An Evaluation Of The Arrow Garden Shed
he actual Arrow Garden Shed is an 8'x3' shed with a sloped roof that fits against a wall, or can be free-standing. It comes with shelves and a rack for hanging tools.
Arrow makes lots of different sheds that can be used for tools or equipment, one greenhouse option, and some that are big enough to be a garage or workshop. They come with gabled roofs (peaked), gambrel-style roofs (barn-style) and sloped (1/2 a peak). The 8x3 garden shed is the smallest shed offered that I could find, and the biggest is 14'x31', at least twice as large as my very first apartment. The big guy comes with a garage door AND a side door, and really can't be called a 'shed'. All of the buildings require similar foundations and anchoring.
Like all Arrow garden sheds, you need to provide some sort of foundation, whether it's a concrete slab, a wooden deck, or one of the Arrow foundation kits that fits the dimensions of the shed. If you get the foundation kit, you also need to pick up an anchoring kit to keep the shed from blowing away - it might be steel, but these things aren't as heavy as you'd think.
On the product website, this small shed is supposed to take two people anywhere from 1 to 3 hours to assemble using a screwdriver, pliers, gloves and a stepladder.
On the review websites, one guy claims it actually took 8-10 hours, and another describes it as an all-day project. Of course, both of these guys also mentioned that it would have gone faster using two people, which of course the website also points out. Call it quality family time and recruit a loved one!
The kits are supposed to be relatively easy to "snap" together, but just in case, all of the instruction manuals are downloadable online. (You know, just in case yours falls in a mud puddle and, after deciding to go it alone, you discover that they don't snap together in exactly the order you expected).
Don't say I didn't warn you
The wind warning was buried on the website, but since the buildings are made of vinyl-coated steel panels, I think it's worth mentioning again that you should avoid gusty days when building your Arrow garden shed. No one wants a mouth full of vinyl-coated galvanized steel.
Follow the instructions, recruit a loved one and wait for good weather - and I think this is one of the easiest garden shed options around!
And oh yeah, my dad had one - every time he moved, he bought a new one.
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