Building hardware is any nails, screws, nuts, bolts, hangers, connectors or other metal brackets used to connect one building component to another.
Building hardware comes in a variety of sizes and
shapes. Some of these metal brackets, hangers and other connectors are
small, while others are huge.
The price of some of these building connectors can also be astronomical. One time I ordered less than 30 beam hangers and it almost cost me $1000.
If I could give anyone a little advice about dealing with construction connectors and hardware, it would be to get the few prices on these products, before ordering any other materials.
Most contractors have a pretty good idea about the cost, while most homeowners don't. The last time I bought a box of galvanized gun nails(2007), they were about $40, in 2010, the price practically doubled.
If you're planning on building a stairway, put together a list of materials and contact a local lumber yard to get an exact price, before starting the project.
I've met plenty of homeowners and do-it-yourselfers who plan on spending $200 to build their new stairs, only to find out later, how wrong they really were.
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