Stainless steel invisible cable rail.
Made for the do-it-yourselfer and manufactured by AGS Stainless - Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Now you can have a beautiful, professional grade stainless steel cable rail for a fraction of the cost of like systems installed by a steel fabricator.
To get started on your new stainless steel invisible cable rail, you'll need the following tools:
- An electric drill motor with a three sixteenth inch drill bit for the pilot holes.
- A half inch socket with driver.
- A level for plumbing the posts.
- A tape measure.
- A pair of pliers.
- A seven sixteenth inch wrench.
- Crimpers and cutters.
- A caulking gun with a spreading stick.
- A pencil.
- Some tape.
- A rag and some acetone.
First, lay out the parts near the location of their installation.
Begin your installaton at any corner by using the corner fitting to mark the connection location and add one inch to give you the inside edge of the posts location. Next, measure eight inches to the bottom of the post. Drill a three sixteenth inch pilot hole and set the first lag bolt from the post with the level and repeat. Add caulk to the connecting top rail and spread with a stick. Use acetone to clean up any excess. Connect a caulked top rail to the post fitting.
Set the next post using the same method. Always remember to use the level to check the plumb of each post that is set. You may use tape to hold the connections in place until the caulking is fully cured - approximately twenty four hours.
Installing cable connections.
Slip the cable through the corner post and attach a hex nut - exposing about one eighth inch of threads. Then attach an acorn nut. Pull the cable through al lthe posts. Hold taut with one hand. Snug the cutter tightly to the post, as shown and cut the cable. Slip a fitting on the cable and crimp twice. Attach a hex nut to the fitting followed by an acorn nut. Tighten all cables - making sure not to over tighten. Finish by snugging the acorn nuts up to the hex nuts on all fittings.
With the installation of your beautiful, invisible cable rail system complete, you can now enjoy the unobstructed view from your deck for many years to come.
Stainless steel invisible cable rail.
Made for the do-it-yourselfer and manufactured by AGS Stainless - Bainbridge Island, Washington
How-To Guide: How to Install a Deck Railing System with Cable Infill in 21 Easy Steps
A Rainier cable deck railing system under the Clearview® brand uses Clearview® - Cables as infill between vertical posts and below a horizontal top rail. AGS - Cable Crimpers are required for crimping this type of infill.
- Electric Drill
- AGS - 3/16-in Drill Bit
- 1/2-in Socket
- Tape Measure
- 7/16-in Wrench
- AGS - Cable Crimpers
- AGS - Cable Cutters
- Caulking Gun
- BASF - Bonding Agent.
- Rag or Non-Abrasive Scotch-Brite® Cleaning Pad
Mark Connection Location.
Use the corner elbow fitting to mark the connection location. The connection location will be used to calculate the post location.
Mark Post Location.
Mark the post location 1-in away from the connection location. Post spacing is determined by many factors, which include side-load, wind-load, structural attachment method, and strength among others. These calculations are made during the design consultation stage of the process to meet safety standards.
Measure Below Surface.
Measure 8-in below the deck to determine where to side mount the post. Measuring is necessary because placing each post at a different height would prevent the top rail from being level.
Plumb Until Level.
Plumb the post with a level. Plumbing a post means making adjustments to ensure that it is completely vertical. Place the level against the side of the post. Adjust the level as needed until the bubble is centered between the two lines.
Drill Pilot Holes.
Turn on the power drill, hold it horizontally, and push it up against the post to create 3/16-in pilot holes for the Clearview® - 3/8-in Lag Screw on the top and bottom. A pilot hole is a hole that is drilled as a guide for the insertion of a screw and prevents wood from splitting. Pilot holes can be drilled with an AGS - 3/16-in x 12-in Drill Bit, which is compatible with any standard power drill.
Thread Lag Screws.
Thread the Clearview® - 3/8-in x 5-in Lag Screws into the pilot holes by applying pressure to the heads and turning clockwise. Then tighten them with an impact (socket) wrench to keep the post plumb in all directions.
Spread Bonding Agent.
Spread BASF - Bonding Agent inside the connecting top rails to prevent them from rotating after being installed.
Insert Top Rails.
Put the top rails into the post fittings. Twist the top rail to spread the BASF - Bonding Agent around the post fitting and create a waterproof seal.
Dissolve Bonding Agent.
Use acetone with a non-abrasive cleaning pad to dissolve excess BASF - Bonding Agent on the top rails and round post caps. Acetone is a type of organic solvent and a non-abrasive cleaning pad is used with the application to avoid wasting acetone.
Tape in Place.
Use tape to hold the connections in place until the BASF - Bonding Agent cures to a tack, which takes approximately 24-72 hours. It fully cures in 7 days.
Thread Intermediate Posts.
Slide the Clearview® - Cable through all of the holes in the intermediate posts.
Thread End Posts.
Pull the Clearview® - Cable through the hole in the end post. Rainier cable railing systems under the Clearview® brand generally use Clearview® - Cables. The posts are pre-drilled with a fiber laser cutting machine during the fabrication stage. When drilling holes in posts not made by AGS Stainless.
Cut the Cable.
Hold the Clearview® - Cable taut with one hand, snug the AGS - Cable Cutters tightly to the post, and cut the Clearview® - Cable. AGS - Cable Cutters are made of hardened stainless steel and have shear blades with a bypass design that were specially designed for use with Clearview® - Cables.
Crimp Cable Twice.
Insert the cable into the Clearview® - Standard Cable Fitting and crimp both sides for attaching a cable to a post. Crimping will be required unless swageless fittings are used, which can be released with a simple release key. Crimping cables involves inserting them into fittings. AGS - Cable Crimpers use compression for connecting a cable to a fitting.
Thread Jam Nut.
Slip the Clearview® - Standard Cable Fitting - Exterior with an attached Clearview® - Cablethrough the end post and thread on a jam nut until 1/8-in of threads is exposed. Expose ONLY 1/8-in of threads beyond the jam nut, so that there will be sufficient space to tension the Clearview® - Cables and install the acorn nut. A stainless steel jam nut has a hexagon shape with a threaded hole through the center.
Thread Acorn Nut.
Thread an acorn nut on top of the jam nut. A stainless steel acorn nut has one capped end and a threaded hole in the other end. Acorn nuts provide a more finished look than exposed threads on the ends of Clearview® - Standard Cable Fittings - Exterior. Since acorn nuts have rounded ends, they will be much less likely to snag clothes or pet fur.
Repeat Steps 11-16.
Repeat steps 11-16 until all of the cables and fittings have been installed.
Tension the Cables.
Tighten jam nuts and acorn nuts with a 7/16-in wrench to tension the Clearview® - Cables until they are barely taut. If you apply too much torque when locking the nuts, the combined force from cables can bend or deform posts.
Clean to Maintain.
Clean the railing system as needed and passivate the surface on a regular basis. Use a non-abrasive rag or cleaning pad rather than steel wool or steel brushes for cleaning to avoid leaving scratches on stainless steel posts with a beautiful finish. The AGS - Stainless Steel Cleaning & Maintenance Kit includes a non-abrasive cleaning pad, passivation solution, and an instruction booklet that explains how to clean railings under the Clearview brand.
To clean stainless steel posts, put some passivation solution on a cleaning pad and rub along the surface in the direction of the brushed finish. Rub the cleaning pad around in a circular motion for stainless steel top rails. Wait 15-30 minutes for the cleaner to penetrate the surface. Then rinse the surface with water to remove chlorides, which cause corrosion.
In order to maintain a stainless steel railing system over the long term, a passivation solution will need to be applied on a periodic basis to recondition the surface and remove spots caused by corrosion.
For making a stainless steel railing system shine in the short term, a stainless steel cleaner can be applied as needed.