Well it is some kind of metal obviously...
So look in the yellow pages for a local welder/welding company
and have them give you a quote on fixing it...
Aluminum can be arc welded with special welding sticks or MIG
welded... Stainless steel can be MIG welded... I doubt that your
handrail is stainless steel given the way it is painted, it is most
likely made out of the same metal that the diamond plate stair
treads are constructed from... You said it is non-ferrous which
would indicate towards aluminum...
For this to be repaired by welding the paint will have to be
removed from the area to be repaired -- can't weld through
paint -- and an area where the welder will be grounded to
the staircase to complete the circuit...
Either way this is NOT a DIY project if you are NOT an
Let your fingers do the walking on this one...
I have things welded from time to time by a local welder and his prices are
*very* reasonable. Sometimes he only charges $10 or $5.
Of course if he had to come to my home, it would be a lot more. But I would
think it would be not too much.
If you have someone that treats you that good on just short shop jobs, I'm
sure that he'd treat you good on a mobile job. Five minutes worth of
welding can add up to a few hours from the time they leave the shop, drive
through traffic to your house, drag out all the cables, weld it, roll up,
and get back to the shop. Not all of the time is spent welding, but it is
all spent on YOUR job.
Steve (retired steel erection contractor)
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