Lifetime 60001 Outdoor Storage Shed, 10 by 8 Feet
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- Two sets of double doors for dual entry
- Interior Dimensions 114 in. L x 89 in. W x 71 – 95 in. H
- Customizable Shelving and Storage System
- Heavy-Duty Steel Trusses Provide Additional Roof Strength
- Lockable Steel-Reinforced Doors for Added Security
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The 10-foot wide Sheds from Lifetime Products give you that extra space needed while accenting the beauty of your backyard. The centralized location of the doors provides easy storage access and the decorative shutters, molded wood-grain panels, and simulated shingled roof ensure an attractive design that will be the envy of your neighborhood.
71.25 square ft. (494.5 cubic ft.) - The Lifetime 10 ft. x 8 ft. Shed features: (2) large skylights, (4) small skylights, (1) rear shatter-proof polycarbonate window, (2) side windows, (2) screened vents, (2) peg strips, (1) 90 in. x 9 in. shelf, (4) corner shelves, (2) sets of double doors, and a 10-year limited warranty. Floor and installation hardware included. Comes in (2) boxes.
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I downloaded the full manual (with written instructions) from the Lifetime website and watched a YouTube video "Building Our Lifetime Shed" after ordering the shed. This gave me a good head start and made me realize that proper planning and being familiar with the assembly details would practically eliminate the famous "if I had to do it again". The biggest advantage was pre-assembling parts before final construction.
Shed Assembly Plan (this is part of my plan that helped my stay on track)
A few days before the construction day:
1. read entire manual and check for missing parts
2. assemble floor & truss - manual Sections 2 & 3
3. assemble Domed skylight - manual Section 5
4. assemble Gable - manual Section 6
5. assemble Left door - manual Section 7
6. assemble Right door - manual Section 8
With my nephew's help, we got it done in 2 days. It would have been a 1 day project but knocking down the old shed was so time consuming ... the metal screws were rusted in place ... very noisy beating down an empty metal shed!
There are no words in the manual that is shipped with the boxes ... frustrating!!! So, downloading the manual from the Lifetime website IS A MUST because certain parts of the picture manual are hard to understand and getting those things wrong will cause some major problems and delay during final assembly! Just read the other reviews.
TO GET THE COMPLETE WRITTEN MANUAL:
1. go to the Lifetime(dot)com website
2. click on Customer Service
3. click on Assembly Instructions (right side under "What Can We Help You Find?")
OR just search Google/Bing for "lifetime 8x10 shed instructions"
4. enter the model number: 60005 (or whatever model you are getting)
5. choose the language and click on Submit
6. download, read and enjoy!
As others have stated, you must be careful screwing into the plastic, especially with a cordless drill (use 1 or 2 torque setting) because the plastic will strip easily.
I see that several reviewers mentioned issues with aligning doors and I also had a lot of problems with the doors aligning after finishing construction! However, the instructions recommended using plastic shims on the front walls and they helped adjust the doors quite good. However, I can promise you that door alignment problems are related to an unlevel foundation! My wooden foundation was not completely level. It would have taken some time and effort to correct it and I was in a hurry to get the assembly started so my tools & equipment wouldn't be outside too long. Nevertheless, you get what you invest in and the foundation is EVERYTHING when it comes to constructing any kind of building! So, I'm not going to blame the manufacturer for my lack of foundation preparation! :)
I did have issues with leaking, again because the unlevel foundation made the roof panels misalign. I had to force the roof panels into alignment then no more leaks! I'm impressed with built-in gutters in the roof trusses. The shed is very sturdy. Again, if you 1) download the manual with written instructions and 2) anchor it to a LEVEL foundation, it will be easier to assemble, doors will align properly, everything will be leak proof and rock solid!
I started looking at this shed due to it's unique size. There are lots of 8x10 sheds, but this was 10x8 - the door was on the long dimension. Not only would this fit my pad better, it meant items have less of a tendency to end up "in the back" behind a bunch of other things.
Shopped a lot, and ultimately ordered here on Amazon, as the price was substantially better than my local stores. While shopping/waiting, watched a few YouTube videos on assembly (search on 10x8, not 8x10). Not necessary, but picked up a few tips, that might have saved us a little "figuring out time".
Shed arrived in just a few days - much faster than I thought. Mine was shipped via Ceva Logisitics. They were great. Got a call when it was available, to schedule delivery, and had emails almost every day with status and reminders. They delivered at the scheduled time, and maneuvered the delivery into my backyard patio (a somewhat complicated path) as requested.
It arrived on a very long pallet - at least double long, and standard width. They had a pallet jack, but it was complicated as they had to carry it in the "long" dimension" to get through gates. and the "nose" tended to drag. Two boxes, stacked on top of each other. My neighbor joked that it looked like a coffin. That is about the size. perhaps a bit taller. The shipping weight was between 500 and 600 pounds.
I'm 50ish, and fairly handy. I arranged for a couple of my nephews to spend some time with me to assemble. One is Jr Hi, one is High school - also fairly handy.
I would say the three of us spent about 12 hours, across 2 days, pulling out the old shed, and assembling this one. Probably only a couple hours were spent on the old shed, so call it 10 hours. Please bear in mind we had a very solid, level, concrete pad all ready to go. If you need to prepare an area, you will need to factor in that additional time. This seems REALLY important to get a good level base under it. You could do it with 2 people, although that third set of hands was really good to have now and then. 2 people might take a bit longer. It would be a struggle with one person I think.
Shed went up with no real issues. We could do it again in much less time, as we would save the "figure it out" portion. The instructions are good. Mostly pictures, with minimal verbiage. Where there is verbiage, PAY ATTENTION to it. All parts bags are labeled, so do not open them until you need them. We spent a fair bit of time cross-referencing parts to make sure we had the right things. We spent a little time fiddling with the door and latch. You'll need screwdrivers, wrenches or sockets. Pliers. A step ladder. A rubber mallet was useful - perhaps not necessary. Once the walls go up (very quickly) if you are in the sun, it can get a little warm in there. There are *alot* of screws, and they recommend not using a screw gun. a side not: A bunch of extra screws. I really appreciate that. IF you loose one, you are not in too much trouble.
The completed shed is very nice. 3 windows (two in front, one in rear which opens). 2 skylights. 2 screened vents. A shelf running the full length of the two short walls (front to back), and 2 corner shelves. You can rearrange where you put the shelves. We found that the steel rails that hold the shelves added to the structural strength of the two side walls, so we put one on each. The steel truss system that holds up the roof is VERY strong. The shed has a somewhat complicated roofline, so there are a bunch of pieces there. You can make the walls bow a bit if you lean into them (perpahs not as bad as mu old steel shed). The aforementioned steel shelving rails help that quite a bit. There are a bunch of other accessories you can buy - shelves, hooks, baskets etc. The door has a spot for a padlock. I' guessing this is more of deterrent, as this is after all a vinyl shed. One door (left) anchors top and bottom with a deadbolt. The other door (right) has the latching mechanism. You only need to open the right door to enter exit the shed. If you open both, you have a very wide opening, for wheelbarrows, snowblowers or the like. There is a page that tells you how to level the shed with shims if the doors are binding.
The shed is not anchored to the ground - although that would not be hard to do. It does have a floor, so once there is a few hundred pounds of assorted garden equipment in there, it is not likely to go anywhere. If you live in an area with really high winds, or you are building it in a really open windy area, on top of a hill or something you might want to take steps.
The door is about 6'4" in height at the center. The truss system is several inches higher than that, about 6'8" . Most folks will clear ok, or if not, you may need to duck in the door. The actual roof peak is about 8". The lowest part of the roof - at the wall is about 6'. Very bright and airy inside. The shed looks very nice - it is light tan, with brown doors and roof.
Had a light rain today. Seems watertight. The rood drainage system is clever.
Very pleased. Hope this is useful.