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Cost to replace hinge on wooden fence gate?

Discussion in 'Repairs & Maintenance' started by quop, 6th Sep, 2016.

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  1. quop

    quop Well-Known Member

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    Hi, just after some informed opinions on how much one should reasonably expect to pay for a hinge replacement job, e.g.
    • You do this sort of work, and you'd charge $X for it.
    • You've had this sort of work done, and you paid $Y for it.
    • You've had quotes for this sort of work, and the amounts were $Z.
    • etc
    Picture of the whole gate, and the missing/broken hinge, attached for reference. I'd say the fence/gate/hinge are all pretty basic, nothing fancy or complicated. Thanks.

    Gate full.JPG Gate hinge.JPG
     
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    $25-$30 materials plus an hours labour from a handyman
     
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    Two piece hinge welded to the gate. Not just take off and screw a new one in its place. If you're lucky the top half is salvageable. Pool fencing supplier may have the hinge.
     
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    which would be typically...? $20? $50? $100 per hour? given there'd be a spectrum in the market, but I think this doesn't require any particular specialist skills - see below.

    It's not obvious from the photo, but the top half (the bit that remains in the second photo) just sits on top of the bottom half (screwed/bolted into the fence post). I believe it's called a lift off hinge, so pretty much like this first attached pic, except upside down, so more like the second pic/outline, ie it seems to me that this particular repair would involve lifting the gate off the remaining bottom hinge, attaching a new hinge bit to the post, and putting the gate back on the two hinges.

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    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

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    $55 an hour or so, plus travel
     
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    You can use a heavy duty butt hinge below the old hinge, plus add another mid way down for extra strength and longevity.
     
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    Did this include the handyman travelling to the job to find which hinge was required, then travelling to buy the hinge plus a trip back to fit the hinge.
    Is there a call out charge included?
    Perhaps 1-2 hours plus part depending on travelling times, plus possibly a call out charge.
     
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    Maybe they have a 4 hour minimum charge.
     
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    Better yet take both hinges off and replace them all
     
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    Ohhhhhh, could you just imagine some people blowing up, paying for an extra hinge.:D
     
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    @turk - you'd hate to overcapitalise.

    Better ask the accountant if this is a repair or an improvement.
     
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    Property location ???
    In Geelong $40 :)
    In Sydney $140 o_O
    Brisbane in the middle:rolleyes:

    There are a couple of manufacturers of this hinge, and the pin diameter varies between each.
    (I have some in the garage)

    Find a handyman, send a pic so he can see to buy RH hinge, on his way over he stops at hardware and pics up a few samples, arrives at yours, chooses the appropriate one and slips it into the existing half and screws to post, JOB DONE. Next time he's at hardware return unused for refund ;) (not charge you for a second trip :mad: )

    If local I'd charge $40-50 and book you in for Thurs as I am in the neighbourhood, tomorrow morning at Bunning's I would pick up some hinges (incl butt hinge and metal screws in case other hinge doesn't fit) add for some travel time one way 30 min, and meet & greet, fit hinge & invoice 30 min. (Done, likely in under 30 min, total depending on travel time/going past anyway !)

    Oh, you need the drive pressure washed, lawn mowed, gutters cleaned...............
     
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    I'm not sure whether or how much of travel to/from the job site, travel for purchasing parts, or a call out fee was charged. I just have a single amount on the invoice.

    Property location is Brisbane southside.

    The business my PM used for the job is, according to google, based 30km+ / about 40min one-way travel from the job site (northside of Brisbane). There are multiple hardware/trade supply stores within 10 minutes' drive of the job site, including Bunnings where I see a (presumably) suitable part sells for <$25/2 pack.
     
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    PS

    Someone stole your hose :eek::confused::mad::(

    ;)
     
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    Only 8" of it.
     
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    So quop, your PM arranged to have this repair done and you reckon you were charged too much?
     
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    @Depreciator It may have been a decent/fair/market price. Or it may have been on the high side / perhaps there could have been some savings made had a different course of action been taken. I don't think it was too low ;)

    I'm looking to compare actual cost vs what I thought it would have cost vs other opinions of what something like this would cost... it was the first repair job with this PM, so to me it's all input towards my journey of learning :)
     
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    It would also have paid to install some gal straps around the top of the post ,because they never pre-drilled the holes which in turn have split the top section of the post when it was first installed and it will split more over time..imho..
     
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    You have opinions from posters as you requested, but what did you think it should have cost and and how did you arrive at the amount?
     
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    I'd guess $150 would be a fair price to fix the issue, but depends on the relationship the handyman has with PM.

    My Sydney PM uses a good handyman for odd jobs.
    Recently a kitchen sink mixer needed replacing and PM requested to get a plumber for the job.
    I told them to use our regular handyman, so they did and it was only $120 to source, supply and install, the mixer was $60 of the $120.
    A plumber would've probably been at least double that.