Lifetime 60005 Shed Assembly

First posted
Tuesday October 9, 2012 06:07
Friday November 16, 2012 10:52


Our home is filled with bankers' storage boxes.

Decision made to install a storage shed on pea gravel berm landscaper Shane Black of T4 Landscape built.

Lifetime model 60004 was selected.

Internet order placed.

Above order not printed until about September 25, 2012.

Picking up shed at Lowe's using Shane Black's truck and trailer.

Examination of shed box revealed model 60005 purchased instead of 60004!

But since we knew the shed is 8 x 10 construction begun on foundation. 4 x 4 pressure treated wood selected over 2 x 4 for reason that filling with pea gravel would be tried for base.

Life preserver seen used to protect knees.

4 x 4 x 10 purchased from Lowe's were slightly longer than 10 feet. Not cutting to exactly 10 feet was decision.

Two 4 x 4 x 8 were cut so that width between the 4 x 4 x 10 was slightly longer than 8 feet.

Harbor Freight 21 x 3 belt sander was used on cut 4 x 4 x 8 to make width exactly 8 feet.
Assembly instructions for model 60004 studied in motels on trip to Madison, IN.

Metal bat purchased in Nashville, IN for shed garden art.

Pea gravel base rated only two stars by Lifetime but we decided to try this method anyway.

Pea gravel for interior floor slab support.

Compacting pea gravel 1.

Unfilled but leveled and squared by diagonal measurement base

One cubic yard of pea gravel did not fill side level to top.

Pea gravel was pushed from the 10 edges to the center with back of rake.

Ladder used to level about 2/3 to 3/4 of center level to 10 foot edges for plank rest.

Using one or two 4 x 4 x 10 ribs is likely a better idea than pea gravel.

Pea gravel weighs about one ton per cubic yard!

Pea gravel shifted when shed floor walked on, experimentation showed.

13 2 x 10 x 8 pressure treated planks bought from Lowe's for about $150.

Seventy-five year-old bill [born 11 June 1937 - Saddam Hussein born 28 April 1937] .bought, loaded, delivered, and placed planks.

Shed floor panel seen at right on photo.

2 x 10 x 8 planks were all slightly longer than 8 feet.

Planks aligned so that the highly visible sides were even with the frame.

Landscaper drilled two holes used an about 1/8 inch bit using 3/8 old Sears drill seen above Sears
6.5 amp reciprocating saw which was purchased in 2001.

were set using Harbor Freight 1/2 inch drill.

Drilling pilot hole not necessary but getting screw started is lots easier.

Instruction manual states that two and sometime three people are necessary to assemble shed.


These steps can be completed out of order. Bill did these assemblies.

All of front gable could not be assembled because truss measured 59.5 inches instead of 46.

Lifetime phoned. Employee Alex said that correct part would be sent.

Remaining steps required bill and shane to complete.

Bill held panels while shane used

Torque setting of 11-13 recommended by shed assembler bloggers.

11 used.

bought at Lowe's for about $4 on sale.

Bit length extension is required for shed assembly!

Above drill/driver is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Second battery bought in case first discharged during assembly.

Drill/driver used for about 6 hours on first day of assembly without recharging.

Charger appeared not to work so it was brought to Harbor Freight on Menal on Albuquerque.

Harbor Freight employee David tested charger and found it to be faulty. Charger was replace since product was within 90 warranty.

Assembly mistake discovered after walls installed.

Center two floor panels reversed so that door holes were together in the middle. Correction took about an hour.

Roof panel BDU seen on page 65 of the manual did not fit properly at end of first about 5 hours of assembly.

46 inch part arrived by Fed Ex from Lifetime just as we were finishing work on Monday.

Remaining parts examined and compared to manual.

Ribs AFL were not installed. And one part did not appear to be mentioned in manual.

Lifetime called. Listen to conversation on Wednesday October 17, 2012.

AFL parts installed when Shane rang door bell.

Only screws on half of roof needed to be loosened to have BDU installed correctly.

Shooting silhouettes.

Photographed late afternoon Friday October 19, 2012.

Doors aligned perfectly without shims!

Flagstone stepping stones installed by shane.

Bat friction installation improved by application of small amount of clear RTV around tab.

Zia sun symbol purchased at Jackalope in abq hung from part AXX seen on page 70 of manual.

Shed measured 7 feet 10 inches wide and slightly less than 10 feet long.

Plastic crates purchased a Lowe's for about $6 used to support 31 year old shelves bought when
we built Better Homes and Garden energy-efficient home in 1981.

House is older than shane!

Latillas to hide garbage container cut before shane placed screws in shed foundation.

About 11 hours required for shane and bill work assembling shed.

About three afternoon required by bill working alone.

Date should be 10/15/12?

White wing doves observed cleaning pecan shells ground cover on Thursday October 18, 2012 late afternoon.

Neat shed!

Patty and bill are pleased that bill ordered the wrong shed by mistake!

Horsefly small roadrunner glued to flagstone with clear RTV and placed.

Small silhouettes bought from Jerico Nursery and Jacklope.

Roadrunner dark color unappealing so we ground off with 42 x1 belt grinder.

Sunday October 20, 2012 sulfuric acid/copper patina process started.

Latilla brackets constructed from Lowe's 1 x 1/8 x 36 cold rolled steel.

Bars squeezed togther in vice.

1/8 inch pilot hole drilled on both ends.

Then 25/64 inch hole drilled. Lots fast than previous construction of one at a time.

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