Building Our Lifetime Shed – Step 2

Building Our Lifetime Shed – Step 2

Building Our Lifetime Shed – Step 2

Since it’s been over a week since I last blogged, you’re probably hoping that building our shed really didn’t really take this long!  Don’t worry, it didn’t.  I just haven’t had a chance to sit down and write about it amidst all of our Thanksgiving festivities, preparations for family visiting, and Christmas decorating.

As you’ll recall, after almost a full day’s work, we finally had our ground leveled and our wood platform built for our shed.  We strategically planned to build our 8’x5’ Lifetime shed on Veteran’s Day since Mike would have the day off, but the kids would both be in preschool.  We were under a ticking time clock– five hours of uninterrupted, kid-free work time.  Hopefully, we could build the shed before it rained or before we had to leave pick up the kids!

We started at 9:30am.  The first few steps required simply snapping together large plastic side panels – kind of like giant Legos for grown ups!  Super simple – but be sure you actually hear the “snap” sound, otherwise it didn’t completely lock into place.  We learned that right off the bat with the first corner wall…but after we got into a rhythm, it was a cinch.

Lifetime went above and beyond to ensure building their shed is easy.  They included a wood block to place under the shed floor while you are snapping the panels together. They even included a drill bit to ensure you have the right size to fit their screws.  All of their plastic pieces have labels (like “left door”) molded right into the plastic.   And, the hardware pieces all come in labeled bags with a master parts list referencing what each bag contains.  BIG HINT – be sure to keep all of the parts in the plastic bags!  Unlike some manufacturers where they put all of the screws in one bag and you have to sort through them before you begin to figure out which one is which, Lifetime packaged the parts according to what they are used for…such as “door hardware”.  So, when you open the bags, cut the top…do not simply tear open the bag from the middle because you may tear the bag description and then finding the correct piece will be much more difficult.  Another hint – the bag labeled “sub kit” is part of the "Door Handle Hardware Bag"….kind of like bag #2 of "Door Handle Hardware". That one threw us for a loop for a while since “sub kit” is not on the part reference list. (That was really my only complaint with any of Lifetime’s packaging, labeling, or directions!)

Only 45 minutes into our time and we already had three walls constructed.  It was then time to assemble the doors, handles and latches. Mike and I aren’t the most mechanically inclined so this part took a while to really read the directions and figure out what each mechanism was supposed to be doing.  We figured it out, but it was definitely the slowest part of the entire process for us!

Lifetime recommends having two or more people to build the shed.  Mike and I easily did it by ourselves, although a third person certainly would have made the process a little easier when we were installing the doors.   Trying to align the doors in the top and bottom holes at the same time really requires two people and a third person can then really come in handy to hold the first door while you try to align the second door.  We managed with two people, but we definitely had some awkward moments when we looked a little bit like contortionists!

Another slightly tricky step for us was installing the roof.  Make sure you have the pieces completely flush and nestled in place before you begin to screw them in. The directions (including the special "Construction Tips" brochure with full-color photos!) forewarned us of this and we still messed up and had to redo a few pieces!  But, what fun is a construction project if you get it entirely right the first time?  :) As they say, practice makes perfect. 

Good news…we finished the shed in 4 hours 45 minutes!  Just in time to go get the kiddos and before it rained.  Overall, we were thrilled with the simplicity of the assembly process.  Definitely so much quicker and easier than the wood shed we built at our old house.  So far, the quality of our Lifetime shed seems great.  I’ll be sure to let you know of any pros or cons we have once we fully start to utilize the shed and all of its features.
 

Our next step will be to put some sort of skirting around the bottom of the shed and do some landscaping around it.  Oh, and of course, to fill the shed!! I did take some video of our shed building process so I will try to post those clips soon to give you a realistic view of the Lifetime shed building process.  More to come soon….

Jan

Jan

Name- Jan

What I do for a living- First and foremost, I'm a doting mommy of a second grader and a 4-year-old, and a proud wife of a USAF F-16 fighter pilot!  In my pre-children life, I was the Communications Manager for Lifetime Products.  But, once you're a Lifetime fan, you're hooked!  So, after a few years of hiatus, I'm now a WAHM and am happily back on board at Lifetime as a freelance PR Consultant.  In addition to blogging for Lifetime, you can follow and chat with me on Lifetime's Twitter account @Lifetime365 and on the Lifetime Products Facebook page!

Topics I blog about- How I use Lifetime products in my everyday life at home, for kids parties and community activities, as well as inspiring stories... and GIVEAWAYS!  :)

My favorite products from Lifetime- 4x2 Table, 30” Personal Table, Chair, Youth Kayak, and Wheelbarrow.  Although, our Shed and Yard Cart are pretty close favorites, too!

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