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Mike50
09-06-2009, 04:46 AM
I'm getting ready to buy a tool shed--Never had one before but my garage conversion makes it necessary. I'd appreciate any info on brands and materials to avoid. Here in the high desert our summer temps hit triple digits regularly. We also have gusty winds at times.

jimbo
09-06-2009, 11:17 AM
A visit to a good home center, including HD but also including a local, not national, store, would be informative as to what is available in your area. I like the Rubbermaid stuff, but cannot say how it stands up in the desert sun. Given the wind, I would look for one which has provisions to tie it down to a foundation.

Runs with bison
09-06-2009, 01:19 PM
A visit to a good home center, including HD but also including a local, not national, store, would be informative as to what is available in your area. I like the Rubbermaid stuff, but cannot say how it stands up in the desert sun. Given the wind, I would look for one which has provisions to tie it down to a foundation.

Ditto on the Rubbermaids. I had one of the 7x7 Big Max sheds for four years and it did well. However, I can't say how it would do in the desert sun. It held up well in Houston, but I did put in the optional lumber to support the roof panels. I didn't have problems with it during winds, but I disassembled it and put it in the garage when hurricane Rita was inbound (took about an hour.) I moved it to new homes twice, then sold it for 60% of original purchase price when I moved into a home with a permanent shed.

Mike50
09-06-2009, 02:26 PM
They have the rubbermaid at local bigbox so I will probably get one of those. In fact it's set up in the parking lot there so it looks like a good bet. thanks..

Scuba_Dave
09-06-2009, 06:15 PM
Not building one ??

Mike50
09-06-2009, 06:19 PM
Exnay on this. LOTS of reviewers say it blows apart in 40 mph winds.

Runs with bison
09-06-2009, 10:07 PM
Exnay on this. LOTS of reviewers say it blows apart in 40 mph winds.

Perhaps some do, mine didn't. I wonder if they were properly assembled? It wouldn't be hard to screw up the build the first time out. I was pretty good at it by the 3rd time I moved it. Prepping the ground was critical to keeping it from being out of kilter. I cleaned all of the press fit joints and used soap (and sometimes a 2x4) to properly seat them every time I put it up. Mine had no trouble with the strong storm fronts that blew through when I lived in the Southeast. If I had known Rita would only give us 60 mph winds I would have left it up. I was prepping for 100 mph gusts.

Hope you find something that suits your conditions.