How do you install cable railings on decks?

A guide is provided here including what tools you will need, how to set the posts, what posts to set first, and how to install the top rail.

  • Tools Required
  • Drill
  • Drill Bits
  • Level
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • Masonry String
  • Socket Set
  • Cable Installation Kit

Using the Lag Bolts provided, bolt-on all corner and end posts. Set the height of the post so that it achieves the required height (36″ or 42″ depending on model). For any post located adjacent to a wall, ensure that there is not more than a 4″ space between the post and the wall. Level top and sides of all posts, shim if necessary. Note: For top-mounted posts, the spacing and installation are similar to fascia mount however, you do not need to adjust for height.

To determine the location of the intermediate posts (A), measure the distance between end and corners and divide this measurement equally to match the number of posts on the drawings. The posts should be spaced 42 inches to 48 inches maximum (60 inches if using cable spacers).

Use a masons string line to ensure the tops of the posts are all in line, vertically.

Once you have the posts and top rail completely installed the railing is ready for the cables and fittings to be installed.

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