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I used to existing 4X4 posts from the previous wood hand rail. The iron rail was lightly sanded, primed, and painted white with spray enamel paint. Looks great and feels smooth. Quality product. The only suggestion is to make sure you have a powerful high-speed drill.
Old handrail was splintered and wobbly (unsafe). Replaced with a new DIY handrail system that is safe and sturdy.
After a couple of friends almost toppled off my front steps I knew I needed a handrail on the open side. I chose DIY because of style and how it is made. Solid! Also, the price can’t be beat for the A+ quality. Couldn’t have been easier to install. Looks great. I like it.
Since our steps, rail, and post are not lined up this combo of railing and grab bar worked perfectly.
An awesome addition to my steps.
Extremely handsome design and build quality beyond my expectations.
Installation was a breeze .
Perfect addition to the garage steps coming out of the house. Easy to install and a good solid handrail.
Now that we are in our upper 60s it was time for a handrail. With rest breaks it took about 2 hours to install on a hot summer day. So nice that it comes with the drill, screws, and socket so all that you have to do is unpack the box and install it.
This is a great product. Installed easy with supplied items in about 30 minutes. Very sturdy!
I love our new railings. Just what we needed to finish off our new back steps. They were very easy to install. And very sturdy. Looked at cheaper railings but I am very happy I pay the extra money to get good quality railings that I think will last a lifetime.
It looks fantastic, a nice addition yet more importantly, an excellent safety feature for my 92 year old grandma!
It has held up great for over two years now and looks the same as when it was brand new. I’m so impressed that I’m back for another (for the right side).
I installed the arch railings this summer. I highly recommend that you use a hammer drill for the screws and an impact wrench to drive them in once the holes are drilled. A reciprocating saw for trimming the iron is helpful as well. Having the proper tools makes for an easier install. We are very happy with the quality of our Fortin Arch Handrails.
I installed a DYI railing from Fortin Ironworks for my mom. It is very high quality and not too hard to install.
The service from Joe and this company is unbelievable. He answered the phone, he helped with questions, had product in stock and shipped it quicker than I could prepare for it. He even included the drill bit (who does that). I’m looking to order more just because the experience was so pleasant!
Beautifully built product. Very sturdy and nicely finished. Installation takes some time (due to drilling eight 6 inch deep holes in concrete) but the end result is worth it. I have received many compliments on this railing. Customer service has been excellent. I would recommend without reservation.
We did a garage makeover with Garage Living in Cleveland last week and needed a 2-step handrail to complete the first phase of the project.
Joe at Fortin Ironworks provided the great advice and fantastic customer service!
Greg from Garage Living and his crew helped me install the handrail. Looking forward to working with Greg in choosing the cabinets and hardware to complete our project.
Joe at Fortin is just fantastic. He took extra time after hours to consult with me. Never felt rushed or pressured to make a decision. Great product!!!
My wife and I just had our old basement stairwell rebuilt along with a new expansive patio. We knew we were going to need a handrail for the basement steps and on the search. We are in an older part of town and like to stay true to the aesthetics and older building material so we knew we wanted wrought iron. Unfortunately there are only a couple of companies that do this local and after a few astronomical quotes and lengthy timelines we decided to hit the web. I stumbled upon this site and immediately fell in love with how the company says they operate, materials they use ect. It sounded to good to be true. I ended up ordering a 93in handrail for the basement steps and waited for the arrival. The rail shipped in like 2-3 days. The second I open the box I knew the product was made with extreme quality and craftsmanship. Power coated black finish was to perfection. My wife and I are extremely OCD to attention to detail. Now I just had to install without a snag as I do most of my own work. These guys made it so easy with the drive bits, hardware and screws they provided. (A novice DIYer can do this install) my installation was into brick and concrete. Install went off without a hitch!! To say we are pleased is an understatement!! Quality Quality
This is the only review I have ever written for a company. I am already looking around the house as to where I can find another project for this company. Pics provided
This railing is so beautiful and so sturdy! I love this style because I can access the space next to the step for fall cleaning. I had my two 20-something grandsons install it..made them watch the video first!
Will not use any other railing system. Best railing system, easy to install and solid/sturdy that I know will last! I highly recommend this product!!
Our back patio has no way to balance yourself when you step down to go outside. My wife and I – as well as visitors to our house – had no way to steady themselves going in and out. And during the winter months, it’s too slick to manage. We ordered the rail and it was fairly simple to install. Now, our patio is easier to access as well as a bit more pleasant to look at with the new accessory. Wonderful craftsmanship!
My husband has been struggling with hip and knee pain. He has both artificial hips from the past 15 years due to long term steroid use. And will soon begin the process of knee replacements. A friend was able to install efficiently and my husband begin using immediately. We are very satisfied with the product. Thank you!
After much searching I finally found the perfect handrails for my porch. I purchased the Picket #2. They were easy to install with complete instructions and are durable and beautiful. Just what I wanted for both front and back steps! I would not hesitate to order again. Fast, friendly service right here from OHIO!!
I purchased Picket #2 for my new set of steps and this was a perfect fit and well built! Very happy to have found a true American made product by a company that takes pride in their work: you can see it in the workmanship. The instructions on how to choose the correct kit on the website right to installation once received was very clear. Exceeded expectations! I would definitely recommend this product.
The perfect solution. We have a small home with a wood deck and a box step leading up to our door. Originally, I had planned to build a wooden handrail, but after my 3yo daughter unexpectedly fell of the edge of the deck and almost seriously hurt herself, I decided that we needed a rail asap. I found DIY, sent Joe a text to request a mockup, and received a response within minutes.
He identified potential problems with our stair layout and after careful consideration, we placed our order. Package arrived a few days later, in excellent condition (well protected).
Installation took 2 hours start to finish. Because there was not a lot of room for error in our layout, we took time to make sure everything was done right. Having a bottle of touch-up paint included to paint the bolts to match the rails was a nice touch too. I know this will come in handy if/when the rail gets dinged from use over time.
The finished result is something we are proud to have on our little home.
I’m so glad we found DIY and Joe.
I would recommend Joe and his products to friends, family, and clients, no reservations.
I bought the 24” wall mount hand rail, and I am very pleased with welded solid iron construction, powder coat finish, and supplied mounting hardware including nut driver bits. The package was well padded to prevent damage. Fast shipping with quality construction and finishing… you can tell these people take pride in their work.
Perfect for my needs. Delivery was prompt, packaged well. Installation on brick wall went well. Had some black automotive touch-up paint that made the silver colored mounting screws “disappear “. After 1 year still looks new.
My adult son and daughter-in-law purchased an older home that needed the front steps redone. We had to cut off the old wrought iron handrails and cover the old concrete with blue stone. I found DIY on line, called him for advice, and he nailed it! He shipped exactly what worked and it was easy for me to install over the new bluestone in half a day. My son and his family love the railings and their new front steps! A beautiful and quality product!
I have nothing but great compliments on the entire process of having a handrail on my front porch. Ordering process was easy, was delivered in 2 days, and I was able to install in a very short time. It was great to have all necessary bits for installation, and the instructions to install easy to understand. We are passing your name to friends and neighbors! Thanks for having an outstanding product, sturdy, and real iron!
In the years we have resided in our current home, there was never a thought that we might need a handrail to our front porch entrance. However prior to the onset of Winter, we decided to add a short DIY handrail, mainly for appearance purposes.
On Thanksgiving day, a friend arrived and began to climb the two steps to the front porch. As I opened the door to greet him, he suddenly stumbled forward and was headed for a certain head first collision with our concrete porch. Fortunately, the railing I installed a few months earlier, was there for him to grab. Without it, he had no chance to avert a serious fall.
The railing, which I found quite easy to install by myself has proven it’s worth already. Not just an attractive addition to our home, but a great value to at least one visitor so far in the first year.
Beautifully made hand rails, very professionally finished and exactly as advertised. (I’ve seen Asian versions, which made me sick to my stomach, so I’m delighted these are so well made.)
The supports are hollow but very sturdy, and nicely heavy, nevertheless I turned them over and filled them with mason’s cement before installing them! Mine are super strong!!
I need a railing from my mother’s front porch. I googled it and found DIY handrails, what a blessing. They made this process so easy, I couldn’t believe it. I found the one I wanted, placed my order, it showed up in 4 Days and is exactly what she wanted. Fantastic quality, installation was simple. It came with everything I needed. I’ve never had a better experience shopping online. I would definitely recommend DIY handrails to the homeowner and anyone in property management.
These are very well made handrails. They are real easy to install I would recommend renting or buying a hammer drill though. Joe was a real help in me getting the correct handrails. I definitely recommend this company
Your product was the perfect solution to reduce the risk for myself and guests entering my backyard from the study. I had just installed pavers and covered the steps. Your handrail was easy to install and you provided excellent support for choosing the right anchors! Sturdy and attractive, the handrail fits perfectly!
I had been looking for a handrail for my inside stairway. I couldn’t find what I was looking for at the local big box store, also tried Amazon. I bought one but ended up sending it back. I then found DIY hamdrails. I found and purchased the one I liked on Tuesday morning, it arrived in 2 days. It was expertly packaged with the ends in Styrofoam wrapped in plastic so it wouldn’t come off, the middle had 3 pieces of Styrofoam so that wouldn’t get damaged in transit. Very easy to install, although it did need an impact gun to attach the handrail to the wall mounts. Luckily I had one. All in all, very easy purchase and install, would definitely recommend and buy again.
After replacing our old, slippery concrete walkway, we decided to add DIY railings to complete the project. They added the perfect functional and aesthetic touch we wanted!
Purchased a 24” wrought iron, wall mount hand rail. I was very pleased with the quality and weight of the product. Looked great. Shipping was fast and product was well packaged. Highly recommend.
Here is the new handrail. Used threaded rods in epoxy and that held better than the screws. Look very nice now as you can see. Best to rent a large hammer drill.
Product, and especially the customer service was second to none. A sketchup model was drawn up especially for my field measurements and confirmed the products would fit as intended. During shipping a piece went missing or was not sent, however upon asking, a replacement arrived the next day. Installation went as planned without issue.
Great service and product.
Just finished installing a handrail from DIY. The quality is excellent. Had a few questions and Joe was immensely helpful. Could not recommend these more. If I ever need additional handrails, there is no doubt I will be getting them from DIY.
These handrails are great. I’m 70 years old and my son and brother in law installed them at my front and back door a few years ago. I don’t know what I would do without them.
I needed a handrail on the stairs going up to an upstairs apartment in my 110 year old barn.
Believe it or not my 17 year old great-nephew and I did it. I needed his muscle to lift the handrail in place to check to see if it was level and hold it while I drilled the holes. We did have to use washers to level it perfect.
Thank you for a superb product that even a 70 year old grandma can install with the help of a little muscle from her great-nephew.
Turning 72 very soon. Have health issues cannot do steps very and had falls. I have lots of friends who kept saying “ you need rails”. So finally gave in. I ordered them got here very quickly. My husband and a good friend put them up. Boy what a difference rails make. Best thing we did. So we’ll made. Had everything we needed except drill. Thanks Joe
Stairs are now safe to use. I have been procrastinating for a long time because I thought it would be difficult. I was very surprised how easy the installation was. The kit contained everything I needed for installation which took all the guesswork out of it.
Great product at reasonable price.
I am very pleased with my purchase from D.I.Y. Handrail. Joe provides excellent service and an excellent product.
I was in need of replacement handrails and I’m so happy that I found D.I.Y. Handrail on the internet. Highly recommend!
Betty Ann B
Don’t hesitate, just buy it! This is the third railing I have purchased and am extremely pleased with the quality and how easy they are to install.
We needed a handrail for the side door into my Father-in-law’s home. The Fortin Ironworks handrail was very heavy duty and looks great.
My mother needed a handrail on the front porch. Fortin Ironworks was reasonably priced, easy to install, and very sturdy.
Love the look. Very sturdy, well made.
Needed to buy a few more drill bits for the hard concrete but other than that installation went well. I installed on the out side of the steps, to get maximum width which I am very glad I did.
A well designed, well made railing that was a breeze to install. Joe was very helpful in providing a drawing to show how the rail would look on the steps to our patio. I’ve already had one person ask for photos & contact info to do a rail project at their home. Easy ordering process & Joe helped with an issue with the carrier to get the item to us. Thanks!
I needed a rail to qualify for my home insurance plan. My neighbor recommended a cheap fix by way of black pipe used for industrial uses. I opted for something that was more appealing and could be a permanent solution, hence, I discovered Fortin Ironworks. They were easy to install and look great. Showed them to the insurance agent and instantly was granted a new policy.
I purchased one of these rails for an elderly neighbor who had a handyman install a cheap metal kit from one of the big box stores. It had rusted out and I was afraid she would fall if she accidentally leaned against it. The rail was very easy to install. I followed the directions and took me less than an hour. Very strong and sturdy. I am ordering another one for her since she wants one on the other side of the step. Hint- If drilling into concrete, rent or borrow a hammer drill. Saves a lot of time and effort.
I ordered my wall handrail from Joe, and I am very pleased with my order. I am in NY and my order came and my rail was package properly and was not damaged. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone who is looking to do a DIY project. By the way I forgot to mention my handrail is oh so sturdy.
Our parish needed a rail to assist our aging pastor move safely around the church’s altar. From my first conversation the Fortin Ironworks rep to the ease of installation, the DIY handrail was a perfect solution. We’ll be needing more before long. Thank you!
Extremely Satisfied! Joe could not have been more helpful from beginning to the end of the process. It was a pleasure from the mock up to final installation. The railing is beautiful and sturdy. I couldn’t be more pleased.
I live in a 55 plus community and my front porch steps had no handrails. After some extensive research and talking with several contractors I found DIY Handrail online. Joe made it so easy to order and even gave me a rendering for my HOA approval process. Since I am elderly I hired a handyman to install them and he said it was easy and asked me for DIY Handrail’s info. Joe is very responsive and does everything to make sure you are completely satisfied. In my opinion you can’t go wrong if you order DIY handrails.
Joe and his customer service is above reproach! Joe and I emailed back and forth numerous times so he could help me select the correct railings for my application. The shipping was incredibly fast…the handrails arrived far ahead of my expectations. I tell everyone that will listen about D.I.Y. Handrail. This has become my go to place for future purchases. I have a patio, stairs out to the garage and possible will replace the handrails inside going to my lower level. This company and Joe are absolutely the best!
I am extremely satisfied with all aspects of the experience! Pre-purchase communication (mock-up, questions and answers) with Joe was extremely helpful. My two, #4 Pickets arrived in 2 days as advertised and in excellent condition. All hardware was furnished including the anchors, drill bit and socket that fit the anchors. (I changed to 5/16″x3″ Tapcon Concrete anchors and found landing the anchors much easier that those provided.) The railings were very easy to install although for the novice, your instructions might want to specifically tell people to clean the dust from the holes before trying to insert the anchors. The railings are very sturdy! If they ever begin to move over time, I’ll re-drill the holes and add epoxy but I really don’t expect to have to do that. The price was right and the railings look fantastic. Initially my bride wasn’t too keen on standard DIY type railings. She was looking for custom railing at a much higher price. But once installed, she is extremely pleased too! I can go on and on but will leave it there. For any DIY’er with a hammer drill, hack saw, tape measure and level, this is the way to go. You won’t regret this purchase. I’m so glad I found this product.
Great Product, great company to do business with. Very satisfied with the fit and finish of the rail kit, and the included hardware and driver. Thanks to Joe and the Customer Service Team for all the help. Will definitely be back in the future when the need arises.
Just installed the Floor-2 and Wall-4. Great installation package. They arrived a day early. Very satisfied, thanks!
We could not be more pleased with the diy handrails we installed on our front porch steps. It was important to keep the look appropriate for a 115 year old house with recreated curved front steps and the hand rails were perfect. Joe was also very helpful in the process and we would recommend the product not only for the appearance but also for the high quality of the materials and the excellent instructions for installation.
Of my 1400 sq/ft deck that was litteraly vaporized into but a shadow on the ground by the California “Campfires” only your handrails including the escutcheons survived intact! All I need do is have the powder coat re-done. Excellent product that I will be buying more of for my new home. I would add more pictures if I could but the surviving escutcheons tell the story.
Rails were very well made and were straight forward and versatile to install. I appreciated the wrench and drill bit, although I needed a hammer drill for the concrete
My wife has been after me to have a rail added to the side porch but when I tried to contact my “rail guy” he wasn’t to be found. So I then googled iron rails and found DIY and was pleasantly surprised about options and pricing. Found the exact railing I desired, found it easy to install (with ALL hardware provided) and I now have a happy wife!
Wow! Great product, installed easily, just as described. Read the instructions, watch the videos, and be sure to have a hammer drill (if you’re attaching to concrete). Never had a project go as smoothly as installing this railing. Looks Great.
“This ain’t no dress rehearsal”
Hello Joe, it is about time I thanked you for the help and the excellent product. Our contractor puts all the rails in while we were traveling last December. It was a delight to see them when we got home. A real Christmas present to ourselves. He said how impressed he was with the quality of the iron work and how good they looked. We are extremely pleased. Regards, John & Jenny
I ordered a DIY handrail late Spting 2018. It came in short irder, bit I had to wait for a dry day yo install it. A friend held it in place while I took a plumb, and measured hiw muvh i needed to cut the lower leg. I cut it located where I wanted it, drilling the needed holes to suit. I installed the stancions, prepped the verticals and tapped it into place with a rubber mallet. All told I was done on under 1 1/2 hours. It looks grest, and functions quit nicely. When I posted pix on Facebook, I hot many positive responses, quite a few wanting to know where I purchased it.
I am more than pleased with my two
DIY handrails. They arrived quickly, they are a quality product, they were easy to install. The price was most reasonable for the high quality. Mine have been installed for one year and I expect to get many more years of use from them. Additionally, they satisfy the requirement of our home insurance company for a hand rail on the steps. The purchase of the DIY handrails is a WIN for my family. Thank you for making such a product available. Would you consider adding quality window boxes of cast iron?
We LOVE our DIY handrail! We’re both getting a little older (and have older friends) and just needed to feel safer on the front steps. It’s a great product!
Just happened to find DIY on internet. Contacted Joe and explained that I recently had hip surgery and needed stair rails ASAP. He had them delivered within days. They work beautifully. Great customer service.
We have an arch handrail which has been great, but we lost an escutcheon at the base. Joe’s customer service was superb…he not only advised us the part has since been replaced with something better, but sent us replacements free of charge. Excellent!
The railing is perfect and Joe was a tremendous help throughout the purchase and installation process. We are delighted with the end result. Thanks, Bob
Joe’s customer service was exemplary from prior to the sale and answering follow-on questions. Highly recommended.
We just installed our railing. Absolutely LOVE it. The welding was very well done. Easy to install. It was difficult drilling through aggregate though. Had to purchase another drill bit. Will definitely recommend to others!!
I’m very impressed with the very high quality of your railing. The design of the Arch 3 was perfect for my use. I’ve installed it and it looks terrific. It’s sturdy and rust proof with the stainless steel base plate. The flawless finish and precision of your pieces is impressive.
This was the only supplier I found that could provide the two handrail types I needed in matching design styles.
My wife is paralyzed on left side, so she needs the rail support on the right when going up and down the new larger steps I installed.
Thankful for Joe’s input on the Arch Rail size, everything worked as planned.
Wanted to than you very much for the awesome railing. We purchased two of them and they are great. Here are a couple of pictures for your reference.
Just wanted to say thanks for such a great handrail. We have been looking for 5 years to find a solid handrail. Found your website last week and found just what we were looking for. Ordered it on Thursday, received it on Monday and installed it on Tuesday. Perfect fit, I didn’t even have to cut it, perfectly plumb out of the box. Had it done in 30 minutes and we couldn’t be happier.
Thanks for providing such a great product at a good price.
The website is well organized and easy to get information and order.
The handrail (Arch #2 in my case) are very well designed.
The instructions are clear and easy to follow.
And the quality of materials and workmanship are outstanding.
In addition, Joe’s customer service is beyond reproach.
Fortin Ironworks is one of the most efficient companies I have ever dealt with. Their service is fast and the stair hand rail I bought perfectly meets my needs and was so easy to install.
And Joe VanGundy gets a gold star from me for fast and efficient service when I needed to order a replacement part. He’s just the best!
Thanks Joe. Hand rails worked out great. Easy install. Good looking. Just one thing. Suggest you adopt tungsten tipped drills. The hardened steel tipped drills are useless. Otherwise perfect. Thanks again. Charlie.
They were easy to install (once drilled) and worked well when doing the final leveling. Seems to be quite strong with no wobble so I hope all is well. Railings exceeded my expectations and look great! Thanks for your help!
I just wanted to express how impressed I was with your product, it’s everything you claimed it is!
From the website, to the ordering, to the quick delivery, to ease of installation, to the fit and finish and of coarse the final results were magnifico !! Old school results !
I installed this railing for a gentleman who had fallen and broke his hip and needed the railing installed after his home health care visit.
He was very happy and impressed, just like me!
The escutcheons were a little tricky to install and during the process I scratched the post slightly. Seemed like they needed a little more clearance in the area of the square post’s hole opening, I couldn’t tip them apart far enough to mesh the parting lines.
Also I choose to paint the bottom of the post cuts.
Owner of Oldschool Handyman Services
Received the railing ahead of the promise date. Well packaged. Great instructions. Had a contractor install. Solid feel. Using to provide balance when navigating the stairs. Thanks.
Here is the installation – it’s an excellent product, and I’m very pleased with it! Thank you very much for your help and responsiveness along the way.
Great product and your instructions and youtube videos made it easy to do. Picture of the installed railing attached. Thanks again. Dave G
Dear Joe, I went to Home Depot and got a new hammer drill [the old one crapped out] Bosch 1/4 in. masonry drill and 5/16 tapcon bolts 2 in. Installed very nicely. What started out as a utilitarian need for a handrail turned out to be an architectural enhancement to our home. How cool is that! Will send you a photo tomorrow. P.S. It installed just like your drawing, but we spaced it 3-4 in. from the home, and think, as you said, that the base plates will be sufficient for strength. Thanks again, Peter
Handrails are great! My parents have loved them. No problems at all. The rails are on the steps leading up to the porch. Down the sidewalk there is one step on a gentle slope that they walk everyday going to the mail box or taking out the trash or visiting neighbors. I’ll try and send a picture if I can in the next few days. Thanks for responding.
Thank you for the speedy delivery and a fine product. These will make a real difference as my father-in-law returns from rehab to his home this week.
The railing looks great on my front steps. I like the quality and the finished look. It was well illistrated to install. My sons installed it. Thank you for sending a raiing I can be proud of. Betty Newman
Hi. I received and installed the handrail ordered. The quality of materials and craftsmanship are top notch! Having worked in ship building for 40 years I can really appreciate great quality! My 95 year old Dad can now safely step up to his walkway to his house!! Thanks, Greg. McGlothlin, Baltimore, Md