Arrow Garden Shed Consumer Reviews Arrow Lindale 10×14 Garden Shed

Arrow Garden Shed Consumer Reviews Arrow Lindale 10x14 Garden Shed

Arrow Lindale 10×14′ Garden Shed

Pros: Large capacity, easy instructions, easy assembly (at least with a concrete base).

Cons: Fragile before and after assembly. Keep away from trees and nope no large hail.

The Bottom Line: Highly recommended: lots of storage for the price if you can protect the thin metal structure from damage by trees, thrown debris, etc.

We bought our Arrow Lindale 10×14′ metal garden shed at Lowe’s. I had my doubts about a metal shed, but for the price, it was hard to beat so I decided to go ahead and give it a try despite nightmarish scenarios I had read online about other people trying to put one of these things together. What I noticed about it from the display in the Lowe’s parking lot is that it did not have an intricate system of wall and roof braces like an old shed in the yard of our last house. This shed only has three main roof support beams.

The shed comes in a large box that fit in my wife’s Mountaineer but be warned it is very heavy so be prepared. A standard little moving dolly will move the box just fine.

We originally started with the optional Flooring Kit, a metal framework on top of which you put 5/8" plywood for a floor, but after some time attempting to level the ground where the shed was going I saw my neighbor getting some concrete poured and I wound up getting a concrete pad (with a ramp leading up to the shed door since it was on a slight slope) for $550.

Quite a few of the parts like the roof beams, side beams, side channels and gables can be pre-assembled to save time on assembly day.

My wife and I watched the forecast carefully as the manual clearly warns that even slight winds can be disastrous during the assembly process. When we finally got two days that looked good, we decided to go for it.

I started putting the shed up on a Saturday morning while my wife was at work. I managed to get the walls up with all panels in about four hours before she came home at noon. I used stepladders to support the corners and it really wasn’t hard at all and all screw holes lined up, probalby mostly because of our level concrete base. I don’t know how this would go using the optional Flooring Kit: it would probably depend on how exactly level you got everything before you began.

The walls were definitely the easiest part. We started on the roof around 1:00 and it took us until about 6:00 to get it completely done. This was the hardest part of putting the shed together, requiring a lot of standing on a stepladder, reaching over, getting holes to line up and inserting screws and bolts. Some of the nuts that go on the bolts are in very tight areas and can be a hassle.

I highly recommend getting a sharp awl or ice pick to help in shimmying panels and beams into position and getting the screws to start. You can jimmy the parts around quite a bit to get a screw started. By the time we got to the end of the roof, some of the screw holes wouldn’t line up correctly. At that point, it’s easier just to drill a hole in whatever beam you’re attaching the sheets to so you don’t flex and stress the sheets too much. As long as the panels lay flat and attach as they’re supposed to, it doesn’t matter if you drill new pilot holes for the screws wherever you need them to be and then insert the screws. I wouldn’t do that for every hole, but if you have a few at the end that won’t line up right, just drill a new hole.

In case I hadn’t mentioned it, a cordless drill with a good, magnetic #2 Phillips bit with a torque adjuster to keep you from drilling the screws in too hard is a must-have. If you crank the screws down too tight, the little plastic washers that go under them will deform and get ruined. A lot of times you’re leaning way over with the drill in one hand and it’s nice to get the screw perfectly tightened by adjusting the torque on your drill. I can’t even imagine trying to put one of these things together without a cordless drill.

Also, you can afford to drop a few screws and bolts never to be found, but keep a close eye on your supply of plastic washers. We were getting critical on them by the end due to dropping them throughout the project and figuring we would have plenty. We had enough, but had to pick around in the grass for some we’d dropped earlier.

We were done with the roof by 7:00 pm and all we had left were the doors and the trim on the edges of the roof. We got up early the next morning to beat some approaching thunderstorms and with another half hour of work, we had all that done. I had secured the shed to the concrete pad after we finished the roof. Do not secure the shed to the pad until you have the roof comletely done. Then, you can shimmy the shed around where you want it and so it’s square, then you can secure it to the pad. If you bolt it down first, I would imagine you would have a lot of screw and bolt holes not lining up.

Arrow Garden Shed Consumer Reviews Arrow Lindale 10x14 Garden Shed

So, in all, even though I did the base and walls by myself in about 4 hours, we pretty much had the rest of the shed completed in another 6 hours. It wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. We had a nice day, and if you just keep plugging along with minimum breaks, two people can easily put this shed up in a 12-hour period if you have all the pieces pre-assembled that can be pre-assembled prior to starting the assembly. I read stories about it taking 2 people 3 days to put a metal shed together, but that must be some other shed other than this Lindale model. Then again, I refrained from drinking any beer and allowed myself and my wife few breaks, so we were definitely working, not just messing around.

Words of Warning: As we found out, the panels are extremely, extremely fragile until put in place. We had a gust of wind blow one over and it got dented. Even the slightest pressure on one of the panels while leaning over it on a stepladder will dent it. They must have handled with kid gloves until the shed is complete. Once it’s complete and the panels are stressed, they’re pretty rigid, but I’m still careful weedeating around the shed and throwing rocks into it.

I think the roof beams will be more than adequate for snow loads where we live (Missouri) but there is a Roof Beef-Up Kit available for the shed. Since I’ll move my snowblower into the basement in the Winter and really will have no reason to enter the shed much then, I think I’ll make 3 2×4′ props to brace up the roof beams in the middle of their spans for some reinforcement so I won’t have to worry about it if we get a heavy, wet snow.

About an hour after we finished the shed on Sunday morning, we got some torrential downpours and I was able to enter the shed and look for leaks and there were quite a few. Where the roof panels bend down, you are required to install "weatherstripping" (nothing more than duct tape)over the bend slots and if they don’t leak right away they eventually will, so I went in with a tube of clear silicone caulk and sealed them all up from the inside. I was in the shed today during a downpour and no leaks. Also, if you use a concrete pad, you will have to seal between the base of the shed and the pad as water will wick under it. I used that black roofing compound since they use it here to seal metal grain bins to their concrete bases and it worked quite well.

Overall, I was amazed at how quickly and easily this shed went together. I thought the instructions were very clear and thorough and you want to make sure you follow them exactly. I looked through the assembly instructions dozens of times before I even began so never reached a point where I didn’t know what was going on.

The shed’s capacity is impressive. I fit everything I wanted in it and everything’s easily accessible. I have in ours a John Deere lawn tractor, large TroyBilt garden tiller, small garden tiller, 20" snowblower, push mower, large wheelbarrow, 2-wheeled wagon for the mower, trash can full of shovels, hoes, etc. weedeater, blower, push-type garden cultivator, one of those round lawn roller things and a telescope with plenty of room to get to everything.

Recommend this product? Yes

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