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Front porch posts

May 28th, 2007 at 08:35 pm

Wow! Here's an exciting post for you! When DH and I purchased our home 4 years ago, the front porch posts were rotten, splitting, disinigrating. My DH would keep saying "We need to replace those" and because they were kind of hidden by the bushes, we kept "thinking about it" and not "doing it"!
We got 2 bids and they ranged from $1200 to $3200. So DH went to the hardware store and bought 5 posts for $235. He could'nt find the "caps" we needed, so we reused the top ones from the old posts as they had been protected from the elements and had not rotted. It took us less than 4 hours. We did kind of mess up on the first 2 (nothing crucial, just cosmetic) but had it going for the next 3!
So this was our weekend family fun! You should have seen how DD2 and DD3 got into "demo - ing"! They loved smashing the rails with a hammer! Go girls!
Like my friend Contrary said - a little of our time and look at the money we saved!
We still have to replace the railings between the posts, but we are taking our time.
We may try to go to the Habitat for Humanity "Re-Store" tomorrow since DH is off tomorrow too. Will let you know if we go and if we find any deals!

6 Responses to “Front porch posts”

  1. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Yay boo! Sounds like you saved a bundle and had some fun in the process!! You'll have to past some pics of your families handiwork!!

  2. contrary1 Says:

    If you just lived closer! I'm trying in vain, to find new homes for piles and piles of lumber stored on the back of moms property. Dad salvaged EVERYTHING and it is all sorted, stacked and covered. You could make a house, not just a deck!

    The re-use stores are great for projects, and also freecycle & Craigslist.

    Teaching kids to work is one of the best things you can do for family time! Way to go!

  3. Ima saver Says:

    Good for you!!

  4. shadon Says:

    Wow! That's great! It's amazing how much people will charge just for their labour.

  5. Rafi Says:

    a business does not just bill for labour; how about the gas to get there to give you a price even though the prospective customer is not planning to get you to do the work. how about the paper for the quote, advertising, ectt...

  6. boomeyers Says:

    Since the contactor was already at the neighbors house doing work, he only had to walk a few steps and spend about 5 minutes of his time. Possibly I would then recommend him to another friend, who would then hire him, making his total of 10 minutes worth it.

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