"Lets get one thing out of the way, the instructions:-
I've read varying disparaging statements about the quality and clarity of the manual. I found the instruction manual really simple and straight forward to follow. If, when you was a kid, have ever played with Mechano, Lego and the like, you will have no problems in assembling this building. It is largely a pictorial manual giving clear step by step instruction - providing good details in the diagrams e.g. what size of screw to use where and whether or not to use a washer.
The instructions state that it will take eight hours for two people to build the shed. This is probably accurate - I took about ten hours largely on my own to build it. I only have a rudimentary education and found no troubles in erecting this shed, so anyone else should be fine.
Overall the shed is excellent. A level and flat (or very slightly pitched toward the rear) base is an absolute must, also checking your base frame is absolutely square. It won't cost anything to occasionally check for square and plumb throughout your build.
Initially the shed IS flimsy but when all of the struts, beams and panels are in place it becomes quite rigid. The shed is secured to the concrete floor with six brackets, coach screws and plugs - this is the supplied 'anchor kit'.
The only down sides that I found was that there were barely enough 'long' screws to go around, and the screws and bolts are quite soft. A few of the screws and bolts suffered from cam out. If you get a screw that is just spinning in its designated hole - replace it for a fresh one. You will usually find that part of the thread has been stripped away. Also the roof washers are not rubber, they're kind of a hard white plastic? But seemingly watertight none the less.
All in all I would not hesitate to buy another one of these sheds - because it's a good product but more importantly, when you're building it, it makes you feel like a kid again!"
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Review 2 for Yardmaster Shiplap Sliding Door Apex Shed 10 x 12 x
"Just finished putting this shed together. Now it's up it's a great storage building and is good quality, however it's taken me 2 full days with a friend to put together. To give you an idea of how poor the instructions are I have a building suryeying/engineering background and my friend is a radar and aerospace engineer and we did not find it easy following the instructions. There are only diagrams and no written instructions and although the parts are clearly labelled the exploded diagrams are poor. Please yardmaster read this and sort the instructions out because the shed is great (once it's up) and I'm sure it will last years."
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Review 5 for Yardmaster Shiplap Sliding Door Apex Shed 10 x 12 x
"This has to be one of the most impressive sheds you can buy and erect yourself. It took me about 15 hours to build but I did do it on my own and I did slightly modify the build sequence to facilitate that. There are a lot of PKs with this unit....bags and bags of them. It is important that the base frame is completed properly and is level as the construction is so sectional that if you get it wrong then you won't know it until you are half way up! Finished article is superb. I reckon I could probably complete one in about 10 hours now. Great piece of kit!"
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Review 6 for Yardmaster Shiplap Sliding Door Apex Shed 10 x 12 x
"This is an excelent shed. It is very straightforward to put up providing you follow the instructions to the LETTER. It does rely on the base foundation etc being level and to the right dimentions. Their compleation time of 8 hours is a little optimistic but possibly could be acheived on a second build when you have experiance to rely on. One down point is that a small amount of rain can get onto the shed floor via the door base tracking . Overall a very good shed and excellent value ."
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Review 7 for Yardmaster Shiplap Sliding Door Apex Shed 10 x 12 x
"When I saw that the shed arrived in six boxes and that overall there are over 500 fixings I realised these sheds are a hugely time consuming to erect. Following the instructions to the letter (which there are none) no written instructions only diagrams with a few arrows, I had to drill many of the fixing holes for the roof beams and roof panels. I started with a level base and the shed base was square but after the first two roof panels none of holes marry up, for the remainder I purchased self drilling screws with washer and fixed the roof quite quickly after that.
After spending some time mostly wasted figuring out that things don’t fit, the finished shed leaks as the side panels sit on the base rail and when it rains the water flows in under the base rail into the shed, as you need the water to run off the base rail I fixed this with a roll of DPM tucked behind each panel (mastic won’t help in this instance) again more wasted time considered raising the shed but the same thing would happen. The main consideration however is that metal sheds get plenty of condensation especially over winter the underside of the roof was covered in water droplets you may as well store your items outside.
It’s not only about how quickly or slowly (15 hours) you put it together but generally they take too long to erect compared to a wooden shed but also how they perform and these don’t. After the next storms when its bound to blow over (even after fixing) I will cut this up and scrap it, do not buy a metal shed ever!!!"