One side of my deck blew completely off in high winds a few days
ago. It was a privacy screen made of wood. One side of the deck is
now entirely open. I may have a work man rebuild the screen, or just
put in a normal deck railing. How much would they charge to just put
in normal railings on one side of the deck? It needs all the
vertical 2 by 4's , but he may be able to reuse the large planks on
top and bottom, from the old wood that blew off. I am assuming the
wood they need to attach the rail to is still good enough. It does not
look or feel rotted, but it is 24 years old.
The side is 8 feet long. and about 3 feet high. I think the type of
wood is regular generic treated wood used for construction.
The cost depends on:
1 - where you live
2 - the type of wood
3 - the extent of the damage
4 - the amount of time it will take
5 - the hourly/fixed rate of the repair-person
6 - how well you want the new to blend in with the old
7 - the code requirements for such an installation in your area
I could go on and on.
You can' t expect a decent estimate in a newsgroup. Yes, someone might
say "the average handyman rate is $XX/hour, buidling a railing takes Y
hours and a PT 2 x 4 costs $Z" but that's not really going to help.
Do what is *always* suggested: Get at least 3 estimates, ask all the
questions you need to and make a choice. If all 3 estimates offer
different methods and you're still confused, get 3 more. Keep going
until you are comfortable that you will get what you want at a price
that seems to make sense based on comparable work.
DerbyDad, Thanks for the reply. I'll get some estimates. Might end
up doing it myself, depending on cost estimates. I can copy the
existing design by looking at the other side of the deck. I would
just have to get the TIME to do it, which is probably a common
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