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Old 09-03-2010, 08:40 AM   #1
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What rule of thumb can be used to estimate hardware needs? (as percentage of lumber framing cost or entire project applying hardiebacker). I am building an outdoor kitchen with wood framing. For example, is 20% hardware allowance or 10% or what % is the rule? Or if not percentage of lumber cost, what about by linear foot of project?

Would like to estimate at 2 prices - good (galvanized or equivalent) and best (stainless steel or equivalent).

Last, what's the cheapest way to get lumber posts off a concrete slab? Looking for a metal plate not a connector, as such. Very cheap solution needed, thanx. Can't find what I need at Lowes or HD. They sell structural- type solutions. I need a simpler solution. Not trying to control movement.

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It sounds like you're a novice handyman trying to estimate a job. Buy a box of fasteners. If you need more, buy it.
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I always get a 50lb box of 16d per 300 feet.
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Your question is vague.

10%- 20% hardware allowance for a outdoor kitchen, what are you considering hardware?

If I was budgeting for a outdoor kitchen the last thing I’d be thinking about is how much a nail cost, I already know that.

I can tell you this, if a galvanized item cost $2 the stainless steel version will be $10-$12.
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