OK I have to do a favor for my landlady. I'm furious, even though fair is fair. Dramatic story leading up to my question. Last year her church really needed to have the front masonry steps repaired. I volunteered to patch the steps and was sure it would hold up for a few years. So my landlady/friend told me no way, too much liability involved; it's got to be approved by the church board, etc. (So Ok I'll beg you to do you a favor I thought.) This is a little country church that doesn't have much money and it shows. (Tucked in right here in the middle of this swanky town, pretty old church.)
They ended up getting some imbeciles to completely rebuild the steps to the tune of five grand. Brick sides, 2" thick limestone steps. This staircase is about 8' wide about ten steps going up maybe six feet high to a front door.
My landlady's husband got somebody to repair the original wrought iron railing; and duplicate it so there are two primed railings waiting to be installed. But they can't get the guy to come around and install them. There are three legs on each that have to be anchored.
So my question is how do you attach wrought iron railings to limestone treads? I heard the masons split one of the treads trying to drill it. They had to replace it. I went there tonight to look, the masonary work is acceptable, really. One hole was apparent at the top of the stairs, and it didn't look clean, like somebody was chipping it out by hand Mayan style.
My idea is rent a drill with a 1 or 1-1/2" masonary bit and run holes to accept the steel square stock legs, and set them in hydraulic cement or mortar mix??? I heard they used to set them in lead, don't want to go through that. I'm set up to melt lead but there's got to be a faster way. There will be brackets at the top of the stairs which will help. I was also thinking of flanges to fit the square stock legs, and attach with metal anchors and four screws. I think they're 3/4 or 1".
I've seen many many old wrought iron railings corroded out at the bottom from contact with concrete! So I feel like I'm doing this under duress, but still want to do it right. Sorry for writing a novel here for one question.........
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