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Question DetailsAsked on 5/25/2017

I would like to change my banisters and newell post on my stair case what should i exspect to pay

The pickets that are there are more for outside use. I would like to replace them with a 2" flat red oak with mortised square mahogany buttons for appearance. The Newell post I would like 6" square with the same mahogany buttons and a mahogany cap with a 1/2" reveal between the top of the newel post and the bottom of the newel post cap

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You need to get quotes from a stair specialist (not an AL category) or Carpenter - Woodworking as your Search the List category. Commonly you are talking $250-1000 for a fancy large newel post installed - spindles can commonly run in the $25-50 each for store-bought ones (installed when doing an entire staircase) to as much as $100-300 for fancy ones - including square-socket ones like you are talking about.

For what you are looking at, with the square mortised features, I would expect something on the general order (for an entire normal staircase worth) of about $100-200/LF of railing (per railing, if a railing on each side of staircase) - as a real rough ballpark, because the handrail is going to have to be removed and shop fabricated for the mortises and such. You are getting close to the cost for totally new railing.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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