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Cable Rail Standard

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 Quick-Connect® 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 Quick-Connect® SS fitting, we recommend counterboring the fitting, see the counterbore diagram* for details.

Term. Post
Quick-Connect® SS Post*
1/8" 5/16" 1/4" 1/4" hole on cable side/3/8" hole on fitting side
3/16" 3/8" 1/4" 1/4" hole on cable side 9/16" hole on fitting side
1/4" 7/16" 5/16" 5/16" hole on cable side/9/16" hole on fitting side
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. See Protector Sleeve details.
step 4 <click to see the larger version> Pass the Threaded Terminals through the end post and attach a Flat Washer and Snug-Grip® washer nut. Spin the Snug-Grip® washer nut until about 1/4" of thread is exposed on the end (note: when spinning the nut you will encounter significant resistance as the special Snug-Grip® threads engage; hold the terminal with Vise-Grip pliers if necessary). For angled terminations such as stair posts, see details for wood frames or steel frames.

Using a Cable Lacing Needle (optional) lace the cable through the intermediate posts and through the opposite end post. Slip a Flat Washer and Quick-Connect® SS fitting on to each loose cable end and continue sliding until the fittings rest against the post face.
Do not attempt to pass the lacing needle through the Quick-Connect® SS fitting.

step 6 <click to see the larger version> Hold the Quick-Connect® SS fitting with one hand and pull the cable tight with the other. The Quick-Connect® SS automatically locks when you release the cable.
step 7 <click to see the larger version> Using a 7/16" wrench, tighten the Snug-Grip® 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. See recommended cable tensioning sequence below. Important note: if using electric or pneumatic tools to tighten the washer nuts, you must spin the nuts very slowly--no faster than you can spin with hand tools--otherwise the washer nuts will quickly heat-up causing the threads to possibly gall and seize.
step 8 <click to see the larger version> After all the cables are fully tightened, trim-off the excess threads on the Threaded Terminal fittings as close to the Snug-Grip® washer nut as possible. Use 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 Quick-Connect® 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 Quick-Connect® SS fittings and Snug-Grip® washer nuts. You're done. Enviro-Magic® Cleaner can be applied for lasting protection of stainless steel cable and parts.
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