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.
I got an email saying my shed was delivered. I drove 40 miles to pick it up and it was not there. Was told by an employee that happens all the time. So, i drove 80 total miles for nothing. Really pisses me off. Prob wont order store pick up ever again. Not sure of the quality of the shed since i havent got it and apparently need to drive another 80 miles when ever it is finally there. No estimate or anything. Guess its travelling to country right now. Made me mad enough to knock 3 stars off just for the experience.
I was told delivery on the 9th then the 16th. It now the 17 and not only i dont have it but i cant get an answer. I am frustated that i am unable to speak to someone. They are luvky they are getting a 1. For$45 more i could have gotten home delivery oin 7 days from ******. Buy it there
On time thanks
Good product. Put it up in a day with my son.
awesome good size and great value and price
You'll go crazy trying to make this watertight - too many places to let water blow in during a storm. Otherwise - I decided to erect this over cement patio blocks, which showed me where the soil was uneven. some leveling is required. Also - even if you start out perfectly square, expect to have to re-square it periodically so your holes will line up. I put this up in 2 days with my 67-year old wife and a cordless screw gun. She steadied panels, held up supports, and kept a wrench on nuts as I tightened from the other side. While the holes lined up (more-or-less) about 90% of the time, lots of salty language (and a box of self-tapping screws from the hardware store) got me through the other 10%. The building gets out-of-square easily - have a big "L" - shaped square handy to true things up. IMPORTANT! If you still have enough light, and you're not about to collapse from exhaustion, KEEP GOING! I got all but the last 2 assembly steps completed, and thought things looked pretty sturdy - WRONG! The building does not reach maximum strength until the doors are on, and the bottom edge trim on the roof is in place, as the side walls can still bow out beyond the bottom edge of the roof panels and crease up some of the roof panels. The night after I had all finished except the lower roof trim, doors, and actually attaching the roof to the side walls, we had a typical West Texas windstorm, with winds of about 50 MPH. This pushed the shed off the blocks about 18". Getting everything back on the blocks and squared was no fun at all. ALSO: The whole shed weighed about 230 lbs. in the box - that's all it weighs assembled. It is a MUST to anchor your shed if you'd like it to stick around for a while. I've only anchored one corner so far, as I bought the corner anchor kit, and I'm looking for an alternative to removing any panels to get the anchors in easily.
BTW - if you're looking to reinforce the shed with self-tapping screws - you must have somebody hold the back side of any panels you may wish to join to each other in this fashion, as the metal is too thin to stand up to just "slamming" the screws in. Screwing panels to supports is ok, as the supports are somewhat sturdier.
There are holes in the door handles to take a lock or cable, but the average criminal will only laugh at your feeble attempt to secure your belongings. I recommend keeping your contents to low-value items. Some plywood on the inside walls probably wouldn't hurt, either, as my 10 lb. aluminum ladder fell against an inside wall and creased it quite nicely.
1. Ground must be level
2. Shed must remain square while assembling
3. It's not strong enough until it's finished
4. If not anchored, it may go airborne a-la "The Wizard of OZ"
5. You'll NEVER make it waterproof
6. One kung-fu kick to the doors and all hopes of security are lost
I don't know how anyone got this thing up and the floor kit is horrible