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 ne24016 Jan 2018 8:26:20 PMLifetime365en-usDear 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="">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="">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="">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="">Kayak</a> or <a href="">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="">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="">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="" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p>Darrin10 Jun 2014 3:24:06 PMNew Video Instructions To Help Assemble Your Shed!<p>Wow! Who would have thought our little homemade <a href="" 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=";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="" 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 PMBe One of the First 10 Customers and Get 25% Off the Lifetime Garden Caddy!<p><br />We're welcoming spring with an amazing deal on our new <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Garden Caddy</a>. Be one of the first 10 customers to order this handy Garden Caddy from <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and get 25% off the regular price. This is the only tool organizer you will need for all your lawn &amp; garden tools. It not only keeps your tools organized and easy to find in storage, but it's designed with wheels so you can roll it with you to different projects around your yard, even over bumpy, uneven terrain. No more struggling to lug various tools from flowerbed to vegetable garden to potted plants on the patio!</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Garden Caddy</a> is constructed from heavy-duty polyethylene (HDPE) with a strong steel frame. It's lightweight, easy to maneuver, and designed to hold 7 long-handled garden tools. There's also a convenient tray for holding smaller items. A bungee cord for securing a bucket to the base is included as well. This handy caddy can hold up to 100 lbs. Just load it up and roll it out!</p> <p>If you're one of the first 10 customers to enter the special code, &ldquo;gardencaddy&rdquo;, at the Check Out point of your online purchase, you will receive a generous 25% off the regular price. If you would like assistance in making your online purchase, please contact our sales representatives at 1 800 424 3865 or email <a href=""></a> and they will be happy to help you.</p> <p><br />&nbsp;</p>admin13 May 2013 10:45:00 AMKeep 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 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="" 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 Tips<p><img src="" 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="" 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="" 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=";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="" target="_blank">Lifetime Shed</a> selection in the <a title="buy a Lifetime shed" href="" 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 You<p><img style="float: left;" title="Blow-Molding Machine" src="" 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="" target="_blank">blow-molded products are made</a>, and <a title="Why Use Powder Coating?" href="" 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=" Basketball" href="" target="_blank">basketball system</a>, legs for your <a title=" Tables" href="" target="_blank">table</a>, or even the reinforcement for your backyard <a title=" Shed" href="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">table</a>, <a title="Chairs" href="" target="_blank">chair</a>,&nbsp; <a title="Sheds" href="" target="_blank">shed</a>, <a title="BasketBall" href="" target="_blank">basketball system</a>, <a title="Kayaks" href="" 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="" href=""></a>!</p>Jernae22 Oct 2012 11:15:00 AMOne Winner and One Week Left to Get 20% Off ALL Lifetime Storage Boxes!<p><img src="" alt="September 2012 Deck Box giveaway.jpg" width="225" height="174" />Wow!&nbsp; A LOT of you have storage projects on your to-do lists!&nbsp; We were overwhelmed with entries this month and we heard dozens of different uses that all of our entrants had in mind for the Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box.&nbsp;</p> <p>But, a big congratulations goes out to <strong>Melissa O. of Hamptom, Virginia</strong> who was the one lucky winner of our September giveaway. She will receive a free <a title="about a Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 80-Gallon Outdoor Storage Box</a> and plans to use it for her gardening supplies&hellip; a very popular idea shared by many of you.&nbsp; It's always interesting to learn how our customers plan to use our products. Your feedback helps us&nbsp;design our products to best fit your needs so thank you for always sharing.</p> <p>Just because you didn't win the giveaway doesn't mean you're completely out of luck.&nbsp; If you are still wishing you had a Lifetime Outdoor Storage to help tackle your storage problems, today is your lucky day after all!&nbsp;&nbsp; Why?&nbsp; The Lifetime Store Online is offering 20% off ANY Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box!&nbsp; That means you can get 20% off the <a title="buy a Lifetime 80-gallon storage box" href="" target="_blank">80-gallon</a> size or even the extra large <a title="buy a Lifetime 130-gallon storage box" href="" target="_blank">130-gallon</a> size.&nbsp; Simply enter code "<strong>deckbox20</strong>" when you check out in the <a title="buy a Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store Online</a>.&nbsp; But hurry - this offer ends next Monday, October 8.</p> <p>As always, since it's a new month that means we'll be starting our next monthly giveaway soon - so stay tuned!</p> <p><br />&nbsp;</p>Jan01 Oct 2012 1:50:00 PMLifetime Deck Box Discount Just in Time For Winter Storage<p>Saturday, September 22, is officially the first day of autumn! Time to start gathering up those toys scattered around the backyard or floating in the pool. If you've been buying lots of fun stuff all summer long and now you're wondering where you're going to store it all, Lifetime has a product you'll be interested in. It goes by the name of <a href="" target="_blank">Deck Box, Storage Box, or Horizontal Shed</a>. But whatever you call it, we're sure you're going to call it The Perfect Solution to your storage woes. Lifetime deck boxes come in 80 gallon and 130 gallon sizes, and for a limited time we're offering a 20%discount&nbsp;in the <a title="buy a Lifetime Storage Box" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store Online</a> on the size of your choice.</p> <p><img src="" alt="womanbox.jpg" width="300" height="200" align="left" />These <a href="" target="_blank">deck boxes</a> are constructed from high-density, double-walled polyethylene plastic so they're durable, low maintenance, and much lighter than wooden or metal storage boxes of the same size. The lid opens to more than 90 degrees for easy access and is designed with a gas-assisted spring-hinge to prevent it from slamming shut. This is a great safety feature to prevent fingers from getting slammed! The water-resistant seal around the lid will keep your storage items safe and dry. If you would like to organize the objects in the deck box, you'll appreciate the interior grooves in the side panels that are designed to accept vertical dividers of your own making (not included). Locate it on your deck, patio, or garage. Great for organizing pool supplies, outdoor game equipment, or gardening supplies.</p> <p>This offer is good for a limited time only, from 9/20/12 to 10/08/12. so don't miss out! Just go to and click on <a href="" target="_blank">Deck Boxes</a> under Sheds. Be sure to enter the code&nbsp;"deckbox20" to get the special discount.&nbsp; If you would like assistance in making this online purchase, please contact one of our friendly sales representatives at 1 800 424 3865 or email <a href=""></a>. Thanks for following us on the Lifetime365 blog!</p>Charlys20 Sep 2012 11:26:31 AMToo Much Outdoor Stuff and Not Enough Space to Store It? Enter to Win a Lifetime Storage Box!<p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong><a title="winner announced" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="September 2012 contest ended.jpg" width="225" height="180" /></a>This giveaway has ended.</strong></span> Like it or not, fall officially starts this weekend which means cooler temperatures will soon&nbsp;be on their way and - <em>gasp</em> - even snowflakes for some of us.&nbsp; Time to start packing up all those fun new pool toys and floaties for the winter, plus those cute patio furniture cushions you bought this summer. Oh, and don't forget the kids' balls and outdoor toys, too.&nbsp; Uh-oh.&nbsp; If you're like me, this is when you start to think&hellip;&nbsp; "Umm.&nbsp; This stuff was great in the summer, but now where am I going to put everything when we aren't using it?"</p> <p>I completely understand your dilemma.&nbsp; It seems every year I keep accumulating more stuff that seems like a great idea at the time, until it comes time to store it.&nbsp; That's why this month we're going to give one lucky random winner a <a title="about Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 80-Gallon Outdoor Storage Box</a>!&nbsp; It's perfect for throwing in&nbsp;all those outdoor toys, pool equipment, yard tools, and more to store your outdoor clutter.&nbsp; It's water-resistant so your stuff will be nice and dry all year long even after the snow melts.&nbsp; The best part is, it's strong enough to sit on to use as a bench, too. So, you can hide your clutter and expand your patio seating all at the same time.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you want to learn a little bit more about the Lifetime 80-Gallon Outdoor Storage Box, here's a quick video to show you all of the features.&nbsp; Then, we're you're ready to enter, simply email us with the info below, sit tight, and cross your fingers!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="425" height="350"></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>How to Enter:</strong></span></p> <ol> <li>Send an e-mail to <a href=""></a> with the subject line "September contest" and your full name in the email message.</li> <li>Let us know what you plan to store in your Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box if you win.</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 Products on Facebook" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href=""></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="Lifetime on Twitter" href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a> @Lifetime365 and retweet to your friends "I need this Outdoor Storage Box that @Lifetime365 is giving away to put my stuff in for winter! <a href=""></a>" to receive one bonus entry.</li> </ol> <p>The contest begins Wednesday, September 19, 2012 and will end Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Monday, October 1, 2012. (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; <a title="official rules" href="" target="_blank">Click here for complete contest rules</a>.)</p>Jan19 Sep 2012 11:20:00 AMThink Inside the Box<p><img src="" alt="smoker 1.jpg" width="169" height="225" />We love getting feedback from our customers. We have had all kinds of interesting topics sent in to us. This one was no exception. Although we can&rsquo;t officially promote use of our products for anything other than their intended use, I thought this one was pretty clever.</p> <p>Stan wrote in telling us how much he loves his Lifetime Outdoor Storage&nbsp;Box. Stan likes to cook meat using a smoker and needed a place to store his smoker on his deck and protect it from the elements. He devised a cleaver way to do this with his <a title="about Lifetime Storage Box" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Storage Box</a>. First, he secured the box standing on one end. Then, he built a sliding shelf in it. Now, whenever he wants to smoke his meat he opens the &ldquo;door&rdquo; of the box and slides out the shelf. Voila, the smoker is ready to go. When he is done with it, and the smoker has cooled, he slides it back into the box shuts the door. His smoker is out of sight and protected from the elements.<img src="" alt="smoker 2.jpg" width="169" height="225" /><img src="" alt="smoker 3.jpg" width="169" height="225" /></p> <p>Again, we don&rsquo;t officially sanction this type of use of our product, but think this was certainly a pretty clever idea.<img src="" alt="smoker 4.jpg" width="169" height="225" /></p> <p>The Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box is a great product. I use mine as a giant toy box big enough to hold even the bigger toys. My parents use theirs to store pool supplies, and have installed boards to divide it into compartments for pool toys, too.</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t have one of our deck storage boxes, you can check them out in the USA at Lowe&rsquo;s. They come in two sizes (<a title="about 80-gallon storage box" href="" target="_blank">80-gallon</a> and <a title="about 130-gallon storage box" href="" target="_blank">130-gallon</a>), and in two different color schemes. You can also find them in the <a title="buy a Lifetime Storage box" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store Online</a>.</p> <p>Thanks so much for sharing, Stan.&nbsp; If you have a creative way you use your Lifetime product like Stan did, drop us a line on this blog, our <a title="Lifetime on Facebook" href="" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>, or via email to <a href=""></a>.&nbsp; We'd love to hear how you think outside - or inside - the box!</p>Darrin02 Jul 2012 4:00:00 PMA Face for Radio<p><img src="" alt="in the house radio show 2012.jpg" width="225" height="180" />This past Sunday afternoon I was able to skip out of church a little early to do a radio interview with our friends at 96.5 FM in Florida. Ken and Jared, father and son, do a weekly home improvement show called <a title="In the House" href="" target="_blank">"In the House"</a> where they invite &ldquo;experts&rdquo; in various categories to come talk about products to improve your home. As part of this interview, they are giving away a <a title="buy a Lifetime shed" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 7'x7' Storage Shed</a> model 60042.</p> <p>This was the third show of this type that I have done since I&rsquo;ve been here at Lifetime. I keep a tally of the number of times I say &ldquo;um&rdquo; or &ldquo;like&rdquo; or some other filler word. This time I only counted six which was a big improvement. I have to admit it is fun talking about something I am so passionate about. I am very content working out in the garden, and with the great weather we&rsquo;ve been having here in Utah have had a lot of opportunity to do some gardening.</p> <p>The 7'x7' Lifetime Shed they are giving away is fairly new out in the market. This is the shed that I will be putting in my own yard in the next week or so. I have been without a shed since we moved over a year ago. My favorite feature of this shed is the full-length skylight which is embedded in the roof peak. It lets in a lot of light but is virtually hidden from the outside.&nbsp; By the way, if you live in Florida, you can still enter to win this shed for the next few weeks by visiting the <a title="In the House on Facebook" href="" target="_blank">"In the House Radio Show" on Facebook</a>.</p> <p>I guess if I have any future in media it&rsquo;s not going to be as the hunk on the latest soap opera, the soap opera people have never asked. But a face for radio, I&rsquo;ve got that!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In case you weren't able to hear the interview live on the radio, I've included a link to the podcast below.&nbsp; (It's the&nbsp;4/22 show.)&nbsp; Happy Gardening.</p> <div><object id="videoplayer320_black" width="320" height="250" align="middle" bgcolor="#000000" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="src" value="" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="sameDomain" /><param name="pluginspage" value="" /></object> <br /><a style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-weight: normal; padding-left: 95px; color: #2da274; text-decoration: none; border-bottom: none;" href="">Podcast Powered By Podbean</a></div>Darrin26 Apr 2012 10:10:00 AMNew Lifetime Shed Has More Windows and Vertical Siding<p><img src="" alt="vertical siding shed.jpg" width="225" height="225" />We have been busy over the past year developing a new shed. The new <a title="buy a Lifetime 8'x10' shed" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 8'x 10' shed</a> capitalizes on the experience we have gained from our previous sheds and brings some great new features.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you are familiar with <a title="about Lifetime sheds" href="" target="_blank">our sheds</a>, you will notice the overall look of this new shed is different. One of the most noticeable differences is the shed walls now have a vertical siding look.</p> <p>Next difference? Windows!&nbsp; We do extensive market research with customers and you told us you like windows. So, we listened to your feedback and added even more windows by putting some in our newly designed doors. Windows allow light into the shed and give it a nice look. The operable window in the sidewall allows airflow so if you are working in the shed you can stay cool.</p> <p>Another difference in this new shed is the roof pitch is higher. This gives the shed a new look and allows for overhead storage space inside the shed.&nbsp; We also have included a full-length roof ridgeline skylight which our customers also requested.</p> <p>From a technical standpoint, we have updated how the shed goes together too. We added a new wall connection that makes the shed even more simple to put together, yet preserves the strength and integrity of the shed.</p> <p>So, what do you think of our new design?&nbsp; Leave us a comment and let us know.&nbsp; Personally, I think it's pretty awesome. It has been fun to watch our engineers stretch as they try to improve on our line of sheds which have already proven very successful. We have pushed them to come up with something new, then something else new, then something else new ... I have wondered at what point I am going to walk into their offices and they say "STOP"! I am very proud of our engineering team and the great ideas that they continually come up with.</p> <p>If you would like one of these new Lifetime sheds, visit your local BJ's Wholesale Clubs or Costco Canada (western region only) or purchase one online in the <a title="buy a Lifetime 8'x10' shed" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store</a>.</p>Darrin02 Mar 2012 9:00:00 AMGet $75 in Free Lifetime Shed Accessories!<p><img src="" alt="7x7shed.jpg" width="225" height="188" />Based on the huge number of entries we received this month, apparently, a lot of you need more storage space! Well,&nbsp;luckily for <strong>Kristine Pittman from Lyndonville, Vermont,</strong> she won't have to worry about storage space anymore because she was the random winner picked to win the <a title="about Lifetime 7x7 shed" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 7'x7' Storage Shed</a>!</p> <p>But, luckily for YOU, we still have a fantastic deal even if you didn't win! Since so many of you said one of your favorite features after watching <a title="video about Lifetmie 7x7 shed" href=";list=PL7F16F70B623DE59F&amp;index=5&amp;feature=plpp_video" target="_blank">the video</a> of the Lifetime Shed was the customizable shelving, we've decided to offer you&nbsp;$75 in FREE shed accessories for a limited time.</p> <p>Now through March 31, if you purchase a shed (any size) in the <a title="buy a Lifetime Shed online" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a>, simply enter coupon code "<strong>Lifetimeshed</strong>" when you check out to get <strong>$75 in FREE shed <a title="buy Lifetime shed accessories" href="" target="_blank">accessories</a></strong>!&nbsp; That means you can pick from long shelves, corner shelves, peg strips, snow kits, and more.</p> <p>Thanks to all who entered and for your feedback about what you liked best about the shed.&nbsp; In addition to the shelving,&nbsp;some of your other favorite features were the windows, the skylight, double doors, durable construction,&nbsp;and&nbsp;low maintenance.</p> <p>Happy shed shopping and be sure to keep following us because we'll have another great product giveaway next month!</p>Jan22 Feb 2012 9:00:00 AMGet $30 Off Lifetime Deck Boxes And Solve Your Storage Problems<p><img src="" alt="130deckbox.jpg" width="300" height="200" />Did you make a New Year&rsquo;s resolution to get more organized? If so, Lifetime has lots of products that can help! Our <a title="about Lifetime sheds" href="" target="_blank">sheds</a> can help you&nbsp;organize your&nbsp;tools and lawn care&nbsp;equipment and our <a title="about Lifetime Modular Cabinets" href="" target="_blank">modular cabinets</a> are perfect for organizing your home, office, or garage spaces. One of our most versatile organization products is the <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 130 gallon&nbsp;Outdoor Storage Box</a>, so this month we are giving you a&nbsp;$30 off coupon code on our <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime online store</a>! Lifetime Outdoor Storage Boxes are ideal for holiday decorations, outdoor toys, patio furniture&nbsp;cushions, and more.</p> <p>Keep&nbsp;this&nbsp;storage box on the deck or patio for&nbsp;easy-to-get-to&nbsp;storage of all of the items you like to use in your yard. It's also ideal for garage storage items&nbsp;and&nbsp;makes a great storage solution&nbsp;for condo balconies or apartments with little or no outdoor storage structures available.</p> <p>A Lifetime Deck Box is constructed for durability and low maintenance. For your convenience, it is designed with a lockable lid that opens more than 90 degrees for easy access. With&nbsp;this Storage Deck Box, you can rest assured that your storage items will remain safe and dry thanks to a lockable lid and water resistant seal. It is even designed with interior vertical slots to accept homemade&nbsp;dividers, which would be&nbsp;convenient for keeping smaller storage items organized!</p> <p>To take advantage of this limited time offer, go to the <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime online store</a> and enter 60012 for the <a href="" target="_blank">130 gallon deckbox</a>. At check out, be sure to enter the discount&nbsp;code&nbsp;<strong>deck30</strong> to receive $30 off the regular price. Our way of saying Thank You&nbsp;for following us on the Lifetime blog!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Charlys09 Jan 2012 11:00:00 AMUtah's Historic Windy Day<p><img src=" 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=";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="" 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="" 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=" at Lowes.JPG" alt="sheds at Lowes.JPG" width="225" height="169" /><img src=" 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="" 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 AMLifetime Outdoor Storage Box Makes Great Boat Dock Locker<p><img src=" locker 1.jpg" alt="Boat locker 1.jpg" width="225" height="169" />I spy with my little eye&hellip; a Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box!&nbsp; Yep, while I was in Ohio visiting my parents a few weeks ago, I was happy to spot a <a title="about Lifetime Storage Boxes" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Storage Box</a> being used as a boat dock locker at the local marina where my&nbsp;parents keep their boat.</p> <p>Although they aren't actually sold through marine supply stores (yet), Lifetime Outdoor Storage Boxes are certainly built to be ideal for a boat dock locker.&nbsp; Like all Lifetime products, the Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box is made of double-wall, high-density polyethylene that is UV-protected so it won't fade, crack, or peel.&nbsp; The Lifetime Storage Box also has a weather- and water-resistant seal that&nbsp;keeps the interior dry.&nbsp;&nbsp; Boaters will love the fact that the controlled spring-hinge lid opens to greater than 90&deg; which means you can easily stuff large seat cushions, lifejackets, buoys, fishing equipment, and more without worrying about having the lid slam shut!&nbsp;</p> <p>Backed by a 10-year warranty, it also has a nice flat lid that is strong enough to double as a bench when you sit around sharing fishing stories with your buds. And, they are&nbsp;very affordable compared to most fiberglass boat dock lockers.&nbsp; Most importantly, it has a lockable lid to protect all of your valuables.&nbsp;&nbsp;Oh, and if the seagulls decide to leave you a present on your Lifetime Storage box - don't worry, they are stain resistant and easy to clean! :)&nbsp;<img src=" locker 2.jpg" alt="boat locker 2.jpg" width="225" height="169" /></p> <p>The most common use for our <a title="buy a Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Outdoor Storage Boxes </a>is on backyard decks or patios. But, obviously, the uses are truly endless.&nbsp; So, how do you use your Lifetime Storage Box?&nbsp; Leave us a comment, we'd love to hear!</p>Jan01 Sep 2011 8:05:00 AMHappy (Early) Father's Day to Our Shed Giveaway Winner!<p><img src="" 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 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="" 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="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a>.&nbsp; And, they actually have a <a title="shed sale details" href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank"> to enter</a>.&nbsp; And, if you visit <a title="enter to win a Lifetime picnic table" href="" target="_blank"></a> before June 19,&nbsp; you can enter to win a <a title="about a Lifetime 6' Folding Picnic Table" href="" 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 AMLifetime Attends National Hardware Show in Las Vegas<p><img style="float: right;" title="Lifetime booth at the National Hardware Show" src="" alt="Lifetime booth at the National Hardware Show" width="250" />Each year Las Vegas hosts the Annual <a title="National Hardware Show" href="" 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="" target="_blank">sheds</a>, <a title="Lifetime Picnic Tables" href="" target="_blank">picnic tables</a>, <a title="Lifetime Raised Garden Bed" href="" target="_blank">raised garden beds</a>, <a title="Lifetime Composters" href="" target="_blank">composters</a>,<a title="Lifetime Adirondack Chair" href="" target="_blank"> Adirondack chairs</a>, <a title="Lifetime Glider Bench" href="" target="_blank">glider bench</a>, <a title="Lifetime Convertible Bench" href="" target="_blank">convertible bench</a>, <a title="Lifetime 130-Gallon Storage Box" href="" target="_blank">130-gallon storage box</a> and <a title="Lifetime 80-Gallon Storage Box" href="" 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="" 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?<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="" 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="" target="_blank">sheds</a> and <a title="about Lifetime Outdoor Storage Boxes" href="" 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's New 80-Gallon Storage Box<p><img style="float: right;" src=" Storage Box.jpg" alt="80-Gallon Storage Box.jpg" width="200" height="139" />Do you need to expand your patio storage, but have limited space available? Store your extra things outside in a new <a title="Lifetime 80-Gallon Storage Box" href=";Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C%7Cp_product_quantity_sold%7C1&amp;pl=1&amp;currentURL=%2Fpl_Small%2BOutdoor%2BStorage_4294816522_4294937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C%7Cp_product_quantity_sold%7C1" target="_blank">Lifetime 80-Gallon Storage Box</a>! We introduced the <a title="Lifetime 130-Gallon Storage Box" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 130-Gallon Storage Box</a> <a title="130-Gallon Storage Box Blog Post" href="" target="_blank">last June</a> and with the great response, we&rsquo;ve created a smaller version of this handy product for those not-so-big backyards or those individuals who have less space.<br />&nbsp;<br />Created to store anything from backyard toys to garden tools and hoses, its UV-protected construction, and weather and water resistant seal helps keeps the interior dry. It will not fade, crack or peel. Its rigid, double-wall, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) construction makes the box strong and durable, sturdy enough to also be used as a patio bench and allow for more seating at your summer backyard barbeques! The spring-hinge lid opens greater than 90 degrees, won&rsquo;t slam shut, and is lockable. With its interior capacity of 80 gallons, this storage box is 39 inches long and 24 inches wide.<br />&nbsp;<br /><img style="float: left;" src=" Storage Box 3.jpg" alt="80-Gallon Storage Box 3.jpg" width="200" height="133" />The storage box comes in one box with easy straight-forward assembly. It includes a 10-year limited warranty. The <a title="Lifetime 80-Gallon Storage Box" href=";Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C%7Cp_product_quantity_sold%7C1&amp;pl=1&amp;currentURL=%2Fpl_Small%2BOutdoor%2BStorage_4294816522_4294937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C%7Cp_product_quantity_sold%7C1" target="_blank">Lifetime 80-Gallon Storage Box</a> is available nationwide exclusively at Lowe&rsquo;s.</p>Darrin11 Mar 2011 12:28:41 AMBoy Earns Eagle Scout Building Lifetime Shed<p>Happy Birthday BSA! The <a href="" target="_blank">Boy Scouts of America </a>was incorporated and chartered by the United States Congress on February 8, 1910. That means this week, they are 101 years old! Last year, they reached a large milestone as they <a href="" target="_blank">turned 100</a>!</p> <p><img src=" pic 4.jpg" alt="assembly pic 4.jpg" width="200" height="150" />In the summer of 2010, Lifetime received a phone call from a 14-year-old Scout named Mason. He was calling on behalf of the Spectrum program at the local Burton Elementary School in Layton, Utah (very close to Lifetime&rsquo;s headquarters). Spectrum is a program designed to provide activities for children who are academically gifted. Among their activities, they put on a play once a year, which we hear is a great performance. But he wasn't calling to talk just about the program; he was calling because the local Spectrum program had a problem that was putting their annual play in jeopardy.</p> <p><img src=" pic.jpg" alt="donation pic.jpg" width="191" height="144" />He had heard through the Spectrum program that there was a problem with storage space. The program was storing their supplies in an old school, including many items for the annual play, and they needed to find a new storage location.&nbsp; They had said that the annual play may need to be canceled if storage space was not found. Mason was familiar with <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime sheds</a>, and he was also looking for a project to help him earn his Eagle Scout rank, the highest distinction awarded in the BSA which requires fulfillment of leadership, service and outdoor skills. He bravely took on this challenge, and contacted Lifetime to secure a shed.</p> <p>In the meantime, Mason organized a fundraiser to help cover other costs of the project including pouring the cement pad, shelves and containers. He raised $690! He made a few more calls, and received more good news from the Davis County School District. They generously offered to pour the cement pad.</p> <p><img src=" pic.jpg" alt="teacher pic.jpg" width="300" height="225" />So the stage was set, and ready for the main event&mdash;putting together the 11&rsquo; x 13.5' Lifetime shed! Mason gathered his friends to assemble the shed. As expected, the work proved to be a great learning experience in patience and teamwork, as he worked alongside his peers to read and follow the step-by-step directions. They also gained great experience using tools, and identifying hardware and shed parts.</p> <p>Today, Mason has earned his Eagle Scout rank and the Spectrum program has a spacious shed to store their materials. We look forward to more spectacular things from Mason and the Spectrum program, starting with their next annual play!</p>Katie10 Feb 2011 9:30:37 AMWinner of Lifetime Modular Cabinets Announced… and $50 Off Coupon!<p><img src="" alt="cabinet.jpg" width="225" height="245" />January is national <a title="about GO Month" href="" target="_blank">Get Organized month</a>.&nbsp; And, based on the comments we received in this month's giveaway entries, a lot of you have some big organization projects you plan&nbsp;to tackle!</p> <p>Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter our January giveaway, and a big congratulations to our lucky random winner&nbsp;<strong>Brook Y. from Willard, Utah</strong>!&nbsp; Brook&nbsp;will receive two <a title="about Lifetime Modular Cabinets" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Modular Cabinets</a> to help with her storage problems in her garage.</p> <p>The majority of you who entered this month's giveaway were hoping to win the Lifetime Modular Cabinets to help organize your garages and basements.&nbsp; But, some of you had other clever plans for the modular cabinets including laundry rooms, craft rooms, play rooms, outside on your decks,&nbsp; and inside your <a title="Lifetime storage sheds" href="" target="_blank">storage sheds</a>.&nbsp; All perfect spots for these weather-resistant, durable, and versatile cabinets!</p> <p>For those of you who didn't win, you can still snag a great deal on Lifetime Modular Cabinets in the <a title="Lifetime Online Store" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a>&nbsp;to stash that clutter.&nbsp; Simply enter code <span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>50SCBLT</strong> </span>at checkout, and you'll receive <strong>$50 off</strong> each Lifetime Modular Cabinet you purchase.&nbsp; But, hurry, this offer expires February 16, 2011.</p> <p>And, keep following us on this blog and on <a title="Lifetime Facebok Page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook </a>and <a title="Lifetime Twitter page" href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a> because we'll host another product giveaway next month!</p>Jan24 Jan 2011 10:30:00 AMWin Two Lifetime Modular Cabinets!<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong><img src="/imagecache/blog/January%202011%20contest%20ended.jpg" alt="January 2011 contest ended.jpg" width="225" height="180" />This giveaway has ended</strong></span>.&nbsp; The holidays may be gone, but more than likely, they left behind a lot of new "stuff" for you to store or stash.&nbsp; Whether it's new toys, outgrown toys, Christmas decorations, craft supplies, or tools, reorganizing after the holidays is sometimes an overwhelming task.&nbsp; (No wonder the <a title="about NAPO" href="" target="_blank">National Association of Professional Organizers</a> has declared January as "Get Organized" Month!) &nbsp;That's why we thought this month was the perfect time to give away two <a title="about Lifetime Modular Cabinets" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Modular Cabinets </a>to one lucky winner to help solve those storage problems!&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman';">As you saw last week in <a title="Lifetime Modular Cabinet Blog post" href="" target="_blank">Charyls' blog post</a>, the Lifetime Modular Cabinets are attractive for use in your home or office, yet strong and durable for use in your garage.&nbsp; The cabinets can be used freestanding on the floor, or hung on the wall.&nbsp; And, by using multiple Lifetime Modular Cabinets together, you can really create your own custom storage area to fit whatever storage needs you have.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman';">To learn more about the Lifetime Modular Cabinets and to see up-close views, watch this <a title="Lifetime Modular Cabinet video on YouTube" href="" target="_blank">quick video </a>below.&nbsp; If you like what you see, then hurry and enter today to win two Lifetime Modular Cabinets!</span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"><object width="425" height="350" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="src" value="" /></object> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><strong><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman';">How to enter:</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Send an e-mail to <a href=""><span style="color: blue; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt;"></span></a> with the subject line "January contest".&nbsp; In the email:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; text-indent: -0.25in; margin: 0in 0in 10pt 42pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: Symbol; color: black; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 7.5pt;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Tell us where you plan to use your Lifetime Modular Cabinets if you win.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; text-indent: -0.25in; margin: 0in 0in 10pt 42pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: Symbol; color: black; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 7.5pt;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Include your full name.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><strong><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Bonus Entries:</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman';">1.</span><strong><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt;">&nbsp; </span></strong><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman';">"Like"&nbsp; Lifetime Products on <a title="Lifetime Facebook Page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href=""><span style="color: blue; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt;"></span></a> with your full name telling us you "Like" Lifetime Products and you'll receive one bonus entry.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman';">2.&nbsp; Follow us on <a title="Lifetime Twitter account" href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a> @Lifetime365 and retweet to your friends "Storage problems? Enter to win&nbsp;2 Lifetime Modular Cabinets from @Lifetime365?! <a href=""></a>" to receive one bonus entry.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 7.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman';">The contest begins Monday, January 17, 2011 and will end Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Monday, January 24, 2011.&nbsp; (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; <a title="Official giveaway rules" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: blue; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt;">Click here for complete contest rules.)</span><span style="color: blue;"><br /></span></a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p>Jan17 Jan 2011 12:00:00 PMLifetime Modular Cabinets Make Great Connections<p>Looking for some durable, lockable&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank">storage cabinets </a>for your garage, utility room, lab, or office? Lifetime offers a heavy-duty,commercial cabinet with a modular design so you can connect multiple cabinets together. Connect them vertically or horizontally. Use them as freestanding cabinets on the floor, or mount over a desk, countertop, or your washer and dryer.<img src="" alt="cabinet.jpg" width="300" height="326" /></p> <p>The Lifetime <a href="" target="_blank">modular storage&nbsp;cabinet </a>is constructed from high-density, double-walled, polyethylene plastic with steel reinforcements, so it's strong, stain resistant, and scratch resistant. Two adjustable, steel-reinforced shelves can hold up to 125 lbs. as a floor cabinet, or 75 lbs. as a wall cabinet. You'll also appreciate the locking feature on the doors which allows you to keep the contents safe, secure, and out of reach of children. While it is built to take the use and abuse of an industrial environment, the overall appearance is sophisticated enough for an office or lab environment as well.</p> <p>Arrange multiple units to create your own customized storage system for:</p> <ul> <li>tools</li> <li>automotive and chemical supplies</li> <li>food storage</li> <li>important files</li> <li>magazine collections</li> <li>laundry supplies</li> <li>and more</li> </ul> <p>With this <a href="" target="_blank">heavy-duty cabinet</a>, we guarantee that you're gonna get what you pay for-- a top quality product, backed by an amazing 10-year warranty. If you're in the market for a storage cabinet system, now is the time to take advantage of this limited time offer on the Lifetime modular cabinet. Just go to the <a title="Lifetime Online Store" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store </a>and enter the special discount code&nbsp;50SCBLT to receive $50 off each cabinet if you order between 1/13/11 to 2/16/11.</p>Charlys11 Jan 2011 10:00:00 AMA Lifetime Christmas Shed Downtown<p><img src="" alt="christmas_village_streetview_640.jpg" width="550" height="258" />Since its beginning in 1962, <a title="about Christmas Village" href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">Lifetime Basketball Hoop </a>and <a title="about Lifetime Helicopter Teeter-Totter" href="" 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="" 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 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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=" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">8'x2.5' </a>and go all the way up to <a title="about garage size Lifetime sheds" href="" target="_blank">garage sizes</a>, with the most popular storage size being the <a title="more about a 8'x10' Lifetime shed" href="" 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="" 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 Kits<p><a href=""><img src="" alt="" border="0" /></a>All Lifetime <a title="sheds" href="" 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="" 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="" href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">1034594 Snow load kit</a> for an 11 ft Lifetime storage shed.</p>Charlys22 Sep 2010 12:30:00 PMThe Winner of Our Biggest Giveaway of the Year is….<p><img src="" alt="September-contest-ended.jpg" width="225" height="180" />Wow! When we announced we were hosting our biggest giveaway of the year,&nbsp;your entries started rolling in fast!&nbsp; Not only did we give away our BIGGEST type of product we make, we also had the biggest&nbsp;number of entries to date.&nbsp; We asked you to simply tell us how you would use a Lifetime shed and, boy, did we get an earful.&nbsp;&nbsp; Lawn and garden&nbsp;equipment&nbsp;topped the list as the most popular items people planned to keep in a Lifetime shed. However,&nbsp;storing outdoor toys and bikes, garage stuff and tools, extra&nbsp;kids' clothes, and holiday decorations were also frequently mentioned.&nbsp;&nbsp; We even had some creative plans including to use the shed for a workshop, a "man cave", a playhouse, storing boat equipment, storing pool equipment,&nbsp;hiding a water tank, and keeping firewood dry. Clearly, the uses for a <a title="Lifetime sheds" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a> are limited only to your imagination and personal needs.</p> <p>So&hellip;are you ready to hear who won? <strong>Jason W. of Fishers, IN!</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;Congratulations! Like the majority of entrants, Jason plans to use his new <a title="buy a Lifetime shed" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 8'x5' shed</a> to reclaim his overflowing garage and to store his lawn and garden supplies.&nbsp;</p> <p>Don't forget to keep reading our blog and following us on <a title="Lifetime's Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook </a>and <a title="Lifetime's Twitter page" href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, because we'll offer another giveaway next month.&nbsp; If you just don't think you can wait until next month for another chance to win a Lifetime product, head over to&nbsp;<a href=""></a> for a chance to win a <a title="Buy a Lifetime Sport Table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Sport Table and Benches</a>&hellip; just in time for tailgating, camping, and soccer season!&nbsp; The <a title="giveaway post" href="" target="_blank"></a> giveaway starts today and will end Friday, October 1. Good luck!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan20 Sep 2010 9:54:00 AMNew Updates to www.lifetime.com<p>Have you checked out the Lifetime website lately?&nbsp; At Lifetime, we're constantly looking for ways to improve our&nbsp;online experiences&nbsp;for you!&nbsp; Just this week, we updated and added several new pages to <a href=""></a> to help you learn more about Lifetime and its products.&nbsp; So, what's new? Well...</p> <p><a title="Lifetime Tips and Solutions" href="" target="_blank"><strong><img src="" alt="" border="0" />Tips and Solutions</strong><br /></a>Yes, we've always had this page of useful articles, tips, and other&nbsp;ideas that involve our many products, but&nbsp; we recently changed the layout to make it easier to find these great ideas.&nbsp; You'll now find all of the articles on easy-to-view tabs categorized by celebration, inspiration, organization, and recreation.&nbsp; Inside each tab, we added handy thumbnail&nbsp;photos to help you quickly see what the article is about.&nbsp; Plus, all of the timely articles for each current season or holiday are visually highlighted for you with a "featured" label.</p> <p><strong><a title="Lifetime promotions" href="" target="_blank">Promotions</a></strong><br />We know our readers love a good deal.&nbsp; That's why we've added a new promotions page!&nbsp; This page will be updated with links to all of our monthly giveaways, free tools, and more so that our&nbsp;great offers are always just one click away.</p> <p><strong><a title="Lifetime video library" href="" target="_blank">Video Library</a><br /></strong>We actually added this new page a few months ago, but we're filling it daily with new informational product videos.&nbsp; If you're interested in learning more about a specific Lifetime product and want to see more than just a photo or need some how-to advice with the product, be sure to check out our Video Library. Don't see&nbsp;the product video you're looking for?&nbsp; Drop us a&nbsp;line and we'll see what we can do... we're easy to reach on our blog, <a title="Lifetime's Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a title="Lifetime's Twitter page" href="" target="_blank">Twitter </a>or via email at <a href=""></a></p> <p>These changes are just the tip-of-the-iceberg of the plans we have in store for <a href=""></a>.&nbsp; Keep checking back because we have more big changes taking place soon.&nbsp; In the meantime, take a peek at our new Tips &amp; Solutions page and let us know what you think!</p>Jan03 Sep 2010 1:16:00 PMLifetime's New Modular Storage Cabinet<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="205" height="154" /></a>We are always excited to bring new products to the market and I am happy to announce Lifetime&rsquo;s newest addition &ndash; <a title="Get more information on the Modular Storage Cabinet on" href="" target="_blank">Modular Storage Cabinets</a>! Built with durable, steel-reinforced construction and high-density polyethylene (HDPE), Lifetime&rsquo;s new Modular Storage Cabinet is tough enough for your garage, but looks great for your home or office. With a convenient modular design, multiple cabinets can be hung and used as wall cabinets (mounting hardware not included) or can connect together and be used as base or stacking cabinets (attachment hardware included). The cabinets can be arranged in both top-to-bottom and side-to-side configurations allowing you to customize your storage area to fit your needs.</p> <p>Lifetime&rsquo;s Modular Storage Cabinet includes two steel-reinforced, adjustable shelves that can hold up to 75 lbs when mounted on the wall and 125 lbs freestanding. It has a spacious 9.4 cubic-ft interior capacity with heavy-duty doors that lock into the upper and lower panels of the cabinet. The doors have a convenient 180 degree opening for easy storage access and the cabinets have a 10-year limited warranty.</p> <p><a href=""></a>One of the best features about these cabinets is how strong and durable they are. Like many of our other products, the Modular Cabinets exceed BIFMA commercial furniture standards, which makes them perfect for commercial or heavy-duty residential organization and storage needs. They are UV-protected, stain resistant, easy to clean, and will not crack, chip, or peel.</p> <p>Want a closer look at this great new versatile product? Watch our <a title="modular cabinet video" href="" target="_blank">informational video</a> for&nbsp;a quick product overview.&nbsp; The Modular Storage Cabinets are now available at many Costco locations and in the <a title="Lifetime's online store" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">[View:]</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>William30 Aug 2010 5:48:00 PMTips for the World's Longest Yard Sale and National Garage Sale Day<p><a title="garage sale video" href="" target="_blank"><img title="garage sale video" src=" sale video.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p>If you're a yard sale/garage sale/flea market enthusiast, this is probably your favorite month of the year.&nbsp; After all, the <a title="about the World's Longest Yard Sale" href="" target="_blank">World's Longest Yard Sale</a> is August 5-8 and just a few days later on August 14 you can celebrate National Garage Sale Day!&nbsp; (Yes, you read that right.&nbsp; There is actually an official World's Longest Yard Sale!&nbsp; Over 675 miles of sales stretching from Michigan to&nbsp;Alabama along US Highway 127.)&nbsp;</p> <p>If you're thinking about participating in one of these events, or just hosting your own sale sometime soon, here's a quick video for you to watch with some on how to turn your clutter into cash.&nbsp; Also, be sure to check out the articles from Lifetime's Tips &amp; Solutions page on our website for some helpful garage sale/yard sale pointers.&nbsp; You'll find information about how to best display your items, organization, printable price tags, signage, and more.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><a title="World's Longest Yard Sale Tips" href="" target="_blank">World's Longest Yard Sale Tips</a></p> <p><a title="Garage Sale secrets" href="" target="_blank">Secrets to Success When Selling Your Old Treasures</a></p> <p>And, I've also published two blog posts previously about my own garage sale experiences&nbsp;that might come in handy, too:<br /><a title="Tables are a Garage Sale Must blog post" href="" target="_blank">Tables Are A Garage Sale Must</a></p> <p><a title="Make a Garage Sale Banner blog post" href="" target="_blank">How to Make a Waterproof Banner in Minutes</a></p> <p>Finally, in honor of the World's Longest Yard Sale and National Garage Day and to help you organize your own sale, we are once again offering $<strong>10 off a purchase</strong> of a <a title="buy a Lifetime 6' adjustable height table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 6' Adjustable Height Table</a> or <a title="buy a Lifetime 6' fold-in-half table" href="" target="_blank">6' Fold-in-Half Table</a> in the <a title="Lifetime Online Store" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a>.&nbsp; Simply enter code <strong>WLYS09</strong> when you checkout.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Happy selling!</p>Jan02 Aug 2010 12:23:00 PMStorage Box Winner Announced… and $200 Up for Grabs!<p><a title="Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box video" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Congratulations to Stacy J.&nbsp;of Syracuse, Utah!&nbsp; She is the lucky random winner of our July&nbsp;giveaway and the happy new owner of a <a title="Buy a Lifetime Storage Box" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box</a>!&nbsp; Thanks to all of you who took the time to enter our giveaway this month.&nbsp;&nbsp; After watching the video, the feature Stacy&nbsp;liked best on the Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box&nbsp;is the spring-hinged lid. She also liked that it won't crack or peel and is strong enough for even adults to use as a bench seat.&nbsp;</p> <p>Unfortunately, we could only pick one winner.&nbsp; But, since so many of you have stuff to store, we are offering a <strong>$20 discount </strong>off the <a title="Buy a Lifetime Storage Box" href="" target="_blank">Outdoor Storage Box</a> in the <a title="Lifetime Online Store" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a> now through July 31!&nbsp; Simply use code<strong> Sbox20</strong> when you checkout.</p> <p>And, for those of you who live in Utah, we have even more good news!&nbsp; Visit <a title="UtahDeaDiva giveaway" href=""></a> because she is giving away a $200 gift certificate to <a title="Backyards Inc." href="" target="_blank">Backyards Inc</a>., The Official Outlet Store for Lifetime Products.&nbsp; And, guess what you could buy with that $200?&nbsp; Yep, an Outdoor Storage Box! &nbsp;But, hurry, the <a title="UtahDealDiva giveaway" href="" target="_blank"></a> giveaway ends tomorrow (Tuesday) at midnight!</p>Jan26 Jul 2010 9:35:00 AMWin a Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box!<p><a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>It's sad to say, but summer is quickly coming to an end and Fall is just around the corner.&nbsp; If you accumulated too many pool toys, sports toys, patio cushions and other outdoor equipment this summer, we have good news for you!&nbsp; This month, we're giving away a Lifetime Storage Box to one lucky winner!&nbsp;</p> <p>This a great product that's received raving reviews, including a <em>Consumers Digest</em> Best Buy award!&nbsp; Want more details about our <a title="buy a Lifetime storage box" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Storage Box</a>?&nbsp; Simply watch our quick&nbsp;video shown&nbsp;in this post&nbsp;and then you're all set to enter our giveaway.<a title="watch Lifetime Storage Box video" href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a></p> <h3>How to enter:</h3> <p>1.&nbsp;Watch the Lifetime Storage Box video (Simply click the photo in this&nbsp;blog post to view the video.)<br />2.&nbsp;Then, send an e-mail to <a href=""></a> with the subject line "July contest".&nbsp; In the email:</p> <ul> <li>Tell us which feature of the Lifetime Storage Box you think you'll like best</li> <li>What you plan to use your Lifetime Storage Box for if you win</li> <li>Include your full name</li> </ul> <h3><br />Bonus Entries:</h3> <p>1.&nbsp; &nbsp;"Like"&nbsp; Lifetime Products on <a title="Lifetime's Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href=""></a> with your full name telling us you "Like" Lifetime Products and you'll receive one bonus entry.</p> <p>2.&nbsp; Follow us on <a title="Lifetime's Twitter page" href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a> @Lifetime365 and retweet to your friends "I hope I win this outdoor Storage Box from @Lifetime365!&nbsp; <a href=""></a>" to receive one bonus entry.</p> <p>The contest begins Monday, July 19 at 12:00 PM MST and will end Saturday, July 24 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Monday, July 26.&nbsp; (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; <a title="official contest rules" href="" target="_blank">Click here for complete contest rules</a>.)</p>Jan19 Jul 2010 12:00:00 PMDon't Let Summer Fun Turn Into Backyard Blues<p><a href=""><img src="" alt="" align="right" border="0" /></a>Summer has finally arrived and along with it comes backyard barbecues, pool parties, and gardening projects. Good times! Before you know it, &nbsp;there will be toys and tools scattered all over your yard and patio. Lifetime has a storage solution for just such a scenario: The <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Storage&nbsp;Box</a>, also refered to as a horizontal shed.</p> <p>This <a href="" target="_blank">horizontal shed</a> isn't designed to accommodate your lawnmower, but it is plenty big enough for lots of other backyard "accessories". In fact, it received the Consumer's Digest Award for having the most storage space of any horizontal shed on the market. With a 130 gallon capacity, it provides about 16 cubic feet of storage for all of that summertime paraphernalia.</p> <p>Unlike a standard outdoor shed, the&nbsp;Lifetime Storage&nbsp;Box is just the right size for the patio or pool deck; a convenient location for storing gardening tools, sports equipment, or pool toys. It's even strong enough to be used as a bench for extra adult&nbsp;seating accommodations if necessary. The lid is extra rigid as a result of the honeycomb tack-off pattern used on the bottom side of the lid.</p> <p>Like all Lifetime products, the Storage Deck Box is built with your lifestyle in mind. It is constructed of rigid, double-walled, high-density polyethylene plastic for durability, light weight, and low maintenance. No splintering like wooden deck boxes, or rusting like metal storage boxes. For the ultra-organizer, the interior of the deck box is even designed with ridges that will accept vertical or horizontal dividers. Water-resistant seal keeps contents nice and dry. You'll also appreciate the gas assist piston no-slam spring-hinge lid which opens wider than 90 degrees for easy access. <a href=""><img src="" alt="" align="right" border="0" /></a></p> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Storage Box</a> is yet another innovative storage solution Lifetime&nbsp;offers for people who insist on durability and low maintenance in their active lifestyles. As we all know, organization is the key to stress-free living. So get a&nbsp;storage box, take a deep breath, and exhale slowly.</p> <p>SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:&nbsp; For our faithful blog readers, we will be offering a limited time discount on the products I feature in my blogs. Order the 60012 storage box from and enter the following code reference to receive a $5 discount! The code is SB5off, and will be valid on from&nbsp;06/11/2010 to 06/25/2010. Keep watching each month for great deals on new and exciting products from Lifetime!</p>Charlys11 Jun 2010 10:07:00 AMReclaim Your Yard with a Lifetime 7 ft Shed<p><img src="" alt="" align="right" />Are&nbsp;there&nbsp;homeless storage items&nbsp;piling up&nbsp;in your driveway? Lawn and garden equipment taking over your patio? If your yard is giving you claustrophobia, it&rsquo;s time to consider investing in an outdoor storage shed. With <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime&rsquo;s 7 ft. shed</a>, you get the quality of a Lifetime shed for a low, affordable price&mdash;42 sq.ft for under $1000!</p> <p>The wonderful thing about a Lifetime shed is that you get a durable, attractive shed&nbsp;that requires very low maintenance&mdash;no painting, no staining. Unlike wooden or metal sheds, a Lifetime shed will not splinter, fade, crack, or rust. For regular cleanings, just grab your garden hose and spray it down!</p> <p>We offer the new Lifetime 7 ft shed in two different models. The <a href="" target="_blank">60014</a> comes with one window and no shelving, while the <a href="" target="_blank">60042</a> comes with two windows, one 30 x 10 in. shelf, and two corner shelves for just $50 more. Both models are constructed from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) with steel reinforced, double-walled panels, and include:</p> <ul> <li>One end-to-end ridge skylight running the length of the roof to provide plenty of natural lighting</li> <li>One set of double doors with an internal spring latch and an exterior pad lock loop to keep your belongings safe and secure</li> <li>A shatter proof panel in the window which slides open for ventilation</li> <li>A stain-resistant, no-slip polyethylene plastic floor so spills are easily wiped clean</li> <li>Two screened roof vents to let air in and keep pests out</li> </ul> <p>Now peace of mind comes with an affordable price tag. Eliminate that obstacle course in your driveway and set up a hammock on the patio. Reclaim your space with&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">7 ft Lifetime shed</a>.</p> <p>SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:&nbsp; For our faithful blog readers, we&nbsp;will be&nbsp;offering a limited time discount on the products I feature in my blogs. Order the <a href="" target="_blank">60014</a> or the <a href="" target="_blank">60042</a> 7ft shed from;and enter&nbsp;the following code reference to receive a $50 discount! The code is 7ftshed50, and will be&nbsp;valid on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;from 04/05/2010 to 04/19/2010. Keep watching each month for great deals on new and exciting products from Lifetime!</p>Charlys05 Apr 2010 2:18:00 PMSmall Space Entertaining<p><a href=""></a><img src="" alt="DinnerParty1_11x17.jpg" width="150" height="232" />Living in a small space doesn&rsquo;t mean you can&rsquo;t entertain family and friends comfortably. With a bit of thought and preparation, you can host enjoyable gatherings no matter the size of your house or apartment. In a small space a simple approach is best, so take note of these 8 tips to get you up and running in no time.</p> <p><strong>Un-clutter:</strong> Move furniture and large plants to the sides of your rooms to create more floor space. Keep it simple by removing any clutter, knick-knacks, etc. to give a more open feel. Use as much natural light as possible.</p> <p><strong>Open up:</strong> If you have outdoor space like a terrace, patio, deck or small backyard, use it. Leave your patio door open and set-up a seating group or table and chairs to increase space.</p> <p><strong>Fill it up:</strong> If your place will hold 10 people, invite 16-18. It is unusual for every invited guest to be able to attend. Ask for an RSVP to help with your planning.</p> <p><strong>Be creative:</strong> Use floor cushions for extra seating. Utilize end tables, desks, etc. for serving space.</p> <p><strong>Simplify:</strong> If you have a tiny kitchen, prepare easy recipes you can make in advance. Consider purchasing an inexpensive hotplate to use for an extra burner. Fill in your menu with some fantastic purchased food. This will simplify your event and help you to enjoy yourself.</p> <p><strong>Create food &amp; drink stations:</strong> Consider serving drinks and finger foods instead of a sit-down dinner.&nbsp; Set up Lifetime<a title="Personal Folding Table" href="" target="_blank"> Personal Folding Tables</a> around your area. The table is incredibly functional for using in small spaces. Another advantage? They fold flat and take up very little storage space.</p> <p><strong>Use what you have:</strong> To accommodate a larger number of guests, consider hosting an open house with staggered times on the invitations or utilize community space like a barbecue area that your apartment or association may have available.</p> <p><strong>Think vertical:</strong> If you have white dishes, use those along with any stemware you may have. Fill some of your stemware with spiced nuts, olives, snacks and place in different areas. Use space-saving tiered serving trays or plate racks. For a sit-down dinner, decorate the dining table in a simple color palette and place small mirrors on the table (from a craft or hardware store) with votive candles. Use additional votive holders to float single flower blooms or citrus slices for an elegant look.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>admin22 Feb 2010 2:17:00 PMGarage Clean Out<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Have you ever seen a garage that is so jam-packed with boxes and other stuff that there&rsquo;s no room to park a car in there? Wait. . .did I just describe your garage?</p> <p>In Arizona, where I&rsquo;ve lived for the last seven years, basements and attics are a rarity, which leaves the garage as the sole storage place. Not surprisingly, we see a lot of cars parked in the driveway! But it doesn&rsquo;t have to be that way.&nbsp; Assuming that you would LIKE to be able to park your car in your garage, let me ask you a few questions:</p> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s in <span style="text-decoration: underline;">your</span> garage?</strong>&nbsp; A lot of things that end up in our garage are there because we just didn&rsquo;t have the courage to keep walking them to the curb. Look around. What do you see? To get a really good idea of what you have, group like items; for example, lawn and garden, camping equipment, holiday decorations, etc.</p> <p><strong>Would you rather have the stuff or the space?</strong>&nbsp; Make a decision NOT to store anything that&rsquo;s just taking up valuable space. If you&rsquo;re holding onto things for grown children, tell them it&rsquo;s time to come and get them.&nbsp;&nbsp; Do you still have unopened boxes from three moves ago? Yes? Then you already know that you could live quite happily without that stuff.&nbsp;&nbsp; Are you holding on to things because you paid &ldquo;good money&rdquo; for them? Why not sell them and get some of that cash back?</p> <p><strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Are you maximizing your storage space?</strong>&nbsp; Think vertical. Floor-to-ceiling shelving lets you get those boxes off the floor and out of the way. Hint: Use same-size storage boxes for easier stacking and a neater look.&nbsp; Also look for ceiling-mounted storage platforms and hoists for bicycles, kayaks and canoes, and other items.</p> <p><strong>Is paying for off-site storage an option?</strong>&nbsp; Let me answer that for you: NO! You&rsquo;ve heard the saying: Out of sight, out of mind. Invariably, what happens when you rent storage space is that you end up paying month after month, year after year for stuff you&rsquo;ve all but forgotten about.&nbsp; If you need additional storage space for things you really do need and use, an <a title="Lifetime Sheds" href="" target="_blank">outdoor shed</a> may be a more affordable, convenient solution. Look at the variety of <a title="Lifetime Sheds" href="" target="_blank">outdoor storage sheds</a> offered by Lifetime to find a shed that suits your storage needs.</p>admin11 Feb 2010 8:30:00 AMAmbassador Huntsman Tours Lifetime China Facility and EcoHouse<p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Last week, I had the honor of traveling to Xiamen, China, to show our factory and new EcoHousing Initiative to Jon Huntsman Jr., previous governor of Utah and current Ambassador to China. The tour of our Xiamen facility was well organized and I could not be more pleased with the way things turned out.</p> <p>A bit of history. In 2008, we opened a wholly-owned and operated facility in Xiamen, China. This means we have tight control over product quality. This is a huge distinction and big advantage over imitation "Lifetime" products made in China by other companies. By having our own manufacturing facility overseas, we can be more globally competitive and more effectively and profitably manage our international sales and distribution to the more than 52 countries we sell products to worldwide. Being wholly-owned also means the facility, the equipment, the products, and the employees are all Lifetime's &mdash; making Lifetime more profitable overall. That profit comes back to benefit everyone in the company, in our Utah community, and all of our customers. Staying competitive with companies manufacturing overseas makes us more profitable, which is essential to maintaining our Clearfield, Utah factory, which is our largest manufacturing facility and our corporate headquarters.</p> <p>It was a pleasure to show Ambassador Huntsman our Xiamen facility and tell him about our manufacturing operations, goals, and our great employees on both sides of the ocean. It was also very exciting to show him the Lifetime EcoHouse that we are manufacturing 100% in our Utah factory and hear his thoughts on our entire EcoHousing Initiative. The Ambassador sent this message after his visit:</p> <blockquote>"The management and employees at Lifetime have created what could be a revolutionary approach to dealing with humanitarian needs across the globe. I compliment them on running a quality business and maintaining a sense of innovation that could benefit others globally."</blockquote> <p>We hope this amazing high-level international exposure for the EcoHouse can help us get this new product global attention. This is a great innovation that will be manufactured in Utah and shipped around the world to improve people's lives. It will take time to get started, but the potential is endless and can help us keep jobs in Utah while helping others.</p> <p>You can read more about our EcoHousing Initiative at <a title="Lifetime EcoHouse" href="" target="_blank"></a>. As Lifetime continues to grow into an international company, we always strive to do right by our employees, our community, and our customers. I'm proud to be part of this new initiative and all the continuous improvements at Lifetime Products. I look forward to the many good things that lie on the horizon.</p>Richard Hendrickson26 Jan 2010 8:00:00 AMCreating a Home Workspace<p><a href=""></a>Where do you pay bills? In a recent survey of my newsletter readers, 43% said they pay bills in their home office/study/den and 45% said they pay bills in the kitchen, living room, dining room or bedroom (the remaining 12% pay bills outside the home).</p> <p>Having a designated home office space makes it simpler and easier to handle incoming mail and paperwork, organize bill paying, and manage your household. But what if you don&rsquo;t have an entire room that you can dedicate for your workspace? In many homes, the kitchen or dining room table does double duty as a home office. The biggest hitch with this solution is that papers tend to accumulate on the table, leaving nowhere for the family to eat!&nbsp; It&rsquo;s not just you who needs to pay bills and manage mail; your children also need a place to do their homework.</p> <p>What if you could quickly set up a workstation whenever you need it?&nbsp;A <a title="buy a Lifetime folding table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime&nbsp;folding table</a>&nbsp;can be set up anywhere in minutes. You can easily move it if you need to or fold it up and store it out of the way. Alternatively, you can set it up in the living room, bedroom or guest room and hide it behind a freestanding room divider to create a more private and semi-permanent workspace. If you need more than one workstation for students, set them up back to back!</p> <p>Store paper, pens, and other office supplies in a portable, lidded bin that you can pull out when you need it and put back when you&rsquo;re done. Put papers in an accordion style folder or crate that accommodates hanging files or stash the papers in a rolling file cart. All of these items (even the desk!) can be stored in a closet.&nbsp;&nbsp; File only what you really need to file. Research has proven that 80 percent of what is filed is never looked at again. Ask yourself: Do I need it for tax or legal reasons? If not, toss it. Most everything else you can get again pretty easily if and when you ever need it.</p>admin13 Jan 2010 9:00:00 AMLifetime's Deck Box Wins &quot;Biggest&quot; Award<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Well, winter is officially upon us.&nbsp;&nbsp; Now that you finally (or hopefully) have all of your summer backyard accessories stored, did you once again find yourself running out of places to stuff all of your <a title="Lifetime patio furniture" href="" target="_blank">patio</a> cushions and pool supplies?&nbsp; Yes?&nbsp; Thought so.&nbsp; Well, then&nbsp; it's time to stop buying yet another tiny storage container to add to your collection already cluttering your deck.&nbsp; Treat yourself to a super-sized deck box instead!&nbsp;</p> <p>Lifetime's new <a title="buy a Lifetime deck box" href="" target="_blank">130-gallon deck box</a> is huge!&nbsp; (So, quite frankly, if you've only got a tiny place you want to put a deck box, this isn't for you.)&nbsp; But, don't just take our word for it.&nbsp; <em><a title="about Consumer's Digest" href="" target="_blank">Consumers Digest</a></em> awarded the <a title="About Lifetime Deck Box" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Deck Box</a> a Best Buy award in September 2009, stating "This unit delivers the most storage capacity of any deck box and includes the best warranty of any horizontal shed that we found.&nbsp; A spring hinge keeps the lid from slamming shut - a great feature that's unique at this price."</p> <p>So, there you have it.&nbsp; Plus, it's strong enough to double as a bench, and it has a water-resistant seal to make sure all your stuff stays nice and dry.&nbsp;&nbsp; Oh, did I mention it's huge and has a ton of storage space?!&nbsp;&nbsp; (Hmmm, no wonder <em>Consumers Digest</em> referred to it as a horizontal shed.)</p> <p>I know it may seem like an odd time of year to think about <a title="buy a Lifetime deck box" href="" target="_blank">deck boxes</a>, but it's never too early to start planning for where you're going to store all those new pool toys, floats, and noodles you're going to accumulate this summer. Plus, it could make a really cool Christmas gift if you're still searching for that perfect present for that man who has everything!</p>Jan18 Dec 2009 5:00:00 AMUse Shed Doors for Storage Space<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Last week Lifetime&#39;s Home &amp; Garden Guru <a target="_blank" href="" title="How to Store Garden Tools">Charlie Nardozzi&#39;s Tip of the Week</a> provided quick pointers of how to properly clean and store your garden tools for the winter.&nbsp; His tip reminded me of a handy idea I picked up while visiting <a target="_blank" href="" title="BackYards Inc.">BackYards Inc</a>. a few weeks ago.&nbsp;&nbsp; (<a target="_blank" href="" title="Backyards Inc.">BackYards Inc.</a> is the official outlet store for <a target="_blank" href="" title="About Lifetime">Lifetime Products</a> with five locations in Utah.)</p> <p>Lifetime&#39;s <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a shed">plastic sheds</a> come with two peg strips, which I installed on the shed walls.&nbsp; (If I recall, I think that&#39;s where the instruction photos show to install them, as well.)&nbsp;&nbsp; However, to maximize storage space, did you know you can also install the peg strips on the <a target="_blank" href="" title="about Lifetime sheds">shed </a>doors! Handy, huh?</p> <p>Are your peg strips already full?&nbsp; No problem!&nbsp; You can buy additional <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy peg strips">peg strips</a>, as well as other&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="" title="buy Lifetime shed accessories">Lifetime shed accessories</a> like <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy shed shelves">shelves</a>, <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy shed lights">lights,</a> <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy shed shutters">shutters</a>, and more at <a target="_blank" href=""></a>.&nbsp; And, don&#39;t forget, shipping is FREE at!&nbsp;</p>Jan30 Nov 2009 9:20:00 AMUse Lifetime's Free Online Software to Design Your Space<p><a title="About Lifetime Space Planner" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="" border="0" /></a>Lifetime just launched something really cool that I couldn't wait to tell you about....The <a title="About Lifetime Space Planner" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Space Planner</a>!&nbsp; It's a FREE online tool that helps you, well, simply put....plan your space.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can use it to plan any room or space - plot the perfect spot for your new <a title="buy a Lifetime shed" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a> in the backyard, or plan a <a title="buy a Lifetime folding table" href="" target="_blank">folding table</a> arrangement in your living room for the upcoming Thanksgiving feast for your entire family.&nbsp; This tool is great because you can plan layouts for practically any space - banquet halls,&nbsp; offices, backyards, inside a shed,&nbsp; dining rooms, you name it.&nbsp; Simply enter your dimensions and you're good to go!&nbsp; Almost all of Lifetime's products are entered, just click the picture to add it to your plan.&nbsp; Plus,&nbsp; it has everything you can imagine to make your layout realistic and to-scale... couches, grills, plants, treadmills, even electrical outlets! And, there is no software to download, it's all available online for FREE!</p> <p>What's really neat is that it's simple enough for the everyday homeowner to use but sophisticated enough for professional event planners to use to plan functions for hundreds of people.&nbsp; Now you can quickly find out what a layout will look like and how it will fit with just a few mouse clicks.&nbsp; And, you can save your plan to come back to it anytime, email it,&nbsp;or print it out to start creating your real space!</p> <p>And, while we obviously intended for the Lifetime Space Planner to help you with your <a title="about Lifetime products" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a>, feel free to use it even if you aren't incorporating a Lifetime product. The <a title="Lifetime Space Planner" href="">Lifetime&nbsp;Space Planner</a> includes furniture for all rooms and spaces - beds, couches, computers and even the kitchen sink!.&nbsp; Just drop all the pictures into your room dimensions and you can quickly see if it fits. Sound fun and useful?&nbsp; <a title="Lifetime Space Planner" href="" target="_blank">Click here</a> and start planning!</p>admin13 Nov 2009 8:21:00 AMLifetime Vinyl Sheds: The Myth<p><br /><a href=""><img border="0" src="" alt="" /></a><br />Buying the right shed can be a difficult task. There are many options available ranging in size, material, design, etc. Choosing the right material can often be the most difficult part of purchasing a shed. Many people refer to <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime Sheds">Lifetime sheds</a> as &ldquo;vinyl&rdquo; sheds; however this is not the case. Lifetime &ldquo;vinyl&rdquo; sheds are actually made out of high-density polyethylene plastic (HDPE), which differs greatly from vinyl (PVC). Some of the main differences are:</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;HDPE is much stronger and durable than vinyl<br />&bull;&nbsp;HDPE will not crack, chip, or shatter<br />&bull;&nbsp;Vinyl turns weak and brittle, especially in temperature changes<br />&bull;&nbsp;HDPE is UV-protected and will not warp or change in extreme sunlight<br />&bull;&nbsp;Over time vinyl can put off toxic gases into the air, ground, and water<br />&bull;&nbsp;HDPE is completely recyclable and &ldquo;eco-friendly&rdquo;</p> <p>So, when looking into purchasing a shed, whether a Lifetime one or not, make sure to do some research on the material it is made of. Go for a polyethylene (HDPE) shed, over a wood, steel, or light plastic one.&nbsp; HDPE will last much longer, won&rsquo;t fade or crack, is stain resistant and easy to clean.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s definitely the best shed material option!&nbsp; <br />Other factors come into play when purchasing a <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime Sheds">Lifetime shed</a> as well. Make sure your shed has certain attributes to meet your needs.&nbsp; Things to consider include: the size, how many windows it has for ventilation, if it has large enough doors (single vs. double doors), and making sure it is low-maintenance. Good luck!</p>Shalane04 Nov 2009 9:10:00 AMFall Yard Sale Tips<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>I&rsquo;ve been to a lot of yard sales. At a recent one, I bought a 1921 replica Coca-Cola serving tray and made arrangements with a seller to pick up a refinished oak tool chest that I plan to use as a coffee table.</p> <p>After years of experience buying and selling, I&rsquo;ve also brought home what I call my three Ps for a successful yard sale: Planning, Presentation, and Pricing.</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;Planning is crucial. If you sell it, they will come, right? Wrong. Run a classified ad in your local newspaper. Be sure to include popular and big-ticket items as well as the date, time, and location of your sale. Post a free listing at <a title="Craigslist" href="" target="_blank"></a> also. Then make signs to put up at the nearest major intersections and other strategic spots to direct people to your sale. (Check with your local municipality or homeowners association first to make sure it&rsquo;s okay to have a yard sale and that signage is permitted.)</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;Presentation is everything. Don&rsquo;t just throw stuff out on the lawn and call it good. Organize your sale like a retail store &ndash; by department &ndash; so buyers can more easily find what they&rsquo;re looking for. Hang clothing on racks (you can make a rack by inserting a broom through the rungs of two step ladders). Display all other items attractively on sturdy folding tables, like those from Lifetime Products.&nbsp; I like the <a title="Lifetime Fold-In-Half Tables" href="" target="_blank">Fold-in-Half Tables</a> because they store easily when I&rsquo;m done using them.&nbsp;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;Price to sell. Forget what you paid for an item. Price at 20-30% of the original price and be willing to negotiate. Remember, you&rsquo;re trying to turn clutter into cash, so accept all reasonable offers. Put a price tag on everything so buyers don&rsquo;t have to ask &ndash; some will, some won&rsquo;t and those who don&rsquo;t will just walk away. I use a Sharpie marker on blue painter&rsquo;s tape because it peels off easily. Another strategy is to group like items such as books in a bin and create one sign with one price for all.&nbsp;</p> <p><br />Happy yard sale-ing!</p>admin28 Oct 2009 4:01:00 PMCreating Additional Space in Your Home<p> <p class="MsoNormal">As a real estate agent, I often hear from people who want a new home because they&rsquo;ve outgrown the current one.<span>&nbsp; </span>In some cases, people really do need larger homes, but other times, homeowners just need to use their property&mdash;inside and out&mdash;differently.<span>&nbsp; </span>In a tough economy, like the one we&rsquo;re in, it&rsquo;s especially important to understand that difference.<span>&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Do you think you&rsquo;ve outgrown your house, but can&rsquo;t afford to build an expensive home addition or move to something larger?<span>&nbsp; </span>Thankfully, there are alternatives.<span>&nbsp; </span>One significantly more budget-friendly option I recommend for people who decide to stay put (at least temporarily) is an <a title="outdoor storage building" href="">outdoor storage building</a>.<span>&nbsp; </span>&ldquo;A shed instead of a larger house?&rdquo; you may ask.<span>&nbsp; </span>Absolutely!<span>&nbsp; </span>A great shed, like the ones from Lifetime Products, can free up closets, cabinets, attics, garages and more for other uses.<span>&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you are concerned about placing your family&rsquo;s belongings outside, don&rsquo;t be; these sheds have screen vents and skylights to allow for airflow and lockable, steel-reinforced doors to help keep belongings safe from intruders or children. They&rsquo;re also weather-resistant and made of steel reinforced plastic, so they don&rsquo;t rust, crack or fade and they don&rsquo;t need to be painted.<span>&nbsp; </span>And they have attachable shelving units and hooks allow homeowners to easily organize their items.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Hopefully, my advice has helped you discover some new space in your old home.<span>&nbsp; </span>However, if your home is overflowing with extra people, rather than extra boxes, a new house may be in order.<span>&nbsp; </span>If that&rsquo;s the case, you know who to call!</p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="center">###</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Loren Keim is a national authority on real estate and the housing market and is the president of Century 21 Keim Realtors in Pennsylvania. He is the author of several how-to books, including <em>How to Sell Your Home in Any Market</em> and<em> </em>has appeared on various television programs and radio shows offering advice and insight on the housing market and the recent real estate crisis.<span>&nbsp; </span>In addition to his other work, he currently serves as a spokesperson for Lifetime.</p> </p>admin29 Sep 2009 10:01:00 AMDo you use Lifetime Table Carts?<p>So, we&#39;re curious... Do you, your company, your church, your civic organization, your city, your Mom, yadda yadda use <a target="_blank" href="">Lifetime Tables</a>?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>If so, how many?</li> <li>What kinds?</li> <li>Where are they stored when not in use?</li> <li>Are they stored/transported using <a target="_blank" href="">Lifetime Table Carts</a>?</li> <li>If so, do you have any feature requests for us?</li> <li>If not, why not?</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please reply with your answers here! Your feedback is GREATLY appreciated!</p>Joe13 Jun 2009 2:58:00 PMFavorite Room In My House<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />We moved to a new house two years ago and I love it!&nbsp; Out of the entire house, guess which room my favorite?&nbsp; Ok, trick question…it’s not even really a room. It’s the closet in our office!&nbsp; It’s a large walk-in closet with two doors and a window.&nbsp; I use one side for storage of big things like suitcases, our baby pack-n-play, etc.&nbsp; The other side is my own little niche….my craft closet.&nbsp; Most of the crafts I do are just small paper type crafts (handmade cards, invitations, etc.) so I don’t need a lot of room or fancy supplies.&nbsp; </p> <p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />Most people laugh at me and ask why I don’t just use the entire office as my craft room.&nbsp; Well, as I’ve mentioned before, I love to be organized so it’s crucial to my sanity that I don’t leave projects-in-process just laying around where I can see all of the clutter.&nbsp; So, turning the closet into my craft closet was ideal since I need a place to store supplies anyway!&nbsp;&nbsp; Plus, I set up my kids&#39; craft/coloring table right outside the closet door and they love working on their crafts while Mommy does. But, the space is clearly divided so they don&#39;t get in my way or use my stuff.</p> <p>If the closet is messy, I can simply shut the door and no one sees it, even if they go into our office to work on the computer.&nbsp; I use my <a class="" title="About Lifetime tables" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 4’x2’ folding table</a> as my craft table and it’s awesome because it fits perfectly under the window in the closet!&nbsp; While I’m working on projects, I can glance outside to watch our street scene, and I can take advantage of the natural lighting.&nbsp; </p> <p>The <a class="" title="buy a Lifetime 4&#39; table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 4’x’2 folding table</a> is the perfect size for my cutting mat.&nbsp; I also have a set of little plastic drawers on the table to keep scissors, hole punches etc.&nbsp;&nbsp; Since I’m a bit of an organizational freak, it’s important that I have everything within arm’s reach when I’m working on a project.&nbsp; So, I’ve actually created a little U-shaped work space.&nbsp; I have some old bookshelves right beside the table with all my paper supplies and additional paper cutters.&nbsp; Behind the table, I have clear plastic drawers with all of my gift wrapping supplies…tissue paper, ribbon, wrapping paper, scissors etc. Sure it&#39;s a bit cozy, but I love it.&nbsp; </p> <p>The nice thing about keeping things stored on shelves beside and behind my craft table is that if I need to use my&nbsp;Lifetime table for birthday parties, garage sales, etc., I can quickly fold it back up and take it out of the craft closet without having to move around a lot of stuff.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ideally, I would love to install built-in shelving in this closet to really make it more &quot;craft&quot; friendly, but since we will be moving in a few years, I want to keep it usuable as a clothes closet to help with resale purposes. If you want some more ideas on how to set up a craft space, check out&nbsp;<a class="" href="" target="_blank">Basic Setup&nbsp;with Angie</a>&nbsp;in Lifetime&#39;s Tips &amp; Solutions articles.</p> <p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />I just finished making my daughter&#39;s Minnie Mouse birthday invitations for her birthday party...I can&#39;t believe she&#39;s going to be 2 already! Sniff, sniff.&nbsp; To give you a better idea of what I&#39;m talking about when I say I just shut the door, just look at my before and after pictures of my craft area after making the invitations.&nbsp; Oops, my secret&#39;s out.&nbsp; Time to go clean up!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan14 Apr 2009 12:00:00 PMPlastic Sheds<p><a title="plastic sheds" href="" 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="" border="0" alt="plastic sheds" width="590" height="165" /></a></p> <p><a href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">plastic shed</a> also makes a great gardening shed. Toss in a couple <a title="Lifetime tables" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Tables</a>, e voil&agrave;! Instant planting benches and seed starting <a href="" target="_blank">tables</a>.</p> <p><a title="Lifetime Products" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">plastic sheds</a> are available shipped right to your door from www.<a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p>What are you going to do with your <a title="Lifetime Products" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">plastic shed</a>?</p>Joe25 Mar 2009 10:01:00 AM6415 shed<p><a title="6415 shed" href="" 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="" border="0" alt="6415 shed" width="230" height="240" align="right" /></a> The <a title="6415 shed" href="" target="_blank">6415 shed</a> Shed is an 11-foot by 13.5-foot outdoor <a href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">6415 shed</a> shed is a revolution in backyard storage.</p> <p>The <a title="6415 shed" rel="vote-for" href="" target="_blank">6415 shed</a> sheds is available with <strong>free shipping</strong> from <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Joe09 Mar 2009 10:14:00 AMWhere Do You Store Your Lifetime Tables &amp; Chairs?<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />I know, I know.&nbsp; It's been forever since I last blogged, but I'm back!&nbsp; Back from where?&nbsp; Oh, just the usual, life in visits, taking the kids to school and soccer, cleaning house, whatever.&nbsp; Although, I did squeeze in a quick vacation to Cancun which was soooo relaxing and fun!!&nbsp; Anyway, to those of you who have missed my regular weekly posts (thanks, Mom), your wait is over!&nbsp; :)</p> <p>So, the other day when I was getting out my vacuum cleaner, I happened to see my <a title="Lifetime chair details" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime folding chairs</a> and began to wonder.&nbsp; (Yes, I&rsquo;m infamous for random association-thinking&hellip;you know, where one thought leads to another to another to another.)&nbsp;</p> <p>Anyway, my first thought was that Lifetime folding chairs are super comfortable. But, geez, compared to other cheap, flimsy&nbsp;folding chairs, they sure are big. (Obviously, this is a great feature when it comes to sitting, but not so much for storage.)&nbsp; Lucky for me I have a big under-the-stairs closet that is a perfect storage spot where the chairs are out of sight but still easily accessible.&nbsp; Actually, the three houses that we&rsquo;ve lived in have always been two-story houses and have always had significant under-the-stair closet storage.&nbsp; I honestly don&rsquo;t know what I would do without that space&hellip; perfect for storing our heavy artificial Christmas tree, as well as decorations, vacuums, coats, and folding tables and chairs.&nbsp;</p> <p>Then, I started thinking&hellip; oh mercy, we&rsquo;re in serious trouble when we move if we don&rsquo;t have an under-the-stairs closet!&nbsp; Where in the world would I keep a card table and folding chairs? (Not to mention all the other stuff, especially that huge Christmas tree!)&nbsp;&nbsp; So, it got me wondering.&nbsp; Where do other people store their tables and chairs, especially Lifetime&lsquo;s big <a title="buy a Lifetime 6' table" href="" target="_blank">6-foot</a> and <a title="buy a Lifetime 8' folding table" href="" target="_blank">8-foot</a> folding tables?</p> <p>Now I&rsquo;m curious.&nbsp; As you know, I&rsquo;m always on the hunt for good organization ideas.&nbsp; So&hellip;.where do you store yours?&nbsp; Please share!&nbsp; I&rsquo;m sure some other readers out there could use some creative ideas of where to store their <a title="Lifetime table details" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime tables</a> and chairs when they have limited storage.&nbsp; Can&rsquo;t wait to hear all of the unique and unusual spots and find out what seems to be the most popular place.&nbsp; Thanks in advance for sharing and check the replies often to see if there are any handy ideas you can steal!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan04 Mar 2009 7:00:00 AMGotta Love Utah in the Winter<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />As a Utah native I am allowed to harp on Utah all I want. I do enjoy living here, but Utah has some funny quirks about it. Did you know <a href="" target="_blank">Utahans eat more Jell-O per capita than anywhere else in the world</a>? Not to mention the weird weather. We can have warm and sunny one day and a blizzard the next or even in the same day. When I was younger I actually snow skied and water skied in the same day.</p> <p>Weird weather was the case about a week ago when my wife and I decided to make a trip down to <a href="" target="_blank">IKEA</a>. As my loyal readers would know, all two of you, (thanks Mom, thanks Aunt Clara), I have been remodeling the basement for what seems like a lifetime. (No pun intended)</p> <p>We now have all of the major work complete and are starting to furnish it. The first priority was getting the kid&rsquo;s toys organized so they could use the space to play in but we could use the space for other things too. This meant a trip to IKEA. My wife found some shelves there to store the kid&rsquo;s toys. IKEA has some great stuff at good prices but you have to haul it home and assemble yourself. The assembly part is not a problem but getting the stuff home without a truck is tough.<br />Problem Solved &ndash; remember &ldquo;my&rdquo; Lifetime 5&rsquo;x8&rsquo; <a title="Shop for Lifetime Trailers and Carts" href="" target="_blank">trailer</a> my Dad bought that I wrote about a few months ago? I now had a solution to my IKEA dilemma.&nbsp;</p> <p>Saturday morning was beautiful so we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to go down and pick up the shelving unit. Heading down to the store, the sky started to look ominous. By the time we had completed our shopping and come outside to load up our stuff we were in the middle of a blizzard.</p> <p>I&nbsp;live in a part of Utah that is right up against the mountains and where whenever there is a storm we seem to get more snow than most of the rest of the valley. Great! Now we had a 45 minute drive home in blinding snow, with two screaming kids, and a trailer full of furniture. Yep, sounds about right for me and the kind of predicaments I get into. After what was normally a 45 minute commute turned into about an hour and a half we finally arrived home. Now the fun really began. We live in a circle that is up a road so steep that it is a challenge to get up even when you are not pulling a trailer behind you. And, of course, the road had not been plowed yet.</p> <p>We quickly talked through a plan. I would punch it up the road and my wife would have the garage door opener at the ready. If we hoped to make it up the road and up the driveway there would be no stopping mid-way. This meant that if the door wasn&rsquo;t open by the time we reached it there would be trouble &ndash; i.e. A smashed garage door and screaming, not coming from the kids.</p> <p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />Our plan worked out well except for the fact that with the trailer attached to the car we were now eight feet longer and would not fit all the way into the garage. The snow was still coming down hard and I did not want to leave the garage door open or have the trailer in the way when I tried plowing the driveway.<br />But wait, I thought, this was no ordinary trailer. This was the Lifetime 5&rsquo;x8&rsquo; FOLDING trailer (shameless plug).&nbsp; A trailer that could be folded and stowed away. We quickly unloaded the furniture boxes then folded the trailer. Since it folds to only 29&rdquo; wide it easily slipped it into the garage between the two cars. There it would remain safe and dry. I could now close the garage door, and plow the snow from the driveway. My wife was impressed with my cleverness and of course I acted like I had planned this to work out this well the entire time.</p>Darrin03 Feb 2009 5:00:00 AM6405 Shed<p><a title="6405 shed" href="" 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="" border="0" alt="6405 shed" width="229" height="240" align="right" /></a> <a title="6405 shed" href="" target="_blank">6405 shed</a> shed is Lifetime&rsquo;s stylish 8-foot by 10-foot outdoor <a href="">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="" 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="">shed accessories</a> are available from <a href=""></a>).</p> <p>Like all Lifetime sheds, the <a title="6405 shed" href="" 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="" 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="" 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=""></a>.</p>Joe24 Jan 2009 9:01:00 AMLifetime 6446<p><a href=""><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="" border="0" alt="Lifetime 6446" width="240" height="228" align="right" /></a> The <a title="Lifetime 6446" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 6446</a> shed is a 15&rsquo; x 8&rsquo; multi-use garden shed by <a href=""></a><a href="">Lifetime Products</a>.</p> <p>A <a title="Lifetime 6446" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 6446</a> shed isn&rsquo;t like any <a href="">storage shed</a> you&rsquo;ve ever seen before. The <a title="Lifetime 6446" href="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank">Lifetime 6446</a> shed!</p> <p>The <a title="Lifetime 6446" href="" 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=""></a>.</p>Joe31 Dec 2008 6:20:00 PMSanta's Secret Shed<p><img src="" 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="" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a> that we built in our backyard.&nbsp; It's&nbsp;an&nbsp;<a title="buy a Lifetime shed" href="" 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="" alt="Wink" /></p>Jan23 Dec 2008 5:00:00 AMBuilding Our Lifetime Shed - Step 3<p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>It's official!&nbsp; Our <a title="Lifetime shed details" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a> building <a title="Building Our Lifetime Shed - Step 1" href="">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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="">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="" 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 2<p><img src="" 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="" 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="" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p><a title="Visit" href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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 1<p><img src="" alt="" border="0" />Okey-dokey. So, our Lifetime&nbsp;<a title="Our Shed Arrives! post" href="">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="" 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="" alt="" border="0" /></p> <p>The <a title="Lifetime shed directions" href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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> other great piece of preparation advice that Lifetime reminds you of several times in the 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="" 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!!<p><img style="width: 341px; height: 220px;" src="" 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="">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="">problems</a>.&nbsp; Why?&nbsp; Because last week we finally built our <a title="Lifetime shed details" href="" 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="" 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=""></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 AMStinky<p><img style="border: 0px;" src="" alt="" width="225" height="150" />The basement, after almost two years of work, is finally finished. We are very happy with the way it turned out. This past Saturday I decided to move my tools out of the basement and into the garage, which meant that I needed to organize the garage to fit everything. I have been parking my car out in the driveway for the past year and-a-half because my side of the garage has been used to store stuff from the basement.<br />I strive to be a&nbsp; minimalist but with a wife and two kids you are bound to accumulate stuff. Fortunately, I recently purchased a <a title="Lifetime Trailers" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Fold-in-half trailer</a>. Well actually... my dad bought the trailer for himself but I claim it as mine whenever I need it. He also stores it at his house which isn&rsquo;t that big a deal since folds up to only 29&rdquo; wide.</p> <p>With the wife and kids gone I wanted to get started on the cleaning out the garage. Its easier to throw stuff away when the wife isn&rsquo;t watching over your shoulder. I went over to my parents to pick up &ldquo;my&rdquo; trailer to find out they were out of town. Rats! no help from my dad today to get my junk loaded up.</p> <p>I was amazed at how easy the trailer was to work with and get set up to take over to my house. This was the first time I have used it. I was able to pull it out of their garage, unfold it, and hook it up to the SUV all on my own without any trouble.</p> <p>Once I had the trailer, cleaning&nbsp;the rest of the garage was a snap. Pretty much everything in sight that I didn&rsquo;t absolutely need to keep got thrown into the trailer. Once the trailer was loaded I just threw a tarp over the top and tied it down. Pulling the trailer was a breeze the only problem I had was arriving at the dump trying to back it into where the workers wanted me to be. Backing is tough for an inexperienced trailer-puller like me. I did manage to jackknife it on both sides of my car and I am sure I gave the workers a good laugh. Here is a hint&hellip; Trailers respond a lot quicker then you would think to minor adjustments in your steering so go slow&hellip; <a title="Photo courtesy of Wikipedia" href="" target="_blank"><img style="border: 0px;" src="" alt="" width="225" /></a><br />Once I finally got it to about where I was supposed to be I was able to pull out the back panel and quickly empty it of all of my junk. Don&rsquo;t worry, I separated my recyclables out.</p> <p>Taking the trailer back, folding it up, and wiping off any noticeable dirt so I wouldn&rsquo;t get busted for using it, was easy. Another thing I learned for you Lifetime trailer owners out there was although one person can move the trailer around by hand (I have the 5x8 model) it is a lot easier if you move it without the front and rear panels inserted. You need to remove these anyway to fold it up or unfold it so just sit them off to the side to move it around and them put them in after.</p> <p>It is nice to have a finished basement, and a clean garage so my car can park inside this winter.</p>Darrin10 Nov 2008 9:05:00 AMAnatomy of a Shed<p><a href="" target="_blank"><img style="border: 0px;" src="" 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="" target="_blank">shed</a> cleaned out and then packed up with all of our patio playthings.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a><a href="" 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="">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="" target="_blank">serial numbers</a> and <a title="julian" href="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank"><img style="width: 333px; height: 434px; border: 0px;" src="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" target="_blank"><img style="border: 0px;" src="" 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="" target="_blank">Sport Table</a> 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="">little bigger</a>, and heated, it would be my <a title="Man Cave!" href="" target="_blank">man cave</a>.</p> <p>But that's another blog post altogether.</p>admin20 Oct 2008 3:56:00 PMThe Pre-School Experiment<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />If you run a pre-school, a day care, or just have children at home, you probably know all too well what creative little&nbsp;ones can do to furniture. I neither have children, nor have I taught children. But I&rsquo;ve seen <a title="Internet Movie Database profile" href="" target="_blank">Daddy Day Care</a> and that was enough to know that things break when children are invited to do their worst.</p> <p>If children were to work with our Research and Design lab, I think they&rsquo;d come up with some interesting new tests. I remember using <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Banquet Tables</a> as slides in our game room. Then my sisters and I would put foam mats on top of them and use them as tall beds for sleepovers. I have a vague memory of reenacting the princess and the pea once&hellip; lucky for me, no injuries were incurred.</p> <p>Anyway,&nbsp;the other day a co-worker gave&nbsp;gave me&nbsp;an ingenious idea-- The Pre-School Experiment. She suggested that we donate a Lifetime Table to a pre-school, give them a few months to color on it, stand on it, spill icky things on it, do all sorts of things that children tend to do (and that we at Lifetime don&rsquo;t advise)-- then check back to see how it survives.</p> <p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />I took her idea and called Ms. Laura. With about 9 children attending her pre-school and a relatively small area, she and I picked out the small and sturdy <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 4-foot Adjustable Height table</a>. Laura was happy to accept a new table and kindly allowed me to visit her class. As I sat with the kids making <a title="Hasbro's Play Doh site" href="" target="_blank">play-doh</a> shapes on the table, I pointed out the pink crumbs that were sprinkled everywhere. &ldquo;You&rsquo;ve got a lot of little crumbs around here,&rdquo; I said. Without hesitation, one child piped up &ldquo;Oh, that&rsquo;s ok.&rdquo;</p> <p>Then I asked &ldquo;But couldn&rsquo;t they get stuck to the table?&rdquo;</p> <p>Claire, a small girl with a cookie cutter in her hand responded to my question matter-of-factly: &ldquo;No.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Why?&rdquo; I asked</p> <p>Claire looked around searching for an answer, and then she said &ldquo;Because the carpet gets stuck with play-doh.&rdquo;</p> <p>She then quickly returned to her work of lining up play-doh x&rsquo;s and o&rsquo;s, meticulously making sure that they were all the same size.</p> <p>Before I left the little school, Ms. Laura stopped me and asked where she could get another 4-foot Lifetime table.&nbsp;This table is&nbsp;available at <a href="" target="_blank">Sam&rsquo;s Club</a>, <a href=""></a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Back Yards Inc</a> store locations. Of course, I felt all warm and fuzzy as I walked out the door. It&rsquo;s a great start, but we still need to see how the table holds up in the long run. After-all, it&rsquo;s only been a couple weeks. Check back in January for a follow-up to this post, and see if our table survived the Pre School Experiment!</p>Katie16 Oct 2008 5:39:00 PMDon't Try This at Home<p><a title="Three generations of sheds"></a><img src="" 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="" 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="" 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!<p><img style="width: 310px; height: 429px;" src="" border="0" alt="" width="326" height="446" />We had a great time at the <a title="" href="" 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="" href="" 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=";SearchCriteria=Expert&amp;Serial=19-2401" target="_blank">Don</a>, the host, recently purchased an <a href="" 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="" target="_blank">8x2.5</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">8x5</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">8x7.5</a>,<a href="" target="_blank"> 8x10</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">8x12.5</a>, 8x15. </li> <br /> <li><strong><a title="10x8 ft Garden Shed" href="" 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="" target="_blank">11x3.5</a>, 11x8, <a href="" target="_blank">11x11</a>, <a href="" 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="" 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 PMHide it Under a Skirt<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />My inspiration for this blog came from a design show I was watching on <a class="" href="" target="_blank">HGTV</a> a few weeks ago – Summer Showdown.&nbsp; Two expert HGTV designers took the same exact family room and competed to make it the most functional and attractive for the family.&nbsp; <a class="" href="" target="_blank">Vern Yip</a> was one of the designers.&nbsp; I love Vern’s design style….very simple, comfy, and cozy.&nbsp; And, he’s not over-the-top with whacky, impractical ideas like a lot of the designers. </p> <p>Anyway, the family kept a huge dog kennel in their family room.&nbsp; Vern very cleverly put a table over the kennel and used it as an end table beside the couch.&nbsp; He then used fabric to make a fitted cover for the table to hide the kennel and make the end table attractive.&nbsp; (Here’s the <a class="" title="Summer Showdown episode" href=",,HGTV_22056_68859,00.html?pageref=Photo_Video-932639&amp;vw_arrange_order=DESC&amp;vw_sort_order=MOST_RECENT&amp;pn=1" target="_blank">link to the episode</a>.&nbsp; Click to the second picture showing Vern’s winning design and you can just barely see the dog kennel/end table in the bottom right corner with the brown striped fabric.) </p> <p>Vern’s idea reminded me of a similar “hiding technique” my friend Angela uses in her craft room.&nbsp; She has a small <a class="" title="Buy a Lifetime 4&#39;x2&#39; table" href="" target="_blank">4’x2’ folding table</a> that she uses for a workspace.&nbsp; Like most craft areas, she has a lot of supplies stashed under the table for storage.&nbsp; In order to hide her stacks of stuff, she simply used adhesive Velcro to attach fabric around the outside of the table to make a fitted table skirt.&nbsp; She left an opening in the middle (like closed drapes) for easy access to the stuff under the table.&nbsp; It looks more contemporary than using a floor-length table cloth since it is actually “tailored” to the table.&nbsp; And, with the opening in the middle, it provides much easier access than lifting up a tablecloth.&nbsp; <img src="" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>So, if you are using a <a class="" title="Buy a Lifetime Table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime table</a> or other table around the house, think about putting a skirt on it for some quick and attractive storage space!&nbsp; This is also a great tip for college students living in dorm rooms or those of you in small apartments.&nbsp; Simply Velcro fabric under your desk, between two dressers, under a bathroom sink, across shelves, etc. to make the space do double duty for you! </p> <p>Can’t sew?&nbsp; No worries!&nbsp; There are plenty of easy ways to avoid sewing for a project like this.&nbsp; Use fusible tape like <a class="" title="Buy Stitch Witchery" href="" target="_blank">Stitch Witchery</a> (available at fabric stores and even craft departments at discount stores) to make the hems on the sides and ends.&nbsp; The fusible tape irons on and basically replaces a needle and thread!&nbsp; (It’s kind of the Duct Tape of the sewing world!)&nbsp; Before you head out to buy new fabric to make your table skirt, check your linen closet…and maybe use some old sheets instead! That band that runs along the top of your sheets makes a nice decorative edge (already sewn!) for the bottom of your table skirt.&nbsp; Simply cut the sheet to the length you need for your table and use fusible tape to hem the top of your skirt.&nbsp; Then, just stick the adhesive Velcro on both the table and skirt.&nbsp; Ta-da!&nbsp; <img src="" border="0" alt="" /><br /></p>Jan30 Sep 2008 1:07:00 PMBad News, Good News<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />Well, just when we think we have something figured out, plans always change.&nbsp; When we bought our house, we paid a little extra for our lot because of the abundance of trees.&nbsp; We were thrilled to find such a beautiful lot because the trees give us complete privacy from our neighbors, provide a gorgeous view from our family room and kitchen windows, and make for a unique play area for the kids.&nbsp; Unfortunately, over this past weekend, one of the tallest trees in our yard just up and died.&nbsp; No clue why.&nbsp; We happened to be playing with the kids in the back yard and noticed all the leaves on the <a class="" title="Mountain Laurel tree info" href="" target="_blank">Mountain Laurel tree</a>&nbsp;are completely brown…which they aren’t supposed to be even though it’s autumn.&nbsp; Obviously, we&nbsp;are sad to loose such a big tree and we are hoping it’s not a disease that may spread to our other trees.</p> <p>But, on the bright side… we now have a new option of where to build our <a class="" title="Buy a Lifetime shed" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a> since we have to cut down the dead tree!&nbsp; We can center the shed along the back fence near the kids’ clubhouse (right where the park bench is sitting in the photos).&nbsp; This will work out perfectly because it actually gives us a much wider space than the corner where we originally thought we would put&nbsp;the shed&nbsp;and the ground is a slightly more level.&nbsp; Thanks to the dead tree, our <a class="" title="Shed Project update blog post" href="">shed size dilemma</a> has been solved for us and we&#39;ll be able to build the <a class="" title="8&#39;x5&#39; shed details" href="" target="_blank">8&#39;x5&#39; shed</a> which is wanted to build all along!&nbsp; Thank goodness since <a class="" title="Darrin&#39;s comment" href="">Darrin&nbsp;commented on my blog</a> that&nbsp;there currently isn&#39;t a&nbsp;Lifetime shed smaller than 8&#39; wide like we had hoped.&nbsp; But, I&nbsp;can&#39;t wait&nbsp;to hear what he says is in the works for Lifetime sheds in his future posts!&nbsp; No fair just teasing us! :)</p> <p>More good news...there is a huge cluster of trees in front of this new shed space&nbsp;that will completely hide the shed from our view when looking out our windows or from on our patio.&nbsp; Don’t get me wrong, I love the look of the Lifetime sheds, they are very attractive. If I have to see a shed in my backyard, I’d want it to be a Lifetime shed.&nbsp; But, I think most people would agree, if you can get a shed out of sight completely, even better! <img src="" border="0" alt="" /></p><a href="" target="_blank"></a> <p>So, our next project will be to cut down the tree, level the ground, and put down a foundation of some sort.&nbsp;Then it&#39;s time to buy, build, and fill the shed! &nbsp;I’ll keep you posted on our progress over the next few weeks!<br /></p>Jan25 Sep 2008 9:18:00 AMIndoors at the Outdoor<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" /><br />For the past several years our company has participated in the <a class="" href="" target="_blank">Annual Outdoor Retailer Show</a> at the Salt Palace in Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.&nbsp; You’ll find the show filled with aisle after aisle of camping gear, climbing gear, custom water craft, outdoor apparel and the like.&nbsp; This year at our booth you would have also found our sweet <a class="" href="" target="_blank">Fold-Up Utility Trailer</a> and our convertible <a class="" href="" target="_blank">Yard Cart</a>.<br />But anyone who’s been to a trade show knows that besides touting your own wares, half of the reason you’re there is to see what everyone else is doing.&nbsp; So while meandering through the multitude of retailers just trying to keep up on relevant trends, I happened across some of our <a href="">tables</a>.&nbsp; A configuration of several card tables made for a very practical and common use of our product – a convenient meeting area to discuss the business of the day.<br />I was glad to see our tables being put to good use at the show, but I can’t say that I was surprised, our tables and chairs can be found almost anyplace indoors or outdoors.&nbsp; Ironically enough, in this instance, I guess you could say they were being used indoors at the Outdoor.</p>William24 Sep 2008 7:37:00 AMShed Project Update<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />Ok, for those of you following my blogs, we haven’t forgot about our <a class="" title="First shed blog" href="">shed project</a>.&nbsp; It just kind of got put on the back burner with summer vacations, back-to-school etc.&nbsp; But, we’re ready to start tackling it again.&nbsp; Like I mentioned before, unfortunately, we really only have one ideal place for a&nbsp;<a class="" title="Lifetime shed details" href="" target="_blank">shed</a> in our backyard since we have a sloped yard and lots of trees.&nbsp; It will be in the back corner with fence on two sides and trees on the other.&nbsp; If you take a look at the pictures, you can see where we plan to put it and why it’s going to be slightly challenging.</p> <p>We did some measuring the other day.&nbsp; The space we have to work with is really only about 6’ wide before we’d have to start removing trees, which we don’t want to do.&nbsp; A 5’x8’ shed would fit perfectly!&nbsp; Of course, things are never as simple as they seem with our projects.&nbsp; We have another dilemma.&nbsp; Lifetime doesn’t make a 5’x8’ shed!&nbsp; Sigh. Their shed is <a class="" title="Buy a 8&#39;x5&#39; shed" href="" target="_blank">8’x5’ </a>which won’t work for us.&nbsp; I was hoping maybe <a class="" title="Meet Darrin!" href="" target="_blank">Darrin</a> at Lifetime can give me some insight whether there are any plans in the works for a 5’x8’ shed.&nbsp; And, if not, why is 8’ wide the smallest width Lifetime makes?&nbsp; Surely, I’m not the only one that has come across this need. If you have been looking for a shed narrower than 8’, please comment and let us know!<img src="" border="0" alt="" /></p> <p>So, I’m waiting to hear what Darrin says about future shed sizes.&nbsp; If a 5’x’8 is not possible, then I think we have decided to get a <a class="" title="Buy a 11&#39;x3.5&#39; shed" href="">Lifetime 11’x3.5’ shed</a> and place it along our side fence.&nbsp; It’s not ideal and won’t give us quite the storage space we were hoping for, but it will definitely help eliminate a lot of our patio and garage clutter.&nbsp; As always, I’ll keep you posted on our progress.</p> <p>Oh…and for those of you wondering about our <a class="" title="Yum! BBQ Rat! blog" href="">rat status</a>.&nbsp; Thank goodness, we haven’t seen any more in our BBQ grill!&nbsp; But, our bait boxes in the back still have “lots of activity”.&nbsp; And, yes, I’m still putting cotton balls soaked with peppermint oil in our grill and on the patio.&nbsp; Go away rats!!<br /></p>Jan18 Sep 2008 6:33:00 AMHow to Contact Lifetime Products<p>We’ve been seeing a few comments posted here from customers trying to reach our <a href="">Customer Care</a> team.</p> <p>While we’re glad to try and address your questions here, most of the time we pass your questions directly on to our Customer Care team who is happy to help you get the information or help you need regarding your product.</p> <p>We always invite your&nbsp;comments and don’t want to discourage anyone from writing in (after all, that’s what this blog is all about), we do want to make sure that when you have questions they get answered as quickly as possible.</p> <p>That said, when you want to talk to a product or lifestyle expert, this is the place to post those questions, comments, suggestions, examples, etc. </p> <p>When you have questions regarding assembly, warranty, replacement parts, etc.&nbsp; you’ll want to contact Customer Care. First, check the Customer Care section of our web site at <a href="" title=""></a>, we may have already answered your question, or you can always contact&nbsp;a representative&nbsp;using one of the email links on our Contact Us page: <a href="" title=""></a>.</p>Joe15 Sep 2008 11:29:00 AMCustomer Appreciation<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />This week I wanted to post some feedback and actual photos we&#39;ve&nbsp;received from one of our shed customers. </p> <p>Nancy of Jackson Michigan wrote in to tell us about her new Lifetime shed. She writes:</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;After shopping around for the size and quality we wanted, we decided on an <a class="" href="" target="_blank">8&#39; wide x 12.5&#39; long</a> Lifetime shed. The deciding factor was the Lifetime name, since their quality and reputation exceeded the others, by far. </p> <p>&quot;We were amazed by the step-by-step complete instructions for assembly. Since we are both not handy people, this really helped us. Our lawn tractor fits into the shed with plenty of extra room for garden tools. It is now very organized and efficient. </p> <p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />We have another smaller shed we plan on replacing next year. There will be no shopping around since we already know it definitely will be another Lifetime shed. THANKS Lifetime, for a great product!!!!&quot; </p></blockquote> <p>Thanks for sharing your story Nancy. I love getting feedback from customers, and I realize that a large part of my job here at Lifetime is to be the voice of the customer with our product developers and other departments in the company. Paying attention to our customers is what has made <a class="" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime</a> successful. </p> <p>That’s all for this week. Now get out there and enjoy the nice fall weather. </p>Darrin11 Sep 2008 4:31:00 PMLifetime at the Lake House<p><img style="border: 0px;" src="/imagecache/blog/picnic table on patio.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" />My parents recently bought a vacation house at <a title="travel to Lake Erie" href="" target="_blank">Lake Erie</a> and I saw it for the first time when I went home to Ohio last month.&nbsp; (Boy, good thing I made the trip to Ohio because it&rsquo;s given me tons to blog about!) I was happy to see they had furnished several areas of the house with <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime</a> products.&nbsp; (I taught them well!)&nbsp; My parents actually became <a href="" target="_blank">Sam&rsquo;s Club</a> members for the first time just so they could buy some Lifetime products for their new house since Sam&rsquo;s Club has such a large selection.</p> <p>Remember my <a title="Free Picnic Table Rides?!" href="">last post</a> and how I was talking about my parents still having a heavy picnic table at home that they actually move with a lawn mower?&nbsp; Well, apparently, it IS possible to teach an old dog new tricks! My parents purchased a <a title="Buy a Lifetime picnic table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 8-foot picnic table</a> for their patio at their lake house.&nbsp;&nbsp; Hip-hip, hooray!</p> <p>Since their backyard has a view of the lake, they wanted plenty of outdoor eating options for neighbors, grandkids etc. So, they also bought a <a title="Buy a Lifetime banquet table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 6-foot banquet table</a> and six <a title="Buy a Lifetime chair" href="" target="_blank">chairs</a> that they can set up outside or inside.&nbsp; When the banquet table isn&rsquo;t needed outside, they just keep it set up in the basement for crafts, games, storage, etc&hellip;and really just to kind of fill the empty basement!&nbsp;</p> <p>Oh, but wait, that&rsquo;s not all!&nbsp; When I first got to their new house, my mom was waiting on a little kitchen cart to arrive that she had ordered to fill a corner where she planned to keep jars of snacks for the grandkids.&nbsp; In the meantime though, she was using her <a title="Buy a Lifetime Personal Table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Personal Table</a> to hold the snacks.&nbsp; What a perfect temporary fix! (Oops, I forgot to take a picture.)</p> <p>And, Mom had a <a title="Buy a Lifetime fold-in-half adjustable height table" href="" target="_blank">4&rsquo;x 2&rsquo; fold-in-half adjustable height table</a> set up in her sewing room with her sewing machine on it.&nbsp; It was a great fit for the small room and, if they need it, they can always take it outside for even more eating or serving space.</p> <p>It was great to see that even though I&rsquo;m no longer a Lifetime employee, Mom and Dad still purchased numerous Lifetime products because of their quality, versatility, and convenience.&nbsp; Hmmm, now that I take a tally, I think my parents officially now own more Lifetime products than I do.&nbsp; Way to go, Mom &amp; Dad!</p>Jan11 Sep 2008 8:45:00 AMPark It in the Garage<p><a href="" target="_blank"><img style="border: 0px;" src="/imagecache/blog/garage_table_blog.jpg" alt="" width="267" height="200" /></a>Small gatherings of family and friends are not uncommon at our home.&nbsp; My wife really likes to entertain guests.&nbsp; However, inviting about 100 of our closest relatives during the heat of the day was a little bit of a stretch for our home, so I came up with a solution . . . overflow seating in the garage!</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s what happened:&nbsp; A few weeks ago, we decided to celebrate the birth of our 2 month old baby girl.&nbsp; We agreed to hold a casual party to celebrate this occasion with a few of our closest relatives.&nbsp; After the invite list ballooned to around 100 people, I realized my wife&rsquo;s definition of &ldquo;a few&rdquo; was much different than mine.&nbsp; It wasn&rsquo;t long before I realized the seating capacity of our home would not accommodate her expanding invite list.&nbsp;Due to time constraints, the only time the party could be held was in the middle of the afternoon. Since the temperature during that time of the day was in the mid 90's, hosting some of the guests on our back patio was not a viable option.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a>Fortunately, earlier in the summer I finished our two-car garage and it was still virtually clutter free and to a point where I felt comfortable seating people in our garage. <br />Overall, I think it worked out really well. After setting up four Lifetime 6-foot <a href="" target="_blank">folding banquet tables</a> and 28 <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Folding Chairs</a>, we were able to comfortably accommodate an additional 28 people.&nbsp; Setting up our Lifetime Tables and chairs in the garage was a breeze. Because our garage door faces the northwest; the temperature in the garage was quite pleasant.&nbsp; We were also able to leave the door open during the party, which created a feeling of openness.&nbsp;</p> <p>Although this solution may not be practical for everyone, it was a simple solution for our entertaining needs that day. We had a wonderful afternoon and enjoyed the company of 100 of our closest neighbors and family members.&nbsp; My next goal . . . use a pulley system to drop a couch down from my garage ceiling then install a projection screen television so I can invite 100 of my closest buddies for the next big game . . .&nbsp; hmmm.</p>Jason09 Sep 2008 1:51:00 PMFolding Table Tips<p>In the months since we&rsquo;ve started this blog, I've received several questions regarding Lifetime's fold-in-half tables... interestingly enough, most people ask the basic question: How do you to unfold them? Esther from Niceville, FL wrote in yesterday:</p> <p>"I just bought your 5 ft <a title="" href="" target="_blank">fold-in-half table</a>. It&rsquo;s great, but I do not know how to open it up and there wasn't any directions. Sorry, I am 69 years old and not mechanically minded and am afraid that I might do something to mess it up..."</p> <p>How do you unfold it?? The first few times I&rsquo;ve seen this question, I admit, I thought it wouldn&rsquo;t be all that hard. But then I walked down to our showroom and tried to open a new table myself... it took a little more elbow grease thought! I looked into why this is, and it turns out our engineers developed these tables to stay safely closed when you carry, transport, or store them, which is actually a really good thing. This means they are snugly shut the first few times you pull them out to use them, and opening them may require a strong tug.</p> <p>Esther asked that we send some simple directions so, based on&nbsp;my experience, here they are!</p> <p><img style="border: 0px;" src="/imagecache/blog/IMAGE_140.jpg" alt="" width="160" height="128" />Unfolding a Lifetime&nbsp; fold-in-half table<br />1-&nbsp;Place your hands inside the groove (on the side opposite of the table's hinges). <br />2-&nbsp;Pull the two sides apart. Though this can require a little strength the first few times, it will get easier the more you use your table. <br />3-&nbsp;Once you unfold it, lay it on its side and lock it in place with the red switch on the table's underside (if your table is an older model, lock it in place using the gray sliding bar). <br />4-&nbsp;From there, you can stand the table on its legs. <br />5-&nbsp;If it&rsquo;s an <a title="" href="" target="_blank">adjustable-height table</a>, you can place your foot on the cross bar while it's in the standing position, to easily raise and lower the table's height one side at a time.</p> <p>The good news is, if you've gotten your table this year you'll enjoy an improved opening mechanism. In early 2008 our engineers realized that the clip holding the table shut was doing its job a little TOO well, so they took the opportunity to make some improvements. Tables made in 2008 and after have been developed to open easier, still close tight, and have that easy red tab to lock them in place when they&rsquo;re set up. Hope this helps you, and you know more about our convenient and unique fold-in &ndash;half tables.</p>Katie29 Aug 2008 8:43:00 AMTables Are Garage Sale Must!<p><img style="border: 0px;" src="/imagecache/blog/garage sale.jpg" alt="" />Earlier this summer, we had a garage sale.&nbsp; We had a lot of <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">junk</span> treasures, to clean out.&nbsp; I was excited about the prospect of making a good chunk of change based on a few of our "big" objects and the oodles of infant gear and kids' clothes, which are always hot garage sale items.&nbsp; But, I knew that presentation was the key to getting more things sold.&nbsp; The neater my "treasures" were displayed, the quicker and better they would sell.</p> <p>We have annual garage sales so I've somewhat perfected my strategies over the years.&nbsp; I usually try to arrange things similar to a mini-store with all like-items placed together.&nbsp; Normally, I have enough table space simply by putting a big piece of plywood on top of our sawhorses, and setting up my card table and Lifetime <a title="Buy a table" href="">4'x2' table</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp; I also always use my Lifetime <a title="Buy a Personal Table" href="">Personal Table</a> for my separate cash table.&nbsp; This year, however, we had way too much stuff...I needed more table space.&nbsp; My husband is in the Air Force and, luckily, his squadron had three Lifetime <a title="Buy a table" href="">8-foot tables</a> we could borrow.&nbsp; Whoo-hoo!&nbsp; However, did I mention these tables are normally used by a bunch of fighter pilots for BBQs and lobster boils?&nbsp; Oh, and the tables are stored outside.&nbsp; Consequently, when Mike brought the tables home, they were disgusting.&nbsp; Dried on BBQ sauce, beverages, butter, and layers of dirt and filth.&nbsp; Do the guys ever clean these things?!?&nbsp; (Rhetorical question, I suppose.)&nbsp; But, just like Lifetime advertises, the tables are pretty much stain-resistant.&nbsp; Fortunately, most of the aged stains hosed right off, and only a few of the really crusty ones required a little more elbow grease with some soap and a brush.</p> <p>Having all the table space was great.&nbsp; It allowed us to set up everything the night before in the garage and simply carry the tables out to the driveway in the morning to open business. And, I could use one table for baby items, one for household d&eacute;cor, one for electronics, etc.&nbsp; However, one thing tables aren't good for displaying at garage sales ...clothes.&nbsp; People tend to just rummage through neatly stacked piles and you end up with a huge heap of what looks like dirty laundry!&nbsp; So what did I do with the TON of kids' clothes I had?&nbsp; Well, here's a helpful tip... I took an extending pole (or use a shower rod) and laid it between the rungs of two ladders and tied the rod fast so it wouldn't roll.&nbsp; I hung all of the nicest and cutest outfits on the rod.&nbsp; Then, I used&nbsp;pink and blue index cards cut in half to make hang tags for the rods to separate each section of clothes by size and gender, just like you see in a store.&nbsp; For other clothing items like onsies, pajamas, shorts, etc, I used big clear bins with giant signs stating what sizes and gender it contained.&nbsp; Oh...and EVERYTHING was priced individually.&nbsp; It takes a little longer to price everything individually and organize it well, but it's definitely worth it in the end...we made over $400 in four hours and our biggest ticket item was only a $40 TV!&nbsp; If you plan on having a <a title="garage sale tips" href="">garage sale</a> in the near future, check out some more handy garage sale tips at <a href=""></a>.</p>admin22 Aug 2008 8:07:00 AMYum! BBQ Rat!<p><img src=" rats.JPG" alt="bbq rats.JPG" width="281" height="374" />Like most people, I enjoy firing up the BBQ grill to cook dinner outside. I&rsquo;m usually a big fan of steaks, marinated pork loins, and the occasional chicken breasts. Last week, however, I almost tried a new cut of meat&hellip; RAT!! Ugh. My husband opened the lid to light the grill and, much to his surprise, a rat was scurrying around under the rack!</p> <p>Unfortunately, this isn&rsquo;t our first rat encounter. About a month ago, I was in our backyard and saw two rats run across our wooden fence. I FREAKED! We just had friends in a subdivision a few miles down the road who had one rat do $8,000 damage to their new house when a rat in their attic chewed through AC lines! And now, the nasty little vermin are daring to venture into my <a title="lifetime yard products" href="" target="_blank">yard</a>. Let me make it clear &ndash; I don&rsquo;t do RODENTS!! I immediately called our exterminator who set some bait boxes by the fence and some glue boards in our attic just as a precaution. The exterminator checks the boxes every week and &ndash; lucky us &ndash; we have &ldquo;lots of activity&rdquo;! Do I win a prize? Is this supposed to make me feel good? Apparently, according to the exterminator, it&rsquo;s a neighborhood problem. Lovely.</p> <p>So, after seeing the rat in our grill last week, I frantically hopped online in hopes of finding more ways to deter the rats. It seems many people have had success with placing cotton balls saturated with peppermint oil around the house. Yep, you can bet I immediately ran out to buy lots of peppermint oil&hellip; I&rsquo;ll try anything. I&rsquo;m not sure yet if it works since it&rsquo;s only been one day. I&rsquo;ll keep you posted. If anyone has any surefire ways to deter rats, please comment, I&rsquo;d love the help!</p> <p>In the meantime, my next project is to clear the <a title="Lifetime patio furniture" href="" target="_blank">patio</a> and only keep the bare essentials so the rats have fewer places to lurk. Right now, we have&nbsp;<a title="lifetime patio table furniture" href="" target="_blank">patio table</a> umbrellas and too many toddler toys stacked in the corner of the patio. So, my hubby Mike and I decided it&rsquo;s time to put a shed in our backyard to help eliminate clutter from both our patio and over-flowing garage. At first, Mike wanted to make it a &ldquo;manly&rdquo; project and build a wood shed. However, we have a sloped yard with lots of trees that really only allows one ideal flat spot for a <a title="Buy a Lifetime shed" href="" target="_blank">shed</a>&hellip; in the far back corner wedged up against the fence on two sides and trees on the third side. Unfortunately, we quickly learned that a shed with real shingles requires a city permit. The city permit requires a shed to be three feet from the fence&hellip; which we can&rsquo;t do. So, to make a long story short, now we&rsquo;ve been looking at Lifetime&rsquo;s <a title="buy a Lifetime shed" href="" target="_blank">sheds</a>. With the realistic-looking plastic molded siding and shingles, it still looks classy (unlike comparable-sized metal sheds). It will be quicker and easier to install than actually building a wood shed and we can even take it with us when we move. And, best of all, since it&rsquo;s not a permanent structure, it does not require a city permit&hellip; so it doesn&rsquo;t have to be placed away from the fence! Overall, it seems like a pretty good route to go. Now, we just have to do some measuring to see which Lifetime shed is best for us. I&rsquo;ll let you know what we decide and how it turns out in my future posts. Rest assured though, whatever we choose, there will be lots of peppermint cotton balls inside!</p> <p>Oh&hellip; so what ever happened to the rat in our grill? Well, it jumped out and ran under a storage bench we had beside the patio. I quickly grabbed some rat glue boards. My husband placed the boards on each side of the bench and then pounded on the bench to scare the rat. Bam, it ran right onto the glue board! I am now too freaked out to even think about opening the grill and my husband obviously is still slightly skittish. However, my 4-year-old son thinks it&rsquo;s pretty cool that "Ratatouille" and his friends live in our backyard! Ugh.</p>Jan18 Aug 2008 6:30:00 PMHey...We were on Danny Lipford!<p><img style="border: 0px;" src="/imagecache/blog/Lipford.gif" alt="" width="300" height="268" />Last weekend, we had a chance to finally see our sheds on national TV. Our shed was a featured product on "<a href="" target="_blank">Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford</a>." We have had our products featured on literally hundreds of news stories and remote features, but this is the first time we have been built into the content of a show.</p> <blockquote> <p><em>About Danny: Danny Lipford, a veteran remodeling contractor, is an expert on homes and home improvement. As Host and Executive Producer of the nationally syndicated television show, Today&rsquo;s Homeowner with Danny Lipford&reg;, Danny helps viewers keep up with the latest home trends and understand the steps and products involved with both small and large home projects.</em></p> <p><em>In addition, Danny is in his eighth season as home improvement contributor on The Weather Channel and CBS&rsquo; The Early Show where he provides home tips and advice. He also has appeared on other national television shows including LIVE with Regis &amp; Kelly and Inside Edition and has been a resource for the national magazines Real Simple, SmartMoney and others.</em></p> <p><em>As a contractor for nearly 30 years, Danny speaks from experience. His friendly, reassuring manner and expert advice take some of the mystery&mdash;and fear&mdash;out of the home improvement process. </em></p> </blockquote> <p>I've been a big fan of Danny Lipford for years, being the big DIYer that I am. So this was a real treat to see a guy like Danny actually use our stuff. Check out the feature and check out our <a href="" target="_blank">sheds</a>.</p>admin15 Jul 2008 11:06:00 AM6446 shed<p><a title="6446 shed" href="" target="_blank"><img title="6446 shed" style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" height="228" alt="6446 shed" src="" width="240" align="right" border="0" /></a> The <a title="6446 shed" href="" target="_blank">6446 shed</a> is a 15’ x 8’ multi-use garden shed by <a title="Lifetime Products" href="" target="_blank"><a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a>.</a> </p> <p>A <a title="6446 shed" href="" target="_blank">6446 shed</a> isn’t like any <a href="" target="_blank">storage shed</a> you’ve ever seen before. The <a title="6446 shed" href="" target="_blank">6446 shed</a> 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="6446 shed" href="" target="_blank">6446 shed</a>&nbsp; might look better than your neighbor’s house! :)</p> <p>If you’re tired of running back and forth to the garage for your tools you need the <a title="6446 shed" href="" target="_blank">6446 shed</a>!</p> <p>The <a title="6446 shed" href="" target="_blank">6446 shed</a> is available from many garden home and garden store, as well as online with <strong>FREE SHIPPING</strong> from <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. </p>Joe27 Mar 2008 3:27:00 PMLifetime 6405<p><a title="Lifetime 6405" href="" target="_blank" rel="vote-for"><img title="Lifetime 6405" style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" height="240" alt="Lifetime 6405" src="" width="229" align="right" border="0" /></a> <a title="Lifetime 6405" href="" target="_blank" rel="vote-for">Lifetime 6405</a> shed is Lifetime’s stylish 8-foot by 10-foot outdoor <a href="" target="_blank">storage shed</a>, boasting headroom of 6’8” and 491.3 total cubic feet of available storage.</p> <p>The <a title="Lifetime 6405" href="" target="_blank" rel="vote-for">Lifetime 6405</a> shed comes with one door (56” wide by 76” high), one window (17” square), four skylights, two screened vents, two 30” by 10” shelves, one 90” by 9” shelf, two 9.5” radius corner shelves, two 16” peg hook strips (all hardware included), and a battery-operated light (other <a title="shed accessories" href="" target="_blank" rel="vote-for">shed accessories</a> are available from <a href="" target="_blank"></a>).</p> <p>Like all Lifetime sheds, the <a title="Lifetime 6405" href="" target="_blank" rel="vote-for">Lifetime 6405</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="Lifetime 6405" href="" target="_blank" rel="vote-for">Lifetime 6405</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="Lifetime 6405" href="" target="_blank" rel="vote-for">Lifetime 6405</a> shed that they give it a 10 year Limited Warranty. <p>Available with <strong>free shipping</strong> from <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. Joe03 Mar 2008 8:51:00 AM