Sturdy When Finished—Flooring Can Be a Problem
You might think the shed is going to be flimsy when you’re putting it together, but it’s surprisingly sturdy when it’s finished. Some key tips: (1) a flat surface is essential! (2) As you work be sure to keep the angles true (90 degrees—measure, don’t just estimate). (3) Square the top before you install the roof. If you decide to install a plywood floor, there are some very important things you should know. I installed a 5/8" plywood floor, which not only makes the interior look nicer but also adds strength and functionality. I drove the screws in from the top and filled the holes. (If I had it to do over again, though, I would turn the floor over and drive the screws from the bottom up.) When I finished, I used a flush-cut router bit to make the edge flush with the base. Now, I had some problems with the floor based on some things that the instructions don’t tell you. Look at step 6 on page 17 of the instructions. The two insets show how to cut the wood flooring edge, but where you see the wood is also where the door and jam bottoms go! After installing the floor I had an issue installing the door jams in step 14, but simply cutting the bottom of the jams solved the problem. Unfortunately, though, I didn’t realize the full impact of the problem until I started installing the doors, which is the last step. I was not about to disassemble two days of work to rebuild the floor, so I disassembled the doors and cut 5/8" off the bottom. Presto-chango it worked! All that to say, plan ahead if you’re going to install a floor! I did call the manufacturer’s help desk and asked what I did wrong. I was asked to call back when I do my next shed and get to step 6 (!). I wasn’t happy with this response—not very helpful. Overall, though, I am very pleased with the results of my work. I checked out a similar shed that costs much less and also pops together. But I decided to spend the extra cash and stick with the GS83 for my next shed. It’s sturdier, and the floor is much easier to install (except for the problems I mentioned above with interference with doors and jams).