Installing indoor hallway style post, handrail and spindles...

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Posted by: from Surrey
12/6/2012 at 8:41:55 PM

This is something I've never done, thus the questions! I'd like to either hire someone to do this perhaps, although I could do it myself, although 'finishing' isn't my best attribute.

I'm not sure how long it would take a contractor to do such an install compared to myself, thus wondering if I might blow my budget?

I have dropped by my local Home Depot, and like their Oak rail & post setups, and we are thinking of going with the metal spindles/balusters. Oddly, finding nice (or what I consider nice) spindles is somewhat difficult, as I've only found one location that has them, and they told me they don't have access to them now unfortunately.

The job isn't a big one, as it's between the kitchen and family room, which would be one 8 foot long railing, and a two foot section beside the 2 steps down to the family room.

The railing that was taken out has posts that are 3.5" X 3.5", where there are actually holes in the floor (through the floor to the crawl space) with one hole completely through partly (half the post was nailed to a 2X10, and the other was somehow nailed in place, but went to a depth of approx. 3" into the floor sitting on some kind of beam.

So, to end, I need an 8' section, from a wall, to where the stairs are (8' section) and approx. 2' along the stairs, which will basically be an "L" shaped railing.

Any help on this project would be appreciated. Haven't come across many that are expert in this type of project, but I'm sure with all the new homes out there, there has to be many!


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Date/Time12/6/2012 at 9:30:03 PM

I am in Ft. Mcmurray Alberta and we charge 80 to 90 a foot to do railings like you are talking about. That is just labour cost. Just to give you an idea of what some places are charging.

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Erroll from MVP Construction in Surrey
Date/Time12/6/2012 at 11:11:54 PM

Hi Dale and Tammy,

First off the responce from David stating the cost of around $80- $90 a foot is fairly accurate for the labour portion Vancouver area as well. This isn't that complicated of a job, if you have the tools and the know how. The toughest part is getting a good furniture finish on the railing, newels, and balusts if you choose wood balusts over the steel.

Anyways since your in Surrey I am going to recomend Windsor plywood on 134th street just north of 72 ave. They have more product and they keep it in stock. Plus their prices are better. If you feel like driving a bit check out nucasa in burnaby or richmond.

Erroll Ryder

MVP Construction

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