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Kepha
bidding a mantle rebuild

I have been approached to do a job on a water damaged house to rebuild the existing mantle. It was laminated pressboard that swelled during the flooding. She wants the same exact mantle built out of wood. There are no intricate details to speak of. Fluted columns with basic built up crown detail. Then painted gloss alkyd finish, one color. I can't find an exact match to order, but it looks easy enough to replicate.What should I charge?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: bidding a mantle rebuild

I take it you mean a simple fireplace surround and mantel. Material will be between $150 and $900 depending on what you mean by "wood" and "simple" and your skill level. Labor will be 2 to 4 days depending on your skill level and equipment.
Jack

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