I am a new house owner (a condo convert) and I have 1910 Craftsmen in
Seattle. Some of the timbers on the railings on the front porch are
starting to rot. They are custom pieces of wood - not something I'd be
able to pick up from Home Depot.
I was wondering what sort of tradesman to contact to get them replaced?
Any personal recommendations would be even better.
Any help for this rookie greatly appreciated.
You need a carpenter or knowledgeable handyman. Go to the nearest
lumberyard. Ask around. At many of the lumberyards, they have a spot for
the tradesmen that buy from the to place their business cards. Take down
the names of a couple and give them a call. You may even run into one while
there picking up his material for a job he is doing now and you can ask if
it is something that he can do.
Recommendations from neighbors also works. .
I just had some work done in my 1903 house. I searched the yellow pages
and internet for "millwork", "woodwork", and "carpentry" and found a
company in my area that did custom jobs. They already had the profile of
my casings and, with it being a custom run, I had to order a minimum of
40', but that was not a problem. They did not have a profile that matched
my 7.5" baseboard, so I gave them a sample and they were able to reproduce
it beautifully. Finally, I asked them for recommendations for installers,
and they gave me the name of a local guy, who ended up installing
everything and doing a fantastic job.
Good luck, Dee
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