cable railing kit

Tool Operational Requirements:

  • Cable crimpers
  • Cable cutters
  • Reciprocating saw/Grinder/Hacksaw
  • Wrench
  • Marker pen

Cable railing kit choosing

We have 2 combinations for you.

1, Both terminal side using threaded stud.

2, One terminal side use threaded stud, and another terminal side using stemball.


1, Measure/cut cable

Measure overall length from outside face of the beginning post to the outside face of your ending post face.

unroll enough cable from the spool, add an extra 3” to make sure the cable is long enough and to make it easier to work with. Cut to this length with cable cutters.

2, Attach one terminal end(threaded stud or stemball) to the end of cable by the Cable Crimper.

Crimping Guide:

  1. Insert cable into threaded stud or stemball;
  2. Mark the cable using marker pen to let us know how long the cable should insert and does not flip out.
  3. Open the jaws of the Cable Crimper and position the jaws around the threaded stud or stemball;
  4. Pump the handle consecutive times until the two die halves nearly touch.
  5. Repeat the crimping process for a total of three crimps;
  6. Push the crimped fitting, with the now attached cable, through the drilled hole on the beginning post. The thread side will be exposed on the outside face of the post.

3, Cut cable to final length

To determine where to cut the cable at the end post, push the raw cut end of the cable through the drilled hole and pull all the slack out of the cable. Mark the exit point, where the cable emerges on the outside face of the post. Remove cable from the hole and place on the deck surface or similar flat surface. Do not unlace from the intermediate posts.

cable railing kit install-mark exit point

4, Attach terminal threaded stud on other end

Follow the step 2.

5, Tension the cable

Apply a small amount of the supplied anti-seize lubricant to the threads and tighten with a wrench until taut. Start with tightening the middle cable first, then tighten cables above and below in an alternating sequence until all cables have been tensioned.

6, Remove excess threads

After tensioning, excess threads must be removed. If using the Washer/Hex Nut/Acorn Nut combination, to protect the fitting during the cut, screw another sacrificial hex nut right after the installed tensioned hex nut, from which you may saw or grind up against. Use a reciprocating saw, grinder or hacksaw to make the cut. When completed you should have no exposed threads. Now remove the sacrificial grinding nut exposing the ¼” threads that the acorn nut is threaded onto, then screw on the acorn nut. If using the Cable Quick Nut/Cover combination, the sacrificial hex nut is not required, just cut or grind excess thread and screw on the cover.

install cable railing kit
cable railing kit install - tensioning sequence

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