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Posted: 7/15/2010 12:39:55 PM EDT
Looking to get a garden/storage shed to put my push mower/snow blower/wheel barrow/etc in and dont know what to get. I have a fenced back yard with a 3.5' door so a preassembled unit is probably out.

I saw a Lifetime resin type shed at Sams for $600-700 the other day with build in floor and 2 slide windows. Room/sides were resin with a metal frame. Are these things any good?

I can always build one but Id prefer to get something that I can drop in or build very fast due to other projects at the moment.  Nothing huge needed either just additional storage for lawn/garden stuff.

What would you guys do?
Link Posted: 7/15/2010 12:44:03 PM EDT
My house came with one, but I was looking at the ones in the parking lot of Lowes and Home Depot.



They build them onsite.
Link Posted: 7/15/2010 12:52:22 PM EDT


I've been shopping around for one for a few weeks now.  Home Depot seems to me to have the best combo of price and not being too big a piece of shit.  Metal ones at Lowes were cheaper and looked it, and Amish (or whatever) built ones are expensive.



I don't know about the resin ones, I've been looking at wood.

Link Posted: 7/15/2010 12:57:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/15/2010 1:01:17 PM EDT by Gixxersixxer]
I had a 12x12 shed built last November for $1600.  I had a steel subfloor used.  Some shelves, windows, vents, pegboard, gutters, 30yr architectural shingles, etc added.  I found a home builder that wanted some easy extra work.
It's the same quality, if not better, than a Tuffshed but came in for about 1/2 the price with all the upgrades.



My shed was partially built off site.  The walls and trusses were done before getting to me.  All they had to do was lay the subfloor then put the sides on.  It took 2.5 days for the thing to be done.  The shed was assembled in a day then the painting and extra stuff took up the other day and a half.
FYI, Home Depot contracts with Tuffshed.  I went and talked to HD and they gave me Tuffshed's number.  The HD models are pretty similar in specs to tuffshed's own line but there are some things left off to reduce cost.





 
Link Posted: 7/15/2010 1:01:56 PM EDT
My FIL is a contractor and my dad a handy man so between them and myself(worked housing construction for 7 years) Im sure we could knock one out very quick if we built one.

I just saw the plastic one at Sams and thought hey that looks very quick and easy and fits my needs. I dont want it though if its a POS.

What does one do for a base? Im sure concrete is nice but is it required and if not how do you anchor the building in the event that it gets hit by a strong wind(which it would around here)
Link Posted: 7/15/2010 1:03:52 PM EDT
I have a Rubbermaid big max ultra.



It has been GTG...I paid less than 500.00 for it IIRC at a box store.




Link Posted: 7/15/2010 1:05:46 PM EDT



Originally Posted By stretch415:


My FIL is a contractor and my dad a handy man so between them and myself(worked housing construction for 7 years) Im sure we could knock one out very quick if we built one.



I just saw the plastic one at Sams and thought hey that looks very quick and easy and fits my needs. I dont want it though if its a POS.



What does one do for a base? Im sure concrete is nice but is it required and if not how do you anchor the building in the event that it gets hit by a strong wind(which it would around here)


I was told 12x12 was the biggest the builder recommended doing within needing a cement pad poured.  I just leveled the area and had the ground compacted down.



For my parent's 8x10 shed made of aluminum there was a pad poured then the shed was bolted to the pad.





 
Link Posted: 7/15/2010 1:09:09 PM EDT
I built my own 12'x16' w/8' side walls and double 4'x8' doors a few years ago for $1500.

The premade and kit ones are cheaply built IMO.
Link Posted: 7/15/2010 1:09:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Chris_C:
I have a Rubbermaid big max ultra.

It has been GTG...I paid less than 500.00 for it IIRC at a box store.



does it sit right on the ground?
Link Posted: 7/15/2010 1:10:38 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Gixxersixxer:

Originally Posted By stretch415:
My FIL is a contractor and my dad a handy man so between them and myself(worked housing construction for 7 years) Im sure we could knock one out very quick if we built one.

I just saw the plastic one at Sams and thought hey that looks very quick and easy and fits my needs. I dont want it though if its a POS.

What does one do for a base? Im sure concrete is nice but is it required and if not how do you anchor the building in the event that it gets hit by a strong wind(which it would around here)

I was told 12x12 was the biggest the builder recommended doing within needing a cement pad poured.  I just leveled the area and had the ground compacted down.

For my parent's 8x10 shed made of aluminum there was a pad poured then the shed was bolted to the pad.

 


so it just sits on a treated frame or the lower section is treated?

In either sense doesnt the bottom of wooden ones tend to rot out due to rain splashing and wicking back up from the bottom?
Link Posted: 7/15/2010 1:11:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/15/2010 1:13:12 PM EDT by Chris_C]





Originally Posted By stretch415:





Originally Posted By Chris_C:


I have a Rubbermaid big max ultra.





It has been GTG...I paid less than 500.00 for it IIRC at a box store.











does it sit right on the ground?



No you have suspend it from the tree's.





WTF?






ETA:



Kidding...listen, I have mine on a foundation made from those pyramid looking foundation blocks and I made a frame that sits in them out of woleminized 2x4's.



Easy stevie.



It does have a hard rubber floor that sat good on the ground at my old place, to answer you with out being a smart ass. But, at my new place..I beefed it up.
 
Link Posted: 7/15/2010 1:12:09 PM EDT
been looking at this myself as the garage is getting too cluttered.  



Post up some links or pics people, give me some ideas
Link Posted: 7/15/2010 1:12:12 PM EDT
Originally Posted By capnrob97:
My house came with one, but I was looking at the ones in the parking lot of Lowes and Home Depot.

They build them onsite.


One of those took my dad and I a couple weeks to do, but we worked slowly.
Link Posted: 7/15/2010 1:16:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/15/2010 1:18:03 PM EDT by Kharn]
Originally Posted By stretch415:
Originally Posted By Chris_C:
I have a Rubbermaid big max ultra.

It has been GTG...I paid less than 500.00 for it IIRC at a box store.



does it sit right on the ground?
I have a Big Max Ultra, they were discontinued by Home Depot due to a dispute with the manufacturer.  Basically, I took PT 2x8s on edge to make the perimeter (dug a trench for them such that it was level with the highest point of ground within the perimeter), then I filled with dirt/clay from my hill to level it off and assembled the Ultra on top.

I paid $375 for the Ultra during close-out.

Kharn
Link Posted: 7/15/2010 1:17:42 PM EDT



Originally Posted By stretch415:



Originally Posted By Gixxersixxer:




Originally Posted By stretch415:

My FIL is a contractor and my dad a handy man so between them and myself(worked housing construction for 7 years) Im sure we could knock one out very quick if we built one.



I just saw the plastic one at Sams and thought hey that looks very quick and easy and fits my needs. I dont want it though if its a POS.



What does one do for a base? Im sure concrete is nice but is it required and if not how do you anchor the building in the event that it gets hit by a strong wind(which it would around here)


I was told 12x12 was the biggest the builder recommended doing within needing a cement pad poured.  I just leveled the area and had the ground compacted down.



For my parent's 8x10 shed made of aluminum there was a pad poured then the shed was bolted to the pad.



 




so it just sits on a treated frame or the lower section is treated?



In either sense doesnt the bottom of wooden ones tend to rot out due to rain splashing and wicking back up from the bottom?


I had the choice of a pressure treated wood subfloor or a galvanized steel subfloor.  I opted to pay for the galvanized steel so I wouldn't have to deal with the wood rotting issues.  The steel is 6" high so there's no wood in contact with the ground at all.



 
Link Posted: 7/15/2010 1:19:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/15/2010 1:21:16 PM EDT by dablues]
I have a Rubbermaid big max ultra.


Been looking at one of those as well.  What I read was it needed only a very level gravel pad  –– some of the reviews emphasized the leveling as essential or the parts go together crooked.  Also there is a kit that screws in some beefy anchors into the ground and cable ties to the roof structure.

ETA:  "they were discontinued by Home Depot"   Nuts.
Link Posted: 7/15/2010 1:24:25 PM EDT
I'd love some info about the anchor/roof kit if you have it, those're the weakpoints of the Big Max.

Kharn
Link Posted: 7/16/2010 6:30:35 AM EDT
Here's some search results for "ground anchor" that are similar. http://www.nextag.com/anchor-ground/products-html?nxtg=1e680a1c0514-0CC8228FCEAEF3BD

 set of 4 for $20
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 7:38:20 AM EDT
Originally Posted By dablues:
I have a Rubbermaid big max ultra.


Been looking at one of those as well.  What I read was it needed only a very level gravel pad  –– some of the reviews emphasized the leveling as essential or the parts go together crooked.  Also there is a kit that screws in some beefy anchors into the ground and cable ties to the roof structure.

ETA:  "they were discontinued by Home Depot"   Nuts.


would lowes carry them?
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 5:08:01 PM EDT
In case anyone wants to build their own shed, here's a set of plans I stumbled across:

http://www.shotgun7.com/arfcom/Shed_Plans.pdf

Be sure to Right-Click and Save.  Only about 1.5mb.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 5:14:29 PM EDT
I have a large Rubbermaid (Big Max I think) that was great until my GSD ate a hole in it.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 5:28:12 PM EDT
Don't forget snow and wind loads... plastic might cover your stuff, but it's got to keep the weather out too.
I suspect that heavy snow and low temperatures could lead to cracking.
Look around and see what others are using (if you see a pile of shed fragments at the curb, that's probably a bad sign )

Link Posted: 7/19/2010 7:07:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/19/2010 7:08:19 PM EDT by Ultvikefan]
I build my own, better than most houses too.  Currently building one.
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