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Install an Iron Railing

Find the average cost to install an iron railing yourself compared with the labor and material cost of hiring a fence company. Use your ZIP Code to adjust the cost to where you live so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a pro to do the job. Learn what to consider and the steps involved.  
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National Average Cost
Install an Iron Railing


  • Pro
  • DIY
  • 4.68
  • 8


  • Pro
  • DIY
  • $1,129
  • $800

Finding a Good Contractor

Best advice about where to find a contractor who is right for the improvements you want. Read more

Easy Plumbing Repairs

Before calling a plumber decide if the repair is easy enough for you to tackle. Try some of these. Read more

Work Sequence in a Basement Remodel

Here's a look at the process of transforming a catch-all basement to additonal living space. Read more

Job Cost Video: Paint a Room

Use the power of paint to change the look of a room. Compare the cost of doing it yourself with hiring a contractor. Watch video

Today’s Tip: Use a plumb bob to lay a level line

If you don't have a carpenter's level to create a level line installing wainscoting, you can use a plumb bob with a framing square. Hold one leg of the square against a line you've determined was level using the plumb bob and the other leg of the square will be level.

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