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with Cable Railing Installations -
and How to Overcome Them
Making Cable Railing Installation More
Efficient for Your Business
s the concept of daylighting continues to spread through the design
world, the demand for building elements that maximize the impact
of natural light has grown as well. When considering a design for a
railing that maximizes sightlines, most look to glass railing options
as the solution. However, don't overlook cable railing as a solution
when the goal is to create open and clean views as with balcony
or deck applications.
While many fabricators have familiarity working with cable
railing, even the most experienced professional can benefit from
strategies to address common challenges for a more efficient and
profitable installation. Here are four common challenges that don't
have to slow you down, and things to keep in mind for your next - or
first - cable railing installation.
Matching Products with Actual Dimensions: Ensuring optimal
measurements for all aspects of railing height and intermediate
post distance may seem like a given for any railing installation.
But if the dimensions are based on projections and not on actual
dimensions, that can result in the need for product reorder, timely
adjustments and slow downs on the job. For this reason, dimensions based on the actual field conditions - after the deck is built
or the concrete poured - are extremely important prior to ordering
your cable and fittings. The bottom line, make sure to base product
orders on accurate field dimensions when ordering your product
to ensure the product is the right fit.
Balancing Load Requirements and Aesthetics: As with any
railing project, load bearing ability of a well-designed cable railing
begins with the choice of post design. However, when choosing a
post for a cable railing, in addition to meeting the structural load
requirements as defined by the building codes, you will also need
to choose a post size that can withstand the stresses related to
the tensioning of the cables.
Steel or stainless steel pipe and 4 x 4 wood posts are the most
common post elements used in cable railing. However, other
designs have been used with success as long as end posts are
chosen to withstand the stress of the cable tensioning.
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