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Question DetailsAsked on 7/8/2016

what would the cost of labor to replace rod iron bannister, and 2 short railings with wood? With 2 posts.

one side of 13 step staircase has just a railing. the other side has about a 5 foot rail and needs a post. top of staircase is a 10 foot railing with a post. these railings etc are rod iron and would be replaced with wood.

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Not counting any significant running around time to get new materials if you are not supplying them (including fasteners and finishes), sounds like about a bit more than a man-day of work (several actual days including finish drying time) with normal off-the-shelf component railings - assuming prefinishing of the components. So say maybe 10 man-hours, so around $300-500 labor probably. There are some stair and railing specialists out there but not an Angies List category - the closest AL category is Carpentery - Woodworking (a "finish carpenter"). If he is getting the materials - or going with you to store to pick them out, then labor cost more likely about $500-700 range. May sound high, but a retrofit and cut-in job like this, especially since presumably working with finished flooring and such rather than unfinished stairs, takes longer to do than new construction where an entire stair like this, both sides and treads and header/balcony railing, might be done in not much more than the same time.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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