Are There Options For Concealed Cable Tensioners in Cable Railing Systems?

Cable Tensioners in Cable Railing Systems

Cable railing has become increasingly popular for both commercial and residential applications, as it offers a sleek modern-industrial aesthetic that’s visually appealing while maintaining the strength and durability required by code. But, as with all systems of this nature, there are a number of important decisions to make to ensure that the end result is both safe and visually appealing.

One such key decision concerns how to tension the cable. There are a number of options available to installers, depending on the size and scope of the project. Some systems include both termination and tensioning hardware, allowing the cables to be swaged from the inside out. This method reduces installation time by requiring less swaging on-site and is suitable for any type of system, whether it be wood or metal.

For smaller installations, a single swageless fitting can be used on both ends of the cable run. This requires a slightly larger hole in the post, but only one click bigger than the cable diameter, so there is minimal increase in drilling time for the installer. This is also a good choice for projects that require passing cable through intermediate posts.

If both a termination and tensioning fitting are to be installed on a single cable tensioner, the DriveTite kit is an ideal option. By securing into the barrel fitting on the outside of the post, it allows for a more visually pleasing appearance in both wood and metal posts. This method is also great for use on stairs and angles where the tensioner can be hidden from view.

Are There Options For Concealed Cable Tensioners in Cable Railing Systems?

A swageless terminal is another option for installing longer cable runs, especially those that need to be passed through a number of intermediate posts. By using the same bolt-through design as a swageless receiver, this can be a cost effective way to save time on larger projects by reducing the number of times that the installer has to drill through a post. This is also an excellent option for projects where the bitter end of the cable may need to be swaged on-site, as it can be done with the same tools that would be needed to swage the end in the field.

Stainless Steel Solutions offers a variety of swageless terminals that are suitable for either termination or tensioning, depending on the installer’s preferences. These are available in a wide range of sizes to suit any application, and like all our other cable rail hardware, they are constructed from tried-and-true 316 stainless steel.

In addition to these new products, Feeney also offers a line of Build Your Own fittings and wire for special connections either to the face of posts or other applications such as concrete, wood, aluminum, or steel. We are happy to provide whatever components you need to create a railing system that meets both your safety and visual requirements. Please contact us for further information about our complete selection of cable system hardware. The Q1 2021 Atlantis Rail Product Bulletin rounds up a few of the latest new products including the Spectrum gate system and the ADA Handrail System.

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