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  • #16
    When I quote a price I usually get the "Good lord man I wanted it out of iron not gold". Such and such quoted me $35lf. I end my conversation with ask to see his workmans comp and general liability insurance. A couple weeks later I pick up the deposit check.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by walker View Post
      I do very little cheap fence, but when I do it is about $90lf. There is a guy here doing pool fence for $15lf. I don't know what would posses him to do it for that low a price.
      no liability insurance
      no workmans comp
      no overhead (workshop/equipment)
      no unemployment insurance
      no skill
      when you pay peanuts you get a circus!

      probably plugs his buzz box into the neighbors outlet and works in the apartment building parking lot. its easy to work cheap when you have to!

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      • #18
        Tryagn5, I have to side with walker on this one, I have been doing handrails and 42" guard rails for 25 years without any major problems that I can think of.

        I would have to say based on the type of work I do, That hand rails are minimal risk if done right.

        I'm charging anywhere from $65.00 - $ 125.00 per ft. depending on how much they need.

        Tryagn5, I do have to agree that most people wont pay that so I try to pre-qualify them over the phone before I will even look at the job because a lot of people think that its a #300.00 job.

        I wont even look at a residential rail unless they are willing to spend at least
        $ 1,200 and thats just the 2 rails going down 2 steps.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Portable Welder View Post
          Tryagn5, I have to side with walker on this one, I have been doing handrails and 42" guard rails for 25 years without any major problems that I can think of.

          I would have to say based on the type of work I do, That hand rails are minimal risk if done right.

          I'm charging anywhere from $65.00 - $ 125.00 per ft. depending on how much they need.

          Tryagn5, I do have to agree that most people wont pay that so I try to pre-qualify them over the phone before I will even look at the job because a lot of people think that its a #300.00 job.

          I wont even look at a residential rail unless they are willing to spend at least
          $ 1,200 and thats just the 2 rails going down 2 steps.
          Would you mind posting some of the 125 per ft jobs you do so I could get an idea of what it looks like?

          Thanks
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          • #20
            A forged twist (localized, not a twisted picket), and a forged top detail ( simple taper or flame)will put you at $125 a foot pretty easy. Solid steel pickets, especially 5/8" or 3/4" gets spendy fast as well. To figure it out, just take the base price for you plain 90$ fence, and add in each detail times 3. You can get an idea of the price difference per picket by looking in the King catalog. I do all of my own forge work, so there is also that totally unique/custom aspect to every job.
            Last edited by walker; 03-05-2014, 07:09 AM.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by walker View Post
              A forged twist (localized, not a twisted picket), and a forged top detail ( simple taper or flame)will put you at $125 a foot pretty easy. Solid steel pickets, especially 5/8" or 3/4" gets speedy fast as well. To figure it out, just take the base price for you plain 90$ fence, and add in each detail times 3. You can get an idea of the price difference per picket by looking in the King catalog. I do all of my own forge work, so there is also that totally unique/custom aspect to every job.
              Very nice, I hope I can pick up a job like that!
              syncrowave 250
              millermatic 140 with spool gun
              350 dully with 225
              spectrum 375
              lateral band saw
              14in vertical band saw
              14in cold cut saw
              and now a 24x40 shop

              ALL THE STUFF I HAVE BUILT

              www.facebook.com/studiostevens

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              • #22
                The one I did recently, with 3/4" pickets, 60" tall weighed in at 400+ pounds per 10' section. We couldn't get equipment in there as they did the landscape first, and it was a hard rock dig for the post holes. There were several hundred feet of it. Doing the twists, and top details is fun work, but after a thousand times it starts to get old. So be careful what you wish for. The pay did make up for a lot of the inconvenience!

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                • #23
                  Sorry marine 7, I have a new computer so my pictures are scattered in different areas, I cant even do current pics.

                  My $ 125.00 per ft fence has some fancy caps on 2" square posts, 4" round circles under the top rail and 5/8" solid square pickets, There are 3 horizontal tubes.

                  The black smiths in my area get even more per ft. There are some great Blacksmiths in the Ann Arbor, MI area.

                  I don't even try to compete with those guys.

                  However, when it comes to stainless or aluminum rails they usually shy away from that type of work ( Different types of tools.)

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