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Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by JN01 Nice shed, would recommend!
Overall a very nice shed, I am happy with my purchase, installation was relatively straight forward, and I would recommend to about anyone.
I was a bit unclear upon purchase about the actual size of the shed (advertised dimensions versus square footage listed in specs). The shed turns out to right at 10' wide by 16' long, including the 30" extension, on the inside. This is a bit misleading in my opinion; maybe with the overhang of the roof the dimensions MIGHT come close to the top-line as listed.
I installed on a concrete pad that was 10'6" X 16' 6". (The 10'6" was supposed to be 11'6", contractor's mistake, and the shed JUST fit on the 10'6". The 16'6" left a few inches front and back [included 30" extension], by design, which worked out OK.) Having a flat concrete surface was definitely well worth the investment. I did not secure the shed floor to the concrete. IMPORTANT NOTE: In the instruction book I received, securing the floor was the step was LAST in the booklet, by which time it was WAY too late! Dumb! But I may simply anchor it through the floor panels, around the interior perimeter, with large retaining washers anyway.
The instructions were pretty good otherwise, covered all steps, and identified all fasteners and pieces pretty well (not perfectly, as some of the graphics were a little difficult). There are A LOT of fasteners, probably between 600 and 1000, so be prepared!!! It took myself and a few friends, all reasonably capable, more than 24 man-hours to finish assembly!
I recommend looking up the instruction manual online prior to purchase or installation to understand what you are getting into and/or for preparation.
Notes on skylight: The blue film on my skylights did not peel off! Ok, so there is a bit of shade, oh well. The directions on the double-sided tape were a bit unclear, make sure you understand where the skylight fits prior to putting on the tape, or else you will use a lot of silicone caulk!
Last: I took apart the pallet that the shed was delivered on and converted it into a garden tool stand. Bonus!
I expect many years of a good looking shed out of this item!
November 12, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Amateur handyman nice looking, very stable shed.
We bought the 6415 shed in 2009 and it has been perfect since putting it together. At that time (5 yrs ago) the instructions were not very good. It went together OK, just was hard to understand the what parts were what, and what the assembly goal of some pages was. The shed lasted in great shape until December 2013. There was 18 inches of wet snow in one day. It bent the trusses, and the roof caved almost all the way in. To be fair, there were LOTS of other buildings and homes that had roof problems too with this unusual wet snow. This was a once in a century snow, I believe. We were able to jack the trusses back up, straightening the bent parts of the metal trusses as we went. We never disassembled the roof, but the panels went back up with the trusses and it now DOES NOT LEAK. There are lots of screws that popped out of the roof panels, but the roof still seems quite solidly attached. I attached some 2x6s to the trusses and propped them up with a couple more from the floor to provide support for the now-weakened, re-bent trusses. We will see if it lasts another winter. We may order new plastic roof panels, and maybe trusses next year to assure the roof is solid again and it will look better (panels sag a little from being bent, making it look worse than it is). Well, the end of the story is that we needed yet more storage room. Even considering the near-loss of the roof on our 2009 shed, we still liked it well enough that we ordered another shed from Lifetime; the exact same model and I assembled it 5 feet away from the current one. The 2014 instructions were better, or maybe I thought so because I had already assembled one. I think they are better, although the parts identification could still be a little better for some of the metal parts. It took me almost three days to assemble it by myself. I had to innovate some "third hands" for a couple of places where two people were recommended for assembly, but I got by. I did make some mistakes and had some do-overs. I also did some things out of sequence (don't DO that!) that required dis-assembly/re-assembly. You may see in some reviews about assuring a level, square foundation. That is SO TRUE. Whatever time you spend assuring a level surface is time well spent. I built mine on the pure sand of our place, no concrete or wood floor. Our 2009 shed was built the same and worked fine. I was not as careful with leveling in 2014, and had to shove sand in and take sand out underneath the structure as I was assembling it. Wasted a LOT of time, which is part of why it took almost three days to complete. Overall, it assembled well, with steady effort. Would have been much better with another person and a perfectly level base. When you get your shed complete, you will like the way it looks, like the way it works and feel good about buying it.
October 27, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by coffeelvr86 great looking shed
I bought this shed cause it being all vinyl It will last a lifetime the looks of it .it sure will. I built it on a wood deck of all pressure treated andi am glad I did because you sure do need a nice flat surface to have it all come together it took me about 14 hours to assembly and the help of one other person for about a half hour it is all up and ready to be used but the only thing I didn't like us the directions some parts I f it can be a little confusing but took a break and when back at it and figured it out thanks for the great product I will enjoy it Â
May 16, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Brandy893 Excellent Product
Very pleased with the shed. Very spacious. Comes in four very large boxes, and the directions are in BOX 4 - we printed the entire 100 page assembly manual because I was afraid to start unpacking stuff without the parts list. Finally found the directions in the last box. More importantly - when they say "must be built on a level surface" - they mean it! We anchored ours to a 4" deep concrete slab we had poured just for this purpose, and it turned out our concrete guy had allowed it the slab to slope about 1" over the 14' length. You wouldn't think that would make much difference, but it was enough to make assembling it a real pain, as the wall panels didn't line up correctly. We managed, but had we not had to fight the sloping slab, we would've had the entire thing assembled much faster. As it was, it took my husband and me (mostly my husband, I admit) about 3 hours to assemble the floor and the walls, and my husband and his dad and sister finished the trusses and the roof in about another 4 hours. It will seem very flimsy right up until you get the roof put on, but once it's done, it's quite strong. Windows and skylights let in plenty of light. Just so you know, the windows do crank open for ventilation, but there are no screens. Definitely cheaper than a wooden shed of comparable size, and much stronger than a metal one - branches, baseballs, and everything else just bounce right off it. Highly recommend it!
July 29, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by possum50 Outstanding & easy to put up!
I purchased this building & with a little help it was basically put together in a weekend.
May 27, 2014