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400 foot spool of 5/32" steel cable

5/32″ Stainless Steel Cable

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Product Description

StairSuppliesTM offers stainless steel cable railing by the foot for your cable railing systems project. Our 5/32″ stainless steel cable by the foot is 316 marine grade and high corrosion resistant.

Our cable comes in 1×19, which is 19 single cables wound into a single cable. When purchasing bulk footage of cable, we highly recommend using our cable railing installation kit including our cutters to give a clean cut, which allows fittings to easily slide over the ends. Viewrail cable railing is 316 marine grade made for interior and exterior installation even near the ocean.

316 Stainless is a high grade of stainless used in architectural applications even near the ocean. Stainless Steel Cable Rail Installation suggestions:

Spacing for cables is 3.125″ on center, and balcony height for residential is 36″ minimum (check local codes). A 36″ railing height will require 10 cables. A 39″ handrail height requires 11 cables. A 42″ handrail height requires 12 cables.  Recommended post spacing is a maximum of 4 feet between posts. Do not exceed the 4′ post spacing. Recommended cable tension is 150 pounds. Cable can make up to a 45 degree turn.

Recommended purchase: Stainless Steel Insert Sleeve. The insert sleeve covers the hole where the cable exits, giving a clean and symmetrical installation.

Cable working load limit: 750lbs.  Cable breaking load limit: 2000lbs.

Call for commercial applications. Also, please see our other DIY cable railing supplies and videos or learn more about cable railing systems.

Installation Guide

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    Product Q&A

    Gray Clark
    3 years 7 months ago

    can I use this material with treated lumber posts?

    3 years 7 months ago

    Hi Gary,
    Yes, our cable railing system can work with treated posts. However with those type of posts I wouldn’t recommend using our “Wood Inside Post Mount” system, as it’s more likely to pull out of treated posts over time. If you use our “Wood Standard” system it should work great.
    Please let us know if you have any other questions.

    Tom Masterson
    3 years 22 days ago

    What is recommended vertical distance between strands

    3 years 22 days ago

    Hi Tom,
    We recommend that you space your cable 3 1/8″ on center, and that you have a post every 4ft in order to ensure that your cable doesn’t exceed 4″ deflection once installed.
    Please let us know if you have any other questions.

    2 years 7 months ago

    Which cable should we use Stiff or Flexiable – We are doing railing on exterior deck between 6×6 cedar posts 4′ or so on center with a stair railing system as well

    2 years 6 months ago

    Hi William,
    If you’re doing everything straight runs you should be fine with either. If you’re near water I’d suggest the 1×19 which is the more stiff.

    Wes Priestley
    1 year 8 months ago

    What is the type of stainless steel do you use for the cable… 304? 316? We don’t need salt resistance.

    1 year 8 months ago


    All of our cable is Electropolished 316 Stainless Steel.

    1 year 2 days ago

    Can you suggest the cable and anchors to Use going into masonary (cinder block)?

    1 year 1 day ago

    Hi Deb,

    We do not have a fastener for mounting cable into a stone/cinder block surface. If you have additional questions, or if one of our experts can assist you in designing a system around your on-site conditions, please give us a call at 1 (866) 226-6536.

    The StairSupplies Support Team