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Great Product, great company to

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.

Jimmy Huffman

Great installation package

Just installed the Floor-2 and Wall-4. Great installation package. They arrived a day early. Very satisfied, thanks!

Gino Castoro

We could not be more pleased

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.

Rich and Audrey Graham

Survived California “Campfires”

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.

William Maydole

Rails were very well made

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

Richard L Kohlhaas

Pleasantly Surprised

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!

Warren Fry

Thanks again for all your help and quick responses.

I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with the handrail.  It looks great!  Thanks again for all your help and quick responses.  Here’s a photo of my completed job.

Charles M.

We love the handrails as

We love the handrails as they look good and are very sturdy. Help a lot in the winter.

Scott Danko

Wow! Great product, installed easily,

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.

Steve Paul

You “Da Man” !!

You “Da Man” !!  Hope these pics tell a story. Thanks, you’ve got a hell of a product and first class customer service.  See attachments:

Michael T.
“This ain’t no dress rehearsal”

Michael T.

Solid railings. Great customer service

Solid railings. Great customer service

Tom Herzog

A real Christmas present to ourselves

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

John & Jenny

I ordered a DIY handrail

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.

Joe Weaver

I am more than pleased

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?

Christine Mooney

We LOVE our DIY handrail!

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!

Dave Lambert

Just happened to find DIY

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.

Mary Lowry

We have an arch handrail

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!

Richard Singer

The railing is perfect and

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

Robert F. Long, Jr.

Joe’s customer service was exemplary

Joe’s customer service was exemplary from prior to the sale and answering follow-on questions. Highly recommended.

Mark Meany

We just installed our railing.

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!!


Very Impressed

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.

Ed Kahl

Piece of cake! Very solid.

Piece of cake!  Very solid.  Looks great.
Ken M.
Ken M.

We support Made in America

I am glad I found your product on internet . And I think my contractor will recommend it to others.  All the crew liked it. And we support Made in America.

everything worked as planned

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.
Nigel W

Nigel Why

Awesome Railing

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. 

Don and Gloria

Great handrail, thanks!

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.

Steve D

Steve D

Quality of materials and workmanship are outstanding

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.

Claude Mehnert

One of the most efficient companies I have ever dealt with

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!

William Thrasher

Easy install. Good looking.

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

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!


The handrail is up and looks great!

Joe, I can’t thank you enough!

The handrail is up and looks great!
Below is the picture!
God bless!
Marilyn P

It’s everything you claimed it is!

HI Joe,

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.

Thanks again,

Jeff Etzel
Owner of Oldschool Handyman Services
Delano, MN

Jeff Etzel

Received the railing ahead of

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.
Bob K

Bob K

It’s an excellent product, and I’m very pleased with it!

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.

Best regards,


Bob S

Instructions and youtube videos made it easy to do

Great product and your instructions and youtube videos made it easy to do. Picture of the installed railing attached. Thanks again. Dave G

Dave G

Looks great. Thanks for your help.

Hi Joe. Got the railings installed. Picture attached. Looks great. Thanks for your help.
Sue H


Our Mock Up


Sue H.

It installed just like your drawing

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


My parents have loved them

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.

Dave Randall

These will make a real difference

Hi Joe,

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.

Thanks again,




Thank you for sending a railing I can be proud of

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

Betty Newman

Handrail purchase and install

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

Greg McGlothlin