In this video, This Old House mason Mark McCullough helps a homeowner add a wrought-iron railing to his steps to make them safer for children and older adults.
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Mark McCullough makes a homeowner’s concrete steps safer for their young kids by installing an iron railng.
Just because a set of steps is within code and doesn’t require a handrail doesn’t mean it can’t benefit from one. When this was the case for a homeowner’s backdoor, he decided to call the team at Ask This Old House for help. Mason Mark McCullough helps install a wrought iron railing to make the steps safer and add some classic, durable style.
Time: 1 day (after ordering the railing)
Cost: Under $1,000
Where to find it?
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Special assistance provided by Forte Iron Work Specialist Inc. [https://www.forteironwork.com/]
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