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We just moved and need an iron gate for a doorway and our
driveway fabricated and installed. We'd like something well made
but the design is not fancy. Can't seem to find iron working
places easily. Any recommendations?
We used BelAire Engineering in Hayward after seeing a posting
on BPN (we also had a difficult time finding someone, Serrotos
Ironworks never even returned my calls). The project was quite
challenging -- we needed an iron railing installed over a loft
space which would protect the kids, but that wouldn't be an
eyesore. We needed something custom, but didn't want to go the
route of an expensive blacksmith. We were very pleased with
BelAire's work and it vastly exceeded our expectations. The
contact person is Peter Chien at 510-538-6950
We need someone who can help us design and create
a couple of stair railings and a banister railing. Does
anyone have a referral?
I used Universal Ornamental Iron Works to put in hand and stair
railings in the front of my old craftsman style home in 2004.
They did a great job for a reasonable price- looks like the
railing was part of the original design of house rather than
added on years later. Their phone is 510.278.2990. I think they
are in Hayward.
I need to have a decorative iron stair railing built for the
concrete steps that are part of the pathway to my front porch.
I haven't found any recommendations on the website for metal
fencing. Can anyone recommend a company or individual
specializing in this type of work, especially small jobs?
Thanks very much!
To Nancy who was looking for someone for her iron stair railing.. We
were very happy with Serratos Iron Works Co, located at 927 76th Ave,
Oakland. We worked with Louis, 510-636-9227
We've had a great experience with Serratos Iron Works. They made the
railings (and gate, posts and pickets...) for our new deck, and they also
made us new handrails for the stairs inside our home. They were fast
and super nice. Their price was also excellent!
Serratos Iron Works, 923 76th Ave, Oakland, 510-636-9227
We need to find wrought iron hand railings for interior
stairways -- does anyone know where we can find them or
find someone who makes them? My contractor says that these
need to be custom-made (I haven't found any in any home
improvement stores) and our job is too small (only 2 stair
cases) to interest any of the ironworkers who would make
them. Any suggestions?
We just had a wrought iron stair railing installed by Tim
Cisneros, an architectural blacksmith in Oakland. You can
see it on his website, www.theforgeworks.com
under ''Residence Railing, Albany, CA 10/25/02.'' It was a
small job--just the stairs from our first floor to the
second (about 16 feet), and we enjoyed working with him.
The work was neat, on time, and precisely done. You might
give him a call. 510.763.1242.
Mr. Bill Roan Blacksmith Home: 532-5158 is a very talented
local blacksmith who can make custom railings for your
home. He was a joy to work with. He came to my home and
listened to what I needed and then made something even more
perfect than I imagined. He also teaches his trade at
Hayward CSU. Call him and tell him JM Drew sent you.
We need to put some sort of gate between our kids and the busy street in front of
our home. I'm thinking wrought iron, but open to any gate/fence people you may
know of. Never done this before...so don't really know where to start.
We were very happy with Serratos iron works 510-636-9227. They
did railings for our deck and hand rail for our interior stairs.
We really liked Tepa Ironworks and they were very reasonable and efficient.
Jose is the owner.
I saw the post about Belaire Engineering and the wrought iron window guard. I e-mailed Tom and he responded immediately and was extremely helpful. I e-mailed him a photo of what I needed and he made it perfectly. my wife loved it. I highly recommend them. www.BelAireEng.com e-mail : belairee[at]pacbell.net Phone 510-538-6950, Fax 510-538-4084
I'm looking for decorative iron window guards. I see them
on houses all over (on a lot of the new houses in the
Oakland hills)- they are decorative and put over the small
windows on doors(sometimes even over larger windows). I'm
sure they do serve a security purpose, but they also just
look great- especially on Spanish style houses. Does
anyone no where to purchase these decorative iron
window ''guards''? I've had no luck finding them. Thanks!
We have a Spanish-style house and recently got wrought
window guards for our two front windows for decorative
purposes. We had them done by BelAire Engineering in
Hayward and were pleased with the work. The contact
is Peter Chien at 510-538-6950.
We would like to paint the wrought iron gate in front of our
house but first need to get rid of the cracked and peeling
paint that's on there now. I read a while back that the
whole thing could be dipped in stripper to remove the old
paint. Has anyone ever done this? Any recommendations on
where I could take it to be ''dipped'' or how best to remove
old paint from wrought iron?
This is an idea for painting the wrought iron gate. Call
Poly Engineering in Richmond. The number is 510-233-1420.
They paint metal objects like engine parts,etc. I just had
a vintage metal bed repainted there. I was concerned that
the paint that was on it was lead based and hazardous in
it's disrepair. It was $180 for it to be painted. They
strip it by sandblasting it. Then they powder coat it on an
assembly line. They have lots of colors to choose from. The
finshed product is very, very durable. Powder coating is
supposed to be the most durable way to coat metal.
To the person looking to repaint a wrought iron
fence/gate, I highly recommend taking it to Bay Area
Powder Coating in Oakland. We had them work on our
old, crummy looking patio table and chairs. We got to
choose from hundreds of colors. They sandblasted
them, powder coated them a beautiful shade, and they
look AMAZING. Powder coating apparently lasts longer
than regular paint and it cost less than $125 for five
pieces. When I was there I saw wrought iron gates and
fences people had dropped off. Give it a try! Their
number is (510)534-4762.
I'm looking for someone to design and install a wrought iron fence for my
front yard. If you know of someone who does good work and is reliable, (the
one I called came out and measured and never got back to me!). Lee
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