Before starting any project, we should discuss the cable railing basics. This will help any consumer get a better understanding of where to start. Regardless of what cable railing you use; Atlantis Rail Systems wants to make sure you install your cable railing to safe and code-compliant specification.
Where To Start?
When starting to plan your cable railing project, always make sure to check with your local code compliance official before starting your project. They may have special requirements, so it is a good rule of thumb to always check your local guidelines first before moving forward.
The Rule Of 3, 4, 5.
The first three basics of cable railing involve cable spacing, post spacing, and the total area covered (length of runs). We define these specifications as the rule of 3, 4, 5.
3 = Cable spacing must never exceed 3 inches.
4 = Distance between post can never exceed 4 feet, if it is necessary to have post spacing over
4 ft., always add cable stabilizers.
5 = Cable runs should not exceed 50 feet in total length.
Other Criteria And Specifications For Cable Railing
A typical cable railing system will have 10 – 12 rows of cable, 200 Ibs. of pull each. Therefore, it is important to always have a top rail because an inadequate top rail will allow the posts to pull in and potentially cause several problems.
Another important step is to make sure your post mounting surface is properly blocked per the building code. Always check local guidelines to prevent potential problems in the future.
Lastly, you must follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and maintenance. Stainless steel is “low” maintenance, not “no” maintenance.
Contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We are more than happy to help. You can also download our catalog or go through are instruction sets on our website for more information on our specifications and recommendations.
Atlantis Rail Systems: The Leader in Cable Railing Systems
To learn more about beautiful and practical cable railing systems for your deck, stairs, and balconies, browse the Atlantis Rail Systems website. This Plymouth, MA-based company offers many unique, easy-to-install configurations complete with all necessary hardware to ensure a safe and code-compliant railing system.