Big Max Ultra™ - DISCONTINUED is rated
Rated 2 out of
Warped roof panels
Just like plastic bowls & lids, they tend to bend or warp. There are 6 panels on the roof and they've all warped. I can't get the panels to connect to walls like they're supposed to. I've had to put a large tarp around the shed so that water doesn't get in the shed.
Date published: 2012-11-19
Rated 2 out of
My first shed was a self built and design,second was metal with braces,both time consuming. The third was a resin by another manufacturer,went up slick..one woman ,4 hrs for floor, walls ,then assembled all roofing supports. Had another woman help me for 2 hrs to lift and place roofing.done and beautiful. This rubbermaid shed I had tremendous difficulties with ,finally realized the rail that the walls went into were not cut through ..after hrs of cutting then getting walls in found the very insignifacant lip that locked walls together was a pain.Also found the instructions were vague,no scale for screws ,screws not individually packaged and marked as well one bag of YY missing?? and what size or length is YY ?? After 8 hrs we still have to put the roof on.Will look great but cost me 300 more than the other brand that had gables and a row of skylights as well as nice windows on all 3 doors.
Date published: 2012-11-16
Rated 5 out of
I have 9 various Rubbermaid sheds
I have 4 differnt styles and 9 Rubbermaid sheds total. I use some for chickens and goats. So I am pretty good at putting them together. I have an 8 x 10 and I recommend putting it together when it is 80 degrees or better out so the plastic is softer, especially for the roof panels. The roof panels need to be horizontal when fitting them in the center metal peak bar. A little tapping with a piece of 2 x 4 wood may help especially if you are putting it together by yourself like I did. A 6 foot ladder is a must. I make platforms out of 4 x 4 or 4 x 6's and plywood, all treated wood. I have to say that it can be a one woman job to put this shed together.
Date published: 2012-11-14
Rated 5 out of
Planning and Leveling paid off
I live in a very hilly part of the country. Pittsburgh. Step 1 of the instructions state to level a foundation. THANK YOU to everyone who wrote a review about spending the time to level the foundation. In my yard, I had to dig 3 1/2 ft down in the back and still had to raise the front 6 inches to level the ground. I did this the old fashion way with a shovel. It took a whole weekend to level a 12 x 9 area to put a retaining and foundation. It took another whole weekend to build a retaining wall and lay a paver foundation. That is a lot of time invested into a project before you even take the shed out of the box.
Let me tell you, the prep time was worth it. I started to assemble the shed by myself at 11am (wife was watching the kids so they didn't bug me), and I was able to finish before 4pm. I did everything in the project myself except I did use my wife's help on the roof. Rubbermaid needs to improve the design for easier assembly of the roof. I had no issue with walls coming together or the roof attaching to the sides. Everything lined up perfectly. The time it took to put everything together was much quicker than I thought.
The shed has been up for two weeks and it has worked great. It has rained heavy a couple of times and I have had no leaks. I saw a couple of good comments about using silicon on the joints to create a better seal; but, I haven't needed to use anything yet because I haven't had any water problems.
I am very pleased with the space at 10x7, I am happy I didn't go with the 7x7 model.
I would recommend this product. I look forward to the maintenance benefit of no painting or rusting.
Date published: 2012-09-13
Rated 4 out of
doable for newbs, but roof is a challenge
-- has a solid feel once constructed
-- walls are easy to assemble
-- instructions are pretty good (follow them word for word!)
-- unforgiving when built on an uneven surface
-- roof required lubrication and finessing
-- Had one roof panel that was very hard to install
-- acrylic windows were hard to peel
-- parts are not packed in assembly order
-- took two newbs about 5 hours to assemble
-- we built our shed with the optional beams (make sure the beams aren't warped!)
-- rubber mallet is pretty much a must
-- used surfing wax to lubricate; it worked very well
Date published: 2012-09-01
Rated 3 out of
The doors are a major problem
I am having an awful lot of trouble closing the doors. They seem to swell up and shrink down a lot. Has anybody had this problem and if so how did you solve it? VERY UPSET!
Date published: 2012-07-16
Rated 1 out of
MISSING REAR DOOR THRESHOLD & SHORT ROOF RIDGE & WARPED SKY LIGHT PANEL.3 WEEKS LATER STILL NOT UP.NIGHT MARE BUT EMPLOYEE AT COMPANY VERY NICE & SHED LOOKS NICE IT WILL BE NICER WITH THE ROOF ON
Date published: 2012-04-20
Rated 5 out of
Totally stands up to wind!
We live in the tropics on a small island in the Caribbean (as in Hurricanes, tropical storms) and honestly decided to consider out Big Max Ultra "disposable" when we bought it. We didn't envision it lasting through a big storm--much less multiple storms--but were desparate for storage as we'd just moved.
But guess what? Every time we have a major storm and crawl out the next day so see the damage, there is that rubbermaid shed, still standing! We've had it for about five years.
If you are having trouble with the shed coming apart in wind you need to get someone to help you put it together--you must be doing something wrong.
and that shed stays bone dry! the only negetive is that it is not especially attractive.
Date published: 2012-03-11