Lifetime365http://blog.lifetime.comThe Lifetime blog by LIFETIME PRODUCTS. Written by experts in backyard and home products: folding tables and chairs, basketball hoops, outdoor sheds, playsets, and many other products that you likely use every day. We'll share with you breaking company ne24017 Aug 2018 11:17:40 AMLifetime365en-usDear Family – a Letter from Dadhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356371/dear-family--a-letter-from-dadhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356371/dear-family--a-letter-from-dad<p>Bill Cosby had it right. Yes, many of us dads are the &ldquo;fun ones,&rdquo; the &ldquo;jokesters,&rdquo; and the &ldquo;dress up dolls.&rdquo; There are fathers all over the world &ldquo;who get things they can&rsquo;t use and . . . don&rsquo;t want.&rdquo; With Father&rsquo;s Day coming up I wanted to offer some suggestions for things that Dad actually wants:</p> <p><strong>Want</strong> &ndash; <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/gallery/storage/other-storage/storage-box">Deck Box</a>. Give dad a Lifetime Deck Box so he has somewhere to quickly put away all of the kid&rsquo;s toys left on the lawn. Keep them safe so he doesn't hit them with the lawn mower anymore. So, really . . . it&rsquo;s a gift that keeps giving.&nbsp; <br /><strong>Don&rsquo;t Want</strong> &ndash; Another light-up, pink, paisley, or superhero tie. It&rsquo;s just another burp rag for the baby to spit up on.</p> <p><strong>Want</strong> &ndash; New <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/gallery/storage/outdoor-storage-buildings">shed</a> to store all the yard tools in.&nbsp;You know you all keep telling us to put the tools away.<br /><strong>Don&rsquo;t Want</strong> &ndash; &ldquo;Cute&rdquo; stuffed animal driver cover to hang on his golf bag. In case you haven&rsquo;t forgotten, we&rsquo;re not perpetual 6-year-olds. We&rsquo;re men! *grunt*</p> <p><strong>Want</strong> &ndash; <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/gallery/storage/outdoor-storage-buildings/horizontal">Horizontal shed</a> to store the kid&rsquo;s bikes in &ndash; and get them out of the garage. The more organization, the better, right?<br /><strong>Don&rsquo;t Want</strong> &ndash; One of those visors with fake hair attached to it. Bald is beautiful.</p> <p><strong>Want</strong> &ndash; <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/gallery/water-sports">Kayak</a> or <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/gallery/water-sports/paddleboards">paddleboard</a> for taking to the lake. Everybody wins!<br /><strong>Don&rsquo;t Want</strong> &ndash; Nose hair trimmer. Well, not unless we ask for it. We&rsquo;re not complete animals. Besides, it&rsquo;s not nose hair, it&rsquo;s part of my mustache and mustaches are manly.</p> <p><strong>Want</strong> &ndash; <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/gallery/lawn-garden/picnic-tables">Picnic table</a> for serving his masterfully cooked BBQ. We&rsquo;ll gladly give all you moms a night off from cooking. <br /><strong>Don&rsquo;t Want</strong> &ndash; Car Wax. Believe me, we have plenty.</p> <p><strong>Want</strong> &ndash; <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/gallery/sporting-goods/basketball">Basketball hoop</a>. Again . . . it&rsquo;s for the kids . . . really.<br /><strong>Don&rsquo;t Want</strong> &ndash; Coffee mug. We appreciate the &ldquo;World&rsquo;s Greatest Dad&rdquo; compliment, but we're still bying for the World's Greatest NBA player title.</p> <p>Take a look at the clock. It's 4:00 and the clubs are still open! Head over to pick up one of our great Lifetime products for Dad this year, and let him know just how much you love him.<br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Lnr3r5ZTpbI" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p>Darrin10 Jun 2014 3:24:06 PMNew Video Instructions To Help Assemble Your Shed!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356353/new-video-instructions-to-help-assemble-your-shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356353/new-video-instructions-to-help-assemble-your-shed<p>Wow! Who would have thought our little homemade <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2Ik88LSA5s" target="_blank">&lsquo;How to Build our Shed&rsquo;</a> video would have gotten so much attention. This little video one of our employees and her husband posted of building their shed at home a few years ago has more than 111,400 views.</p> <p>Our customers have told us how much they appreciate having videos along with the instructions to help guide them through their shed assembly. I am happy to announce we&rsquo;ve provided even more <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/Lifetimeproducts/videos?view=1&amp;flow=grid" target="_blank">shed assembly help videos</a>.</p> <p>We have been working hard on producing videos that are specific to the various shed models we produce. We have taken the more difficult parts of our instruction manuals, as rated by our customers, and turned them into step-by-step videos. Customers can view these on their smart phones while out back building their shed, or view them in advance so they get an idea of how the shed goes together.</p> <p>Along with these <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/customerservice/108" target="_blank">new videos</a> our instruction manuals have been updated to be easier to follow. The instructions have a QR codes (those weird looking codes you can zap with your smart phone), that will take you right to the video for that particular step.</p> <p>We love our customer feedback. Please keep it coming, and we will work on even more improvements!</p>Darrin10 Sep 2013 2:55:00 PMKeep Your Tools Organized With a Lifetime Shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356337/keep-your-tools-organized-with-a-lifetime-shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356337/keep-your-tools-organized-with-a-lifetime-shed<p>At dinner with some friends this weekend we got talking about my job at Lifetime. <img src="/imagecache/blog/10x8_Shed.jpg" alt="10x8_Shed.jpg" width="225" height="225" />One of my friends said, &ldquo;Lifetime makes a lot of cool stuff.&rdquo;</p> <p>There is a reason I have started my seventh year here at the company&hellip; because I agree.&nbsp; We do make a lot of cool stuff. Working in the Lawn &amp; Garden category these past six years, I have seen a lot of new products. But the core of the category has always been our sheds. In fact, it was an idea to create a shed that launched the category, and thus, my job!</p> <p>One of the neatest innovations in our family of sheds, in my opinion, has been our 10x8 and 15x8 line. These sheds have proven to be very popular. One of the great things about them is the way they allow you to organize your stuff. With the entry on the long side, you can compartmentalize between right and left halves of the shed. This means that when you need something at the back you don&rsquo;t have to unload everything to get to it. You can leave a walkway down the middle and put say, lawn stuff on the right side and storage on the left.</p> <p>These sheds are not only practical but look good too. You can check out our latest version of our 10x8-foot sheds at your local Sam&rsquo;s Club.</p> <p>It has been a great six years and I am looking forward to many more, with great new Lawn &amp; Garden products.</p>Darrin02 May 2013 4:22:14 PMThe Newest Lifetime Shed Family Memberhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356325/the-newest-lifetime-shed-family-memberhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356325/the-newest-lifetime-shed-family-member<p>I&rsquo;m excited to talk about our new shed that we have been busy working on over the past few months. We have designed a new size with some fresh new features.</p> <p>Through customer research, we learned that you, our awesome consumers, like the width of our 8-foot wide family of sheds, but some of you just don't have the space for a deep shed like our 8x10 or 8x12.5.</p> <p>This new shed is 8 feet wide and 6 feet deep!</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/LGOS_60091_0912_027.JPG" alt="8' x 6' Shed" width="300" height="200" /></p> <p>The shed also has a new look with vertical siding and windows in the doors. It has corner trim to make the colors pop and look good in your yard. We&rsquo;ve also added a skylight that runs the full depth of the shed to allow natural light in so you can more easily see your stuff. Also, this new shed comes with shelving to help you organize your bug spray, weed killer, and whatever else you want to store.</p> <p>With our new design this shed is even easier for you and friend or neighbor to build. We have a unique steel channel system that makes construction a snap, but will keep the shed strong and durable.</p> <p>Check out this innovative new shed. You can find it at Costco Warehouses.</p>Darrin20 Feb 2013 1:34:11 PMWinter Kayak Storage Tipshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356317/winter-kayak-storage-tipshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356317/winter-kayak-storage-tips<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/kayak%20rack.jpg" alt="kayak rack.jpg" width="225" height="169" />It&rsquo;s that time of year again for a lot of us.&nbsp; Time to store that kayak away for the cold cold winter.&nbsp; We are often asked about how to store a kayak while it is not being used, especially during the chilly winter months.&nbsp; So today, I am here to offer up some winter <a title="about Lifetime kayaks" href="http://www.lifetime.com/water-sports/Kayaks" target="_blank">kayak</a> advice!</p> <p>First piece of advice, kayaks are not for sledding!&nbsp; They go fast but they don&rsquo;t like the cold, so keep them off of the snow!&nbsp; Ok, now for the real tips.&nbsp; As always, make sure you wash your kayak after use.&nbsp; This is especially important when you will be putting it into storage for several months.&nbsp; Mild dish soap and water works just fine, no need for fancy cleaners.&nbsp; Make sure you remove sand and dirt, even from those little crevices. And, just think about how nice it will be to pull this baby out in the spring for its maiden run when it is so squeaky clean!&nbsp;</p> <p>If you can, it is best to keep your kayak in a garage, shed, or covered by an awning.&nbsp; If you live somewhere that gets a lot snow and ice, you definitely do not want your kayak sitting outside either in direct sun or where it can completely freeze over.&nbsp; <a title="about Lifetime kayaks" href="http://www.lifetime.com/water-sports/Kayaks" target="_blank">Lifetime Kayaks</a> can handle it - they are extremely durable -&nbsp;but it is always best to keep them out of the elements if at all possible.&nbsp;</p> <p>One of the most important kayak storage tips is that your kayak will fair much better in hibernation if you keep pressure off the bottom part of the kayak hull.&nbsp; If a kayak sits on a hard surface on its bottom for long periods of time it can begin to warp or dent.&nbsp; To avoid this, store your kayak upside down with the cockpit resting on the ground or on its side.&nbsp; Cockpit rims are made to be extremely strong and rigid and can take the constant pressure like a champion.&nbsp; Once you have your kayak in the correct position make sure you don&rsquo;t store anything on top of it.</p> <p>If you think storing kayaks upside down in your garage or shed sounds like a huge space consumer, consider&nbsp;wall racks or hanging mechanisms.&nbsp; There are a ton of these racks out there on the market and it is possible to make your own.&nbsp; Always remember, no matter the rack,&nbsp;to always try to have the pressure points from the straps or bars touching the cockpit or side of the kayak, not the bottom.&nbsp; Those same rules apply for racks that apply for storing the kayak on the ground.&nbsp;</p> <p>Check back with us soon because&nbsp;we have a Lifetime kayak rack hitting the shelves early this spring.&nbsp; If you can&rsquo;t wait until spring, visit our friends at <a title="kayak racks at Sports Authority" href="http://www.sportsauthority.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=2674196&amp;sr=1&amp;origkw=kayak%20rack" target="_blank">Sports Authority</a> or a similar sporting goods or specialty store for other kayak rack options.&nbsp; And, if you need a shed for your kayaks, check out our <a title="about Lifetime Sheds" href="http://www.lifetime.com/storage/outdoor-storage-buildings" target="_blank">Lifetime Shed</a> selection in the <a title="buy a Lifetime shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/products/blt/outdoorsheds/default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Store Online</a>.&nbsp; Finally, don&rsquo;t worry - spring will be here soon!</p>Candace05 Dec 2012 10:20:00 AMFrom Factory to Floor to Youhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356301/from-factory-to-floor-to-youhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356301/from-factory-to-floor-to-you<p><img style="float: left;" title="Blow-Molding Machine" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/IMG_3435.JPG" alt="IMG_3435.JPG" width="225" height="225" />Over the years, we&rsquo;ve told you about how our <a title="What Is Blow-Molding?" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356213/what-is-blow-molding" target="_blank">blow-molded products are made</a>, and <a title="Why Use Powder Coating?" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356066/why-use-powder-coating" target="_blank">how our metals are powder-coated to protect them</a>, but how does the whole process work, anyway?&nbsp; I certainly didn't know before I started working for Lifetime.&nbsp; But, here at the Freeport Center, all your products begin from scratch.&nbsp;</p> <p>When I was first hired, I had the chance to tour the entire facility. And it was probably one of the most amazing things I&rsquo;ve ever seen.&nbsp; No kidding.&nbsp; Did you know that in our blow-molding facility, our High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)&nbsp;plastic starts out as beads that are pumped from the trains to the building silos?&nbsp; The beads are melted and poured into the blow-molding forms. When the formed part comes out, Lifetime employees remove excess plastic a<img style="float: right;" title="Steel Coil" src="/imagecache/blog/IMG_3342.JPG" alt="IMG_3342.JPG" width="225" height="150" />nd prepare them for assembly.</p> <p>In metals, our roll-former slowly rolls and forms the steel into the shapes we need for individual products, be it poles for your <a title="Lifetime.com Basketball" href="http://www.lifetime.com/sporting-goods/basketball" target="_blank">basketball system</a>, legs for your <a title="Lifetime.com Tables" href="http://www.lifetime.com/tableschairs" target="_blank">table</a>, or even the reinforcement for your backyard <a title="Lifetime.com Shed" href="http://www.lifetime.com/storage/outdoor-storage-buildings" target="_blank">shed</a>.&nbsp; The steel starts in loose coils, which looks similar to an 8-track tape.&nbsp;</p> <p>Before a new model even comes to shelves, our Research and Development team tests each product in every condition possible; from UV-testing and transportation damage, to weight and strength tests on all products. In fact, it would take probably a book to explain all the testing and processes our products go through! We do this because it&rsquo;s important to us that the Lifetime products you own, can live up to their name.</p> <p><img style="float: left;" title="Basketball Packaging" src="/imagecache/blog/IMG_3472.JPG" alt="IMG_3472.JPG" width="225" height="225" />After each part is made, they&rsquo;re <a title="Powder-Coating" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356066/why-use-powder-coating" target="_blank">powder-coated</a>, sent to the assembly line, and then packaged. With the use of amazing robotics, boxes are stacked on a pallet and shrink-wrapped to protect them during the shipping process.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s amazing about our basketball packaging is we were the first to ever package an entire basketball system in one single box. Pretty impressive, huh? Our engineers designed the best possible solution to get everything to you as simply as possible.</p> <p>Each pallet is then placed on trucks by one of the many, many forklifts being operated in Lifetime&rsquo;s warehouses.&nbsp; Want to know something fun? Our Lifetime delivery trucks average about 43,378 miles per year &hellip; just driving around the Freeport Center where our factories are located. Eleven hundred miles of that is spent just driving backwards into delivery doors! Not only are our products shipped on trucks, but the train system runs right through the Freeport Center, giving us more economical ways to ship to distribution centers and even ports when shipping internationally!</p> <p>Before you know it, you&rsquo;re walking through stores, or browsing our website and bringing a <a title="Tables" href="http://www.lifetime.com/tableschairs" target="_blank">table</a>, <a title="Chairs" href="http://www.lifetime.com/chairs" target="_blank">chair</a>,&nbsp; <a title="Sheds" href="http://www.lifetime.com/storage" target="_blank">shed</a>, <a title="BasketBall" href="http://www.lifetime.com/sporting-goods/basketball" target="_blank">basketball system</a>, <a title="Kayaks" href="http://www.lifetime.com/water-sports/Kayaks" target="_blank">kayak</a>, or any of the other hundreds of products that we make home with you! And we&rsquo;re glad to be there!<img style="float: right;" title="Table Assembly" src="/imagecache/blog/IMG_3619.JPG" alt="IMG_3619.JPG" width="225" height="241" /></p> <p><br />For more information, be sure to check out <a title="lifetime.com" href="http://www.lifetime.com/">lifetime.com</a>!</p>Jernae22 Oct 2012 11:15:00 AMWin a Lifetime Storage Shed!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356220/win-a-lifetime-storage-shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356220/win-a-lifetime-storage-shed<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/February%202012%20contest%20ended.jpg" alt="February 2012 contest ended.jpg" width="225" height="180" />&nbsp;<strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">This giveaway has ended.</span></strong> You asked for it so we listened!&nbsp; In December when we asked <a title="December giveaway" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356199/were-giving-away-700-in-lifetime-store-gift-certificates" target="_blank">giveaway entrants</a> to tell us what they would buy if they won a gift certificate to the Lifetime Store, one of the most popular answers was a Lifetime Shed.&nbsp;</p> <p>So, this month, one lucky winner will win a&nbsp;<a title="about the Lifetime Storage Shed" href="http://www.lifetime.com/storage/outdoor-storage-buildings/7-foot-wide-sheds/60042" target="_blank">Lifetime 7'x7' Storage Shed</a>!&nbsp; We figured it's the perfect time to give away a shed since some of you probably made a resolution to get more organized this year, others are still trying to figure out where to store all their holiday decorations, and a few more of you might be starting your spring cleaning already.</p> <p>This 7'x7' shed retails for $929 in the <a title="buy a Lifetime 7'x7' shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60042.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a> and is one of our newer and most popular sizes.&nbsp; (Whoa!&nbsp; Can you say HUGE product giveaway?)&nbsp; In addition to its convenient size, one of the reasons it's so popular is because we've loaded it with lots of fantastic features.&nbsp; Take a quick look at this video to see what makes this shed unique.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><object width="560" height="315" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/cd-Ae2BCUFA?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/cd-Ae2BCUFA?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /></object></p> <p>Kind of makes you want it even more after watching that, huh?&nbsp; Well, you can't win if you don't enter. So, read the directions below and get busy.&nbsp; Good luck!</p> <p><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>How to enter:</strong></span></p> <ol> <li>Send an e-mail to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</a> with the subject line "February contest" and your full name in the email message.</li> <li>In the email, tell us what features of this shed you liked best in the video.</li> </ol> <p><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Bonus Entries:</strong></span></p> <ol> <li>"Like"&nbsp; Lifetime Products on <a title="Lifetime Facebook page" href="http://www.facebook.com/lifetimeproducts" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</a> with your full name telling us you "Like" Lifetime Products and you'll receive one bonus entry.</li> <li>Follow us on Twitter <a title="Lifetime Twitter page" href="http://twitter.com/#!/lifetime365" target="_blank">@Lifetime365</a> and retweet to your friends "I really need this shed that @Lifetime365 is giving away. <a href="http://bit.ly/yiny3l">http://bit.ly/yiny3l</a>" to receive one bonus entry.</li> </ol> <p>The contest begins Friday, February 10, 2012 and will end Sunday, February 19 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Monday, February 20, 2012.&nbsp; (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; Click here for complete <a title="official rules" href="http://www.lifetime.com/promotions/monthly-contest" target="_blank">contest rules</a>.)</p>Jan10 Feb 2012 8:55:00 AMUtah's Historic Windy Dayhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356204/utahs-historic-windy-dayhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356204/utahs-historic-windy-day<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/trampoline wind.jpg" alt="trampoline wind.jpg" width="225" height="169" />Wow, what a week we just had. Lifetime is headquartered in <a title="map of Clearfield" href="http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&amp;sugexp=crnk_spiketing&amp;cp=14&amp;gs_id=11&amp;xhr=t&amp;q=clearfield+utah&amp;gs_upl=&amp;bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&amp;biw=1600&amp;bih=869&amp;wrapid=tljp1323446177365010&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=0x8752fdb39c6fbeab:0x2b465ddb0dc00f93,Clearfield,+UT&amp;gl=us&amp;ei=pi_iTviJPIqliQLRpKnGDw&amp;sa=X&amp;oi=geocode_result&amp;ct=title&amp;resnum=2&amp;sqi=2&amp;ved=0CD0Q8gEwAQ" target="_blank">Clearfield Utah</a>. Clearfield is in North Davis County. Davis County, as&nbsp;you may have heard on the national news, was the sight of some historically strong winds on Thursday, December 1. The mountains we have here typically shield us from things like tornadoes, but when the jet stream is just right, wind is forced up the <a title="wiki about Wasatch mountain range" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasatch_Range" target="_blank">Wasatch mountains </a>and slams down on us. This only happens every 10 to 15 years.</p> <p>Early Thursday morning we woke up at my house to the fence missing, the trampoline missing, and flying debris. The winds were so strong that to go outside was dangerous as debris of all shapes and sizes was flying around. The National Weather Service said the winds reached up to 100 MPH. These are the same wind speeds you find in a category 2 hurricane. By the time it calmed down about 3:00 PM, the neighborhood looked like it had been hit by a bomb. (I was&nbsp;still at home since the roadways to Lifetime were closed).</p> <p>Later, we drove around town surveying the damage. Fifty year old pines where ripped out of the ground. Roofs were torn from houses, windows broken, etc. And then, there they where&hellip; our two <a title="about Lifetime sheds" href="http://www.lifetime.com/storage/" target="_blank">Lifetime sheds </a>on display in the local Lowe&rsquo;s parking lot. Unharmed, sitting next to two empty spots &ndash; their former competition. I was so proud! Now, don&rsquo;t get me wrong, I am sure there were other of our sheds that were wiped-out, how could they not be? But, it was fun seeing these two just sitting there waiting to be sold.<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/sheds at Lowes.JPG" alt="sheds at Lowes.JPG" width="225" height="169" /><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/sheds at Lowes 2.JPG" alt="sheds at Lowes 2.JPG" width="225" height="150" /></p> <p>By the way, Lifetime sells an<a title="buy an Extreme Weather Kit" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60011.aspx" target="_blank"> Extreme Weather Kit </a>for&nbsp;the 8-foot family of sheds. If you live in an area that frequently gets high winds, you may want to check these out. The wind rating of our sheds with this kit installed is 94 MPH. I can now say first-hand, that is not something you want to&nbsp;experience very often!</p>Darrin12 Dec 2011 8:00:00 AMHappy (Early) Father's Day to Our Shed Giveaway Winner!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356151/happy-early-fathers-day-to-our-shed-giveaway-winnerhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356151/happy-early-fathers-day-to-our-shed-giveaway-winner<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/7x7shed.jpg" alt="7x7shed.jpg" width="225" height="188" />Thanks to everyone who entered this month's giveaway to try and win the Lifetime 7'x7'&nbsp;Shed for their Dad for Father's Day.&nbsp; We received some very touching stories about how much your Dads mean to you and why you wanted to win this shed for Dad.&nbsp;&nbsp; But, in the end, the winner picked by random.org was <strong>Sonya R. of Knoxville, TX</strong>.&nbsp; Congrats, Sonya.&nbsp; We hope your husband enjoys this year's Father's Day present for years to come!</p> <p>We also heard some great feedback about which features you liked best about this relatively-new <a title="Buy a Lifetime 7'x7' shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60042.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 7'x7' Shed</a>.&nbsp; By far (and not surprisingly), the feature most of you liked the best was the full-length roof skylight.&nbsp; That's a pretty awesome addition to a shed!&nbsp; Other popular answers were the shatterproof windows that open and the customizable shelving.</p> <p>If you fell in love with this shed but weren't the lucky winner, don't worry - you can purchase this shed in our <a title="buy the Lifetime shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60042.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a>.&nbsp; And, they actually have a <a title="shed sale details" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx?from=top" target="_blank">shed sale </a>going on now until June 30 -&nbsp; receive a free solar&nbsp;shed light (a $50 value) with any shed purchase!&nbsp; Simply enter <strong>freelight</strong> when you check out.&nbsp; And, if the 7'x7' shed isn't the right size for you, be sure to check out our full line of <a title="see all Lifetime sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx?from=top" target="_blank">storage buildings</a>&hellip;we have some that are smaller and lots that are bigger - even big enough to fit a car inside!</p> <p>If you still want to try and win Dad a Father's Day present, we have two more giveaways going on right now!&nbsp; To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we're giving away <a title="model 71522" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-71522.aspx" target="_blank">25 Lifetime Portable Basketball Hoops </a>until the end of 2011.&nbsp; Visit <a title="Enter the 25 Hoops for 25 Years giveaway" href="http://go.lifetime.com/25-hoops" target="_blank">go.lifetime.com/25-hoops to enter</a>.&nbsp; And, if you visit <a title="enter to win a Lifetime picnic table" href="http://lifeisasandcastle.blogspot.com/2011/05/lifetime-6ft-folding-picnic-table.html?spref=tw" target="_blank">lifeisasandcastle.blogspot.com</a> before June 19,&nbsp; you can enter to win a <a title="about a Lifetime 6' Folding Picnic Table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-22119.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 6' Folding Picnic Table</a> - perfect for summer picnics, July 4th BBQs, and family reunions.&nbsp; Good luck!</p>Jan17 Jun 2011 10:00:00 AMWin Dad a Shed for Father's Day!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356145/win-dad-a-shed-for-fathers-dayhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356145/win-dad-a-shed-for-fathers-day<p><a title="Winner announcement post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356151/happy-early-fathers-day-to-our-shed-giveaway-winner" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/June contest ended.jpg" alt="June contest ended.jpg" width="225" height="180" /></a>&nbsp;<span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>This giveaway has ended.</strong>&nbsp;</span> Wondering what to get dear old Dad for Father's Day?&nbsp; (Yes, in case you haven't glanced at a calendar recently, <a title="what is Father's Day" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father's_Day" target="_blank">Father's Day </a>is just 11 days away&hellip; June 19.)&nbsp; Last year, I wrote a blog post with some <a title="Great Gifts for Dad" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/355029/great-gifts-for-dad" target="_blank">unique Lifetime product ideas </a>to buy for Dad. (Which, I might add, is still a very useful list to read for ideas.)&nbsp; But, this year, I figured rather than just giving you ideas for Dad, why not actually give you a gift for Dad?&nbsp; And, if we're going to give away a gift Dad's are sure to love, we might as well make it one of our most popular items on every Dad's list&hellip;a shed!</p> <p>That's right, this month, one lucky winner will win a <a title="about Lifetime 7'x7' shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60014.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 7'x7' shed </a>to give to Dad.&nbsp; Umm, can you say ultimate Dad's Day Gift?!&nbsp; Seriously, what Dad doesn't dream of having his own extra space to use for extra storage area, a woodworking shop, a gardening shed, or just as his own "man cave"?&nbsp; (Pssst.&nbsp; If you want to keep it for yourself, that's ok too.)&nbsp;</p> <p>This 7'x7' shed is one of our newest models, and is quickly becoming one of our most popular sizes.&nbsp; It's packed with awesome features.&nbsp; But, rather than bore you by reading about it, take a minute (actually 2 minutes 30 seconds) and watch this video so you can really see all of the features we've included.</p> <p> <object width="425" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/cd-Ae2BCUFA" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/cd-Ae2BCUFA" /> </object> </p> <p><br />Pretty cool, huh?&nbsp; Ok, here's the deal.&nbsp; If you win the shed, it will NOT arrive at your house for Dad to actually open on Father's Day.&nbsp; But, we will announce the winner&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;BEFORE&nbsp;Father's Day!&nbsp; So, you can still make Dad's day extra special and tell him the good news on Sunday!&nbsp;</p> <p>So, ready to enter?&nbsp; Here's how:</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: small;">How to enter:</span></strong></p> <ol> <li>Send an e-mail to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</a> with the subject line "June contest" and your full name in the email message.</li> <li>In the email, tell us what features of this shed you liked best in the video.</li> </ol> <p><strong><span style="font-size: small;">Bonus Entries:</span></strong></p> <ol> <li>"Like"&nbsp; Lifetime Products on <a title="Lifetime Facebook page" href="http://www.facebook.com/lifetimeproducts" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href="mailto:PR@lifetime.com">PR@lifetime.com</a> with your full name telling us you "Like" Lifetime Products and you'll receive one bonus entry. </li> <li>Follow us on <a title="Lifeitme Twitter " href="http://twitter.com/#!/lifetime365" target="_blank">Twitter </a>@Lifetime365 and retweet to your friends "This shed would be awesome for a Father's Day gift - and @Lifetime365 is giving one away! <a href="http://bit.ly/mkeMN6">http://bit.ly/mkeMN6</a>" to receive one bonus entry. </li> </ol> <p>The contest begins Wednesday, June 8, 2011 and will end Thursday, June 16 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Friday, June 18, 2011.&nbsp; (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; Click here for <a title="official rules" href="http://www.lifetime.com/promotions/monthly-contest" target="_blank">complete contest rules</a>.)</p>Jan08 Jun 2011 5:40:00 PMLifetime Attends National Hardware Show in Las Vegashttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356139/lifetime-attends-national-hardware-show-in-las-vegashttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356139/lifetime-attends-national-hardware-show-in-las-vegas<p><img style="float: right;" title="Lifetime booth at the National Hardware Show" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/IMG_0500.JPG" alt="Lifetime booth at the National Hardware Show" width="250" />Each year Las Vegas hosts the Annual <a title="National Hardware Show" href="http://nationalhardwareshow.com/" target="_blank">National Hardware Show </a>where thousands of manufacturers and retailer buyers gather to show off the latest and greatest &ldquo;home after market&rdquo; products, which means all the products sold for the home, after the home is built. I was able to attend the (66th Annual) show this year and it was amazing to see the variety of new and exciting products. It was an opportunity for Lifetime to flaunt our own innovations.</p> <p>We met with all of our major retailer accounts, to show and demonstrate our newest innovations. Focusing mainly on our Lawn &amp; Garden products, we displayed our <a title="Lifetime Sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx?from=left" target="_blank">sheds</a>, <a title="Lifetime Picnic Tables" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/PicnicTables/Default.aspx" target="_blank">picnic tables</a>, <a title="Lifetime Raised Garden Bed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60053.aspx" target="_blank">raised garden beds</a>, <a title="Lifetime Composters" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/search.aspx?term=composter" target="_blank">composters</a>,<a title="Lifetime Adirondack Chair" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60064.aspx" target="_blank"> Adirondack chairs</a>, <a title="Lifetime Glider Bench" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60055.aspx" target="_blank">glider bench</a>, <a title="Lifetime Convertible Bench" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60054.aspx" target="_blank">convertible bench</a>, <a title="Lifetime 130-Gallon Storage Box" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60012.aspx" target="_blank">130-gallon storage box</a> and <a title="Lifetime 80-Gallon Storage Box" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356112/lifetimes-new-80-gallon-storage-box" target="_blank">80-gallon storage box</a>. The response on these products has been phenomenal!</p> <p><img style="float: right;" title="Lifetime booth at the National Hardware Show" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/IMG_0502.JPG" alt="Lifetime booth at the National Hardware Show" width="250" />Lifetime was well represented, being one of the largest booths at the show. There were many other booths introducing new products which I am excited to see come out in the market. One that I have my eye on is a solar powered robotic lawn mower. This mower lets you set up the boundaries of your lawn and then it will automatically mow your lawn on the schedule you choose. Talk about being lazy!</p> <p>The show was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and concluded May 12. It is the leading time &amp; place based face-to-face, sourcing, trading and learning event for the highly fragmented $343 Billion dollar US &ldquo;home after market&rdquo; products, attracting a worldwide audience of more than 27,000 industry professionals.</p>Darrin26 May 2011 3:15:06 PMWhat Are Those Fancy Bar Codes?http://blog.lifetime.com/article/356110/what-are-those-fancy-bar-codeshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356110/what-are-those-fancy-bar-codes<p><img src="/imagecache/blog/60056-qr.png" alt="60056-qr.png" width="225" height="225" />Bar codes help make life easier from manufacturing all the way through the supply chain, and up to the check-out register. While you're shopping for products, you can look for better deals and more information by scanning traditional UPCs with your phone, an app, and an internet connection. Pretty cool, right?</p> <p>Something new that you may have seen cropping up on billboards, articles, advertisements, and even product displays and packaging is a new kind of bar code, a 2D barcode.&nbsp; These new 2D barcodes are also called a <a title="about QR codes" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_code" target="_blank">QR code </a>which is short for <em>quick response</em>.</p> <p>UPCs are a 1D (one-dimensional) type of bar code. Traditionally, a laser is used to illuminate a thin stripe across the barcode. A 2D barcode contains multiple lines of information and require multiple lasers to read. Since not many of us carry lasers around in our pockets, there are apps for smartphones that take their place. iPhone users might be interested in an app called Red Laser, and Android users should look for Barcode Scanner by Zxing. Both of these free apps allow you to "scan" multiple formats of bar codes using your phone's camera.</p> <p>But why the new codes? Unlike UPCs, 2D barcodes can contain text, a phone number, a "business card", a coupon, can ask if you want to send a text message (for contest entries, voting for contestants, and other fun stuff), and can even contain a URL to a web page or video. It's the latter that's really cool.&nbsp;</p> <p>Imagine you're in a store, comparing products, and you just can't make a decision. One product has a 2D bar code, the other does not. You pull out your phone, scan the 2D code, and within seconds you're watching an informational video about the product, or maybe even a how-to-assemble video. Making that decision is now a lot easier, and a lot cooler.</p> <p>At Lifetime, we&rsquo;re starting to put 2D codes on some of our packaging and store signage on several of our products like our <a title="about Lifetime sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/8ft-sheds/Default.aspx" target="_blank">sheds</a> and <a title="about Lifetime Outdoor Storage Boxes" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60012.aspx" target="_blank">storage boxes</a>. If you&nbsp;scan the codes while you&rsquo;re in the store, you can watch how-to video instructions to see how easy it is to assemble products.&nbsp; Go ahead and give it a try with the code in this blog and see what you find!&nbsp; Yep, it even works when you scan it on a computer monitor.&nbsp; And, keep your eyes peeled because you'll start to notice these codes everywhere now that you know what they are!</p>Joe12 Apr 2011 11:16:00 AMLifetime and Engineers Honored at Utah Genius Awardshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356123/lifetime-and-engineers-honored-at-utah-genius-awardshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356123/lifetime-and-engineers-honored-at-utah-genius-awards<p><img style="float: right;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/group shot.jpg" alt="group shot.jpg" width="250" height="167" />Yesterday was a good day... I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed, and set out to assemble a shed with Lifetime&rsquo;s Prototype Shop Specialists (who I call Product Assembly Wizards) in the Little America Hotel grand ballroom. After a few hours of drilling, tightening bolts, and hauling through the kitchen&mdash;oddly enough, the best path to the loading dock &mdash; we had our own little corner with a Lifetime <a title="about Lifetime sheds" href="http://www.lifetime.com/storage/outdoor-storage-buildings/" target="_blank">shed</a>, <a title="about Lifetime Composters" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/composters" target="_blank">composter</a>, <a title="about Lifetime wheelbarrows" href="http://www.lifetime.com/lawn-garden/gardening/wheelbarrow" target="_blank">wheelbarrow,</a> and <a title="about Lifetime Personal Tables" href="http://www.lifetime.com/tableschairs/personal-tables/" target="_blank">Personal Table </a>for a drawing to win the products. You may wonder why a person would be so excited to do all this work. Well, besides the fact that I&rsquo;m generally overly excited about most things I get to do, I was thrilled to see six of our engineers and Lifetime Products as a company honored at the&nbsp;2011&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ksl.com/?sid=14865708" target="_blank">Utah Genius awards program</a>!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Including its engineers, Lifetime took home eight awards total. Our own engineer&nbsp;&ldquo;Lifetime geniuses&rdquo; won largely in part for their work with products including the shed, composter, and wheelbarrow. The winners included: Kent Ashby, Dave Winter, Rob Astle, Brent Steed, Barry Mower, Jay Calkin, and Curtis Strong. (Curtis is actually a former Lifetime engineer we still keep in touch with, so we&rsquo;re mailing his award to him :). Congratulations, employees!&nbsp; See the full list of honorees <a href="http://www.sys-con.com/node/1767325" target="_blank">here</a>.<a href="http://www.utahgenius.com/" target="_blank"><img style="float: left;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/dave award.jpg" alt="dave award.jpg" width="200" height="133" /></a></p> <p>Lifetime Products won 5th in the state for number of patents, and 18th for number of trademarks.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.utahgenius.com/" target="_blank">The Utah Genius awards </a>serve to honor and recognize the people, companies and cities that contribute to the state's growth with patents and trademarks. The program is sponsored by<a href="http://www.ksl.com/index.php" target="_blank"> KSL </a>and the <a href="http://www.batemanip.com/index.php" target="_blank">Bateman IP Law Group</a>, and this year's program was conducted by KSL's <a href="http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=101137&amp;nid=166" target="_blank">Nadine Wimmer</a>&nbsp;(of whom I'm a huge fan!), <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;cd=2&amp;ved=0CBoQFjAB&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ksl.com%2F%3Fsid%3D101147%26nid%3D166&amp;ei=teiLTYydC8jngQfA1qmkDQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNFsyK1LQqGRD62IXrBCzjjUCcafiA" target="_blank">Bruce Lindsay</a>, Bateman, and the keynote address was given by Utah <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;sqi=2&amp;ved=0CCEQFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.utah.gov%2Fgovernor%2F&amp;ei=1OiLTaSLDYrEgQeD8NDCDQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNG_BsRxZO0dE6smGFVVX6uH_kOIlg" target="_blank">Governor Gary R. Herbert</a>.</p> <p>Thanks to great speakers and honorees, the program was FANTASTIC! It really opened my eyes. I had no idea the scope of the amazing innovation taking place in Utah-- medical, software, engineering, you name it, and it was there somehow. I truly felt I was surrounded by geniuses of all kinds. I met a few small geniuses too&hellip; KSL did a promotion to send some scientifically-minded children to this event, and they looked just as wide-eyed as me. I got the chance to meet Seth, as he and his mom entered our drawing. I told him a little about how Lifetime Sheds are made. Good thing everything at the program was patented... I could see his wheels turning :o!&nbsp;<img style="float: right;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/IMG_7586.JPG" alt="IMG_7586.JPG" width="200" height="133" /></p> <p>The event also included the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to James Lee Sorenson of <a href="http://www.sorenson.com/" target="_blank">Sorensen Communications</a>, for spearheading the development of video compression technologies and telecommunications for the deaf that have helped millions of people. Details about his impressive story can be found on <a href="http://www.ksl.com/?sid=14865708" target="_blank">KSL's coverage of this event</a>.</p> <p>After the event the drawing winners took home their prizes, and we set out to haul the shed back to our Lifetime Store for pickup by a lucky winner. The funniest part of the night for me, was reuniting with our Prototype Shop Specialists, and watching them work with the Little America kitchen staff to figure out a way to move the fully-assembled shed through the kitchen&hellip; it helped to have rolling pallets, but was a tight squeeze nonetheless.</p> <p>In the end, very deserving engineers and inventors were recognized, companies were applauded for their contributions to Utah&rsquo;s economic development, and I think the Little America kitchen staff got a good laugh after a busy day!&nbsp;<img style="float: left;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/crazy wheelbarrow.jpg" alt="crazy wheelbarrow.jpg" width="200" height="175" /><img style="float: left;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/shed kitchen.jpg" alt="shed kitchen.jpg" width="150" height="175" /></p>Katie25 Mar 2011 8:00:00 AMA Lifetime Christmas Shed Downtownhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356083/a-lifetime-christmas-shed-downtownhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356083/a-lifetime-christmas-shed-downtown<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/christmas_village_streetview_640.jpg" alt="christmas_village_streetview_640.jpg" width="550" height="258" />Since its beginning in 1962, <a title="about Christmas Village" href="http://www.ogdencity.com/en/about_ogden/special_events/christmas_village.aspx" target="_blank">Christmas Village in Ogden</a>, Utah has grown to an extraordinary seasonal attraction. Each year thousands of tourists and citizens come to view the Christmas lights and cottages, drawing visitors from great distances as well as local families who have made it part of their holiday tradition. Spectators find themselves in a dazzling winter wonderland set aglow with Christmas lights and a unique setting of cottages modeled after Santa&rsquo;s village at the North Pole.</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/christmas-cottage-1.jpg" alt="christmas-cottage-1.jpg" width="250" height="188" />This year,&nbsp;Lifetime&nbsp;joined&nbsp;in&nbsp;the local community Christmas tradition by transforming a <a title="about Lifetime sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx?from=top" target="_blank">Lifetime shed </a>into a cottage. Complete with windows, flooring and steel trusses, the shed naturally made for a great cottage in this winter wonderland setting! The steel-reinforcements on its plastic walls and roof gave Santa, the elves, and their woodland friends a sound shelter. When we assembled the shed, our cottage-building experts (prototype shop professionals by day) also cut through the front doors and inserted polycarbonate panels-- the same material used in some of our basketball backboards and shed windows, so smaller visitors could easily see inside.</p> <p>The Lifetime cottage is themed &ldquo;Santa&rsquo;s Backyard&rdquo;, and one of our engineers and his wife did a fantastic job decking out the space with elves, lights, candy, and a <a title="about Lifetime Basketball Hoops" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Basketball/Default.aspx?from=top" target="_blank">Lifetime Basketball Hoop </a>and <a title="about Lifetime Helicopter Teeter-Totter" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-90045.aspx" target="_blank">Helicopter Teeter-Totter </a>that animates with the push of a button from outside! It was pushed so much the first few nights, they actually had to go and check on it. :)<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/christmas-cottage-2.jpg" alt="christmas-cottage-2.jpg" width="250" height="188" />&nbsp; If you&rsquo;re in downtown Ogden this season, be sure to check out the Christmas Village and Lifetime's cottage!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>SANTA'S BACKYARD<br /></strong>&nbsp;<br />Tis the day after Christmas and as we all know,<br />Santa is having a party at the North Pole.<br />&nbsp;<br />The Elves are all there to have lots of fun,<br />Even a couple of Reindeer decided to come.<br />&nbsp;<br />In Santa's Backyard there is plenty to do,<br />Tetherball, teeter-totter, shooting hoops too.<br />&nbsp;<br />The Candy Maker is sharing his favorite treat,<br />His canes are delicious and oh, so sweet.<br />&nbsp;<br />The Birds all think the trapeze a great swing,<br />But Santa just wants to dance and sing.<br />&nbsp;<br />Being together is a wonderful sign,<br />That making memories will last a Lifetime.</p>Katie07 Dec 2010 1:30:00 PMIt's Fall Storage Season - Lifetime Has You Coveredhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356061/its-fall-storage-season---lifetime-has-you-coveredhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/356061/its-fall-storage-season---lifetime-has-you-covered<p>As we welcome in the Fall season, we have to farewell the&nbsp;outdoor entertaining season&hellip; at least in most parts of the country.&nbsp; For those of you gearing up for cold and snowy winters, it's time to start packing up your outdoor areas including your pool, patio, deck, and yard.&nbsp; In the next few weeks, plan to cover the pool, clean the grill, and put away everything you won&rsquo;t need again until next summer.</p> <p>Unfortunately, all the things that live in your yard and on your patio during the summer suddenly now need a winter home.&nbsp; What to do with so much stuff?&nbsp; Well, first of all, sort through everything and determine if you really need to keep it.&nbsp; Often times outdoor items quickly get tattered, faded, and broken by the end of the summer and it's better to simply trash it.&nbsp; Or, if it's something you don't use anymore or have outgrown, consider donating it or selling it.</p> <p><img title="deck-box-pool.jpg" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/deck_2D00_box_2D00_pool.jpg" alt="" />Once you know what you want to keep, items such as pool floats, beach balls, and patio furniture cushions can be stored in a <a title="About Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60012.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box </a>on the patio or by the pool, where they will be readily accessible when summer returns. The extra large 130-gallon capacity Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box features a spring-hinged lockable lid with a water-resistant seal so all of your items will stay safe and dry.&nbsp; And, it's strong enough to double as extra seating for you next summer, too.</p> <p><img title="cabinet1.jpg" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/cabinet1.jpg" alt="" />If you'd rather move smaller items like yard games, citronella candles, and lawn sprinklers inside to your garage, the new <a title="About Lifetime Modular Cabinets" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-80172.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Modular Cabinets </a>are a perfect indoor storage solution.&nbsp; The cabinets can be arranged in both top-to-bottom and side-to-side configurations to create customized storage areas to fit your space.&nbsp; And, they can be used either freestanding or wall-mounted.</p> <p><img title="shed finished 2.jpg" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/shed finished 2.jpg" alt="" />But, if you're like me, you've somehow managed to accumulate way too many new outdoor items to fit in a Lifetime Storage Box or Lifetime Modular Cabinet.&nbsp; So, maybe it's time to consider building these bulky things their own new home.&nbsp; A <a title="About Lifetime Sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx?from=top" target="_blank">Lifetime Shed </a>is a great option to store your bigger outdoor items like grills, lawn mowers, tiki torches, garden tools, pool skimmers, riding toys, and more.&nbsp; Sizes range from <a title="about 8'x2.5' Lifetime sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6413.aspx" target="_blank">8'x2.5' </a>and go all the way up to <a title="about garage size Lifetime sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/11ft-shed/Default.aspx" target="_blank">garage sizes</a>, with the most popular storage size being the <a title="more about a 8'x10' Lifetime shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" target="_blank">8'x10" size</a>.&nbsp; All Lifetime sheds are constructed of high-density polyethylene so they are virtually maintenance-free.&nbsp; Want some more good news?&nbsp; They are quick and easy to assemble!&nbsp; My husband and I <a title="Building Our Lifetime Shed - Step 2 blog post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/?postID=1377" target="_blank">assembled ours </a>in just 4 hours and 45 minutes!&nbsp; That's a quick way to gain A LOT of extra storage space!</p> <p>Enjoy the cooler weather and happy storing!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan13 Oct 2010 1:40:37 PMLifetime Shed Weather Kitshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355911/lifetime-shed-weather-kitshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355911/lifetime-shed-weather-kits<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/Extreme_2D00_Weather_2D00_Kit.jpg"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/Extreme_2D00_Weather_2D00_Kit.jpg" alt="" border="0" /></a>All Lifetime <a title="sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx?from=left" target="_blank">Sheds</a> are very durable and built to last, but if you happen to live in an area that receives an excessive amount of snowfall and/or high winds, the engineers at Lifetime Products have designed a special <a title="shed accessories" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/ShedAccessories/Default.aspx" target="_blank">shed accessory</a> especially with you in mind--our shed weather kits!&nbsp; We are now offering a Snow Load Kit for the Lifetime 8 ft and 11 ft storage sheds, as well as an Extreme Weather Kit for the 8 ft storage sheds. (Please note that these kits are not compatible with the Lifetime garden style&nbsp;sheds in which the doors are located in the longer side.)</p> <p>The Snow Load Kit consists of steel brackets to reinforce the roof truss and increase the snow load weight capacity of your 8 ft or 11 ft storage shed roof to 30 lbs per square foot.&nbsp; The Extreme Weather Kit for the 8 ft storage shed includes bracket reinforcements for three roof trusses as well as several steel reinforcement channels for the walls and door which are designed to anchor the roof, walls, and door of the shed directly to the ground.&nbsp;So for&nbsp;an 8 x 10&nbsp;ft Lifetime storage shed, the Extreme Weather Kit&nbsp;will enable the shed to&nbsp;hold up under a total of 2400 lbs of snow&nbsp;on the roof&nbsp;and endure winds up to 94 mph!</p> <p>Rest assured, these shed weather kits are not necessary under normal seasonal conditions. Without a Snow Load Kit, the 8 ft Lifetime Storage Shed still has an amazing snow load weight capacity of 23 psf, and the 11 ft Lifetime Storage Shed has a snow load weight capacity of 16 psf with a high&nbsp;wind rating of 65 mph. This is more than sufficient for most areas. But for those of our customers who find themselves at the mercy of extreme weather conditions, our shed weather kits provide that extra peace of mind that your Lifetime shed and all of its contents are well protected.</p> <p>To receive a special discount on these weather kits from <a title="www.buylifetime.com" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/?from=top" target="_blank">The&nbsp;Lifetime Online Store</a>, enter the code "Weather10" to receive 10% off the <a title="60011 extreme weather kit for 8 ft shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60011.aspx" target="_blank">60011 Extreme Weather Kit</a> for an 8 ft Lifetime storage shed, the <a title="60045 snow load kit for 8 ft shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60045.aspx" target="_blank">60045 snow load kit</a> for an 8 ft Lifetime storage shed, or the <a title="1034594 snow load kit for 11 ft shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-1034594.aspx" target="_blank">1034594 Snow load kit</a> for an 11 ft Lifetime storage shed.</p>Charlys22 Sep 2010 12:30:00 PMNew Product Videos Onlinehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355393/new-product-videos-onlinehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/355393/new-product-videos-online<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/video-library.jpg"></a><a title="Lifetime Video Library" href="http://www.lifetime.com/VideoLibrary/" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/resized-image.ashx/__size/550x0/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/lifetime365/video-library-small.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>We at Lifetime Products&nbsp;are proud to announce our&nbsp;all-new <a title="Lifetime video library" href="http://www.lifetime.com/VideoLibrary/" target="_blank">video library</a>!&nbsp;</p> <p>We have been busy working&nbsp;to produce Lifetime product videos for nearly all of our products.&nbsp; These videos are a great way to&nbsp;help&nbsp;you better understand the products and check them&nbsp;out before you buy, especially if you are ordering online and have not seen a product in person.&nbsp;The videos allow you to&nbsp;view the product from all angles and&nbsp;see the various features in action.&nbsp;Our video library is growing every day and with&nbsp;about 200 product offerings, more are certainly on the way!&nbsp; You will soon start&nbsp;seeing these new product videos pop up on a lot of the websites that sell our products, including in the <a title="Lifetime Online Store" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a>, <a title="Costco.com" href="http://www.costco.com/Common/Search.aspx?whse=BC&amp;topnav=&amp;search=lifetime&amp;N=0&amp;Ntt=lifetime&amp;cm_re=1_en-_-Top_Left_Nav-_-Top_search&amp;lang=en-US" target="_blank">costco.com</a>, <a title="Sam's Club" href="http://www.samsclub.com/sams/search/searchResults.jsp?searchTerm=lifetime&amp;searchCategoryId=all">samsclub.com</a>, <a title="competitiveedgeproducts" href="http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/" target="_blank">competitiveedgeproducts.com</a>, <a title="Meijer.com" href="http://www.meijer.com/home.jsp" target="_blank">meijer.com</a>, <a title="overstock.com" href="http://www.overstock.com/search?keywords=lifetime&amp;SearchType=Header" target="_blank">overstock.com</a>, <a title="amazon" href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;field-keywords=lifetime+products&amp;ih=4_3_1_0_0_0_0_0_1_1.117_99&amp;fsc=2" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, and more.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can also&nbsp;see <em>all </em>of our&nbsp;product videos by visiting the <a title="Lifetime video library" href="http://www.lifetime.com/VideoLibrary/" target="_blank">Video Library</a> on <a href="http://www.lifetime.com">www.lifetime.com</a>, or by visiting our YouTube Channel at <a href="http://www.youtube.com/lifetimeproducts">www.youtube.com/lifetimeproducts</a>.&nbsp; (You can even subscribe to the Lifetime Products YouTube channel to easily get notified when new videos have been posted.)&nbsp;&nbsp;The videos are&nbsp;organized by&nbsp;category:&nbsp;&nbsp;tables and chairs, lawn and garden, basketball, playground, trailers, and corporate videos. Additionally&nbsp;on our YouTube channel, you can also watch some videos we have "favorited" from other users' videos&nbsp;that feature our products.</p> <p>Keep checking for more videos on new and existing products. If you are looking for a certain Lifetime product video and have not&nbsp;found it, please send us an email at <a href="mailto:pr@lifetime.com">pr@lifetime.com</a> and we will either let you know where it is, or get it on the list to be produced.</p>Katie30 Jul 2010 4:00:00 PMPlastic Shedshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2425/plastic-shedshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2425/plastic-sheds<p><a title="plastic sheds" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/about-our-products/sheds.aspx" target="_blank"><img style="border-right-width:0px;display:inline;border-top-width:0px;border-bottom-width:0px;border-left-width:0px;" title="plastic sheds" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/blogs/lifetime365/image_427DB832.png" border="0" alt="plastic sheds" width="590" height="165" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/about-our-products/sheds.aspx" target="_blank">Plastic storage sheds</a> are a must-have for anyone that has a yard. Storage sheds in general help you to keep your tools and other &ldquo;yard stuff&rdquo; organized, out of the weather, and out of the yard. Bags of compost or fertilizer store well in a weather-proof shed, and if you lock your outdoor <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx" target="_blank">storage shed</a> these potentially harmful bags can be stored out of reach of children, pets, or vandals.</p> <p>Lifetime <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/about-our-products/sheds.aspx" target="_blank">plastic garden sheds</a> have some distinct benefits over traditional stick-framed sheds, and don&rsquo;t even get me started about flimsy metal sheds. Wood sheds need to be maintained to keep them safe from the elements. Walls and doors need to be scraped and painted somewhat frequently to keep the exterior weather-tight, shingles need to be replaced every so often. Insects and rodents love wood, it&rsquo;s a natural element, they can eat, gnaw through, nest in&hellip; and since you don&rsquo;t live in your shed you&rsquo;re less likely to see early problem signs &ndash; until the damage has been done.</p> <p>Lifetime <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/about-our-products/sheds.aspx" target="_blank">plastic sheds</a> don&rsquo;t need to be painted, they don&rsquo;t have singles, generally speaking they don&rsquo;t get eaten by bugs and rodents, and if your city&rsquo;s building code is like mine you might not need a building permit or inspections to put up a <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/about-our-products/sheds.aspx" target="_blank">plastic shed</a> like you do with a wood shed. (Your land-use and building codes may differ, so make sure you check for yourself!)</p> <p>A <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/about-our-products/sheds.aspx" target="_blank">plastic shed</a> also makes a great gardening shed. Toss in a couple <a title="Lifetime tables" rel="vote-for" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime Tables</a>, e voil&agrave;! Instant planting benches and seed starting <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/Tables/Default.aspx" target="_blank">tables</a>.</p> <p><a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/about-our-products/sheds.aspx" target="_blank">plastic sheds</a> are available shipped right to your door from www.<a href="http://www.BuyLifetime.com" target="_blank">BuyLifetime.com</a>.</p> <p>What are you going to do with your <a title="Lifetime Products" href="http://www.Lifetime.com" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/about-our-products/sheds.aspx" target="_blank">plastic shed</a>?</p>Joe25 Mar 2009 10:01:00 AM6415 shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2082/6415-shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2082/6415-shed<p><a title="6415 shed" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/blogs/lifetime365/image_0FBB40F3.png" target="_blank"><img style="border-top-width:0px;display:inline;border-left-width:0px;border-bottom-width:0px;margin-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-right-width:0px;" title="6415 shed" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/blogs/lifetime365/image_1C096C9C.png" border="0" alt="6415 shed" width="230" height="240" align="right" /></a> The <a title="6415 shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6415.aspx" target="_blank">6415 shed</a> Shed is an 11-foot by 13.5-foot outdoor <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx" target="_blank">storage shed</a> unlike anything you&rsquo;ve seen before. It&rsquo;s made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) that looks like wood siding and traditional shingles, but HDPE never rots, never has insect problems, never needs painting, and you&rsquo;ll never need to re-shingle.</p> <p>But the <a title="6415 shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6415.aspx" target="_blank">6415 shed</a> shed isn&rsquo;t a &ldquo;plastic shed&rdquo; by any stretch of the imagination. The <a title="6415 shed" rel="vote-for" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6415.aspx" target="_blank">6415 shed</a> shed has a powder-coated, rust resistant steel frame and rafters. It has lockable front-doors, windows, gable vents, and &ldquo;attic storage,&rdquo; and modular accessory system, the <a title="6415 shed" rel="vote-for" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6415.aspx" target="_blank">6415 shed</a> shed is a revolution in backyard storage.</p> <p>The <a title="6415 shed" rel="vote-for" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6415.aspx" target="_blank">6415 shed</a> sheds is available with <strong>free shipping</strong> from <a href="http://www.BuyLifetime.com" target="_blank">BuyLifetime.com</a>.</p>Joe09 Mar 2009 10:14:00 AM6405 Shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2113/6405-shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/2113/6405-shed<p><a title="6405 shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" target="_blank"><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="6405 shed" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/blogs/lifetime365/image_4D43874C.png" border="0" alt="6405 shed" width="229" height="240" align="right" /></a> <a title="6405 shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" target="_blank">6405 shed</a> shed is Lifetime&rsquo;s stylish 8-foot by 10-foot outdoor <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx">storage shed</a>, boasting headroom of 6&rsquo;8&rdquo; and 491.3 total cubic feet of available storage.</p> <p>The <a title="6405 shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" target="_blank">6405 shed</a> shed comes with one door (56&rdquo; wide by 76&rdquo; high), one window (17&rdquo; square), four skylights, two screened vents, two 30&rdquo; by 10&rdquo; shelves, one 90&rdquo; by 9&rdquo; shelf, two 9.5&rdquo; radius corner shelves, two 16&rdquo; peg hook strips (all hardware included), and a battery-operated light (other <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/ShedAccessories/Default.aspx">shed accessories</a> are available from <a href="http://www.BuyLifetime.com">BuyLifetime.com</a>).</p> <p>Like all Lifetime sheds, the <a title="6405 shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" target="_blank">6405 shed</a> shed not only serves as a solution to your storage problems, it also looks great and is an attractive backyard addition.</p> <p>The <a title="6405 shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" target="_blank">6405 shed</a> shed is UV protected from fading and cracking and comes with a high-impact polyethylene floor that is resistant to stains and solvents. Its wall- and roof-panels are constructed from high-density polyethylene plastic with steel reinforcements, and is built to weather the elements for many years. Lifetime is so confident in the quality of the <a title="6405 shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" target="_blank">6405 shed</a> shed that they give it a 10 year Limited Warranty.</p> <p>Available with <strong>free shipping</strong> from <a href="http://www.BuyLifetime.com">BuyLifetime.com</a>.</p>Joe24 Jan 2009 9:01:00 AMLifetime 6446http://blog.lifetime.com/article/2144/lifetime-6446http://blog.lifetime.com/article/2144/lifetime-6446<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/blogs/lifetime365/image_103089B1.png"><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="Lifetime 6446" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/blogs/lifetime365/image_thumb_45CB667A.png" border="0" alt="Lifetime 6446" width="240" height="228" align="right" /></a> The <a title="Lifetime 6446" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6446.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 6446</a> shed is a 15&rsquo; x 8&rsquo; multi-use garden shed by <a href="http://www.Lifetime.com"></a><a href="http://www.Lifetime.com">Lifetime Products</a>.</p> <p>A <a title="Lifetime 6446" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6446.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 6446</a> shed isn&rsquo;t like any <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/outdoorSheds/Default.aspx">storage shed</a> you&rsquo;ve ever seen before. The <a title="Lifetime 6446" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6446.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 6446</a> shed has faux slate shingles and faux wood siding, gable vents, windows (with shutters), locking side-entry door, sky-lights, and corner-shelving.</p> <p>Add some window boxes and flowers and the <a title="Lifetime 6446" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6446.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 6446</a> shed might look better than your neighbor&rsquo;s house! :)</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re tired of running back and forth to the garage for your tools you need the <a title="Lifetime 6446" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6446.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 6446</a> shed!</p> <p>The <a title="Lifetime 6446" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6446.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 6446</a> shed is available from many garden home and garden store, as well as online with <strong>FREE SHIPPING</strong> from <a href="http://www.BuyLifetime.com">BuyLifetime.com</a>.</p>Joe31 Dec 2008 6:20:00 PMSanta's Secret Shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/1494/santas-secret-shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/1494/santas-secret-shed<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1493/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" />Shhhhhh.&nbsp; Don't tell my kids.&nbsp; The other day I talked with Santa at the mall and he informed me he is bringing my little girl a play kitchen.&nbsp; I'm so excited, she's going to love it!&nbsp;</p> <p>However, Santa was a bit concerned because the box is so big.&nbsp; He was worried that with such a big box he may not be able to fit everything in his sleigh on Christmas Eve.&nbsp; So, he asked if there was any possible way he could deliver the present early and hide it at our house until Christmas Eve when he'll put it under the tree.&nbsp;</p> <p>Yikes! At first I thought there was no possible way I'd be able to hide a present that large at our house.&nbsp; WAIT!&nbsp; Ding, ding!&nbsp; I just remembered the new <a title="Lifetime shed info" href="http://www.lifetime.com/outdoorstorage/" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a> that we built in our backyard.&nbsp; It's&nbsp;an&nbsp;<a title="buy a Lifetime shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6406.aspx" target="_blank">8'x5' shed</a>&nbsp;so it has plenty of room to hide a play kitchen box.&nbsp; However, my son does likes to play in there sometimes and pretend it is his own little clubhouse.&nbsp; Hmmm, that could pose a possible risk.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fortunately, Lifetime sheds feature holes in the door latch to accommodate a padlock!&nbsp; So, when the kids were at school one day, Santa made his early delivery and I showed him where to store the big box in our Lifetime shed.&nbsp; Now, the Christmas present is locked up tight so no curious little eyes can get an early peek.&nbsp; (Plus, it helps protect the other valuables in the shed like our lawn mower etc. - which is a good answer if my son happens to ask why a lock suddenly appeared!)</p> <p>We built the shed to store my husband's lawn equipment and it's his space to use as he pleases.&nbsp; But, this month he'll have to share a little space with Santa.&nbsp;So glad we could help the jolly old man!&nbsp;<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/emoticons/emotion-5.gif" alt="Wink" /></p>Jan23 Dec 2008 5:00:00 AMBuilding Our Lifetime Shed - Step 3http://blog.lifetime.com/article/1403/building-our-lifetime-shed---step-3http://blog.lifetime.com/article/1403/building-our-lifetime-shed---step-3<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1400/original.aspx" target="_blank"><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1400/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></a>It's official!&nbsp; Our <a title="Lifetime shed details" href="http://www.lifetime.com/outdoorstorage/" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a> building <a title="Building Our Lifetime Shed - Step 1" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2008/11/24/building-our-lifetime-shed-step-1.aspx">project</a> is finished!&nbsp; A few weeks ago we added a wood "skirt" to the front of the wood platform to hide the gap underneath, to prevent critters from getting under our shed, and to make it more attractive.&nbsp; Since we have a wood fence around our yard, we bought two more fence boards and cut them into short pieces.&nbsp; We nailed them onto the platform and basically made a miniature fence along the bottom front of the shed.&nbsp; We then stained it to match the rest of our fencing.&nbsp; It turned out great! We used some of the rock that was left from building our house (and rock that we dug up in our yard when we built our shed) to build some landscaping beds around the shed.&nbsp; We planted a few pansies, and a bush, and - voila- we were done!</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1401/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" />We originally built our Lifetime shed to get rid of some of the clutter on our patio and in our garage.&nbsp; So far, we've filled the <a title="buy a lifetime shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6406.aspx" target="_blank">8'x5' shed</a> with all of our lawn tools that were in the garage...lawn mower, weed eater, wheelbarrow, fertilizers etc.&nbsp; My husband loves having a place all his own to store his yard stuff.&nbsp; We knew beforehand that building a shed wouldn't entirely clean out our garage since we have so many bikes, strollers, and kids' toys that need to stay in the garage for easy access.&nbsp; However, before we built the shed, we were constantly climbing over bikes to get to shelves and <a title="Lifetime yard cart details" href="http://www.lifetime.com/outdoorstorage/" target="_blank">yard tools</a> and we had to move the strollers and toys out of the garage to get the lawn mower in and out.&nbsp;<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1402/secondarythumb.aspx" border="0" alt="" /> Now, thanks to our new shed, we finally have space in front of our workbench to work, and a clear path to easily walking to our shelves, sprinkler system control box, and trash cans!&nbsp;</p> <p>One last side note... good intentions don't always work out so well.&nbsp; In addition to the <a title="Yum! BBQ Rat! blog post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2008/08/18/yum-bbq-rat.aspx">rats</a> we've had in our backyard, we've also found three possums living under our kids' sandbox!&nbsp; (Ugh.&nbsp; Remember, I don't do rodents!!!)&nbsp; We thought we had the shed platform completely closed in with the wood skirt in front and bricks and rocks on the sides so nothing could get under the shed.&nbsp; Wrong!&nbsp; Just this week, we noticed a hole under the front of the fence skirt where something has been digging to get under the shed.<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1399/secondarythumb.aspx" border="0" alt="" />&nbsp; Sigh. Great, the possums found a new hiding place.&nbsp; But, yesterday we happened to go out to the shed and heard a "meow".&nbsp; Turns out a neighborhood house cat that had been lost for over a week somehow made its new home under our shed!&nbsp; So, the neighbor was happy to get her cat back and we were happy not to have possums under our shed.&nbsp; (At least for now.)&nbsp;&nbsp; I hope you have better luck critter-proofing under your shed than we did!&nbsp; :)</p>Jan08 Dec 2008 10:00:00 AMBuilding Our Lifetime Shed – Step 2http://blog.lifetime.com/article/1377/building-our-lifetime-shed--step-2http://blog.lifetime.com/article/1377/building-our-lifetime-shed--step-2<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1372/original.aspx" border="0" alt="" />Since it&rsquo;s been over a week since I last blogged, you&rsquo;re probably hoping that building our shed really didn&rsquo;t really take this long!&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t worry, it didn&rsquo;t.&nbsp; I just haven&rsquo;t had a chance to sit down and write about it amidst all of our Thanksgiving festivities, preparations for family visiting, and Christmas decorating.</p> <p>As you&rsquo;ll recall, after almost a full day&rsquo;s work, we finally had our ground leveled and our wood platform built for our shed.&nbsp; We strategically planned to build our <a title="Shop for the 8x5 Lifetime Shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" target="_blank">8&rsquo;x5&rsquo; Lifetime shed</a> on Veteran&rsquo;s Day since Mike would have the day off, but the kids would both be in preschool.&nbsp; We were under a ticking time clock&ndash; five hours of uninterrupted, kid-free work time.&nbsp; Hopefully, we could build the shed before it rained or before we had to leave pick up the kids!</p> <p>We started at 9:30am.&nbsp; The first few steps required simply snapping together large plastic side panels &ndash; kind of like giant Legos for grown ups!&nbsp; Super simple &ndash; but be sure you actually hear the &ldquo;snap&rdquo; sound, otherwise it didn&rsquo;t completely lock into place.&nbsp; We learned that right off the bat with the first corner wall&hellip;but after we got into a rhythm, it was a cinch.<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1376/secondarythumb.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p><a title="Visit Lifetime.com" href="http://www.lifetime.com/" target="_blank">Lifetime</a> went above and beyond to ensure building their shed is easy.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; All of their plastic pieces have labels (like &ldquo;left door&rdquo;) molded right into the plastic.&nbsp;&nbsp; And, the hardware pieces all come in labeled bags with a master parts list referencing what each bag contains.&nbsp; BIG HINT &ndash; be sure to keep all of the parts in the plastic bags!&nbsp; 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&hellip;such as &ldquo;door hardware&rdquo;.&nbsp; So, when you open the bags, cut the top&hellip;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.&nbsp; Another hint &ndash; the bag labeled &ldquo;sub kit&rdquo; is part of the "Door Handle Hardware Bag"&hellip;.kind of like bag #2 of "Door Handle Hardware".&nbsp;That one threw us for a loop for a while since &ldquo;sub kit&rdquo; is not on the part reference list. (That was really my only complaint with any of Lifetime&rsquo;s packaging, labeling, or directions!)</p> <p>Only 45 minutes into our time and we already had three walls constructed.&nbsp; It was then time to assemble the doors, handles and latches.&nbsp;Mike and I aren&rsquo;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.&nbsp; We figured it out, but it was definitely the slowest part of the entire process for us!<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1374/secondarythumb.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>Lifetime recommends having two or more people to build the shed.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp;&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; We managed with two people, but we definitely had some awkward moments when we looked a little bit like contortionists!</p> <p>Another slightly tricky step for us was installing the roof.&nbsp; 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!&nbsp; But, what fun is a construction project if you get it entirely right the first time?&nbsp; :) As they say, practice makes perfect.&nbsp;<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1375/secondarythumb.aspx" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>Good news&hellip;we finished the shed in 4 hours 45 minutes!&nbsp; Just in time to go get the kiddos and before it rained.&nbsp; Overall, we were thrilled with the simplicity of the assembly process.&nbsp; Definitely so much quicker and easier than the wood shed we built at our old house.&nbsp; So far, the quality of our Lifetime shed seems great.&nbsp; I&rsquo;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.<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1373/secondarythumb.aspx" border="0" alt="" /><br />&nbsp;</p> <p>Our next step will be to put some sort of skirting around the bottom of the shed and do some landscaping around it.&nbsp; 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&nbsp;of&nbsp;the Lifetime shed&nbsp;building process.&nbsp; More to come soon&hellip;.</p>Jan02 Dec 2008 8:37:00 AMBuilding Our Lifetime Shed - Step 1http://blog.lifetime.com/article/1328/building-our-lifetime-shed---step-1http://blog.lifetime.com/article/1328/building-our-lifetime-shed---step-1<p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1329/secondarythumb.aspx" alt="" border="0" />Okey-dokey. So, our Lifetime&nbsp;<a title="Our Shed Arrives! post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2008/11/20/our-shed-arrives.aspx">shed arrived</a> and we read through the assembling directions.&nbsp; Now that we had the general idea of what we were about to undertake,&nbsp; we were ready to start building our shed!&nbsp;&nbsp; Well, sort of.&nbsp; Before we could actually start assembling our Lifetime shed, we had to prepare the shed site.</p> <p>As you may recall, we plan to put our <a title="Buy a Lifetime shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6406.aspx" target="_blank">8&rsquo;x5&rsquo; Lifetime shed</a> right up against our back fence.&nbsp; But, our yard has a pretty significant slope and we can only dig about 6&rdquo; before we hit solid rock&hellip;practically boulders in some spots!&nbsp; And, lucky us, we also had a tree stump and roots we had to take into consideration.&nbsp; Fun times.&nbsp; So, our first step was to level the ground to be flush with the tree stump by removing weeds, rocks, mulch, adding dirt, etc.&nbsp; Ground ready?&nbsp; Check. <img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1333/secondarythumb.aspx" alt="" border="0" /></p> <p>The <a title="Lifetime shed directions" href="http://www.lifetime.com/CustomerCare/instructions/sheds/6406.pdf" target="_blank">Lifetime shed directions</a> recommend building the shed on a concrete slab.&nbsp; However, if that is not an option, they recommend building the shed on a wood platform covered with plywood or on a wood frame filled with pea gravel.&nbsp; Great, more work.&nbsp; Arrgh.&nbsp; However, in reality, that would be the case for any type of shed (whether it&nbsp;was metal, wood, or plastic), especially with our sloped yard.&nbsp; BUT, here&rsquo;s the best part&hellip;Lifetime actually provides step-by-step directions on how to build the wood platform or wood frame!&nbsp; They show awesome pictures, list the exact materials you will need, and provide the precise dimensions including where to place all of the support beams.&nbsp; They&rsquo;ve seriously done all of the work for you except the manual labor!&nbsp; Even someone who isn&rsquo;t very good at woodworking can figure out how to build the shed platform with the directions Lifetime provides.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1330/secondarythumb.aspx" alt="" border="0" />One piece of advice the instructions didn&rsquo;t mention that might be handy&hellip;if you&rsquo;re building the wood platform or frame, if possible, build it on a flat surface (like a driveway or in your garage) first and then carry it to your final destination to make it easier to ensure you have it level and squared.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s exactly what we did.&nbsp; My husband and I constructed the wood frame on our concrete driveway&hellip;it only took about 30 minutes.&nbsp; Super simple.</p> <p><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1331/secondarythumb.aspx" alt="" border="0" />Then, thanks to my massive muscles (ha!), we carried the wood frame back to the future shed site. We placed it on the ground to see how much more leveling of the ground we would need to do.&nbsp; We had to ensure the platform would be above the tree stump and roots that we couldn&rsquo;t remove.&nbsp; (Plus, Lifetime also reminds you that any platform or similar structure should be built above ground in order to avoid water pooling inside the shed. ) So, we placed our platform on cinder blocks - three under each of the four shed sides.&nbsp; I&rsquo;m going to be honest with you&hellip;this part took forever!!&nbsp; If you&rsquo;ve ever tried to lay pavers, flagstone, etc., you know what I mean.&nbsp; Leveling a cinder block foundation is tiring and tedious work.&nbsp; Add a little dirt, add a little sand, too much sand, need to pack it down more, oops packed too much etc.&nbsp; Ugh.&nbsp; Finally (about 4 hours later) it was level and we were able to place the wood frame on top of the cinder blocks and quickly nail the plywood on top.&nbsp; Ta-da!<img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1332/original.aspx" alt="" border="0" /></p> <p>Building the wood platform was a piece of cake.&nbsp; Unfortunately, preparing our yard was not.&nbsp; But, we knew it was going to be challenging before we even started thanks to our rocks, tree stumps, and slope.&nbsp; If you already have a concrete slab ready to go (or at least a flat yard), lucky you!&nbsp; We spent almost an entire day preparing our site.&nbsp; Geez, I bet you hope building the actual shed was a lot easier, huh?&nbsp; Stay tuned to find out!</p> <p>Oh...one other great piece of preparation advice that Lifetime reminds you of several times in the directions...be sure to check all of your city and county building codes to learn if you need a building permit.&nbsp; Fortunately, for us, we did not need one.&nbsp; Since a <a title="Lifetime shed details" href="http://www.lifetime.com/outdoorstorage/" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a> does not have real shingles, our city does not consider it a permanent structure and, therefore,&nbsp;a permit&nbsp;is not required.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Darrin24 Nov 2008 10:11:00 AMOur Shed Arrives!!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/1286/our-shed-arriveshttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/1286/our-shed-arrives<p><img style="width: 341px; height: 220px;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/1287/640x480.aspx" border="0" alt="" width="412" height="274" />It&rsquo;s been several months since I first wrote about wanting/needing to <a title="Shed Project Update post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2008/09/18/shed-project-update.aspx">build a shed</a> in our backyard.&nbsp; Great news -&nbsp; you no longer have to read any more about my shed planning or <a title="Bad News, Good News post" href="http://blog.lifetime.com/lifetime365/archive/2008/09/25/bad-news-good-news.aspx">problems</a>.&nbsp; Why?&nbsp; Because last week we finally built our <a title="Lifetime shed details" href="http://www.lifetime.com/outdoorstorage/" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a>!&nbsp; Whoo-hoo!&nbsp; Applause please.</p> <p>So, let&rsquo;s start at the beginning.&nbsp; We had our shed delivered to us.&nbsp; Before the delivery truck arrived, we assumed we would have to move our car out of the garage to keep the shed package until we were ready to build.&nbsp; We are building an <a title="Buy a Lifetime shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6406.aspx" target="_blank">8&rsquo;x5&rsquo; shed</a> so naturally the packing is going to be huge and in several boxes.&nbsp; WRONG!&nbsp; When the driver opened his truck, he only had two&hellip;yes, 2&hellip; small boxes.&nbsp; Trust me, I double-checked the packing slip to make sure he brought everything.&nbsp; After that, I then noticed Lifetime actually prints right on the box in big print &ldquo;box 1 of 2&rdquo; and &ldquo;box 2 of 2&rdquo;.&nbsp; We were so surprised and completely impressed at how well Lifetime has figured out how to minimize packaging for such a large product.&nbsp; Wow!&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t get me wrong, the boxes were long (slightly over 8&rsquo;), but they were very compact. We were able to stack up our kids' gazillion riding toys and bikes and easily make enough room for the boxes without having to move the car out of the garage.</p> <p>I thought we simply ordered a shed in a box.&nbsp; Silly me.&nbsp; To my kids, it was an instant new toy!&nbsp; The kids climbed on the boxes in the garage for almost an hour that night and several times the next few days.&nbsp; First they were stairs, then it was a pretend bed.&nbsp; Crazy how kids can have so much fun with a box&hellip;why do we spend money on real toys?!? So&hellip;when buying your shed, allow for extra box playtime before assembling your shed.&nbsp; :)</p> <p>Anyway, I digress.&nbsp; We opened Box 1 in hopes of easily finding the directions&hellip;bingo, right on top.&nbsp; We wanted to read through the directions entirely before we started anything to get a good feel for what we were up against.&nbsp; Wow, again.&nbsp; HUGE kudos to the Lifetime tech writers for the shed directions!&nbsp; I&rsquo;m telling you, these are like &ldquo;Shed for Dummies" directions.&nbsp; Not at all like most assembly directions I&rsquo;ve seen lately.&nbsp; We assembled a simple nightstand a few months ago and it was like playing a big game of Pictionary drawn by preschoolers who only knew a few capital letters.&nbsp; Not Lifetime shed directions.&nbsp; They use easy-to-understand language with complete sentences!&nbsp; They even incorporate a bit of humor every now-and-then with things like &ldquo;don&rsquo;t do it this way, trust us, we&rsquo;ve tried it and it doesn&rsquo;t work!&rdquo;&nbsp; I felt like a good friend wrote the directions just for me and knew exactly how I might try to skirt around the steps.&nbsp; Busted!&nbsp;</p> <p>Know what else makes the Lifetime shed directions so awesome?&nbsp; The pictures.&nbsp; The drawings are not your standard tech drawings that pretty much look like stick figures.&nbsp; These pictures really look like the actual parts, and are even shown actual size in some cases. And, for the more difficult steps, they even included a separate &ldquo;Construction Tips&rdquo; brochure with large, full-color photos detailing the process!&nbsp; How neat is that!?!&nbsp;&nbsp; If you want to see for yourself what I&rsquo;m talking about, you can actually check out the directions online at <a href="http://www.lifetime.com/">www.lifetime.com</a> in the Customer Care section.</p> <p>Now that we had read through the shed directions, we simply needed to find a day to build our shed.&nbsp;&nbsp; I&rsquo;ll let you know in my next post if things were really as easy as the directions made it sound!</p>Jan20 Nov 2008 5:00:00 AMAnatomy of a Shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/886/anatomy-of-a-shedhttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/886/anatomy-of-a-shed<p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/picture883.aspx" target="_blank"><img style="border: 0px;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/883/secondarythumb.aspx" alt="" width="225" /></a>Saturday was a winterizing day for me. We got about eight inches of snow last weekend, so I figured I better take advantage of the beautiful fall day and get the <a title="8 x 10 Outdoor Storage Shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" target="_blank">shed</a> cleaned out and then packed up with all of our patio playthings.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/picture883.aspx" target="_blank"></a><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/picture883.aspx" target="_blank"></a>As you can see from the photos, my shed is absolutely packed. I guess that's what a shed is supposed to look like, isn't it? I had a unique opportunity of being a part of the team that&nbsp;developed the shed&nbsp;- from start to finish. I remember when it came up as an idea for a new product, I remember reading through the miles and miles of research about it and I remember seeing the prototypes as they came and went. I know more about these sheds than any other <a title="Products" href="http://www.lifetime.com/outdoorstorage/#outdoor-storage-sheds">Lifetime product</a>, and I am exceedingly proud of them.</p> <p>I also bought one of the first sheds we produced. According to the <a title="instructions" href="http://www.lifetime.com/customercare/instructions.aspx" target="_blank">serial numbers</a> and <a title="julian" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_date" target="_blank">julian</a> dates on my shed, it was manufactured on the second day of production - ever! So, it could be said that my shed is one of the founding fathers. It has served me well.</p> <p>Now, going through my shed is like walking through my own personal <a title="Presidential Library" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_library" target="_blank">Presidential Library</a>. It's full of stuff dating back to my childhood, and&nbsp;my career out in the workforce.&nbsp;Let's walk through it and you'll see what I am talking about.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/picture884.aspx" target="_blank"><img style="width: 333px; height: 434px; border: 0px;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/884/384x480.aspx" alt="" width="180" height="225" /></a>Hockey Sticks - About a dozen or so, all of them used by guys I was close to when I worked for the <a title="Go Grizzlies!" href="http://www.utahgrizzlies.com/" target="_blank">Utah Grizzlies</a>.</p> <p>Boxes and boxes of Olympic Documents. I spent 18 months working for the <a title="Salt Lake 2002!" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_Winter_Olympics" target="_blank">Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games</a>, so I've got results books, news stories, training materials and things I wrote for the Olympic News Service. The best being object being the oversized head of "<a title="Powder" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_mascot" target="_blank">Powder</a>," one of the Olympic mascots. That is a very long story, perhaps another day.</p> <p>The big gold tubs on the left are full of <a title="Star Wars Collecting" href="http://www.rebelscum.com/" target="_blank">Star Wars Action Figures</a>. The remnants of an obsession that has gripped me since I was five years old.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/picture885.aspx" target="_blank"><img style="border: 0px;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/885/600x480.aspx" alt="" width="281" height="225" /></a>Up on the shelf, their are posters of football players, super villains, blockbuster movies and even a snow-globe or two. I also have a statue of a rooster - I honestly don't know why, but I can't bring myself to throw it out.</p> <p>You will also find a quilt frame, many used baby seats and toys, all of my childhood memories, boxes of mostly-read books, an antique sled and several other products by Lifetime. Including my beloved <a title="Sport Table" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-2401.aspx" target="_blank">Sport Table</a>...one of my favorite tables we make.</p> <p>The point is, a shed is what you want it to be. Some use it for garden tools and lawn mowers, some use it to store motorcycles, and for me, I use it to store my treasures and trinkets. If it were a <a title="Outdoor Storage Building" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6415.aspx">little bigger</a>, and heated, it would be my <a title="Man Cave!" href="http://www.boston.com/realestate/news/articles/2007/02/04/to_the_man_cave/" target="_blank">man cave</a>.</p> <p>But that's another blog post altogether.</p>admin20 Oct 2008 3:56:00 PMDon't Try This at Homehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/834/dont-try-this-at-homehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/834/dont-try-this-at-home<p><a title="Three generations of sheds"></a><img src="http://blog.lifetime.com/imagecache/Blog/shed.jpg" alt="shed.jpg" width="169" height="225" />Over the years, my father has developed into the quintessential pack rat. To the horror of my mother and us kids, he has been able to build two large sheds and fill them both to the brim with all sorts of stuff. My mother and I are the exact opposite of my father.&nbsp; We are all about maintaining a nice, uncluttered home. That being said, we would love to break my father of his habit, and bring in a large dumpster to clear everything out. However, we haven&rsquo;t been able to bring ourselves to accomplish this goal due to the fact that he seems to have developed a deep connection to everything he has collected.</p> <p>Ever since my father has been unable to set foot into his large shed, he has dreamed of building a lean-to to the shed that would enable him to move stuff out of it and create a path into the shed. With my father&rsquo;s birthday quickly approaching, I told my mom that I had found the best birthday present for him. A friend of mine was selling his <a title="8ft x 2.5ft Shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6413.aspx" target="_blank">Lifetime 8ft x 2.5ft Garden &amp; Tool Storage Shed</a> because he was unable to take it with him when he moved out of state.</p> <p>My mother thought it was a great idea, and so I began making arrangements to transport the already assembled shed the 14 miles from my friend&rsquo;s backyard to the side of my dad&rsquo;s shed. I didn&rsquo;t know of anyone who would <a href="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/picture833.aspx" target="_blank"></a>be able to lend me their trailer, so I asked my father-in-law if I could barrow his long bed truck in the hope that the shed would be able to lay down in the bed of the truck. Unfortunately the width of the shed was larger than the width of the truck&rsquo;s bed, and we decided that the only way to get the shed to my parent&rsquo;s home would be to stand it up vertically and strap it down tight.</p> <p>As I followed behind my father-in-law&rsquo;s truck, I was not sure if the shed was going to make it. With my white knuckles clenching the steering wheel, and my eyes straining to see whether or not the shed was going to fly back at me, we made it, and in record time too. Normally the 14 mile drive would have taken approximately 20 minutes. But we were able to make it in just under an hour.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>My dad did not waste much time filling up his Lifetime shed with a lawnmower, snow plow, rakes, shovels, etc. And at least for the moment he has been able to make a path into his large shed.</p>admin13 Oct 2008 10:39:00 AMFORE!http://blog.lifetime.com/article/789/forehttp://blog.lifetime.com/article/789/fore<p><img style="width: 310px; height: 429px;" src="http://blog.lifetime.com/photos/lifetime365/images/788/360x480.aspx" border="0" alt="" width="326" height="446" />We had a great time at the <a title="Lifetime.com" href="http://www.lifetime.com/" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a> company golf tournament this past Saturday. Instead of working in the yard like I usually do, it was nice to take the day off and dig in someone else&rsquo;s yard &ndash; that&rsquo;s a jab at my divot taking when I golf. During the tournament I had to take a break &ndash; much to the relief of my team mates &ndash; to do an interview on the <a title="www.homefront.com" href="http://www.homefront.com/" target="_blank">Homefront with Don Zeman radio show</a>. I don&rsquo;t think my teammates missed me since I wasn&rsquo;t contributing all that much.<br />It was a lot of fun to participate in the show. <a title="About Don Zeman" href="http://www.expertclick.com/ProfilePage/default.cfm?GroupID=7485&amp;SearchCriteria=Expert&amp;Serial=19-2401" target="_blank">Don</a>, the host, recently purchased an <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" target="_blank">8x10 Lifetime shed</a> to replace his existing shed. I guess I shouldn&rsquo;t name the brand of shed he was replacing, but let&rsquo;s just say it was maid out of rubber and he didn&rsquo;t like it. He had a lot of complements about our shed and fortunately did most of the talking. (Don&rsquo;t you hate the way your own voice sounds!?) <br />During the show we discussed the different size of shed options that Lifetime offers. Basically we currently have four different footprints to choose from:</p> <ol> <li><strong>8ft. wide</strong> : This footprint is our most commonly sold size. It comes in or can be made into the following depth dimensions : <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6413.aspx" target="_blank">8x2.5</a>, <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6406.aspx" target="_blank">8x5</a>, <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6411.aspx" target="_blank">8x7.5</a>,<a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6405.aspx" target="_blank"> 8x10</a>, <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6402.aspx" target="_blank">8x12.5</a>, 8x15. </li> <br /> <li><strong><a title="10x8 ft Garden Shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-60005.aspx" target="_blank">10ft. wide</a></strong> : This footprint is essentially our 8ft. wide shed but we have taken the doors from the end of the shed and put them in the middle. This allows for a division of your stuff into to halves. Sort of like his and her. Guys you can store all your great stuff like Golf Clubs, Motorcycles, those scrap pieces of wood you may someday need, etc, on the left and your wife can store all their useless junk like Christmas Decorations, Halloween Decorations, Arbor Day Decorations, etc, on the right. This shed can also be expanded up to 15ft. wide with expansion kits. </li> <br /> <li><strong>11ft. wide</strong> : Is available in <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6414.aspx" target="_blank">11x3.5</a>, 11x8, <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6433.aspx" target="_blank">11x11</a>, <a href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6415.aspx" target="_blank">11x13.5</a> and I have seen it expanded up to 11x26 which is the biggest we recommend. </li> <br /> <li><strong><a title="15x8 ft Garden Shed" href="http://www.buylifetime.com/Products/BLT/PID-6446.aspx" target="_blank">15ft. wide</a></strong> : This model is also like #2 above but already expanded to the limit and with a different window configuration. Again, it can be used to divide his and her stuff like Easter Decorations, Spring Equinox Decorations, etc, from the really useful stuff like that wire mesh I am determined to fine a use for.</li> <br /></ol> <p>Anyway, I hope this clarifies things a bit, as&nbsp;I have recently been receiving some questions about the shed sizes we offer. It&rsquo;s a good thing I&rsquo;m pretty good at gardening because my golf game stinks!</p>Darrin06 Oct 2008 1:27:00 PM