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Question DetailsAsked on 1/29/2014

I would like to replace my staircase wood spindles with iron - any idea what the cost is or what category?

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Attempts to change existing spindles is Not Recommended.

Typically, any changes to a stair rail system will certainly involve ,REQUIRED Building Permits & Inspections, the mandatory update of the spindle spacing , i.e. if your existing stair rail has spindles, not to existing code of 4" maximum spacing , Code or Building officials will typically mandate the NEW Spindle Spacings COMPLY with existing presentday codes. Few exceptions are made !

This requirement could greatly affect your stair rail system and the COST"S associated with it.

Once you have answered the question reference spindle spacing ,you can move on to securing a General Contractor or Trim specialist to work with. Obviously , a welder or wrought iron maker will be required , as I know of no carpenters, who also , work iron .

Quite the difference in trade specialties.

Answered 6 years ago by BentheBuilder


Hi, this is Meranda with Angie's List. I've seen this in some projects other members have submitted photos of and it looks great, but I'm not sure what all is involved in replacing spindles vs. completely rebuilding stairs. I would start my search with a doing a general search on the List for a "carpentry" contractor, or we do also have a category "wrought iron" that may yield a company that performs the work you desire. The wrought iron companies may at least be able to tell you who they work with and what the price for these spindles is.

Good luck with the project! Don't forget to submit a review and some before/after pictures once you finish!

Answered 6 years ago by Meranda


Can run from about $10/spindle material cost plus maybe $100 for miscellaneous materials for simple ones on a DIY job, up to $100/spindle and more for fancy pattern spindles. Not at all uncommon to run $50/spindle on a staircase and landing with maybe 100 or so spindles. Google this search phrase and you will find a number of articles from people who did it - both contracted and DIY - and you will see info on costs and videos and pictures of how it is done - wrought iron spindle replacement. Don't forget what (Don - Ben ?) said about having to meet current code on not more than 4" opening between spindles and not being climbable by little kids - that can throw a major kink in the works and basically make it a whole new railing/ballister if your spacing has to change.

In many cases, if not curved, can be cheaper to install totally new prefabricated ballister than to put iron ones in an existing wood one.

You need to have it looked at by a wrought iron contractor - it depends an awful lot on your staircase design. In some cases it just means cutting out the existing wood ones, reaming out the glue from the mounting holes, putting a rubber or plastic fitting sleeve on the top of the spindle, putting some epoxy in the bottom hole, inserting the spindle all the way up into the opverdrilled top hole, then lowering down into the epoxy filled bottom hole. In others, you have to remove the railing, put in all the spindles, then with several people (or a lot of taping of lath to hold them spaced right) progressively lowering the railing onto the spindles from one end to the other. Replacing corner and newel posts with iron can really bump the cost up - posts can run $150-1000+ each depending on design.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


I live in Southern Idaho and would like to know who in our area replaces wooden stair pendles for wrought iron ones.

Answered 5 years ago by Tiger

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