If you don't wanna listen to my sob story here is your warning BACK OUT NOW! 1 2 3 4 5 Ok here it is. My front steps to my porch were in need of being cleaned and stained again. I absolutely hate having to do this kind of maintenance every year to keep things looking decent. I finally decided enough is enough and called a brick mason to see what it would cost to have brick steps put in. I originally had 4 steps of wood and the brick mason came and gave me a quote, explained he would have to add another tread ( his word for a step ) and gave me a few choices in the brick and what not. I choose brick that matched the rest my home and front porch. I also picked bull nosed brick. They are rounded on the front vs being square. they were considerably more than the other bricks as in .85 a brick vs 3.85 per brick. I opted to go for it because to me it was a much cleaner look. He came and built the steps and I was VERY pleased with the quality and work he gave me. In the process I had to redo my hand rails and opted to continue in the do it once vain and choose TimberTech Radiance Rail System which is composite material. Again this stuff is WAY more expensive than treated wood but I choose that for a clean and lasting finish...Do it once and be done with it, right? This is where my blues begin..Found someone that would do it, put up new handrails, for a reasonable price and he screwed it up. Guess you get what you pay for and now I'm screwed. He screwed up the miter cuts on the rails and it looks like crap. Now it's looking like I'll have to buy the top rails at 180 bux a whack and find a COMPETENT contractor that can make the cuts and make it fit right. If I wanted something that looks like this I could have done it myself. He tried to fill 1/4" gaps with caulking that made it look that much worse and now I'm fighting with this clown to make it right.. I HATE this SH$% ! I hate dealing with a contractor about more than anything. We just went through something similar on a kitchen remodel job. I just upload a couple pictures of a couple of the joints to give you an idea. To me when I'm paying as much as I have I will demand better work than that! When I have close to a grand in 6ft of rail I have no pitty for this quality of work but yet I have to fight this clown over his workmanship...I'm so over it Looking at the pictures it might be hard to see why I'm so pissed but believe me it looks like SH!#! Sorry, I'm going to get a beer.I'm done now and feel better!