How to protect wood posts by using cable sleeves.
Cable sleeves prevent damage to your posts by providing reinforcement to drilled holes. Step one: lay out your posts. I've marked on some tape, so I won't leave any marks on the actual post.
Step two: drill halfway through both sides of the post. We're almost ready to run our cable - but before we do, we want to insert some cable sleeves. You want to use cable sleeves any time you're going to be changing direction with your cable. They help prevent damage to the wood.
The cable sleeve helps to maintain the integrity of the post - eliminating damaging, which could be caused by cable digging into the wood.
How-To Guide: How to Install a Wood Railing Post with Cable InfillA Clearview® - Cable Sleeve reinforces a drilled hole for an uncoated 1/8-in stainless steel Clearview® - Cable when there is a direction change. This prevents damage to an intermediate wood post on a Rainier cable railing system under the Clearview® brand. The damage occurs as a result of tension when an uncoated 1/8-in stainless steel Clearview® - Cable exits at an angle. There are a variety of cable fitting options for wood end posts that can be used with Clearview® - Cables Sleeves for intermediate posts.
- Power Drill
- AGS - Drill Bit
Mark Post Holes
Put a piece of masking tape on either side of a wood post and mark the locations for future horizontal holes. After drilling holes through the wood post, it will be easier to remove marks on tape than marks on posts.
Drill Through Post
Attach an AGS - Drill Bit to a power drill. Then drill halfway through either side of the wood post to ensure that the holes will line up even if the power drill isn't kept completely level.
Insert Cable Sleeves
Insert Clearview® - Cable Sleeves into the holes in the wood posts. This longer drill bit will be necessary for creating holes in 4-in x 4-in and larger wood posts.
Slide Cables Through
Slide the uncoated 1/8-in stainless steel Clearview® - Cables through the Clearview® - Cable Sleeves in wood posts. Clearview® - Cable Sleeves were designed to be used with uncoated 1/8-in stainless steel Clearview® - Cables and swaged Clearview® - Standard Cable Fittings.