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Repairing Old Wooden Slats On Steel Frame City & Commercial Benches

Thousands of benches can be found around the country with broken or severely weathered lumber inserts.  The danger of breaking is very real and lawsuits can be the final result.  These bench cross members are easily replaced using plastic lumber.

BEFORE: Here in the image below is an example of an old city bench that is  needing repair.

  • The cost breakdown for this bench would be $169 for lumber
  • 1-2 hours of labor removing the old materials and installing the new polywood plastic lumber boards.
  • Average Savings of over $400 when compared to replacing the bench with an entirely new one

The step by step:

  • Remove the original wood profile board
  • Taking a plastic profile (typically 2×4 or even a 2×6 nominal) pre-drill the holes
  • Replace the original slat with the prepared plastic lumber profile
  • Inspect the span for potential sag and or warp opportunity; run a 2×4 front fascia for bracing or adapt a steel support.
DURING: Here in the slideshow are some pictures of the process of changing out the boards on a different furniture item (actually a swing).  This process will vary time wise, some scenarios are more labor intensive while others are literally a walk in the park.
AFTER: Here finally in the slideshow is a picture of the swing that has had the slats replaced and put back into service.


Posted in Commercial, furniture repair, high density polyethylene, Outdoor Furniture, Plastic Lumber Profiles, POLY, Premium Grade Plastic.

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