Cable Railing Installation

How To Install Cable Railing

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To install cable railing, secure your posts at the proper spacing and run your cable from the end posts through intermediate posts and to the terminal end post. Then, tension the cable to minimize deflection. Repeat these steps for each line of cable.

The 4 inch Sphere Rule is a common building & cable railing code standard. It simply states that a ball with a diameter of 4 inches should not fit between lines of cable. For this reason, we recommend a cable spacing of no more than 3 ⅛ inches.

Post spacing plays a crucial role in how much the cables will deflect as well as handrail strength. For this reason, we recommend using posts every four feet.

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Express Cable Railing System

Express is a simple diy cable railing system designed for the DIYer or contractor working on a small to medium size project. It keeps the installation simple and the budget on track, but still makes the neighbors say “wow!”

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Signature Cable Railing System

Our classic cable railing post system is created for you. We’ve engineered this line to be as simple as possible. Turn a corner or transition upstairs using only one post, with hidden components that keep your cable system as minimal as possible.

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DriveTite Cable Railing System

Do you want to fasten sleek cable railing to your existing wood posts? Look no further than DriveTite cable railing for wood posts. Simple to use, the kits come in Interior and Exterior forms. Pair them with cable and our install kit, and that’s all you need to tension cable to your wood post.

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Tools Needed to Install Cable Railing

Installation requires some basic hand tools like a power drill and driver. You will also need some specialized tools for cutting and crimping your fitting onto the cable. In addition, use special fittings to tension the cable and to give intermediate posts a finished look.

The process will be similar whether you’re installing cable railing on decks, stairs, or balconies.

At Viewrail, we sell a complete Cable Rail Installation Kit that has all the specialized tools you need to easily complete any cable railing project. The kit includes a cable cutter and cable crimper specifically designed to work with our cable railing systems. It also has other tools for tensioning, inserts, etc.

We also sell component kits that contain all the fittings you need to install cable railing with both wood and metal posts.

How To Take Care Of Indoor Cable Railing

Caring for your indoor cable railing system is similar to caring for the outdoor system. Be sure to regularly inspect and clean the outside of each post and infill. The biggest difference is that you shouldn’t need to clear out as much debris as you do with an exterior railing system.

Next, polish your stainless steel rods, cables, handrails, and posts with the included Stainless Steel cleaning wipes. For powder coated aluminum handrail and posts, an all-purpose cleaner should work well. Clean your wood handrail with your favorite wood furniture cleaner. Finally, if you have wooden handrails, check the finish and reseal them as needed.

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How To Take Care Outdoor Cable Railing

How should I care for my outdoor rod and cable railing? You will want to inspect and clean the exterior of each post and line of infill about 3-4 times per year. Clean debris from the handrail brackets and post mounting area, lifting the foot cover if necessary. Inspect and retighten the handrail mounting screws, if needed.

Periodically check your cable or rods to make sure adequate tension is created. If the infill feels loose and moves more than 1” in either direction, you should re-tension them.

Cable Railing for Outdoor Deck

Using your allen wrench in one hand and a thick glove in the other, hold the infill and turn the allen wrench clockwise into the tension receiver on the end of the posts. Always start your tensioning with the middle run of infill and work outward, alternating between the top and bottom, until you have tensioned all the runs. Once a year, treat the surface of your post and infill with Marine 31 Sealant and Marine 31 Polish to seal, protect, and polish your system. If your system is on the coast, use the sealant and polish twice a year. This will ensure that your system stays protected against the elements.

Finally, if you have wooden handrails, check the finish and reseal as needed. You’ll know when you need to reapply finish and/or sealer if that finish is starting to visibly fade. You do not want to wait until the finish starts to crack to reapply.

How Much Cable Do I Need For My Railing?

No cable railing project is complete without the stainless steel cable ! Here’s how we like to figure out how much you’ll need. For each cable run you’ll need, take of the run, add one foot and multiply times the number of cables. Then you’ll add each of the runs together to get the total amount of cable needed.

If your project has the following measurements, you can figure out the amount of cable you’ll need like this: Cable Run #1 — 12ft. + 1ft. = 13ft. x 10 cables = 130ft. Cable Run #2 — 18ft. + 1ft. = 19ft. x 10 cables = 190ft. Cable Run #3 — 8ft. + 1 ft. = 9ft. x 10 cables = 90ft. Total Cable Needed = 410ft.Our 5/32 inch stainless steel cable is sold on 400 foot spools, and 100 foot spools. We normally suggest that you round up to be on the safe side (unopened spools of cable can be returned).

Make a Plan of Your Deck or Staircase

Every successful DIY cable railing installation starts with a sketch. You’ll want to make a rough sketch of your deck, balcony or stairway, complete with measurements. You will also want to know the handrail height. The info on this sketch will help you figure out exactly what you need to purchase and reduce any confusion about how the system comes together.

About Modern Cable Railing

In recent years, cable railing has become synonymous with modern designs and elegant solutions for a wide variety of railing needs. At Viewrail, we continue to innovate products that will satisfy the creativity of our clients, while maintaining system strength and ease of installation. Check out our diy cable railing system Express Railing!

Cable Rail Tool KitAt Viewrail, we sell a complete Cable Rail Installation Kit that has all the specialized tools you need to easily complete any cable railing project. The kit includes a cable cutter and cable crimper specifically designed to work with our cable railing systems. It also has other tools for tensioning, inserts, etc.

We also sell component cable railing kits that contain all the fittings you need to install cable railing with both wood and metal posts.

Viewrail aluminum or steel posts are custom made for each project to make the installation process easier. We pre-drill holes at the exact spacing, alignment, and angle needed to create a flawless appearance in your finished railing.

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