they are understandable and help you with the assembly. My husband decided to do a few tweaks along the way. Further along the way, he found out the one tweak affects something else later on. So, DON'T DO TWEAKS. It has snowed AND rained ALOT in the past month and no leaks whatsoever in the shed and it has resisted pretty well. TIP: When you pick up the shed at the Home Depot store, drive around the parking lot and there is a shed just like it already built. Take pictures of the inside detail (where the corners meet, the way the door is set up, the ceiling, etc...) It will help you along the way when you are putting it together. Overall, I am pleased with the purchase.
March 10, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JPNES Very cheap material, but for the price it makes sense.
It was really hard to assemble it. You have to do this with help of another person. Takes 5-7 hours so be ready, i did my best to hurry and still took for ever. Actually divided my time into two days. All the parts are so easy to bend so you have to always be careful. Almost none of the holes aligned right and had to use force, you can tell these parts are machine made by bulk, which is why they are not all straight. But in the end it came out great and instead of anchoring it down to the concrete I placed 3/4" plywood as the floor and believe me that shed is not going anywhere lol.i used power drills and pliers to do this job.
October 7, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tre11 What a deal!!
I must say that I am surprised to see so many people state that it was difficult to assemble, cheap, etc etc. I'm not sure what is expected for the price, but trust me when I say, I am completely satisfied. Is it a as sturdy as a fully framed house? Come on now don't set your expectations so high. However, if you are the least bit handy with tools, and can read/comprehend at a 5th grade level, you should be able to put this together with relative ease. There were a couple more difficult screws to get in as the holes weren't exactly lined up, but not enough to complain. There were some marks on the a few of the pieces that occurred during shipping, but again, come on, for the price what do you expect. They weren't bad enough to complain or even worry about. In regards to the pieces being "easily bent", um yeah, its thin aluminum not 2 inch steel tubing and 1/2 inch galvanized steel plates. Don't go all Shrek or Hacksaw Jim Duggan on it and you'll be fine. Overall, I am very pleased with what I got. It met my expectations, does exactly what I need it to do, and looks pretty nice (see the pictures for yourself and note that no photoshop was used in the production of these photos). The doors are not the smoothest sliding doors, but again, please leave the planet of Melmac (google Alf if you need some help understanding), bring your expectations back down to reality and you'll smile every time you open them. Please, don't let the negative reviews scare you away. On the other hand, if you have high expectations, be afraid, be very afraid and go hire a contractor to build you a mini version of Fort Know and spend more than just a couple hundred bucks! In addition to the shed I spent about $20 in sand and $40 for plywood flooring. I used the flooring kit that is included and guess what, I have a floor. A solid one at that!! So, under $300 bucks for a decent sized shed that works as a shed with all the features of a shed and will last for, well who knows how long anything will actually last, I think its absolutely worth it. Good luck and happy storage.
March 5, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Will It does the job you want!!!
Easy to follow instructions. I would recommend building a good sturdy floor rather than using the floor kit included with this product it will give a good 2-4 in more of head room at the end. i seen this product in the past and what i've is that they get all rusted up in a jiffy so i when ahead and painted my before I assembled it I recommend doing the same. i also installed a solar light since it can get real hard to find things in here because the is no window to let light in. The picture were taken the moment I got done with it. for the floor i used 2x6x8 and 3/4 plywood.
September 15, 2013