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Old 01-30-2015, 04:34 PM
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I need to install a few short sections of cable railing onto a stairway that I recently built, as well as a balcony. they are fairly short runs (12' or less), and have approximately 10 horizontal runs 4" apart.
I am looking for the most economical way to put it together. I have bee looking at hand swaging studs onto both ends. the ends will simply pass through one leg of a piece of angle iron, then the tension will come from tightening the nut on the end. Seems simple enough, but is it? where is a good place to buy supplies from?

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Old 01-30-2015, 05:37 PM
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Old 01-31-2015, 01:40 AM
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Walker, We use this [/CODE]"]type. The ends are not super cheap, but you do not need a special swaging tool. You mount the ends, cut the cable, insert the cable into the end and tighten the nut, which tightens a sleeve inside onto the cable. Then you can tighten the cable. We found that the cable can be bought cheaper through our bolt supplier vs the cable company, and saves a bit of money. Now if you are looking for cheap, let me know what you find. It seems that the cable rails we do, the boss still can't figure out how they get so expensive, as simple as they seem. Still a lot of time drilling holes in all the tubes, and such. Of course it seems most of ours are all Stainlesss steel, and trying to keep the rails from warping too bad takes time and then a lot of grinding/ polishing to make them look good.
edit- It also helps to have a good pair of cable cutters. We bought a set from snap on, and it made a world of difference cutting the SS Cable.
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Looks like the top of a spiral staircase in the last photo.
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Looks like the top of a spiral staircase in the last photo.
It is a Spiral. I didn't show a good picture of it because I didn't build it. Classic case of the builder didn't tell customer that we could do it, so they had it made in Texas. Needless to say, lack of communication or something, it does not look real well next to our polished SS Cable handrails. The welds were not cleaned up hardly at all, and it was sandblasted finish, even though it was Stainless Steel too. I am supposed to go and put a slight polished finish on part of it so it will transition to our rails better. Not sure when this is going to happen though. We would not be able to do work like that, and get away with the finished product, but then again, that is why we seem to have twice as much time into a project and the boss thinks the labor gets too high to charge it all out.

Heres a couple more cable rail pics. One is detail of cutter and parts to the cable clamp thimble.
I have more pics of other rails, but must be on work computer.
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