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Cable Railing Systems

There is a lot of talk about cable railings and “if they meet code”. Currently they do not and are pending acceptance by Manitoba building codes. However with today’s advance building architecture, people are stirring up interest in railing styles such as cable railing systems. If you are going to ignore today’s building codes this is what you should be looking for.

    1. The wall thickness of posts are at least a 1/4″ thick.  (This allows for no straining on posts and keeps the posts level when tensioned appropriately)
    2. Make sure the lags bolts are approved to with stand tensioned cables. (Have and engineer seal or approval)
    3. Ensure the top railing being used is continuous. Cut’s or splice’s will reduce railing strengths significantly
    4. Ensure all fitting and cables are 316 Stainless Steel and sent from a high quality supplier (many cheaper alternatives will corrode)

When these 4 guidelines have been followed make sure a qualified carpenter/installer tensioned the cables as per recommended guidelines. Cables must be tensioned in a specific sequence to ensure all cables are tight. One the job is completed, it should be re-tentioned the following day, once the cables relax. If this is all done, Enjoy your new, modern cable railings.


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