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New decking - Brisbane inner/mid north - recommendations and costings

Discussion in 'Repairs & Maintenance' started by fx hedge, 20th Apr, 2016.

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  1. fx hedge

    fx hedge Member

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    Hi

    Need to replace some rotten decking on an IP in Brisbane.

    Around 5 sq metres of new timber deck treads required (joists are all ok) plus sand and repaint of entire deck.

    Can any please:

    1. Recommend a good tradesperson - high quality finish and reasonable price; and

    2. Provide an idea of how much this should cost?

    Thanks
     
  2. gach2

    gach2 Well-Known Member

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    no recomendation but a typical handyman should be able to do it in about a couple of hours (maybe $40ph + materials($20 in screws and $2.50 per l/m for treated pine))

    Could DIY it yourself - last time did my whole deck (20m2)in around 9 hours (over 3 days) first timer - just used a corded ozito drill, $20 k mart drill to screw the nails, a crowbar to remove the old decking timber and a hammer end to remove nails with bunnings cutting all the timber to size though used a multi tool to trim some pieces)
     
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  3. fx hedge

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    Thanks for your response. I have been quoted ridiculous amounts ranging from $2k to $4k to replace the section and repaint the whole deck. Hopefully can find an honest handyman.
     
  4. gach2

    gach2 Well-Known Member

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    Yea that was like me got those ridiculous quotes too.

    Specially if your from Sydney.

    Tip too finding an handyman Brisbane is paying hourly rate (not job rate) - range from as low as $25-40 (anything more and id want them to have some specialty) if your going to be hiring them for a whole day (im sure they would charge more for 30 mins work)

    Other tip is to ask how many employees? Ideally you want a one man job (no offsider etc) as they would ask double the rate plus the offsider would not be as useful and gives more of an opportunity to bludge than work
     
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  5. Azazel

    Azazel Well-Known Member

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    If you can find a good 1 man show, you'll probably get a decent quote for a days work, like $1,300.
     
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