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Question DetailsAsked on 11/1/2015

How can I find a contractor to repair my grandfathers porch railing but it's in a different city.

My grandfather lives in Melvindale, MI and I can't get a response from any of the contractors that had been previously contacted.. Porch railing is broken and my grandfather is 91 year old and relies heavily on the railing off his porch when he leaves the house

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Assuming this is beyond the reach of your local search area if you crank the search radius option up to the maximum range.


For a one-time courtesy search for an out-of-town vendor you might contact Member Services. Otherwise, assuming you have Basic or Traditional (one search area) membershipm you can upgrade by adding an area for typically $10-20/yr, or upgrade for a bit more than that to Plus or Premium membership which give you access to all the places AL has coverage nationwide. Contact Member Services or (when logged in) go to Account at upper right of this and most other AL pages and select Manage My Account from the pulldown menu.


If already a Plus or Premium member, when signed in, on the Search page put his zip code into the Location box and hit return - the refreshed page now shows Deals, Coupons, and Search results for that area.


Since you say he leans on it heavily, I would suggest a Masonry contractor if the fasteners are imbedded in concrete or brick stairs/stoop, and ask the contractor to use deep expansion anchors and heavy top washers to make it extra stable. If wood railing fastening into wood, I would ask for installation of either metal railing brackets around the uprights (like Simpson pocket brackets) or two 3/8" carriage bolts through the posts into the stringers or band joist, as appliable, with heavy washers on both sides.


Deck and Porch contractors would be the best for this, but for a small job like this you might be talking a Handyman to get a timely response. Be sure to tie down the cost BEFORE starting work to avoid any issue of potential elder scamming/overcharging.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD




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