Fixing outside railing?

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Old 11-23-03, 02:10 PM
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Question Fixing outside railing?

Hi,
we recently bought a three family home in Mass,as rental property.
The outside brick steps have a wrought iron railing,wich is a good cond,other than the top pc,wich is rusting through.
Iam going to use a sawzall,cut off the top decrotive metal,and replace them with 1/4 x 1 1/2 wide aluminum.I will cut to fit,but I will be secureing it to 1/8" thk wrought iron.Iam going to bolt through,but wanted to use an epoxy too.Any ideas on this?It will be primed and painted to match after.
I want to minimize the bolts for apperance....Thanks
 
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Old 11-23-03, 05:40 PM
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If it will be primed and painted why use aluminum? You need a primer suitable for use on aluminum. Also alum is quite a bit more expensive than mild steel.
Maybe you can use steel and have someone weld it so there will be no screws to see.
 
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Old 11-24-03, 04:23 PM
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Bolting dissimilar metals together without isolation will, especially in your area cause galvanic corrosion. It's not going to happen overnight, but the aluminum and wrought iron combination will accelerate corrosion.
 
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Old 11-30-03, 08:20 AM
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I would recommend using steel also and keep it painted it will look better, if the bottom of the top pc. is a chanell you will find that they sell a decorative cap that fits over the chanell. Good luck.
 
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