How to install System G stainless wire balustrade
System G wire balustrade kits are easy to install. All you need is a tape, drill, drill bit 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 8.5mm holes through the anchor posts to locate the hex tensioners. Push the hex tensioners into these holes from the back of anchor posts.
Feed the swaged stud in from the front of the 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. Do this at each end of the wire, then rotate the hex tensioners at either end until the desired wire tension is achieved.
System G is suitable for runs up to 10 metres. For longer straight runs, you can simply split the long run into two shorter runs.
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.