Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 55
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by wilderose Awesome Shed for the Price, but a JOB to Put Together!
Let me start by saying I love, love, love this shed....now that it is assembled and my lawn mower, yard tools and garden chemicals are nestled safely inside it.
The shed was delivered by a freight carrier, and an appointment was required to deliver it. No worries there, but wish I'd known AND that they would leave the wooden pallet it came on to boot. Not sure what I'm going to do with a wooden pallet, but FYI for anyone who is thinking of purchasing.
Before assembly do yourself a huge favor and watch a YouTube video or two on how to assemble the shed. I did and it helped tremendously! Understand that the video will not replace the instructions, but it will help guide you through the assembly "big picture". Also, be sure you have a 7x7 wooden or concrete pad ready prior to attempting to assemble the shed. This is a must...otherwise the shed will never go together. It is engineered down to the most minute measurement. If the floor is not completely flat & level, the roof will not fit together.
The directions were relatively easy to follow, and I loved how the bolts, screws, etc were all prepackaged. AWESOME...!! I did not have to do ANY screw sorting. Be sure you have a electric drill...you will need it. Hand screwing all the screws will destroy your wrists. The instructions will call out when hand tightening is necessary.
I only ran into two issues, and this feedback is for customers as well as Lifetime. Why, oh why do you (Lifetime) not provide metal-strength screws for ALL of the places where a screw will have to go into the secure metal door post? I broke two drill bits and stripped several screws trying to attach the upper and lower left door latches with the regular screws provided. Three metal screws were provided for the security needs/purposes but only regular screws for the door latches. Epic fail. I almost had to reorder a new left door, but figured out how to break the drill bit that broke off inside the metal post and then finally got the upper door latch into the door. The other issue is the mold for the transom piece over the door has a minor defect. Several blobs plastic stuck out just far enough, and would not allow the left door pole hinge to slide into place. We finally had to drill out the slubs which was no small trick given that the doors were already place with just the cotter pins and resting precariously against the walls that were only held in place at the floor level and just screwed together to each other. That being said, the rest of the assembly went quite smoothly. We only tried to skip ahead once on the roof... note DO NOT TRY TO SKIP AHEAD!!! Assemble everything as laid out...you will save yourself a whole lot of frustration. Also, two people are most definitely required to assemble the shed. It took my husband and I two full afternoons to put it together...about 10 hours total (over 90 minutes was spent dealing with the issues above....grrrr)
I did order the following accessories to go with the shed - the 30" 3 shelf kit and the Peg Strip kit. I highly recommend both as the Shed kit only comes with two corner shelves and one long shelf. Do not order more than that as with the two windows, there really isn't much more wall room for more shelves - maybe corners, but that's it.
Overall I'm very happy with the shed, and very happy it's assembled... it looks wonderful in my back yard and hope that it lasts a looooooooong time.
April 26, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by going28 Good overall - mine didn't include window as advertised
Printed instructions are confusing until you've used them enough to understand the "contextual writing style," meaning it's all pictures with very little writing - and then assembly is basically straightforward, you definitely will need someone to help hold the walls and roof.
As far as the walls, etc being level, some of my stuff was significantly far off (only matters when adding the roof), but putting enough pressure on sections will align everything when you're ready to build that section.
Bungee cords help a lot to keep the walls together, especially if you need it to sit overnight.
It's sturdy enough for what I need, but I have nothing in it, so we'll see. I plan on using it to hold lawn tools, pushmowers, extra wood, etc.
June 19, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by maire Love this shed!
The shed came exactly when they said it would 3:30 on Friday afternoon. My husband and 2 sons put it together in 5 hours. Looks great in the back corner of the yard. Like a little house with windows. And very sturdy. Saturday morning my husband started to fill it up. Amazingly, he put everything from the snow blower to the lawn mower to the extra chairs and tables to the extra air conditioner in there and then some. The 7x7 size really is larger than we thought. There is still plenty of room for the other 4 air conditioners and lawn equipment to store for the winter. Very satisfied.
July 23, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by billybob two year review
Bought and installed summer of '12. After two winter I must saw I am impressed with this shed. Took a huge winter snow load without leaking, far exceeding its recommended weight limit on several occasions. Water-tight. No issues.
Easy to assemble. Nothing to it. directions easy to follow. Took me less than three hous at an easy pace. Not one complaints.
June 15, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MDgardner It's a good shed
A 5 star rating would indicate an excellent shed. This is a good shed and deserves a 4 star rating. Here's why: The instructions can be a little confusing. There are so many little preps you can do before assembling a piece to the main structure which can make assembly a lot easier. There's too many to list. There was one tiny piece missing from the kit which wasn't a show stopper. I know it was missing because I did an inventory of every bag once I opened it. That's it for critiques of the assembly process.
As a helpful suggesting: You need at least one other person to help assemble the corners and walls AND the door. Everything else you can do on your own. Follow the order of the assembly and don't jump ahead thinking you know what the next step is. Inside the shed is not 7x7,but rather 6.75x6.75. So I lost 3x3 inches, not a big deal. It helps a lot to have a 2-step ladder.
January 6, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Elevator Great storage
Purchased this shed and it sat in the back yard for a year before I put it together. It shipped in two boxes that held together well even after sitting in the weather for a year. I assembled by myself in an easy day. Instructions are simple parts are well marked. I was quite happy with the amount of stuff I was able to move into it. I am now looking at buying another larger unit for a work slash storage area.
December 9, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Richard Great Product, Challenging Assembly
Assembled it myself with the help of some leverage and weights. Took me 3 days, but that also included laying and leveling a group of rectangular, concrete stepping stones as a foundation. All parts were accurately bagged and labeled and generally went together as described in the manual, but there were a few screw hole alignment issues (mostly between the roof pieces and the gables) that I had to use some weights and leverage to get lined up, but nothing I couldn't accomplish myself. Once completed, I filled it with free standing shelving units and tool hanging pegboards and was able to store all that I hoped and more inside.
October 21, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by WilliamT Good customer service
Although an error was made somewhere along the line resulting in the wrong item being delivered, the Customer Service from that point was excellent. I finished up purchasing the shed from Lowes. Overall a satisfactory experience. PS: The she'd looks & works fine.
April 25, 2014