What is The cable stabilizer

cable railing with cable stabilizer

In the post “Post spacing and cable spacing for cable railing” we mentioned that if you want the span between the posts to be more than 4 feet, you need to install cable stabilizers.

What is the cable stabilizer

cable stabilizer

Cable stabilizer is made of stainless steel material, it looks like a “slim” post. On its body every 3 inches there is a steel rope hole for the steel rope to pass through.

The purpose of using cable stabilizer is to maintain the cable spacing does not exceed 3 inches when the span of posts exceed 4 feet.

Why need cable stabilizer

When designing deck railings or stair railings, sometimes you may feel that installing a post every 4 feet will block the view a bit. You think 6-7 feet is the best post spacing.

However, it may result in cable gaps that exceed 4 inches under the pulling action. This violates the 4 inch sphere rule.

Instead, adding a cable stabilizer between the posts maintains the cable spacing at 3 inches.

Can cable stabilizers replace posts?

No, it is not a replacement for posts in terms of strength or design purpose. The only purpose of using it is to maintain the cable spacing at 3 inches.

Although it looks like a slim post, but he can not be used as a post at all.

It is completely unable to support the weight.

How to install the cable stabilizer

The length of the cable stabilizer is usually around 42″, 1″ diameter, and the holes are pre-drilled on the stanchion according to the 3″ spacing.

Installation steps:

1, Determine the installation location

cable stabilizer position

In the installation you need to first confirm the installation location. Usually installed in the middle of the two posts. The spacing between the center position and the next post is the post spacing divided by 2.

2, Calculate the length of the stanchion

Measure the distance from the bottom of the handrail to the installation surface. Calculate the length of the stanchion cut. (Both ends should be cut to ensure that the cable will not be deflected)

3, Cut the stanchion

Mark the cutting points on both ends in advance to make the cutting more accurate.

4, Assemble the cable stabilizer by attaching the upper and lower bases to the stanchions

cable stabilizer lower base

5, Install the cable stabilizer

Install the lower base on the mounting surface and the upper base on the bottom of the handrail.

6, Put the steel rope through the hole in turn

Special attention

Although the posts can be spaced beyond 4 feet due to the use of steel rope stabilizers. However, please note that the posts must not be spaced more than 7 feet apart.

post spacing for cable railing with cable stabilizer

Gallery of railing effect with cable stabilizer installed

cable railing with cable stabilizer
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cable railing with cable stabilizer
cable railing with cable stabilizer
Stair cable railing
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cable railing with cable stabilizer

In some cases, the increased post spacing and the addition of the cable stabilizer have a better visual effect.

Fayevorite offers you high quality cable railing kits.

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