July 3, 2018 RE: Cable Railing Installation – Tips and Techniques A cable railing installation may seem complex to the inexperienced installer. However, when following a few tips and techniques, contractors can ensure a safe and secure installation with Fairway’s cable railing system. Below are a few highlights on how to prevent possible cable wire slippage and other matters of installation. CABLE CUTTING TOOL Avoid using tools that are not designed for cutting metal cable wire rope. Hand tools such as a lineman’s side cutter will fray or unravel braided cable wire. This can inhibit the locking jaws within the fitting to securely engage the wire and result in cable slippage within the fittings.
Use a metal cable cutting tool to cut cable wire rope. A metal cable cutter tool is recommended for cable rail installation. This tool is designed to create a round and compact wire cut pattern that will properly engage the locking jaws within the fitting, providing the installer with secure tension. Metal cable cutting tool specifications: Steel Wire Rope - up to 5/32” Stainless Wire Rope - up to 1/8” Mild Steel Rod - up to 1/8”
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POST INSTALLATION Install a cable fitting in the top and bottom row of each post. Once you’ve installed the structural posts and sleeves, install a cable wire fitting in the top and bottom row, before attaching your top and bottom rail brackets to each post. This will allow you to align the post sleeve pre-routed holes with the structural post holes and accurately position the cable fittings to ensure proper tensioning.
CABLE WIRE BRAIDING TYPE Not all cable wire is created equal. Where a 3/16” cable would appear to easily fit into the opening of the cable fittings, the locking jaws within the fittings are specially designed for 1/8” cable wire. Anything over 1/8” diameter will not allow the jaws to open or close properly, resulting in a bundled wire or cable slippage within the fittings. Avoid using “right hand lay” cable wire. Fairway’s cable rail fittings are designed to respond to “left hand lay” wire. The use of “right hand lay” cable wire will cause fraying or unbraiding of the cable wire, resulting in a bundled wire or cable slippage within the fittings. Left Hand Lay
Avoid transfer of tool lubricant or cleaning solution onto cable wire. Cleaning or lubricating tools is customary; however, it is extremely important to make sure to remove any remaining residue. Lubricants can transfer to the cable wire and create slippage within the fittings.
Right Hand Lay
CABLE WIRE INSERTION Avoid inserting cable wire at an angle. Our fittings are designed with a spring-loaded jaw which automatically locks the cable into place when the wire is inserted on center. In the event the wire is installed at an angle, the braiding can get caught on the outside of the jaws and not lock into place. Cable wire insertion is a two-step process.
(a.) Once the tensioning and non-tensioning cable fittings are installed, insert the cable wire â€œon centerâ€? using a slight clock wise rotation. (b.) Once inserted, pull slightly on the cable wire to engage the jaws. STEP 2
Once jaws are engaged, insert cable wire a second time to set locking jaws. This final step will provide you with the resistance needed to secure proper tension.
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