Stainless Steel Cable Handrail System - Customization Guidelines
Stainless Steel Handrail/guardrail systems require special engineering and tension to redirect a load impact. Please adhere to the following guidelines to assure a safe, durable and an aesthetically appealing stainless steel handrail/guardrail that will last for years. Some special finishes are available upon request.
- Round Post - Minimum wall thickness required .145"
- Square Post - Minimum wall thickness required .120"
- Angle Post - Minimum wall thickness required .375"
- Flat Bar/Plate - Minimum thickness .5" doubled and bridged by additional material between the plates
- Wood Post - Minimum of 4" × 6" lumber connected through the 6" side. The lumber should be pressure treated.
Stainless Steel Cable Length
40 feet is the maximum recommended length for a horizontal cable system; however, additional lengths may be utilized as long as the cable and termination points can withstand the tension and load.
Do not exceed more than four feet between intermediate post for a horizontal cable to assure proper weight deflection if a person stood on the cable and no more than three feet for a vertical cable system.
Cable Spacing, Diameter and Type
Proper cable spacing should be 1" to 1 1/2" less than the local code. A 1/4" or 3/16" cable should be utilized horizontally or 1/8" or 3/16" for a vertical cable. A 1" × 19" or 7" × 7" type cable should be utilized.
The following corner designs are acceptable:
- Terminating cables from opposite directions at the corner, by positioning two posts side by side and passing cable from one post to the opposite post.
- Bending tubing at least 3".
- Welding two posts in the corner.
If pre-manufactured fittings are selected, the holes will need to be large enough for the fittings; however, if the fittings are installed on-site, the hole will only need to be large enough for the cable.