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By Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 2/11/2010


Howdy All:


Thought I'd ping folks hereabouts regarding cabling for our deck (yet to be built, but we've got to explore some options here).

The county wants us to have a deck with banisters rather than trust to the concrete crenelations that go around the area (yes, it kinda looks like a castle).  We're thinking that a post-and-cable system would look nice, since from any distance the cables will blend away, and you won't be able to see them at all.

In poking around the Web we see nearly one constant for such systems--they're incredibly expensive!  To the point that I'd pretty much call them overpriced, but that might just be the tightwad in me.

Lovely Colleen did locate one company that seemed to have a good product at a good price, but I haven't been able to find any reviews about them:  American Metal Specialties, Inc.

Anybody dealt with these guys, or have an opinion on whom we  might look at for doing this?  We're very interested in a DIY approach but it's not hardcore, depending on price...

Thanks in advance!


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By Kenneth in Lees Summit, MO on 2/12/2010


There is a 'blog out there titled "Modern in Minnesota" whereby Splatgirl chronicles her O-B project (not one of the contributors over here, unfortunately). If you punch the title into Google, it will be on the front page. She did a DIY cabling system, and has documented somewhere on that site the tools you need to swage, tension, suppliers, etc.

I was looking at cable systems, and the one thing I found was expen$ive. Like you, I thought there must be a better way; aircraft cabling, nautical cables, something. However I simply didn't have time. Splatgirl's build was after mine, and when I read that portion of her 'blog I would have definitely gone down the path she did if I had the information two years earlier. Here is the direct link to Splatgirl's Archive on Wire Rope


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By Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 2/12/2010


Thank you Kenneth! 

That's very helpful, and it looks like a good blog to peruse a bit.  I'm gonna go do just that!


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