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Question DetailsAsked on 7/19/2016

How much should it cost to reinstall rod iron railing into brick steps

Just had my front stairs replaced with bricks and lime stone. need to have the rod iron rails installed ( drill holes into lime stone and cementing them in) any idea how much this should cost?

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Below are links to a couple of prior similar questions with answers which might help - but depends a LOT on whether using commercially available shelf components or railing segments, or custom fabricated railing, etc - the materials alone can run typically $25-50/LF for store stock items, and $50-150/LF or so for custom straight runs, and up to $250/LF or more for curved or spiral - installed. Around $40-50/LF is a common range for store-bought railings that will fit standard configuration steps, and $100-150/LF for custom built.

I am surprised you did not have this done by the Mason doing the work - that would be normal, and also best because then he is clearly both responsible and the right person to fix it if any brick gets cracked during the drilling and installation because handrails in brick, unless anchor bolts are embedded in the concrete under the brick, tend to crack out the brick readily. Oops - you said embedding in limestone - better, just watch edge clearance - commonly 2-6 inches clear of edges depending on step thickness.

Also - grouting in iron rods to build a railing is done at times, but far more common and basically the best way using store-bought components is to use anchor plates and anchor bolts to bolt down the posts, with the railing spindles (the "rods" or upright pieces at about 4" minus apart) connecting into the railing at a bottom stringer and at the top handrail, like this -


Also makes it easier to remove the railings for maintenance on the steps, or for sand/shot blasting and repainting of the railings 10-20 years down the road when they start rusting unless you really keep up on the maintenance of them.


OK - I REALLY should have read the question better - for a REINSTALLATION of existing railing so no materials cost, assuming it fits the new step configuration correctly, probably in the $300-500 range for grouted in individual spindles for a normal 3-5 step stoop (both side railings), or more like $150-300 probably if end-post supported like in link above - either grouted in or anchor bolted. Masonry would still be your best category for a vendor, the one who did your steps unless you have reason to not use him (mormally removal and replacement of railing would have been part of his scope of work), otherwise yuou can use a Handyman but unless you have one you KNOW is good with masonry drilling you risk getting one who is going to crack the step end or corner off, so I would go with the mason.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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