How to Buy Express Cable Railing

Express Components

Choosing the right components for your cable railing system should be simple. We’ve designed Express specifically to make it as easy as possible to get all the parts that you need. Follow the steps below to purchase your complete cable railing system!

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Step 1: Determine what posts you need

Posts are the backbone of your cable railing system. They’re sleek, unobtrusive, and provide mounting strength. All posts are manufactured from aluminum and finished black with our best-in-class powder coating process.

You only have 5 types of posts to choose from, each of which is explained below. To make sure your cable rails don’t have excessive deflection, mount posts every 4’. It’s important that you don’t cheat this measurement, as it may make your system out of code compliance. Not looking for express? How to buy cable railing from our signature designs.

Types of Posts:

There are 5 types of posts in the express system:

End posts (Level & Angled)

End posts are used to terminate a cable railing run, starting or stopping your system. They include all of the tensioning hardware you need to pull your cable rail tight and secure it to the post. They’re a bit more expensive than pass through posts.

Line posts (Level & Angled)

Line posts give additional mounting points to keep your handrail strong and limit the deflection of your cables. They include all mounting hardware and do not require any cable fittings.

Corner posts (Level only)

When you need to turn a level corner and want to use a single post, we’ve got you covered. Our innovative Inside Post Mount Fitting allows you to end a cable without it going all the way through the post. This post comes with the cable railing components necessary for two runs and all mounting hardware. Even though this is the most expensive post, it allows you to save money by not having to purchase two level end posts.

Step 2: How Many Handrail Pieces You Need

In the Express cable railing system, handrail comes in 8’6″ pieces. Measure the dimensions of your project and determine how many pieces of handrail you need. It’s okay to cut a piece of handrail down if you need multiple short pieces.

For each handrail you will need to buy two end plugs. If you are going to cut your handrail to use it for multiple runs,you will need to purchase two additional end plugs per extra run. For example, if you cut your 8’6” handrail into two 4’ runs, you will have four ends that need to be plugged.

Express Handrail

Step 3: Determine Amount of Cable

To make sure you get enough cable, follow these steps:

  1. Take the total linear feet of your runs that use 36” posts and multiply it by 10.
  2. Take the total linear feet of your runs that use 42” posts and multiply it by 12.
  3. Add the sums of steps 1 & 2 together and multiply by 1.1. This ensures that you’ll have enough extra should you make one or two wrong cuts.
  4. Cable comes in 100’ and 400’ spools. Based on the number you get in step 3, round up to the nearest 100’ and order the corresponding number of 400’ and 100’ spools. Example: Let’s say I determine that I need 682’ of cable. By rounding up, I realize that I need 700’, which I can get by order 1×400” spool and 3×100’ spools.
400 foot spool of 5/32 inch stainless steel cable

Step 4: Get an Install Kit

Your installation kit comes with all the specialty tools you need to install your project. It includes:

  • Cable Crimper – You’ll use this to crimp the Express cable fittings onto the cable itself. It comes with special dies that are sized for our fittings.
  • Cable Cutter – Used to cut the cables
  • Cable Rail Insert Tool – This makes the tensioning of the cables easier without unraveling them.
  • Allen Wrench – Use this for tightening the fittings
  • Post Level – Useful for making sure your posts are level
  • 2” T-30 bit – Specially designed for use with our mounting screws
  • 2 oz Tub of Screw Wax – Help your system last longer by utilizing screw wax