I have over 20 years experience with Facilities, from commercial to residentual, of all types. Give credit where credit is due - Arrow is giving this building away at this price. I challenge anyone to find just the materials at $299 and turn a profit. First, (most importantly for the novice builder) be sure you have at least 2 days at 5-7 hrs per day without wind. The less wind, the easier to build and not damage. I was able to do most of the work myself, without help. There were two times I required a second person. When erecting the side corners, I had my 11 year old hold the 2 corner pieces while I assembled and then had (2) 6 foot stepladders with bungie cords wrapped on the corners to hold them while we moved to the next area. When erecting the roof, I required an adult to hold the gable on a ladder while I secured it to the side of the building. Second, read ahead on the steps. Sometimes it is easier - for instance, I assembled the back gable and connected it to the main center I frame on the ground. My helper and I then lifted the whole piece and he held it in place on the 6 foot ladder while I secured it to the side of the building. While one of us held the main I frame, we moved over to the second ladder for the front gable to finish connecting the front gable. For some, it may be easier doing it this way. Third, when completely assembled, the building is as strong and sound as the materials allow. This is a light weight building so it is not meant to be indestructable but it will house garden equipment or plastic bins nicely. For rain leaks, they can be sealed with a silicon caulking which you will need to buy seperately as I did read some negative reviews on this. The cost for this is minor, perhaps $20-30. The size of this building is exceptional for this price and I stress, this should be the strongest reason for buying this unit. There are about 18 steps in the assembly instruction manual but all the pieces are identified and included. Most panels have a unique number etched into the metal as well as inked. The ink will wash off. The instruction steps are correct although some of the steps are harder to visualize for any novice builder. There are extra screws, machine screws and nuts included which is a plus as I dropped many in the grass and lost them. In my opinion, it is an excellent buy.
I realize the price of this shed is hard to resist. I didn't resist and what I got was a nightmare. Even if they are giving this shed away....RUN!!! Run as far and as fast away from it as you can. It does not go together well, even if you read the instructions and prep the ground. And good luck getting the correct parts. I ordered this shed in April...June 21st it was completed. Most of the time spent was waiting on the correct pieces to be delivered. My husband ended up driving to another state, two hours away to get the correct parts himself. If he would not have done this we would still be waiting.
bought it.. started setting it up.. a couple of parts were missing, I dont blame sears I blame the company it came from.. although I tried to return it back to where I got it shipped to ..1 hour drive (Sears) and they refused it.. so i have to drive a 5 more hours to another Sears to have them take it back (They didnt have the part to replace the missing one)..easy return.. but lots of driving and heavy lifting as the only people there to help was small women.. and these are very heavy
Ordered this and was supposed to get $200 in points and never got them. The website lied and said i would get all at once but was only given $33. Will never order from sears again. Now i see why they are going out of business.
Instructions are vague, hard to put together. Two man team for sure, but it got done.