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Question DetailsAsked on 10/15/2014

how much to install exterior stair railings

this is replacing existing wood rails. there are 7 steps, both sides. need graspable auxiliary handrail to meet code, structural posts at bottom of treads set into limestone w sleeves, caps, trim rings, set at top to existing porch posts. north jersey

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Using prefabricated railing material finished for outside exposure, a couple of recent jobs I have seen like this (though more like 10 steps) were right around $600-700 - a couple hundred of which was just for the sleeved inserts, though unless pretty massive limestone blocks then you cannot use the normal expansion anchors and baseplates one would use in concrete, so guess you might be stuck with that cost. The problem is most contractors doing this type of work (Handyman, Carpenter) do not have the equipment to drill post-size holes in stone - so that hasto be subbed out, or they have to go rent the equipment and pay quite a fee for the diamond or carbide bit usage.

If I were you, I would be looking for metal or plastic resin rails (though they need sanding pretty frequently as they "fuzz up" - because the hardwood rails that are commercially available are laminated wood so start coming apart real quickly in outdoor usage.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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