What Is the Best Way to Cut Wrought Iron Railings?

Save

Dilapidated, rusty wrought-iron railings need to be cut away if the screws or other fasteners have become too rusty. When wrought iron is not installed correctly and maintained properly, it devalues property. It is also a tragedy waiting to happen if the railing protects a window, stairway or balcony.

Tools

  • An oxyacetylene torch or a titanium-coated, high-speed steel saw blade on a hacksaw or right angle grinder can all be used to cut wrought iron. The torch can cut close as long as the rail is attached to concrete or some other nonflammable surface. If the railing is attached to a deck, porch or interior wall, the risk of damage is too great unless the area is shielded. The hacksaw will cut away the bulk of the railing, but the physical effort involved will leave little time for any finishing needed. According to industrial blacksmith Gypsy Wilburn, "Your right angle grinder will give the closest, smoothest cut, requiring the least grinding and finishing." You can use a 24-grit wheel on your right angle grinder to smooth all cut areas.

Safety Considerations

  • No fire safety procedures are necessary when using a hacksaw. Oxyacetylene torches and right angle grinders are both capable of starting a fire, though. A large, fully-charged ABC fire extinguisher should be within hand's reach at all times when using torches or grinders. One-inch-thick Type C sheetrock will provide additional fire protection when placed beneath or behind the cutting area. Sheetrock is used as firewall because it is made of plaster, which is processed gypsum and a mixture of other materials. Type C sheetrock is the most fire resistant, according to the National Gypsum Company. If the area around your torch tip bubbles, changes color or begins to smoke, the area is about to ignite.

Methods

  • Marking the area you intend to cut with a high-contrast colored paint or marker makes it easier to keep cuts consistent. Using firm, even strokes away from your body will prevent injury. One or two initial draws of the saw will create a groove before you begin steady sawing, which will make it easier to keep the saw from slipping. Steady pressure makes a more consistent cut when using a right angle grinder.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • A welding helmet and full leathers protect eyes and skin from your torch flame. Wrap-around eye protection is used instead of a welding helmet when using a right angle grinder or hacksaw.

Order of Cuts

  • Railings need to be cut as shown in the diagram that accompanies this step for best results. The lowest supporting rails are the last to be cut. Steady rests are used wherever possible to support the railing. Nails and 16-gauge wire can be used where steady rests can't reach or won't fit. Having your helper support the railing while you cut will keep the blade from being pinched if you are using a right angle grinder or hacksaw.

References

  • Photo Credit Gypsy Wilburn
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

Resources

You May Also Like

  • How to Cut Cast Iron Pipe

    From time to time, homeowners (and even renters) have to do some home maintenance. And while working on your plumbing can seem...

  • Cutting a 45 Degree Angle for A Wrought Iron Fence

    Cut a 45 degree angle for wrought iron fences, join metal together and stack it with tubing and learn to seal it...

  • How to Cut a Metal Rod

    You may need to cut a metal rod for a host of applications, and general craft tools may not do the trick....

  • How to Make an Iron Driveway Gate

    How to Cut a Angle Iron on a Band Saw. When cutting angle iron with a band saw, ... expert tips on...

  • How to Cut Aluminum Railings

    Aluminum rails are hollow circular tubes that are commonly used as supports on outdoor decks or as posts on fences. If you...

  • Tools to Cut Cast Iron Pipe

    Tools to Cut Cast Iron Pipe. ... The Best Way to Clean Cast Iron Drain Pipes. Cast-iron drain pipes, although very strong...

  • How to Cut an Angle Iron

    Cutting a 45 Degree Angle for A Wrought Iron Fence; Comments You May Also Like. How to Cut a Angle Iron on...

  • How to Cut a Cast-Iron Sink

    Cast-iron sinks remind a lot of us of our grandmother's kitchen. However, cast iron is making a comeback these days, primarily because...

  • How to Install Wrought Iron Balusters

    Wrought Iron Railings Components. ... How to Cut Iron Balusters. Balusters are the vertical pieces that hold up a handrail along the...

Related Searches

Read Article

19 Home Decor DIYs That Only Look Expensive

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!