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24

Jul

2014

What are the Top 10 Best Selling Storage Sheds?

What are the Top Selling Lifetime Storage Sheds on Competitive Edge Products, Inc?

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Wed

26

Oct

2011

Can I add a light or run power to the lifetime storage shed?

Yes, you can run power out to the Lifetime shed.  You would want to consult with a professional electrician on the details to ensure safety and longevity.  Running power includes running a conduit or cable designed to be buried.  Many of our cusomers run power to keep light access at all hours, running heat, or machine shops.  We also recommend contacting customer service's technical support to find out recommendations on running power to the lifetime shed.

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Tue

25

Oct

2011

How do I find out if the lifetime shed meets local building codes.

You can find out if your local building codes approve the lifetime storage sheds by contacting your local city offices.  It's improved in most cities.  There are a few counties in FL that will not approve it.  Also, be sure to check with your local neighborhood covenants and HOA's to save a potential headache and return. 

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Mon

24

Oct

2011

Do solar lights work in the lifetime sheds?

Well, yes and no.  If you are expecting a lot of light don't get your hopes up.  The shed solar lights are great if you need to make sure you aren't going to trip on something.  However, don't expect to find the oil can sitting on the third shelf, at least not for a few minutes until your eyes have adjusted to the dark.  We've considered the solar lights and they simply don't do a good job.  A battery operated LED light that would last years gives off more light.  The pictures we've found online showing the solar lights are very optimistic and a little deceiving in our opinion.  There you have it.  Feel free to comment if you own one and feel otherwise.

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Thu

20

Oct

2011

What happens if I place my lifetime storage shed on gravel, grass, or dirt?

Many customers put their lifetime brand sheds directly on the ground.  Some customers don't want a permanent concrete slab or a build a wooden base.  However, if your ground isn't completely flat - and we mean completely flat - you may experience problems during and after assembly.  We've had a few customers call in and explain that their door doesn't shut very easily or that one corner is off the ground an inch or so.  These are caused by assembling the shed on uneven ground.  If you choose to put it on the ground be absolutely sure that it is flat.  Also, these all come with plastic floors.  The wooden base or concrete foundation instructions are showing very clearly in the owners manual included with the shed.

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Mon

10

Oct

2011

Can I add an extension to my storage shed after it's built?

Yes, you can add a lifetime extension kit later if you would like.  However, it is much easier to add it during assembly of the original shed.  First of all, when you build the shed you need to put it on concrete or build a wooden base or platform.  The instructions show you how to do that.  If you intend on adding an extension later simply keep that in mind when you build the foundation or pour your concrete.  You'll need to simply add the length of your platform/base/concrete slab by 30" or 60" exactly depending on the size of extension you choose.

Adding an extension involves removing the back two roof panels and unsnapping the edge of the floor.  It's really not as bad as you might think.  I'm not very handy and it's a peice of cake for me.  Feel free to contact us with question.

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Sat

08

Oct

2011

Do I need to build a floor for my Lifetime Storage Shed?

Lifetime recommends placing the shed on a flat structure such as a wooden foundation made of treated 2x4's and OSB board that you can pick up from your local home improvement store.  The instructions show just how to build it and what materials are needed.  The other recommendation is a concrete slab.  The concrete slab is more pricey to erect.  Some customers put it on cynderblocks, pea gravel, or other flat structures.  The important thing is to make sure it is flat and drains well.  If your surface isn't level (can't just eyeball it) you can run into problems with your door closing properly or having one edge of the shed off the ground an inch or so.  Contact us for a copy of instructions for your shed that shows exactly how to build the wooden base or platform.   

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Fri

07

Oct

2011

How to clean a Lifetime storage shed

Cleaning a lifetime shed is actually simpler than you might think.  Because there is such little maintenance a garden hose with high pressure spray nossle usually can do the trick.  However, if you have a spot that has unusual exposure to dirt and mud a large sponge and soft scrub brand cleaner or another gentle cleaner will work perfectly.  No need to use abrasive brissle pads or other hard textured cleaning products.  It can scratch the shed.  The shed, however, is the same color throughout the plastic so even if it happened to be scratched it doesn't lose it's color like wooden or some steel sheds.  The best way to keep the shed clean is to prevent it from getting unecessarily dirty by allowing piles of compost, leaves, and other problematic items to lean against it. 

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Thu

06

Oct

2011

Is it difficult to assemble a lifetime storage shed?

It is and isn't difficult to assemble the lifetime brand sheds. Let me explain.  First of all, I'm not very handy.  I sit at a computer for most of my life.  But, assembling one of these for the first time was amazingly easy.  Sure, it was time consuming. It took about 9 hours with two of us (we added a bunch of extensions to make it 11x24), but it wasn't difficult guesswork.  It quite intuitive actually.  The Lifetime storage shed panels come in 2.5' lengths and when you've put in one, you know how they all go in.  Same with the floor and roof panels.  The roof trusses that was the only moment where I thought it was going to be tough, but again, you put the first one in and you know how to put all the trusses in.  The reason I said it was difficult was only because we had to build a wooden base and I am not a craftsman or woodworker.  Getting out the saw and borrowing a nail gun....that was the only part I had zero experience with.  All in all I'd say the average home owner can build one and, of course, you are above average so don't sweat it. 

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Wed

05

Oct

2011

Are Lifetime sheds better than wooden sheds?

There are a few tradeoffs between wooden and plastic lifetime sheds.  Wooden sheds are generally stronger.  Lifetime sheds are reinforced with steel on the inside so they are definitely strong, but not quite as strong as wood.  Unfortunately, wooden sheds require a great deal of maintenance wereas the lifetime sheds require little if any.  The lifetime sheds have snow load kits available for those concerned about excess snow loads.  The pitch of the roof is such that they generally are not necessary, but a comforting purchase to concerned consumers. 

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