Cable Rail Installation

Tools Needed:

  • Pencil
  • Measuring Tape
  • Electric Power Drill
  • Drill Bits 
  • Hammer
  • Cable Cutters or Cut-Off Disk
  • Vise-Grip Pliers
  • 7/16" Wrench
  • Electric Grinder
  • Hack Saw or Electric Reciprocating Saw
  • Cable Lacing Needle
  • Safety Glasses
  • Work Gloves
cable assembly installation <click to see the larger version>

Just follow these simple steps:

step 1 <click to see the larger version>Mark drill hole locations. For safety, space cables no more than 3 inches apart and have a post or vertical spacer at least every 3 feet. 
step 2 <click to see the larger version>

Drill holes in one end post for Threaded Terminal fittings, holes in the other end post for the QuickConnect-SS™ fittings and holes in all other intermediate posts. As an option to drilling a large hole all the way through the post for the QuickConnect-SS™ fitting, we recommend counterboring the fitting.

Drill Hole Chart
Term. Post
step 3 <click to see the larger version>(WOOD FRAMES ONLY)
Insert Protector Sleeves into post holes wherever the cable enters at an angle and has a tendency to cut into the wood (e.g. stair transition posts or outside faces of double corner posts). Tap in until flush. 
step 4 <click to see the larger version>Pass the Threaded Terminals through the end post and attach a Flat Washer and Washer-Nut. Spin the Washer-Nut until about 1/4" of thread is exposed on the end. For angled terminations such as stair posts, 
step 5 <click to see the larger version>Using a Cable Lacing Needle (optional) lace the cable through the intermediate posts and through the opposite end post. Slip a Flat Washer and QuickConnect-SS™ fitting on to each loose cable end and continue sliding until the fittings rest against the post face.
step 6 <click to see the larger version>Hold the QuickConnect-SS™ fitting with one hand and pull the cable tight with the other. The QuickConnect-SS™ automatically locks when you release the cable.
step 7 <click to see the larger version>Using a 7/16" wrench, tighten the Washer-Nuts on the Threaded Terminals until you cannot flex the cables more than 4 inches apart. Hold the shaft of the Threaded Terminal with Vise-Grip pliers while tightening. 
step 8 <click to see the larger version>After all the cables are fully tightened apply 2 drops of Loctite® #290 (included with each order) to the threads just in front of the Washer-Nut so that it penetrates into the Washer-Nut. Allow the Loctite® #290 to dry for at least 10 minutes. Trim-off the excess threads on the Threaded Terminal fittings as close to the Washer-Nut as possible using a hand hack saw, reciprocating saw or electric grinder with a cut-off disk. Touch-up sharp ends with a grinding disk.
step 9 <click to see the larger version>Using cable cutters or an electric grinder with cut-off disk, trim the excess cable from behind the QuickConnect-SS™ fittings. Grind flush the exposed cable ends with a grinding disk.
step 10 <click to see the larger version>Snap-on End Caps over the exposed QuickConnect-SS™ fittings and Washer-Nuts. You're done. Enviro-Magic® Cleander can be applied for lasting protection of stainless steel cable and parts.

Recommended Cable Tensioning Sequence

recommended cable tensioning sequence

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