How to protect wood posts by using cables sleeves.
Cable sleeves prevent damage to your posts by providing reinforcement to drilled holes. Step one – lay out your posts. I’ve marked all my posts here to where I’m going to drill so the cable can come through. I need to mark on both sides. Also, I’ve marked on some tape so that I don’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 woods.
The cable sleeve helps to maintain the integrity of the post, eliminating damage, which could be caused by cable digging into the wood.
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Cable Sleeves are used with wooden post systems, installing inside the holes drilled for the cable infill to pass through. They create a finished look and act as a protective barrier, resting between wood and cable, extending the lifespan of your railing system.
5 Easy Steps to Protect Wood Posts with DIY Cable Sleeves
Continue reading to learn more about how to protect wood posts with DIY cable sleeves in 5 easy steps.
- Lay Out the Cable Sleeves for Your Stainless Steel Cable Railing System with Wood Posts
Cable sleeves prevent damage to your posts by reinforcing drilled holes. You should use cable sleeves when the cable will change direction in a run. When the cable exits a wood or composite post at an angle it adds sideways-tension that can damage the wood posts and eventually cause the cable to sag. The cable sleeve helps maintain the integrity of the post and eliminates damage which can be caused by cable digging into the wood or composite.
- Put a Piece of Masking Tape on Each Side of the Wood Post and Mark Where You Would Like to Drill Your Holes
If you make marks on the tape instead of the wood post, then it will be easy to remove the marks once you have finished drilling the holes.
- Drill Halfway Through Each Side of the Wood Post
Drilling halfway through each side ensures that your holes should line up perfectly even if you weren't able to keep your drill completely level.
- Put Cable Sleeves in the Drilled Holes on Each Side of the Wood Post
If the cable sleeves don't fit, then you should use a larger drill bit on your drill. AGS cable sleeves are sized to fit into 9/64" holes.
- Slide Your Stainless Steel Cables Through the Cable Sleeves on Each Side of the Post
AGS cable sleeves are designed to be used with 1/8" cable, if using larger cable it will not fit through the cable sleeves. The cable should be threaded through the cable sleeves and posts before swaging the cable fittings on the ends of the cable. Stainless steel cable deck railings often use wood posts with cable sleeves, especially where the cable changes direction to descend downstairs. To find options for stainless steel posts and other types of materials, visit the AGS Stainless E-commerce store.