My dear Mom recently had her walkway leading up to her house rebuilt,
and the people who did the work did a fine job, except they took down
the railing next to the old walkway. First, I'm not really sure that
that was necessary, but they make some vague claims that you can't
keep the old railing when you rebuild the walk. Does that make sense
Beyond that, they say that a new railing, for maybe ten to twelve feet
of railing, will cost somewhere between $800 and $1000 dollars. They
say the custom metalworking involved is what costs so much. I asked
if they could to a wooden railing, and they said that costs even more.
We're not looking for anything fancy here -- just something to hold
onto, so when the walkway ices up in the winter, there is something
solid and steady to hold onto. It doesn't have to look rich or
impressive. Should this cost anywhere near what this guy is claiming,
or is he price-gouging my Mom? And if this is what custom railing
costs, is there some cheaper but effective off-the-shelf option?
All informed input is much appreciated.
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