How to install System F stainless wire balustrade
System F wire balustrade kits are easy to install. All you need is a tape, drill, drill bits and 6mm Allen key.
Follow the steps in our DIY Stainless Wire Balustrading Brochure or our instructional video above. Please note that the cutting of the wire rope and swaging of the fittings (as shown in the video) is done by us in the factory - you'll simply need to drill your posts, install the hex tensioners and then install the ready-made wires as described below.
Drill 7.5mm holes through the anchor posts that will hold the button head terminals at one end of the wires. Drill 8.5mm holes through the anchor post at the other end that will hold the hex tensioners. Push the hex tensioners into these 8.5mm holes from the back of this anchor post.
Feed the swaged stud of the wire in from the back of the anchor post with the 7.5mm holes. Feed the swaged stud through any intermediate posts, then into the corresponding hole in the other anchor post, to meet up with the end of the hex tensioner inside the post. Rotate the hex tensioner with an Allen key to engage the thread on the swaged stud. Rotate the hex tensioner from the back of the anchor post using an Allen key until the desired wire tension is achieved.
System F is suitable for runs up to 6 metres. For longer straight runs, you can simply split the long run into two shorter runs, or use System G which has tensioners at either end and can handle wire lengths up to 10m.
The stainless balustrade wires should be spaced a maximum of 80mm apart, provided the distance between the intermediate posts is no greater than 1200mm.
Do not bend wire around corners. It can damage the balustrade wire, put excessive stress on the anchor posts and make it difficult to tension. It is also not compliant with the building code requirements.
The tension of the stainless wire balustrade can be checked by hanging a full 2L milk container on the wire in the mid-point between the posts and measuring the deflection. If the wire deflects more than is allowed by the BCA Guidelines then it will need to be tensioned further. Be careful not to over tension the wires as this will put excessive strain on your anchor posts.
Drill a 7.5mm hole to allow the swaged studs to pass through the intermediate posts. If split grommets are to be inserted into intermediate posts, 9.0mm holes are required.
Stainless balustrade supplies are shipped from AAA Metal Suppliers' factory in Sydney.