We just recently added a blog post about cable railing, but plus a short video about installing cable railing, so it was great to hear from a customer this week who installed some of our products in his new home and was kind enough to send us some pictures. The great thing about our cable railing products is that kits are available to ensure all the parts and hardware are included, but pieces can also be ordered separately as needed. Dustin and Brennan on our sales team worked with this customer to make sure he had everything he needed.
All of our assemblies are available in 1/8”, 3/16”, and ¼” diameters of stainless steel type 316 wire cable, in either a 1×19 configuration or a 7×7 construction. The 1×19 has a minimal stretch for a semi-rigid feel. It can be bent up to 45° if needed. The 7×7 wire is generally used for more decorative applications since it can be safely bent to angles greater than 45°. All of our cable railing can be maching swaged or hand swaged. This customer used a 1×19 construction and purchased the hand swage tool and swaged them all himself.
One of our newer popular product lines in cable railing, you can check this post: Cable Railing Systems for an overview of our wire cable rail products and also information on how to order.
We installed some cable railings in our warehouse to create a safe storage area above our safe room:
A few things to note when installing cable railing:
Before beginning, research the local building code requirements for railings, decks, etc.
The first step in configuring your design is determining the location of the end and intermediate posts. This is required first before you can determine cable lengths, number of cables and assemblies, and any hardware necessary. Generally, it’s best to install the posts prior to determining cable measurements.
Our cable assemblies are designed to go horizontally from the fixed end, through intermediate posts, and then tensioned or secured at secure end posts.
Using a turnbuckle is highly recommended, as it allows you to re-tension the cable if it ever starts to sag. It’s not necessary structurally to use a turnbuckle for 28′ or less cable , but including one can also increase the cable span allowance to up to 50′.
When accommodating corners, we recommend you terminate the cable and start a new run. While contractors may use a continuous run around a corner, it can impact the allowable cable span. If it’s necessary to run cable around a corner, the max. angle is typically 45° for 1×19 cable. This will preserve the cable’s integrity of the cable, and can be achieved by using a two post corner.
For more information on our stainless steel cable railing systems, see our Cable Railing Systems to download a product catalog and guide. Products can be ordered by calling our sales specialists at 888-794-0584. They will also be happy to answer any questions you may have.