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    So I bid on a fence today it's 200ft long 45" high nothing fancy. Everything powder coated and material is all 1 1/4 inch. I bid at 82 per linear foot. Which is my usual rate nobody has complained thus far. So my question is what's your guys avg rate per foot on fencing. I've been doing this for years and this was my biggest complaint on price.
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    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.

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    Quote 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.
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    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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    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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    Quote 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?

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    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.
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    That's what I'm saying. I just did hand rails for 120fl. Thanks for the input. How the **** do you do 15. That would cost him money
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    Quote Originally Posted by strictlycarved View Post
    That's what I'm saying. I just did hand rails for 120fl. Thanks for the input. How the **** do you do 15. That would cost him money
    You go in partners with some other guys and buy a container load from China. They can make good money at $15.00 per foot when you think they're basically buying sheets and sending two know nothings out with 110 volt flux core migs and a portaband.

    Pool companies do it all the time, so do fence companies. Clients see black iron and know it is wrought iron that's good enough for them.

    One of my favorite stories involves the client that calls me up for a gate repair. I ask what the problem is. "That lil finger looking latch thing broke off the gate. How much to weld it back on?"

    "I have a $200.00 minimum on those kinds of repairs sir."

    "Bad word Bad word and more bad words, I didn't pay that much for the gate."

    nuff said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strictlycarved View Post
    So I bid on a fence today it's 200ft long 45" high nothing fancy. Everything powder coated and material is all 1 1/4 inch. I bid at 82 per linear foot. Which is my usual rate nobody has complained thus far. So my question is what's your guys avg rate per foot on fencing. I've been doing this for years and this was my biggest complaint on price.
    To me it says more about the customer than you...if that is the going rate.
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    Using 1" sq and 1/2" sq .o49 tube it can be done. He must use cheap paint too. It cost me about $10 a foot for materials using 1 1/4 065 with 1/2" 065 sq. I only know that because I ended up bidding some as a favor to a friend. Ten bucks a foot for materials, ten for making it, and ten a foot to install, so 30 a foot is as low as I would go, and that for a friend.

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