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Thread: Railing help!

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    Default Railing help!

    After fixing the railing at church they now want me to build a whole replacement railing. I was planning on making it out of 1" square tubing with 1 1/2"X3/16"for the top and bottom rail. I'm just worried it will look to plain. What they have now is the twisted square stock wrought iron and looks nice but I don't have a machine to twist material. Is there a supplier to buy such material or would my 1" tubing look good? I see there are a few of you that do this work and could get me in the right direction.
    Thanks, Shane Wyman
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    I think this web site will help you as they sell anything you may want in the metal fab world. King.com. Archetectural Metals. They ship right to your door.

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    Last edited by envano; 08-14-2007 at 07:33 AM. Reason: Broken Link

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    King Architectual Metals and Triple S Steel should have it online. If not in a twisted, they should have a 1" hammered that would look good.
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    Our local Home Depot stores are selling twisted pickets and pickets with baskets. King has a lot of stuff but consider shipping cost.

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    Default King Metals

    King has 1/2" x 35 7/16" twisted pickets on sale for $1.90 ea.

    I recently ordered 750# of steel from them and shipping from Baltimore to Fayettville, NC was $150.

    Do the math.

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    That's a great deal! Thanks for the info guy's!!!

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    As long as you're using hot rolled, just grab a couple of adjustable wrenches and start twisting. It's really not so bad!

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    depending on how often you plan on building railings. You could build a jig to make your own pickets. But for a $1.50 migth as well order them.

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    dont have a machean do it old school all you need is a A/O torch, a vice and some friends. heat it up to cherry red weld a pice on the top first then stick it in the vice and twist it that what ide do

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    I use a company called decorative iron. decorativeiron.com/DecorativeIron/
    They ship very quick, I have also used king.
    You might try asking a large steele dealer in your area if they can get the molded top rail, that gives the railing a nice look rather than using flat bar.

    I use the molded top rail and 1" sq tubing and 1/2 inch sq for the pickets,
    then i put a couple of forged picket casting in on each railing to dress it up.

    It cost alot to ship some of this stuff, so try to buy stuff local.

    good luck
    Last edited by envano; 08-21-2007 at 02:08 PM. Reason: broken link

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